Scholarships and awards

Most University of Auckland students fund their exchange through a combination of scholarships, loans and personal savings.

For more information on funding at individual universities, see our exchange partners. Check out the awards below which can help  offset the costs of your exchange.

Awards, grants and scholarships

Type of funding Number of awards (per year) Amount per student

Exchange Award

(no application required)

100 – 120 awards available depending on the split by destination.

$2,500 to students
going to Europe (excluding London-based institutions)

$1,800 to students
going to Asia/Latin America

$800 to students going to Australia.

Maori and Pacific Award 4

$6000 per student

No restriction on
destination.

Equity Award 4

$6,000 per student

No restriction on
destination.

Exchange Award

  • These awards assist University of Auckland students (both domestic and international) with the cost of studying overseas while on an approved student exchange.
  • No award application is required. Students who have applied for exchange by the deadline will be automatically considered for the Exchange Award.
  • Eligibility will be based on destination placement and GPA.
  • Successful students will be notified by email once the exchange nominations are confirmed within 6 weeks of the exchange deadline.

Maori and Pacific Award

  • These awards assist University of Auckland Maori and Pacific students with the cost of studying overseas while on an approved student exchange.
  • Eligibility will be for Maori and Pacific students and assessed by GPA if applications exceed availability. Additional documentation may be required for assessment.
  • Deadlines to apply for this award:
    • 1st July (for Semester 1 exchange)
    • 1st December (for Semester 2 exchange)

Equity Award

  • These awards assist University of Auckland students (domestic students only) with the cost of studying overseas while on an approved student exchange.
  • Eligibility will be based on the same criteria as for the University of Auckland Academic Potential Scholarship, which includes one or more of the following criterion:
    • Have proven financial need (eligibility to StudyLink allowance).
    • Attended a lower-decile school.
    • From a refugee background.
    • Have a disability.
  • GPA will be assessed if applications exceed availability. Additional documentation may be required for assessment.
  • Deadlines to apply for this award:
    • 1st July (for Semester 1 exchange)
    • 1st December (for Semester 2 exchange)

Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia and Latin America (PMSA/PMSLA)

PMSA/PMSLA are outbound scholarship programmes funded by the New Zealand government.

  • The scholarships are awards supporting undergraduate or postgraduate students wanting to undertake study or research in Asia or Latin America.
  • The application and selection process for the Prime Minister’s Scholarships are managed by Education New Zealand.
  • There are two application intakes per year for each scholarship:
    • 30 March and 30 August

University of Auckland Languages and Cultures Study Abroad Award

The Award was established in 1996 for the purpose of enabling students of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish to undertake a period of formal study or internship for credit (minimum of four weeks) in a country where the language is spoken as the first language, thereby providing an opportunity for cultural immersion and first-hand experience of the language, and to provide additional encouragement to pursue study at postgraduate level in languages and literatures. The Award is funded by the Faculty of Arts.

More information

You may also wish to contact community groups such as Freemasons and Rotary International. We encourage you to explore the University’s scholarships web pages for other relevant funding: