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Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for International Students – Online

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Information on this page applies only to scholarships awarded for study in 2021. For information about the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for International Students for study in 2022, visit:

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for International Students

Eligible students International undergraduate students at the University of Otago, living outside of New Zealand
Value NZD$10,000 for tuition fees
For how long 12 months
Number offered Varies
For study beginning in

Semester 1 (February) 2021 or semester 2 (July) 2021
Note: not all programmes offer a semester 2 intake

Application dates Opening date: 1 May 2020 for semester 1 and 2 2021
Closing date: 10 December 2020 for semester 1, and 30 April 2021 for semester 2


The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships for International Students (Online) recognise the additional challenges currently faced by international students, and support students to commence their studies with Otago online in 2021. 

The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for International Students (Online) provides a NZ$10,000 contribution towards the tuition fee for an undergraduate programme offered online in 2021.

This scholarship will be awarded to all eligible students applying for an eligible programme.

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Eligible students

Scholarship applicants must be:

  1. International students who are not New Zealand citizens or permanent residents; and
  2. Who are currently living outside of New Zealand; and
  3. Have gained university admission through:
    1. Completion of Year 12 and completion of, or in the process of completion of Year 13 at a New Zealand school, or an equivalent foundation level course at a New Zealand tertiary institution
    2. Completion of an internationally recognised qualification in New Zealand or at an overseas high school, such as A Levels, International Baccalaureate, or ATAR; or
    3. Meeting other international entrance requirements as outlined on the Otago website; and
  4. Have not normally completed any previous study at a New Zealand university; and
  5. Are eligible apply for, and are intending to enrol for full-time study in the first year of an undergraduate degree offered online in 2021.

Eligible programmes

The programme for which a student is applying must be offered online. In 2021, these are:

  • Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) – limited majors
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) – limited majors
  • Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom) – limited majors

See the website for further information on online programmes available in 2021

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Scholarship application process

There is no formal scholarship application process. Students will be notified of the scholarship in their Offer of Place which will be followed by a scholarship letter.

Any eligible student that has already received an Offer of Place will be contacted by Otago’s Student Experience team and issued a scholarship letter.

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The University of Otago Entrance Scholarship Terms and Conditions normally apply

In addition, the following applies to the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships for International Students (New Zealand):

  • This scholarship is redeemable only as a credit to tuition fees
  • Students commencing in semester 2 are eligible for this scholarship
  • This scholarship may not be held concurrently with another University of Otago Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship (UES). If a recipient is awarded another UES, the recipient will receive the scholarship of the highest value
  • Deferral of the scholarship is not normally possible