University of Canterbury Entrance Scholarships for International Undergraduate Students

Amount is up to $3,000 (between $1000 and $3000 for your first year at UC). It is a cash scholarship, so you can choose to use the money as you wish.

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The tenure of this award is 1 year. Continuation of a scholarship is conditional on satisfactory academic progress and adherence to the University’s statutes and regulations.

In the event of a recipient’s withdrawal from full-time study in an undergraduate degree programme, the scholarship will be withdrawn, and any paid funds may be recovered.


There is NO closing date as a scholarship application is NOT required. Apply to Enrol at UC, and if approved, that enrollment application will be taken as your scholarship application. However, to be eligible for it, all undergraduate students must enroll by 10 December for Semester One or 2 July for Semester Two; but, there is no scholarship application deadline.


Recipients must be studying full time. You could also be eligible for one or more of UC’s other undergraduate scholarships. Please visit the official website for more information.

The University of Canterbury in Christchurch is New Zealand’s second oldest university. It was founded in 1873 as Canterbury College, the first constituent college of the University of New Zealand. Its original campus was in the central city, but in 1961 when it became an independent university it also began moving out of its original neo-gothic buildings, which were re-purposed as the Christchurch Arts Centre.


To be eligible, the following must be met:

The scholarships will be awarded to students who are beginning their first year of an undergraduate degree programme at the University of Canterbury and who have completed university entrance qualification at a New Zealand school.

International students are also eligible, but must have sat for an entrance qualification (e.g. NCEA) in NZ or sat for CIE or IB either in NZ or overseas.

The scholarships are available only to students whose first year of study in an undergraduate degree programme is no more than one calendar year after they have completed their study for a university entrance qualification.

Recipients may commence study in either Semester 1 or Semester 2, and must be enrolled full time in their first year of study in an undergraduate degree programme.

(“Full time” is here defined as 0.8 EFTS or more for whole-year study, and the equivalent if enrolling for the first time for study commencing in Semester 2.)

Each scholarship will be tenable for one year.

The scholarships will be awarded to students who have gained the academic qualifications listed in the appendix, and who have gained university entrance.

Students completing university entrance requirements in New Zealand via other pathways will also be eligible for consideration, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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