Everything Regarding University of Waikato’s International Excellence Scholarship 

The University of Waikato is a public research university in Hamilton, New Zealand. Established in 1964, the university provides a strong, research-led global contribution in the disciplines of education, social sciences, and management and is an innovator in environmental science, marine and freshwater ecology, engineering and computer science. 

The University of Waikato also has a list of notable alumni who are successful leaders and award-winners in their respective domains. The university has academic partnerships with numerous educational institutes and organizations across the globe, which facilitates exchange programmes to extend international exposure and enhanced learning for students. Also, the university has many industry partners. Currently, around 12,642 students are pursuing different under-graduate, doctoral and post-graduate degree programmes at the institution. It is home to more than 2000 international students from over 80 countries across the world. 

The University welcomes applications for the International Excellence Scholarship from foreign students who are currently in New Zealand and are new to studying at Waikato, for face-to-face study in 2022 or 2023. All new international students (excluding CLC students), who wish to commence their studies online in 2022, will instead be automatically awarded a 20% discount on their tuition fees and will receive a travel grant once the borders have reopened and also get transferred to New Zealand for face-to-face studies. The NZ Government has already announced that the country’s border will re-open for international students in October 2022. 


To be eligible for the International Excellence scholarship, the applicants must be: 

  • for the first time into undergraduate or postgraduate programmes at the University of Waikato 
  • The only students who are eligible to enter New Zealand earlier and holding a current student visa, or students who have been nominated through an approved border exception 

Please note that while the New Zealand border will open in May to travellers from visa waiver countries, this is for visitor visas only. International students studying a programme longer than 12 weeks are not eligible to study on a visitor’s visa.  

For up-to-date information regarding the New Zealand border re-opening, please visit the Immigration New Zealand website

Also, students who are pursuing studies online with the University are not eligible to apply for the International Excellence Scholarship, with the exception of students who choose to study at the Waikato China Learning Centre (CLC) at Hainan University. 

Funding Details 

The Scholarships have a value of up to NZD$20,000 and will be awarded to successful applicants who demonstrate excellent academic achievement. Additionally, the amount will be based on criteria such as, but not limited to, total available funding, grades, financial need, number of credits enrolled, number of applicants and period of enrolment. 

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