International Pathway Scholarship

The awarding of scholarships is at the absolute discretion of the University of Otago.

International Pathway Scholarship Information

International Pathway Scholarship 2021 of The University of Otago Pathway programme offers a number of scholarships designed to support promising international students through pathway programmes into study at the University of Otago.

This scholarship applies to the University of Otago Pathway programme (Foundation Studies Certificate).

International Pathway Scholarship Application process

As part of the application process for the University of Otago Pathway programme (Foundation Studies Certificate), students will need to include a brief letter of introduction, requesting the scholarship. The letter should describe their academic achievements to date, their work habits and their academic goals.

The awarding of scholarships is at the absolute discretion of the University of Otago.

Apply for the University of Otago Pathway programme (Foundation Studies Certificate)

University of Otago

The University of Otago is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world, and has the highest-possible rating of 5 Stars Plus in the QS global university performance ratings. Otago graduates are recognised for their interpersonal and negotiating skills, conceptual and analytical skills, and independent judgement.

The University of Otago is New Zealand’s top university for educational performance. For 6 of the past 9 years, our teachers have beaten all other universities and polytechnics to win the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Teaching Excellence. At Otago, you’ll be taught by lecturers and professors who are some of the best in New Zealand, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the very best in the world.

Amazing facilities in otago universities

The University of Otago’s Central Library (one of nine libraries at Otago) is ranked 13th best library in the world. Our Dunedin campus is recognised as one of the world’s most-beautiful campuses.We also have genuinely world-class teaching and research labs, performance spaces, lecture theatres, study areas, and sporting facilities.

In addition to being a centre of academic excellence, Otago is New Zealand’s only true residential university. This gives you a student lifestyle that is unparalleled in New Zealand. 85% of our students come from outside Dunedin (including 3,000 international students from 100 countries). 3,500 of our first-year students live at one of 14 residential colleges, located on or near campus.

Most of our 21,000 students live within 1 km of the Dunedin campus – creating our iconic student quarter that features academic, cultural, social, and sporting facilities, just a short walk from the Dunedin city centre.

Being a residential university, Otago offers dozens of on-campus support services. These range from our modern student health centre (with subsidised medical and counselling services), to a superb disability support service, specialised IT support, and a careers service to prepare you for the graduate job market. And at Otago, there are over 140 student clubs and societies to choose from – so you’ll find it easy to make new friends and discover new interests.

Eligible students

Scholarship applicants must be:

  • International students who are not New Zealand citizens or permanent residents; and
  • Have an Offer of Place for the University of Otago Pathway programme (Foundation Studies Certificate).


  1. The scholarships are only for international students. New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and resident visa holders of New Zealand or Australia are not eligible.
  2. Eligible students must have an Offer of Place for an eligible programme.
  3. Deferral of the scholarship is not normally possible. However, there may be exceptions related to COVID-19.
  4. The scholarship applies for one year of study only.
  5. The scholarship is applied as a tuition fee rebate. 
  6. Unless an exception is specified, this scholarship cannot normally be held concurrently with other scholarships.
  7. In order to receive the scholarship, recipients must be enrolled and studying the programme stated in the Offer of Place.
  8. Recipients agree to reasonable requests from the University of Otago to appropriately represent the University and the scholarship.
  9. The University of Otago may, at any time, suspend or terminate the scholarship, or require the forfeiture of such proportion of the scholarship as the University of Otago may determine, if it is not satisfied that the recipient is enrolled and studying full-time, full-year, and diligently pursuing a full-time, full-year programme or if the recipient has brought the University of Otago or the scholarship into disrepute.

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