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.
This handbook is vital for all Scholars studying in New Zealand. You must read this handbook carefully as it outlines and explains your responsibilities and expectations as a New Zealand Scholarship recipient.
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:
- Getting a valid student visa is a common condition required before you leave your own country.
- Completing more English language training before you start your scholarship.
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.
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, but it is not enough to cover the living costs of any family members.
- 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
- 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 allow for one or two trips home, depending on the length of your scholarship.)
- help with research and thesis costs for many postgraduate students.
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 about your courses, financial allowances or payments.
If there is a New Zealand Embassy or High Commission in your country, 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.
Each year, we conduct one round of scholarship applications for each country.
If you are successful, you will start your study in semester one in February or March of the following year. (The exception is when your study programme is only available from semester two.) Check the website of your education institution for the exact start dates for your courses. You must be available to start your study on time.
The international student office at your preferred education institution will make sure you arrive at your study location before your courses start. You will have to time for orientation and to settle into your new accommodation.
You must complete your study within the time period allocated by your education institution for your chosen academic programme.
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 example, all scholars must return home to work in their own country for two years after they finish their academic scholarship.
Please revisit this page in November 2018 for a copy of the conditions.
You are a representative of your country and the government scholarship programme. We expect a high standard of behaviour from all New Zealand Scholars. Scholars could lose their New Zealand Scholarship if they don’t follow our code of conduct.
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.