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Scholarships for International Students

Undergraduate scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships for International Students

For international students who have not previously been admitted to the University of Otago and who are planning to undertake full-time, full-year undergraduate study in 2023.

Scholarship value: NZD$10,000 for tuition fees

Details of Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships for International Students

University of Otago Entrance Scholarships

For students who have not previously been admitted to the University of Otago and who are planning to undertake full-time, full-year undergraduate study. Many of these scholarships are open to international students who have completed completed Years 12 and 13 in a New Zealand school, or the University of Otago Pathway | Te Huarahi programme (or an equivalent foundation course at another New Zealand tertiary institution).

Details of University of Otago Entrance Scholarships

Pathway scholarship for pre-university study

New Frontiers Scholarships

For students who have not previously been admitted to the University of Otago and who are planning to undertake full-time, full-year undergraduate study. Open to students who have completed high school in New Zealand and other countries.

Scholarship value: Up to NZD$4,000 for tuition fees

Details of University of Otago New Frontiers Entrance Scholarship

University of Otago 150th Entrance Scholarships

For students who have demonstrated academic ability and who can show significant financial need or have life circumstances that present barriers to studying at university. Open to international students who have completed Year 12 at a New Zealand high school or are in the process of completing Year 13 at a New Zealand high school or an equivalent foundation level course at a New Zealand tertiary institution.

Scholarship value: NZD$13,000

University of Otago 150th Entrance Scholarships

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Postgraduate scholarships

Otago International Excellence Scholarships

For international students commencing selected postgraduate programmes at the University of Otago, studying on campus, online or by distance (subject to programme availability).

Scholarship value: NZD$10,000 for tuition fees for full-time study

Details of Otago International Excellence Scholarships

University of Otago International Master's Research Scholarship

For international students enrolling in a research Master’s programme.

Scholarship value: NZD$16,000 stipend per annum plus a partial tuition fee waiver (capped at the domestic fee rate).

Details of University of Otago International Master's Research Scholarship

University of Otago Coursework Master's Scholarship

For international and domestic students enrolling in a coursework Master’s programme.

Scholarship value: NZD$10,000 for tuition fees

Details of University of Otago Coursework Master's Scholarship

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Doctoral scholarships

University of Otago Doctoral Scholarships

For international and domestic students enrolling in a Doctoral programme.

Details of University of Otago Doctoral scholarships

Pathway scholarship

The Foundation Studies Certificate, an entry qualification to enable admission to a New Zealand university, is offered by University of Otago Pathway | Te Huarahi. The following scholarship is available for students enrolling for this qualification.

University of Otago Pathway │ Te Huarahi Scholarship

For international and domestic students enrolling in the Foundation Studies Certificate.

Scholarship value: from NZD$5,000 for tuition fees.

Details of University of Otago Pathway │ Te Huarahi Scholarship

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New Zealand Scholarships at the University of Otago

The New Zealand Government provides scholarships to eligible citizens of some developing countries to undertake tertiary level study in New Zealand.

The purpose of the New Zealand scholarships is to enhance the skills, training and knowledge of selected individuals and thereby build capacity to contribute to the sustainable development of key areas in their home country, including the reduction of poverty.

External scholarships

New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA)

For students from India. Offered in collaboration with Education New Zealand. Further details on 2021 scholarships to come.

Scholarship value: varies

Details of New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA)

Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards (NZUEA)

For Study Abroad students from the USA studying for a semester at the University of Otago. Offered in conjunction with Education New Zealand.

Scholarship value: varies

Details of Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards (NZUEA)

GoOverseas – USA Study Abroad

For Study Abroad students from the USA to study at a New Zealand university. Offered in conjunction with GoOverseas.

Scholarship value: varies

Details of GoOverseas – USA Study Abroad

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Scholarships database

The University of Otago offers a range of additional scholarships to undergraduate and postgraduate international students each year. Scholarships include opportunities for students new to Otago, as well as current Otago students.