Scholarships for International Students in New Zealand

Studying in New Zealand can be a life-changing experience, offering a high-quality education system, a friendly and welcoming culture, and breathtaking natural beauty. New Zealand has a 3-tier education system, consisting of primary, secondary, and tertiary education, with a strong focus on practical, hands-on learning and innovation. 
Studying in New Zealand may seem slightly expensive, with tuition fees ranging from NZD 22,000 to NZD 30,000 per year. But, New Zealand offers a range of scholarships for international students, including government-funded scholarships, university-specific scholarships, and industry-specific scholarships and financial aid to help offset these costs.  
These scholarships can cover tuition fees, living expenses, and other costs associated with studying in New Zealand. With a scholarship, international students can focus on their studies and take advantage of all that New Zealand has to offer, without worrying about the financial burden.

Top Universities in New Zealand to study with scholarship

  • Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
  • Lincoln University, New Zealand
  • Massey University - Kaplan International
  • The University of Auckland
  • The University of Otago
  • The University of Waikato
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Otago Language Centre and Foundation Year
  • Victoria University of Wellington

Types of Scholarships in New Zealand

There are various types of scholarships available to study in New Zealand, including:
Government-funded scholarships: These are scholarships funded by the New Zealand government, such as the New Zealand Development Scholarship (NZDS) and the New Zealand Aid Programme Scholarship.
University-specific scholarships: Many universities in New Zealand offer scholarships to international students, based on academic merit, financial need, or other criteria.
Private scholarships: These are scholarships offered by private organizations, foundations, and corporations, such as the Fullbright New Zealand scholarship and the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships.
Field-specific scholarships: Some organizations offer scholarships to students in specific fields of study, such as engineering, science, and technology.

New Zealand Government Scholarships

S. No.
Amount in NZD
New Zealand Pacific Scholarships This is offered to UG & PG students Students with an IELTS score of 6.5 minimum can apply NZ$43,205
Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships The New Zealand government hosts this scholarship Students of selected countries are eligible to apply 100% off on tuition fees
New Zealand ASEAN Scholar Awards This scholarship is provided for UG, PG, PhD & Diploma students All SouthEast Asian students are eligible to apply Variable amount
Short Term Training Scholarships It is open to students who undertake short-term courses Students from selected countries are eligible to apply Weekly allowance + training cost + full tuition fees
New Zealand Development Scholarships It is open to students of all disciplines All students who successfully enrol in any institute are eligible Full tuition fees + establishment allowance + travel allowance
New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships This is open to all programs Students from particular countries are eligible Variable amount
Commonwealth Scholarships It is available for Master’s & PhD students Students below 39 years with a good English proficiency test score can apply Full tuition fees+living allowance+establishment cost+medical insurance+airfare+travel insurance+research & thesis cost

New Zealand Universities Scholarships for International Students

S. No.
Name of University
Name of Scholarship
Amount in NZD
University of Waikato International Excellence Scholarship It is open for UG, PG & PhD students This is based on your academic performance NZ$20,000
Lincoln University International Taught Master Merit Scholarship This is available for Master’s students This is a merit-based scholarship 25% off on tuition fees
Victoria University of Wellington Wellington Master’s by Thesis Scholarship Master’s students of all disciplines can apply All students of the university are eligible NZ$23,030 + first year tuition fee waiver
University of Canterbury Owen Browning Scholarships in Forestry This is available for all Master’s/PhD students of the discipline All students of all fields are eligible Variable amount
Auckland University of Technology International Excellence Scholarship All UG & PG students can apply Residents of all countries except New Zealand & Australia are eligible NZ$2000 - NZ$7500
University of Canterbury Orion Master’s Energy Scholarship It is open for Master’s students of the energy field Academic excellence is the basis of it NZ$16,500
University of Otago International Research Master’s Scholarship 8 scholarships are awarded for Master’s students All students of the university are eligible NZ$15,000 + first year tuition fee waiver
Victoria University of Wellington Tongarewa Scholarship 10 scholarships are awarded for UG/PG students All students of the university can apply NZ$5000 - NZ$10,000
University of Auckland ADB Scholarships This is available for Master’s students All students are eligible to apply Tuition fee waiver+airfare+medical insurance+travel allowance
University of Canterbury John McMillan Scholarship It is open for Undergraduates All students of the university are eligible NZ$4605

Eligibility criteria to apply for scholarship in New Zealand

To be eligible for scholarships in New Zealand, Vietnamese students may need to meet the following criteria:
Academic excellence: Most scholarship programs require students to have a strong academic record, with high grades in relevant subjects.
English proficiency: New Zealand universities require proof of English language proficiency, such as IELTS or TOEFL scores.
Course of study: Scholarships may be offered for specific courses of study, so students should check that they are eligible for their desired program.
Financial need: Some scholarship programs consider financial need as a factor in awarding scholarships.
It's important to note that these eligibility criteria can vary between different scholarship programs.
Students should carefully check the requirements for each scholarship they are interested in applying for.

If you have any doubts, contact us! Our expert AECC counsellor can also assist you in finding the right scholarship for you.


Can I get 100% scholarships in New Zealand?
Scholarships that cover 100% of tuition and other related costs, are generally rare and highly competitive. However, it is possible to find scholarships that cover a significant portion of the costs associated with studying in New Zealand.

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