Choose a programme of study and an institution to suit you.
Choose New Zealand as your study destination and see if a scholarship is available to help you experience our high-quality education system and unbeatable lifestyle.
Gaining a scholarship - whether undergraduate or postgraduate - may mean you don’t have to find part-time work, giving you more time to focus on your education.
Many scholarships for international students - including PhD scholarships and scholarships for Masters’ degrees - are offered by the New Zealand Government, other governments, educational institutions and philanthropists.
You will build lifelong connections with faculty, staff, students and fellow scholarship students - the next generation of leaders and innovators. The pastoral care from your institution will help you make the most of your time in New Zealand.
University scholarships and scholarships from other types of institutions give you a unique selling-point on your CV that can help you stand out from the crowd. Leverage your scholarship on the global job market to help you achieve the career you’re aiming for.
Increase your chances of success by finding a scholarship that matches your qualifications and by allowing yourself plenty of time to apply.
If you’re not able to gain a scholarship, remember that New Zealand is a value-for-money destination that allows you to offset your costs by working while you study.
Gaining a scholarship requires good advance planning. Improve your chances of successfully applying for a scholarships for international students by following these simple tips.
Most scholarships have non-negotiable criteria and requirements. Don’t apply for a scholarship unless you fit all the criteria and can meet all the requirements.
If you aren’t sure whether you meet all the criteria for a scholarship, contact the organisation that manages the scholarship to discuss your circumstances.
If you wish to apply for more than one scholarship, apply for them all concurrently. Complete a separate application for each scholarship and make sure you use the correct application form for each.
Scholarships are highly competitive, so you should start looking for funding opportunities as soon as you decide to study in New Zealand.
Gathering together all the documentation required to apply for a scholarship can be time-consuming. Start planning well ahead of the advertised due date, particularly if you require other people to supply you with references or documentation.
You may be asked to provide lots of detail in your scholarship application. This may include information about your study plans, academic performance, financial circumstances, field of study and referees.
Make sure you have sourced all the required information. Before sending your application, double-check to ensure you haven’t forgotten to include anything.
Some scholarships request “certified copies” of academic information or other documents.
Certified copies must be stamped or endorsed as true copies of the original by someone authorised by law to take statutory declarations in your country.
In New Zealand, people authorised to certify copies of documents include lawyers and Justices of the Peace.
Ask a friend or family member to proofread your application to ensure it makes sense, reads well and doesn’t contain any spelling or grammatical errors.
You may have to wait for a while to hear whether your application has been successful. If you’re still waiting to hear, chances are that the selection process isn’t yet complete.
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