University of Waikato International Excellence Scholarship (2023)

2023 Applications Open

Foreign students who are new to the University of Waikato and who will be enrolled in face-to-face courses there in 2023 are encouraged to apply for the Vice Chancellor’s International Excellence Scholarship.

Except for those who choose to enroll in courses at the Waikato China Learning Centre (CLC) at Hainan University, students who choose to enroll in online courses through the University are not eligible to apply for the Vice-International Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship.

After years of active lobbying by a group of Hamilton residents who were keen to establish a university in their city, the University of Waikato finally opened its doors in 1964. Facilities were initially lacking, but in early 1965, new structures were formally inaugurated by the governor-general at the time, Sir Bernard Fergusson. Vice-Chancellor Sir Don Llewellyn served as the first.

The university with the quickest growth rate in New Zealand by the 1980s was Waikato. In 1987, the thriving Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences was promoted to a School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences due to the growing popularity of computer science as a field of study.

The University and its neighboring teachers’ college have always had a close relationship, and the two institutions combined to form the first university in New Zealand, paving the way for others to follow. The University started to establish a presence in Tauranga through its teaching programs.

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The Kngitanga and Waikato-Tainui, who are the traditional proprietors and custodians of the Waikato region, have a long-standing association with the University of Waikato. The Ngti Wairere and Ngti Hau of Tainui once lived on the site where the University’s Hamilton campus now stands. Following the Waikato Land Wars, the colonial government took over a large portion of this territory in 1864, a move that was later deemed to violate the Treaty of Waitangi.

If you are a new student at the University of Waikato, you must:

Before you can access the application for scholarships and awards, you must complete an enrollment application (This application is not a commitment to study here at the University of Waikato and can be withdrawn or updated at any time).
You will be directed to the MyWaikato screen if you are a current student or already have a Waikato account: Sign up for a profile and access My Waikato. From the list of scholarships at the bottom of the page, click the “Scholarships” tab and choose the scholarship you want to apply for. When you are prepared, press the “Apply Now” button below to start your application(s).

Over 65,000 international students studying all over the world were polled for the 2021 International Student Barometer.

More than 90% of students who attended the University of Waikato expressed satisfaction with their education, which is higher than both the global average and the average of the five participating universities in New Zealand.

University University of Waikato
Host NationNew Zealand
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Closing Date2023 still Open
Eligible CandidatesForeign Students
University of Waikato International Scholarships

Waikato Management School is one of only a select few business schools in the world to have achieved “Triple Crown” status, which is recognized globally for excellence in business education. We have earned accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA; only 1% of business schools worldwide have met the demanding requirements of all three accreditation bodies.

The Waikato Management School’s MBA** program was reaccredited by AMBA in 2017 for a further five years, the longest period of accreditation possible.

Talented international students who are enrolling for the first time in undergraduate or graduate programs at the University of Waikato are intended to benefit from this scholarship. The Scholarships, which can be worth up to NZD$15,000, will be given to selected candidates who exhibit exceptional academic achievement.

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