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.

Māori and Pacific Award Varies

Up to $6000 per student

No restriction on
destination.

Equity Award Varies

Up to $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 to eligible destinations (excludes North America and London-based institutions).
  • 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.

Māori and Pacific Award

  • These awards assist University of Auckland Māori and Pacific students with the cost of studying overseas while on an approved student exchange.
  • Eligibility will be for Māori and Pacific students and assessed by GPA if applications exceed availability. Additional documentation may be required for assessment.
  • Deadlines to apply for this award:
    • Applications have closed for the Semester Two 2023 round. If you'd like to receive reminders for the next round of Award applications, please join our mailing list.

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:
    • Applications have closed for the Semester Two 2023 round. If you'd like to receive reminders for the next round of Award applications, please join our mailing list.

Funding from the Prime Minister's Scholarships

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 (ENZ).

Individual applications: Applications for individuals wanting to apply for a programme in Asia or Latin America closed 31 August 2022. To learn more, please check out Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia and Latin America.

Group programmes: The University of Auckland has secured funding for nine group programmes for the 2022-2023 summer period. The administration for group programmes are managed by the 360 International team. If you'd like to find out more and apply, please see Prime Minister's Scholarship group programmes.

Funding at the University of Auckland

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.

Orbit World Travel Award

The Award was established in 2019 and is funded by Orbit World Travel. The Award is to assist full-time Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts conjoint students with the costs of studying overseas while on an approved student exchange, short-term programme or special project relevant to their degree studies. Applications closed 15 September 2022.

Friends of the University of Auckland US/NZ Exchange Award

The Award was established in 2013 and is funded by Friends of the University of Auckland (US). The main purpose of the Award is to encourage academic exchanges between New Zealand and the United States of America. The Award is open to any undergraduate or postgraduate study at a US university (outbound; NZ citizens or residents only). 

Jeremy Howard Scholarship

This scholarship has been set up by the family and friends of Jeremy Howard who was an alumni from the University and took up a career with Stedman Blower Architects in England in 2002 before his sudden death in 2003. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist a BAS or MArch(Prof) student in participating in the 360 International programme at any partner university in the United Kingdom.

Vice-Chancellor’s Student Support Fund

The Vice Chancellor’s Student Support Fund offers financial assistance to those representing the University of Auckland or New Zealand in a regional, national or international event who are achieving at the highest levels, in areas including (but not limited to) art, dance, debating, music, robotics and theatrics. 

Funding from exchange partner universities

ISEP Accessibility Scholarship

The ISEP Accessibility Scholarship is designed to assist students placed in an ISEP program who do not have sufficient funds to cover the upfront costs of studying abroad. To apply, students must complete a brief application by April 1 or October 15, depending on which semester they are planning to attend. ISEP will award scholarships of US$1,100 each to five (5) students per semester.

Baden-Württemberg Stipendium

The Baden-Württemberg Stipendium for university students is awarded only for students attending universities which have partnerships with Baden-Württemberg universities. This scholarship is only applicable for selected of our German partner universities listed below. You must first be nominated by 360 International to the German partner university and you will be sent instructions on how to apply for this scholarship. 

  • University of Freiburg
  • University of Heidelberg

DAAD Scholarships

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers scholarships for study and research stays in Germany, such as summer and winter courses and research grants. For more information, please see DAAD's scholarship database. Please note, this is not managed by 360 International. 

Japan Student Services Organisation (JASSO)

JASSO offers scholarships for exchange students who are accepted by a Japanese university for a period of up to one year of study in Japan. You must first be nominated by 360 International to the Japanese partner university and you will be sent instructions on how to apply for this scholarship. 

University of Nottingham at Ningbo China International Student Government Scholarship for Academic Excellence 

The University of Nottingham at Ningbo China (UNNC) have scholarships for exchange students. The value of this scholarship is RMB 3,000. You must first be nominated by 360 International to UNNC and more information will follow.

University of Nottingham at Ningbo China Mobility Scholarship

The University of Nottingham at Ningbo China (UNNC) have scholarships for both exchange and study abroad students. The value of this scholarship is RMB 6,000. You must first be nominated by 360 International to UNNC and more information will follow.

University of Nottingham at Ningbo China Global Ambassador Scholarship

The University of Nottingham at Ningbo China (UNNC) have scholarships for both exchange and study abroad students. The value of this scholarship is RMB 5,000. You must first be nominated by 360 International to UNNC and more information will follow. If nominated, this scholarship requires students to be strongly involved with promoting the host university and working with the UNNC exchange office. 

The University of Sheffield Exchange Scholarship

The University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom offers a number of competitive scholarships for exchange students from non-European partner universities. Scholarship recipients will receive £750 if you study for one semester or £1,500 if you study at Sheffield for a full academic year. You must first be nominated by 360 International to The University of Sheffield. You can only apply for this competitive scholarship if you receive and accept an offer of admission at Sheffield. 

University of St Andrews Inbound Study Abroad Scholarship

The University of St Andrews in Scotland offers a number of study abroad scholarships up to £4,000 for inbound students (includes both exchange and study abroad). This scholarship is only open to undergraduate students. You must first be nominated by 360 International to University of St Andrews and you will be invited to apply for the scholarship if you receive an unconditional offer for admission. 

Aalborg University Institutional Travel Scholarship

Aalborg University in Denmark have scholarships available for exchange students to assist with travel expenses. You must first be nominated by 360 International to Aalborg University. For more information please contact 360 International.

Aarhus University School of Business and Social Sciences (BSS) Scholarship 

Aarhus University’s School of Business and Social Sciences (BSS) in Denmark have scholarships available for exchange students. You must first be nominated by 360 International to Aarhus University. For more information please contact 360 International.

University of Alberta Research Experience (UARE) Winter Programme 

The University of Alberta Research Experience (UARE) is a research internship programme allowing top senior undergraduate students from key partner universities to conduct research at the University of Alberta in Canada under the supervision of faculty members who are experts in their field. Students gain practical research experience in their academic discipline and receive a stipend of CAD$6,000. You must apply directly to the University of Alberta and inform 360 International of your application.

Other external sources

Network Programmes

Network programmes are another opportunity to gain international experience and develop academic, leadership, networking and cultural skills. The International Office at the University of Auckland must first nominate you for the network programme. Travel Grants are only available for selected programmes, and the costs covered by the grant can vary.

New Zealand Scandivania Business Association

The Hans and Pat Björklund Scholarship for studies in Scandinavia is to support and assist recipients interested in studies and or working experience in Scandinavia in subjects deemed important for cultural, political and/or business relationships between New Zealand and the five Scandinavian (Nordic) countries. There is one scholarship per year valued at NZD$3000. Exchange students applying for an exchange in Scandinavian partners can apply for this scholarship.

China Scholarship Council

There are many scholarships available through the China Scholarship Council for students interested in participating in overseas opportunities in China. Follow the application instructions given by the China Scholarship Council.

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: