New Zealand Scholarships For International Students

November 18th, 2023
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Depending on your level of study, your home country, and the institution you wish to study at – you may be eligible for other available scholarships.

If you are looking to research scholarships that might apply to you, the New Zealand Education website has a helpful toolexternal icon that will filter available scholarships so you can find the most appropriate ones.

Universities in NZ for IELTS scores of 5.5 and above

Top tips for applying for scholarships

When researching scholarships, it’s important that you understand what the scholarship will cover, and what you will need to provide. Here are some top tips for applying for scholarships:

1. Start early

Don’t wait and put off your application until the last minute. Start researching and applying for scholarships as early as possible. The application process can be time-consuming and the earlier you get prepared the better your chances are to meet the deadline.

2. Research scholarships in advance

First, determine what your academic interests are and what is important to you. Then, look for scholarships that align with your plans and make sure you meet the eligibility criteria.

3. Understand the terms

Find out all that you need to know to make sure the scholarship is a good fit for you. Is the scholarship a one-off payment, or if it will provide ongoing support? Will you need to demonstrate high academic marks consistently? Are there any conditions around employment after you finish your course of study?

4. Keep track of your applications and deadlines

Create an Excel sheet and make a list of all the scholarships you plan to apply for. Include a checklist of the requirements and any supporting documents needed and their respective deadlines.

5. Create a great application

If you want people to notice your application, you need to make it special. You can do this by talking about the things you’re really good at, things you’ve done well before, and the things that make you different from everyone else. You also need to write your essay in a way that makes people interested in you, by telling them about what motivates you, your achievements and what you hope to do in the future. If you do this well, the person reading your application will learn more about you and will want to know even more!

6. Get help

Speak to your lecturers, teachers, mentors and other professionals in your field as they can provide guidance on which scholarships to apply for. They can also provide valuable advice and offer feedback on your application.

7. Check everything thoroughly

It’s recommended that you double-check your application to ensure that everything is correct and complete. Go through your checklist to make sure that you haven’t missed any documents and check all for spelling and grammar.

8. Follow up

After submitting your application, it’s important to follow up with the scholarship provider to ensure that they received it and that it’s complete. Send an email or make a phone call to inquire about the status of your application. This will show that you are organised, motivated, and interested in the scholarship.

Your work is not done after one application. It’s important to continue your research and look for other scholarship opportunitiesexternal icon.

IELTS requirement for scholarship applications

Various scholarships are available to New Zealand students, each with its own eligibility requirements. A majority of scholarships may still require evidence of English language proficiency.

Generally, applicants require an IELTS (Academic) band score of 6.0 (with no individual band score of less than 5.5). The best way to find out about the requirements for the scholarship program you’re interested in is to contact the institution or scholarship provider directly. Alternatively, you can also get in touch with an education counsellorexternal icon. They have access to information from multiple education providers.