What the Scholarship covers

Your New Zealand Scholarship covers most of the costs of studying in New Zealand, including your fees, travel, insurance, and a fortnightly living allowance.

As a New Zealand Scholarship student, you will receive funding for:

  • full tuition fees
  • travel between New Zealand and your home country (at the beginning and end of your Scholarship, and reunion travel for some students)
  • an establishment allowance to help with set-up costs
  • a fortnightly living allowance to cover basic living expenses
  • medical and travel insurance
  • private tutoring and writing coaching
  • a research and thesis allowance for some postgraduate students
  • a reintegration allowance to support you to settle back home.
The New Zealand Scholarship is a privilege for a student like me who lacks financial support from home. It is one of the best in the world in my opinion.
New Zealand Scholarship student suphisara chinakkarapong noon

Suphisara Chinakkarapong (Thailand),

Master of Education

Allowances and living costs

The cost of living in New Zealand may be high compared to your home country. Your Scholarship allowance will cover basic living costs—make sure you can meet any additional costs, including whether you can afford to bring your family.

To find out more about living costs, use our cost calculator or read the International Students’ Financial Survival Guide pdf1.2MB. If you would like help to develop a budget, contact the Student Finance Advisers.

When you arrive, you will have access to a New Zealand bank account and your initial establishment allowance of NZ$3,000. You will then receive a living allowance of NZ$982 every two weeks—for all 52 weeks of the year, including the summer holiday period.

An ongoing establishment allowance of NZ$1,000 will be paid for each subsequent full year of study.

Insurance

Your health and travel insurance costs are covered by your Scholarship, including higher premiums for any pre-existing conditions. You are automatically insured with the University’s international student insurance, Studentsafe, before you travel to New Zealand and until you fly home.

You must declare any pre-existing conditions using the Medical Risk Assessment form pdf185KB.

You can go to the International team for support when making an insurance claim.

Costs for bringing your family

Your New Zealand Scholarship does not include financial support for your family. If your family travels with you, you will need to pay for their travel, visa, insurance, accommodation, and living costs.

Find out more about what is and is not covered for your family on the MFAT website.