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 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.

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:
    • 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.

Muriel Roberts Study Abroad Award for Students with Disabilities

The Award was established in 2019 and is funded by a bequest from the estate of Muriel Roberts. The main purpose of the Award is to assist University of Auckland students with disabilities with the cost of studying overseas while on an approved student exchange or short-term programme. Preference will be given to students who have never travelled overseas. 

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. 

University of Wollongong Endeavour Scholarship

There are five scholarships worth AU$5000 for students to study at the University of Wollongong in Australia for a one or two semester exchange in 2020. Priority will be given to Māori and Pacific students, but all can apply. You must first apply to 360 International for the exchange programme. Instructions will be given once students have been placed. For more information please contact 360 International.

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. 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. 

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 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.

Student Network Programmes and Travel Grants

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.

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.

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.

James Bertram Scholarship for Asia

This scholarship supports postgraduate students studying at, or intending to study at, the University of Auckland and enable them to undertake research with a focus on Asia. New Zealand citizens and permanent residents are eligible for up to $50,000 of funding.

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: