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University of Waitkato New Zealand Scholarship 2022-2023 for International Students


About this scholarship

The University of Waikato International Entrance Scholarship for School Leavers(formerly the International Excellence – NZ School Leavers Scholarship) was established in 2019. The Scholarship was set up to promote educational opportunities, foster internationalisation, and support talented onshore international students who are enrolling for the first time into, or who have a pathway offer to enrol into, an undergraduate programme at the University of Waikato. The Scholarship is open to all international students currently in New Zealand, who meet the eligibility requirements outlined below in the year prior to enrolling in the degree programme and thus taking up the scholarship. The Scholarship has a value of up to NZD$20,000 and will be awarded automatically on enrolment into an undergraduate degree programme. Recipients may be called upon to become global ambassadors for the University of Waikato. The Scholarship will be applied to tuition fees only and is not transferrable.


1. Eligible recipients must have completed one of the following: a. NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, at a high school in New Zealand; OR b. a University of Waikato – Te Kura Huanui University of Waikato College Foundation programme or other equivalent Foundation programme within New Zealand 2. Students who have been unsuccessful at gaining University Entrance at a New Zealand high school and consequently have been offered a university preparation/pathway programme (for example, the University of Waikato’s Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies or CUP1 programme) leading into undergraduate study, may be eligible for this Scholarship. Payment of the Scholarship will be made upon successful enrolment into undergraduate study at the University of Waikato. 3. Eligible recipients must be applying to enrol full-time (120 points), for the first time, in an undergraduate degree programme at the University of Waikato;

4. Eligible recipients will be initially informed of their Scholarship when they receive their Offer of Place, and then will be formally offered the Scholarship through their MyWaikato portal. Normally official Scholarship offers will occur within 14 days of a student receiving their Offer of Place. 5. To retain the Scholarship, recipients must: a. Confirm their acceptance of the Scholarship by the date requested in the Scholarship Offer or the offer will automatically lapse and no longer be valid. b. Complete enrolment and begin full-time study in A Trimester or B Trimester of the first year of tenure (the year of tenure is indicated in the title of these regulations). Deferral may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applications to defer must be submitted via the Scholarship Variation Request online form, found on the University of Waikato Scholarships webpage. c. Remain an international student throughout the tenure of the Scholarship (e.g. not become a domestic student, not change residency status or be eligible to pay domestic fees). d. For recipients receiving the award for more than one year, they must pass all papers each year and remain enrolled full-time. 6. In accepting the Scholarship, the recipient will be deemed to have read, understood and accepted the conditions of the Scholarship, and the Scholarships Policy. 7. After accepting the Scholarship Offer, recipients will receive an official Scholarship Offer Letter to assist in any student visa application. 8. The Scholarship will be applied directly to the recipient’s tuition fees and will have a value and tenure as follows: 8.1. For those who are enrolling directly into undergraduate study: a. One Year Tenure: on enrolment, NZD$10,000 will be applied to the first year of full-time study. b. Two Years Tenure: If the recipient has achieved NCEA Level 3 with Merit, or equivalent, then, in their second year of study at the University of Waikato, they will receive an additional NZD$5,000. The year two payment is conditional on the recipient passing all papers in year one. c. Three Years Tenure: If the recipient achieves NCEA Level 3 with Excellence, or equivalent, then they will receive an additional NZD$10,000 (NZD$5,000 in their second year of study and NZD$5,000 in their third year of study at the University of Waikato), both conditional on passing all papers in year one and two, respectively. d. Candidates who are taking ONE ‘gap year’ in the year of application may also be considered provided they have achieved NCEA Level 3, or equivalent, in

the year prior and have not commenced or completed another tertiary qualification during this gap year. e. Students who have achieved University Entrance based on NCEA Level 2, and have an Offer of Place, may be considered but will need to complete and submit a Scholarship Variation Request online form. These students will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 8.2. For those who have a pathway offer (e.g. CUP) leading into undergraduate study, the Scholarship will have a value of up to $7,500 and will be applied, after completion of the pathway programme, to the first year of full-time (120 points) international enrolment fees for the undergraduate degree programme. Enrolment into the undergraduate degree programme must be in the next available intake. 9. The following cases are all ineligible for the scholarship: a. Returning students to the University of Waikato; b. Students enrolling in programmes that are less than 12 months duration (with the exception of those on a pathway offer such as CUP); c. Students coming to the University of Waikato via a sponsoring body or on a Guaranteed Credit Agreement or funded by Education New Zealand Scholarships; d. Recipients of any other University of Waikato funded tuition-fees funding. e. Students who are offshore and/or intend to study online at the University of Waikato. 10. If a recipient is in receipt of a student allowance or any type of financial assistance, it is their responsibility to check their entitlement to other income and any tax implications. 11. If, during the tenure of the Scholarship, a recipient’s circumstances changes in such a manner that their continued eligibility for the Scholarship may be affected, they must inform immediately. 12. The Scholarships Committee may terminate this Scholarship at any time, and recoup any funds disbursed, if the holder withdraws from the University of Waikato during the tenure of the Scholarship, brings the Scholarship or the University into disrepute2, or is otherwise not complying with the conditions governing the Scholarship and/or the regulations of the University of Waikato. 13. The holder will have the right to appeal against any decision to terminate a Scholarship by writing to who will forward the appeal to the Scholarships Executive.

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