FAQs for Tertiary Scholarships

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions for scholars studying in New Zealand and in the Pacific.

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FAQs for New Zealand Tertiary Scholarships and COVID-19

1. I have been accepted for a scholarship to study in New Zealand. When can I enter New Zealand to commence my scholarship?

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.

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.

2. I have been accepted for a scholarship to study in New Zealand. How will COVID-19 affect my university experience in New Zealand?

New Zealand has taken a steadfast approach to eliminating COVID-19, including implementing a 4-level Alert System which tells us what action we need to take. It is important that we are all prepared to adapt to a change in Alert Level at any time. If an outbreak of COVID-19 in the community occurs, you will be required to comply with all the measures set out by the Alert Level. In this circumstance, you may be required to study from home for a period of time.

You can find up to date information about the status of COVID-19 in New Zealand, as well as more information on New Zealand’s approach at: www.covid19.govt.nz(external link) and www.health.govt.nz(external link).

3. Will I need to quarantine in New Zealand?

Yes, if you travel to New Zealand for your study programme, you will be required to complete a minimum of 14 days in managed isolation and quarantine upon arrival. By completing managed isolation and quarantine, we can ensure people do not have COVID-19 before returning to our communities. You will be tested for COVID-19 during your stay, and must test negative for before you are able to leave.

For the latest updates on managed isolation and quarantine requirements in New Zealand, please see www.covid19.govt.nz/travel-and-the-border/(external link).

4. Do I have access to healthcare while I am on scholarship?

As part of being awarded a New Zealand Scholarship, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) will cover funding for your insurance which includes health care and travel cover.

5. I have been accepted for a scholarship to study in New Zealand. Can I start my programme online?

It may be possible for a small number of Postgraduate scholars to commence their study programme online. This applies to a limited number of countries and courses. If you are eligible, your relevant institution will raise this with you as part of the admissions process.

6. Can I bring my family to New Zealand?

For the time being, your dependant family members cannot accompany you to New Zealand. We understand this may be disappointing, however as a result of the volatility of international travel, it is not possible for scholars to bring their dependant family members to New Zealand.

This policy will remain in place until we advise otherwise.

7. Can I travel overseas during my scholarship once I am in New Zealand?

Unfortunately, as a result of border restrictions and managed isolation and quarantine requirements, once you are in New Zealand, you will not be able to travel overseas while you are studying.

This policy will remain in place until we advise otherwise.

8. What happens if I am unable to return home immediately at the end of my scholarship as result of border closures?

If you are unable to return home at the completion of your scholarship due to COVID-19 border closures or travel restrictions, MFAT will continue to support you to remain in New Zealand until the earliest opportunity that you can return home.

FAQs for Pacific Tertiary Scholarships and COVID-19

1. I have been accepted for a scholarship to study in the Pacific. When will I be able to enter my study country to commence my study programme?

We are aiming for Pacific scholars selected in 2021 to enter their Pacific study country to commence study from Semester 2, 2022.

2. I have been accepted for a scholarship to study in the Pacific. How will COVID-19 affect my university experience?

You will be expected to adhere to all directives issued by the Government of your study country relating to COVID-19. This may result in changes to your university experience.

3. Will I need to quarantine when I arrive in my study country?

You will be expected to adhere to all directives issued by the Government of your study country relating to COVID-19, including the need to undertake managed isolation and quarantine upon arrival in your study country.

4. Do I have access to healthcare while I am on scholarship?

As part of being awarded a New Zealand Scholarship, MFAT will cover funding for your insurance which includes health care and travel cover.

5. I have been accepted for a scholarship to study in the Pacific. Can I start my programme online?

It may be possible for some scholars studying under the Pacific Tertiary to commence the first six months of their study programme online. If you are eligible, your relevant institution will raise this with you as part of the admissions process.

6. Can I bring my family with me to my study country?

For the time being, your dependant family members cannot accompany you to your study country. We understand this may be disappointing, however as a result of the volatility of international travel, it is not possible for scholars to bring their dependant family members to their study country.

This policy will remain in place until we advise otherwise.

7. Can I travel overseas during my scholarship once I am in my study country?

Unfortunately, as a result of border restrictions and the volatility of international travel, once you are in your study country, you will not be able to travel back to their home countries for the time being.

This policy will remain in place until we advise otherwise.

8. What happens if I am unable to return home immediately at the end of my scholarship as a result of border closures?

If you are unable to return home at the completion of your scholarship due to COVID-19 border closures or travel restrictions, MFAT will continue to support you to remain in your study country until the earliest opportunity that you can return home.

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