If you want to experience the best education with affordable fees, you should study in New Zealand. New Zealand is one of the safest and most beautiful countries on earth. With excellent study opportunities and world-class education, it has become one of the most attractive destinations for international students. Due to its low cost of living and exclusive facilities, a large number of international students choose to study in New Zealand every year. There are also a number of scholarships that you can apply for if you wish to study in New Zealand for free or at least get a tuition fee waiver.
New Zealand Scholarships for International Tertiary Students
The New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade offers scholarships to international students wishing to pursue a tertiary degree at New Zealand. The scholarships are given in priority to applicants who choose one of the recommended subjects for each eligible country or region (mainly in fields of climate change and resilience, good governance, education, economic resilience, and health). Only applicants from one of the countries or regions below are welcome to apply:
- Pacific – Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
- Asia – Cambodia, Indonesia, Jordan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam
- Latin America
- Commonwealth – Cook Islands, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
On the application form you need to describe:
- How your preferred courses relate to one of the recommended study subjects (Note: these are called sectors on the form)
- Describe the skills and knowledge you want to gain from your preferred courses
- Describe how these skills and knowledge are important to your country’s development.
In order to be considered as eligible for the scholarships, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must 18 years old or elder when you start the scholarship (exception for Samoa: scholars can be 17 years of age when commencing the scholarship)
- Hold a student visa (if applicable)
- Academic and English requirements
- Scholarship applicants do not need to apply for admission to their preferred education institution and courses, but they need to meet the minimum academic requirements and the minimum level of English required for their courses before applying for a New Zealand Scholarship.
- Only shortlisted applicants need English language test scores (if applicable). The acceptable test scores are from these three English competency testing systems (choose one):
- IELTS (the International English Language Testing System)
- Undergraduate: an overall score of 6.0 and no band less than 5.5
- Postgraduate: an overall score of 6.5 and no band less than 6.0
- TOEFL (the Test of English as a Foreign Language)
- Undergraduate: an overall of 80 on the internet-based test
- Postgraduate: an overall score of 90 on the internet-based test
- PTE Academic (the Pearson Test of English Academic)
- Undergraduate: an overall score of 42
- Postgraduate: an overall score of 58
- You must contribute to your country’s social or economic development for two years after completing your scholarship study
- You must have work experience
- One year of fulltime work experience (i.e. 30 hours or more per week), or
- Two years of part-time work experience (i.e. up to 29 hours per week).
As a school leaver or first year undergraduate student, you are not required to have work experience, if:
- You apply immediately after completing high school, or
- You apply during your first year of undergraduate study.
As a New Zealand Scholar, you may choose to study in one of the eight universities and three institutes of technology at New Zealand:
- Auckland University of Technology
- Lincoln University
- Massey University
- University of Auckland
- University of Canterbury
- University of Otago
- University of Waikato
- Victoria University of Wellington
- Southern Institute of Technology
- Unitec Institute of Technology
- Wintec – Waikato Institute of Technology
Citizens from eligible Pacific countries can also study at one of the following approved universities:
- University of South Pacific
- Fiji National University
- University of Papua New Guinea
- Pacific Adventist University
You can apply for the New Zealand Scholarships on the official New Zealand Scholarship website. Further information on the scholarships are also provided on this website.
Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand Scholarships
Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand offers international students three types of scholarships to study culinary in New Zealand.
Cookery or Pastry Scholarship for Students from the Indian Subcontinent and Vietnamese Students
Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand invites applications for the Diplôme de Pâtisserie (certificate in French pastry) scholarship worth NZD $15,000 or the Diplôme de Cuisine (certificate in French cookery) scholarship worth NZD $10,000 for international students from the Indian subcontinent (India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and some Middle East countries). The Vietnamese students are offered scholarships worth NZD $15,000 per individual for either the Diplôme de Pâtisserie or the Diplôme de Cuisine scholarship. These scholarships are ideal for students who are interested in becoming Chefs specialising in either Cuisine or Pâtisserie.
The scholarships cover tuition fees to study in a culinary programme at Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand. As a recipient of the scholarship, you must show great performance in your study, as the scholarship may be suspended or terminated if it is considered that you have not made satisfactory academic progress in each term of study.
You are not required to pay an application fee. However, there are certain criteria you need to meet to be eligible for the scholarship.
- Only international students who are citizens or permanent residents of Vietnam, or one of the countries in the Indian subcontinent are welcome to apply
- Aged over 16 at course commence
- Not (currently or previously) a Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand student
- Provide an Academic IELTS score of 5.5 without sub-score under 5.0
You can download the scholarship application form and the enrolment form on the Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand official website under the International Student Scholarships tab. The IELTS results or test equivalent and a copy of your passport or birth certificate must be submitted along with the application form and the enrolment form to [email protected] at least one month before the course start date.
Bachelor of Culinary Arts & Business Scholarship for all International Students
The Culinary Arts and Business Degree Scholarship is offered to international students who wish to pursue a bachelor degree in the Culinary Arts and Business programme at Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand. The scholarships are worth NZD $7,600 (over two years) for each individual. This scholarship is recommended for students who are interested in hospitality/restaurant management and business ownership.
Recipients of the scholarship will have a $3,800 reduction in tuition fees for the second and third years of study, if they can show satisfactory academic progress in each year of study, otherwise the scholarship may be suspended or terminated.
The scholarships are available to all international students. However, there are certain criteria that you must meet to be fully eligible for the scholarship.
- Aged over 17 at course commence
- Not a current or past Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand student
- Not an existing Bachelor of Culinary Arts & Business student
- Provide Academic IELTS score of 6.0 without sub-score under 5.5
- Agree to participate in extracurricular activities as required to support and represent Le Cordon Bleu Institute New Zealand
- Have met the standard for New Zealand university degree entry requirements
You can download the scholarship application form and the enrolment form on the Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand official website under the International Student Scholarships tab. Submit your application consisting the following documents to [email protected] at least two months before the course start date.
- Completed scholarship application form
- Completed enrolment form
- IELTS results or test equivalent (if English is not your first language)
- Evidence that you have met the standard for New Zealand university degree entry requirements
- A copy of your passport or birth certificate
No application fee is required. Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis. You will be notified on the application results within one week after Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand received your completed application and supporting documents.