8. Scholars: get ready to start your scholarship

This page describes what you must do if you get and accept a New Zealand Scholarship. We congratulate those applicants who make it into our scholarship programme.

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New Zealand Scholarships Policy Handbook

Please note: Due to COVID-19, some aspects of the Handbook have been modified or suspended. Scholars on scholarship will be advised by providers as required.

The handbooks are vital for all Scholars studying in New Zealand or the Pacific. You must read the relevant handbook carefully as it outlines and explains your responsibilities and expectations as a New Zealand Scholarship recipient.

From time to time the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will review the New Zealand Scholarships Policy Handbooks. Changes made after review apply to all scholars, regardless of when they commence their scholarship.

You must meet any prerequisite conditions of your scholarship

Getting your New Zealand Scholarship may be conditional. You may need to meet some conditions before you leave your home country, and/or as soon as you arrive at your study location. Your Scholarship Letter of Offer will tell you if your scholarship comes with prerequisite conditions. If you do not meet the prerequisite conditions, we have to withdraw the offer of a scholarship.

Here are two examples of prerequisite conditions:

You must apply for all visas

Please note: Due to COVID-19, Immigration New Zealand is currently not receiving new visa applications. Please check the INZ website(external link) regularly for information about when you can apply for your visa. 

As soon as you accept your scholarship, you must apply for a student visa for New Zealand or your Pacific destination. The visa application takes two to three months, typically from September-November. This process involves medical tests.

Financial support for scholars

With a full New Zealand Scholarship, scholars receive:

  • full tuition fees
  • living allowance (a stipend) of NZ$491 per week. This will help with a scholar’s basic living expenses. If you commence your study programme online in your home country, your stipend will be adjusted to reflect the difference in living costs around the world.
  • an establishment allowance of NZ$3000. This is to help with set-up costs in New Zealand. For example, you can use it for accommodation expenses, text books, or other study materials
  • medical insurance when you are in New Zealand
  • Tutoring costs up to the value of NZ$1000, to assist with the cost of additional tutoring while you are studying if needed.

  • travel to and from your own country. This is for travel from your own country at the start of the scholarship, and for return travel at the end of your scholarship
  • travel insurance
  • travel home during your scholarship. We usually allow for one or two trips home, depending on the length of your scholarship, however this is subject to border settings and other restrictions. Please note: As a result of COVID-19 border restrictions, at present scholars are not able to use this entitlement. Instead, scholars are eligible to use their reunion travel entitlement to visit family or members of their community within New Zealand. This policy will remain in place until MFAT advises otherwise.
  • Managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ): We will cover the cost of MIQ upon your arrival in New Zealand, and will provide support towards costs of MIQ upon return to your home country, if your home government does not already cover this cost.

  • A reintegration allowance of NZ$1000. This is to help with set-up costs upon your return to your home country.

  • help with research and thesis costs for many postgraduate students

Your education institution will organise your travel and look after you on arrival

The International Students Office at your university or education institution will organise travel to your study location and your accommodation. They will also look after you on arrival in your study location. They can answer any questions you may have about your courses, financial allowances or payments.

You attend a briefing before you leave home

If there is a New Zealand Embassy or High Commission in your country(external link), they will give you a briefing before you leave your country. This briefing will take place at New Zealand Embassy or High Commission in your country.

If you cannot attend a briefing for whatever reason, you can download the briefing information.

Scholarship start dates

Due to ongoing border closures, visa restrictions, and pressure on New Zealand’s managed isolation and quarantine facilities, scholars selected in 2021 will not commence their scholarship at the same time as scholars selected in 2019 and 2020. Please see below for estimated start dates for study in New Zealand.

For Pacific candidates selected for a scholarship in 2021 for study in New Zealand:  We aim for Pacific scholars selected in 2021 to enter New Zealand to commence study from Semester 2, 2022.

For scholars selected in 2019 and 2020 for study in New Zealand: We are continuing to aim for scholars selected in 2019 and 2020 to enter New Zealand to commence study from Semester 1, 2022. Your Education Institution will work with you to determine the earliest opportunity that you can enter New Zealand to commence your study. If you are currently employed, do not resign or make any other arrangements with your employer until your study start date and travel plans have been confirmed by your institution.

Please see below for estimated start dates for study in the Pacific.

For Pacific scholars selected for a scholarship in 2021 for study in the Pacific: We aim for Pacific scholars selected in 2021 to enter their study country to commence study from Semester 2, 2022.

You must complete your study on time

You must complete your study within the time period allocated by your education institution for your chosen academic programme.

All scholars must comply with these conditions

Scholars must meet all the conditions of a scholarship. Scholars could lose their academic scholarship if they fail to meet these conditions.

For example, all scholars must attend classes, complete compulsory assignments and sit all exams. All scholars must meet all the course requirements of their education institution on time. Your education institution offers extra academic and personal support if a scholar asks for it.

For more information on the scholarship conditions click on the relevant link below:

Please note: Due to COVID-19, some aspects of the scholarship conditions have been modified or suspended. Scholars on scholarship will be advised by providers as required.

Conduct requirements of New Zealand Scholars

Scholars agree to maintain an acceptable standard of conduct while on scholarship, as specified by the Scholarship Conditions in the Letter of Scholarship Offer. The Conditions apply to the scholar from the date of departure from their home country for their country of study, until the date of arrival in their home country on completion of the scholarship.

Acceptable scholar conduct includes:

  • abiding by the laws of the study country
  • treating others with respect
  • behaving with honesty and integrity
  • acting in a manner that reflects your role as a representative of your home country

Scholars should be aware that it is a criminal offence to use violence of any kind against another person, which includes physical, sexual, or psychological violence against family members such as partners or children. It is also a crime to neglect or exploit children in your care, or to use physical discipline of any kind.

For more information on family violence and New Zealand laws, see http://areyouok.org.nz/family-violence/thelaw/(external link)

Academic requirements

Scholars agree to meet all of the academic requirements outlined in the Letter of Scholarship Offer and in the New Zealand Scholarships Policy Handbook. This includes attending all classes, completing all assessments that are compulsory course requirements, and sitting all exams. You are required to achieve satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the continuation criteria set by both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the academic institution.

Education institutions have duty to care for students

Your education institution must follow the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students(external link). This sets minimum standards to ensure international students in New Zealand are well informed, safe, and properly cared for by their education institution.

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