Vice-Chancellor Scholarships at University of Otago in New Zealand 2022

The University of Otago in New Zealand is taking applications for the Vice-Chancellor Scholarships for foreign Undergraduate scholars in the 2021/2022 school year.

Vice-Chancellor Scholarships for foreign scholars welcome, support and acknowledge the very best foreign students enrolling in an undergraduate degree program at the University of Otago. The scholarship awards acknowledge academic distinction, diversity, and leadership prospect in supporting high-achieving students in their programs. The scholarship awards are also structured to support those scholars best placed to make a positive influence on society in their future careers.

The Vice-Chancellor Scholarships for foreign students (New Zealand) acknowledge the extra challenges presently faced by foreign students in New Zealand, especially in being unable to go back to their families and home nation due to border restrictions. These scholarship awards support foreign students to remain in the nation and start study on campus at Otago in 2021.

About University of Otago

The university was established by a panel led by Thomas Burns, and officially created by a regulation of the Otago Provincial Council in 1869. The university took in its first scholars in July 1871, making it the earliest-established university in New Zealand and third-oldest in Oceania. Between 1874 and 1961, the University of Otago was a component of the federal University of New Zealand, and put out degrees in its name.

Otago is renowned for its pulsating student life, especially its flatting, which is usually in old houses. Otago scholars have a long standing custom of naming their flats.

About the Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

Eligible studentsForeign undergraduate scholars at the University of Otago, living in New Zealand
ValueNZ$10,000 for tuition fees and housing guarantee (terms and conditions apply)
For how long12 months
Number offeredVaries
For study beginning inSemester 1 (February) 2022 or semester 2 (July) 2022.
Note: not all programs have a semester 2 intake
Application datesOpening date: 1 May 2021 for semester 1 and 2 2021.
Closing date: 10 December 2021 for semester 1, and 30 April 2022 for semester 2.

Worth of Vice-Chancellor Scholarships at University of Otago

  • NZ$10,000 for tuition fees

Eligibility for Vice-Chancellor Scholarships at University of Otago

Scholarship applicants must be:

  • Foreign scholars who are not New Zealand nationals or permanent residents; and
  • Who have completed:
    • Their final year of high school abroad or in New Zealand attaining a University Entrance qualification equal to NZQA Level 3, or
    • A recognised foreign pre-matriculation program equivalent to NZQA Level 4; or
    • The University of Otago’s Foundation Year; and
  • Are qualified to apply for, and are planning to enrol for full-time study in one of the following programs:
    • Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
    • Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom)
    • Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc)

How to Apply for Vice-Chancellor Scholarships at University of Otago

  • There is no formal scholarship award application procedure.
  • Beneficiaries presently studying at high school in New Zealand will be informed of the scholarship award in early October.
  • Other beneficiaries, including those overseas, will be informed of the scholarship award in their Offer of Place.
  • Selection of scholarship award beneficiaries is at the discretion of the University of Otago.


The following applies to the Vice-Chancellor Scholarships for foreign scholars (New Zealand):

  • This scholarship award is obtainable only as a credit to tuition fees
  • Students starting in semester 2 are qualified for this scholarship award
  • This scholarship award may not be held together with another University of Otago Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship award (UES). If a beneficiary is granted another UES, the beneficiary will get the scholarship award of the highest value. If the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for foreign scholars (New Zealand) is replaced by a higher value scholarship award, the accommodation guarantee still remains in place, subject to meeting housing application requirements
  • Deferral of the scholarship award is not typically possible

Application Deadline

  • Submit an application by 10 December 2021 for semester 1, and 30 April 2022 for semester 2

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