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Fund your study with a scholarship, so you can focus on what matters.

A scholarship is an award of money to help pay for your university study. Entrance scholarships are available for full-time, first-year undergraduate study.

The University of Otago offers a range of undergraduate entrance scholarships that recognise academic excellence, leadership qualities, ethnicity, financial hardship, disability, and excellence in sporting or cultural pursuits.

If you are going to be living in a residential college, your scholarship will help with your costs, or possibly cover those costs entirely. If you have a fees-free first year, you can use your scholarship for your fees in your second year of study.

You don’t need to worry about applying for specific scholarships. Based on the information you provide in your application, you will be considered for all applicable scholarships and awards open on the date we receive your application.

Applications open on 1 July each year. Closing dates vary, but many close on 15 August.


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International students

International applicants who have not studied Year 12 and 13 at a New Zealand school or an equivalent foundation level course at a New Zealand tertiary institution are only eligible for selected entrance scholarships. Application is by invitation only through the International Office.

Further information

To find out more about entrance scholarships, please contact us:

Freephone 0800 80 80 98 (within New Zealand)
Tel +64 3 479 7000
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