New Zealand Scholarship FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions: For Applicants + Study Abroad Advisors

This scholarship seems too good to be true. Is it?

This scholarship is absolutely, 100% real! We are awarding five scholarships worth up to $15,000 USD to undergraduate and graduate students for European and US students. Education New Zealand and Go Overseas are passionate about studying abroad in New Zealand. This scholarship is meant to encourage more students to seriously consider studying abroad in New Zealand.

I work at a university that has exchange agreements with universities in New Zealand and/or my school is a part of a consortium/association (ie: ISEP or EAP) that coordinates study abroad to New Zealand. Can my students apply?

Absolutely! When your students are completing their applications, have them select "Direct Enrollment" at any of the New Zealand universities you currently have an exchange program with. If they're chosen as a recipient, we'll work directly with you to ensure the scholarship funds are transferred to your institution, or to the university in New Zealand.

What if I don't win a scholarship? Can I still study abroad in New Zealand?

Yes, we absolutely hope you do. Other schools and providers are offering individual scholarships if you don't win the full scholarship. Feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions. Education New Zealand and the New Zealand tertiary institutions also offer Generation Study Abroad $500 Excellence and $2,000 Travel awards for US students . Find out more on the Study in New Zealand website. Applications open September 1 and close December 1 for study in New Zealand beginning January 2018.

Will my top 3 program/university choices contact me after I submit my application to this scholarship?

Yes. As soon as you apply, we'll share your contact information with the 3 providers/universities you have chosen. They will then contact you to help you prepare for your study abroad adventure in New Zealand. Whether you are chosen as the recipient of this scholarship or not, we hope you choose to study abroad on one of their excellent programs.

I received the email after completing my application that says I need to apply for a study abroad program. How do I do this?

To apply for the study abroad program you want to attend, head over to our list of Universities & Providers (click here if you are a European student). From that page, you can click on the programs you want to apply to and learn about their application requirements and processes. Note that some providers and universities have an application deadline of October 1st, so don't delay!

If I’m chosen as the recipient of one of the scholarships, will there be any costs to me when I'm in New Zealand?

Yes. Remember, you will still need to pay rent and you'll need to eat! It's also important to set aside some money for rent & spending money. Remember, this amount will likely be less than the amount you'd spend on your home campus for a semester.

I see that some study abroad programs have offered additional scholarship funding. Can you tell me more about this?

Certainly, and we're glad you asked. Some very generous providers and schools are offering additional scholarships that can only be applied to the program that is offering them. Each provider and school will be choosing the recipients among the students that apply to them. It's also worth mentioning that the recipients of the main scholarships we give away will not be eligible for additional scholarships.

Is there an advantage to choosing the NZ Flag, NZ Country, or Kiwi (bird, fruit, or native New Zealander) photo as part of my application?

No, not at all. We think you can be very creative with any of the three options. Remember, all photos must be original, and it helps if you're actually in the photos. We look forward to seeing your stellar entries!

When is the application deadline for the Go Overseas Study Abroad scholarship?

The deadline for New Zealand Scholarship application is Friday, October 13th, 2017 at 11:59 pm PST. With the number of applications we expect to receive, we recommend being proactive and applying early.

Can the Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship be applied to a winter, summer or J-Term study abroad program?

Yes. This scholarship can be applied to any study abroad program in New Zealand during the 2018 calendar year. If you are applying for the undergraduate scholarship, you will be asked to specify Spring, Summer or Autumn 2018 as your preferred semester (you can select multiple). Graduate scholarship winners will start in the Autumn 2018 term.

Can Graduate Students apply for this scholarship?

Graduate students from the US are eligible to apply for specific scholarships offered by university partners in New Zealand. European graduate students can apply for the Europe scholarship on the European scholarship application page.

How are the funds awarded to recipients?

The funds will be sent directly to your university in New Zealand to cover the full tuition costs of the recipient. If the tuition is less than the scholarship total, Education New Zealand & Go Overseas may work directly with the recipient to apply any additional funds towards room & board.

Do applicants need to have already been accepted to a study abroad program before applying for the scholarship?
  • Undergraduate applicants: No. Undergraduate (study abroad) students should apply as early as possible to their chosen program, though. We expect that many applicants, if not most, will not have applied to a program when submitting their application to this scholarship.

  • Graduate applicants: For full degree Master's program applicants, you will need to apply directly to the program you select as soon as possible (if you're not already accepted) and you must meet their requirements to be considered for the scholarship.

Are there any costs to apply for this scholarship?

No, absolutely not! That would go against everything we believe in here at Go Overseas. We're a very mission driven organization and pretty nice people (at least we think so).

Do I have to finish my application all at once?

No, you'll be able to log in to your account and finish the application later, and you can even make edits after you've submitted it.

Does applying for the scholarship mean I'll definitely be accepted to a program?

No. Applying for the scholarship and applying for a program are two separate things. Be sure to apply for the program of your choice in addition to applying for the scholarship.

I'm a non-traditional student. Can I apply for the New Zealand Study Abroad Scholarship?

Yes, most certainly. Education New Zealand & Go Overseas will judge each applicant on the quality of their application.

Do students with particular majors have an advantage in applying for the New Zealand Scholarship?

Students in all majors are considered equally for the New Zealand Scholarship. Applications are judged based on the quality of their application.

Is there a minimum GPA required in order to apply for the scholarship?

There is no minimum GPA required to apply for the scholarship -- however, when you're conducting your program research be sure to check their individual requirements for program admission.

Any other questions?

Students & advisors alike -- feel free to email Education New Zealand at [email protected] if you'd like to get in touch about additional information or have specific questions about studying abroad in New Zealand. If you're an European applicant or university, please direct your questions to [email protected].