$10,000 University of Otago 2022 Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship

Written by David on June 26, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    New Zealand
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Bachelor's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    9000 - 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    University Of Otago 362 Leith Street Dunedin 9016 New Zealand

This scholarship was established in 2011 by the Council of the University of Otago to provide financial assistance to incoming first-year students at the University of Otago who have shown exceptional academic promise and the ability to take on leadership roles.


About the Scholarship:

The University of Otago was initially formed in 1869 by the passage of an ordinance by the Otago Provincial Council. The establishment was initially granted permission to confer degrees in the fields of medicine, the arts, music, and law, in addition to receiving 100,000 acres of property. In July of 1871, when the university was first established, there were only three faculty members working out of a building that was located on Princess Street and was formerly known as the John Wickliffe House. The university is currently comprised of Otago Business School, the Division of Health Sciences, the Division of Humanities, and the Division of Sciences. These are the four academic departments.

The institution has a presence in New Zealand at four separate locations. The central administration, the Otago Business School, and the science, humanities, and health sciences departments are all located on the Dunedin campus, which is the university’s primary location. On the Christchurch campus you’ll find both the Christchurch School of Medicine and the Christchurch School of Health Sciences. All aspects of education, including clinical education, research, postgraduate study, and distance learning, are conducted on the campus. On campus you’ll find not just the Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences but also the Wellington City Office, which is responsible for admissions, summer school, alumni administration, business networking, and research. The Auckland campus is responsible for addressing matters pertaining to children, as well as providing information about courses, distance education, and liaison. The Southland campus in Invercargill provides prospective educators with a number of different course options. At the University of Otago, students can participate in graduate-level, Ph.D.-level, and postgraduate-level programs in a wide variety of fields, including business, economics, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, medicine, pharmacy, law, arts, social sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics, zoology, botany, and computer science.


The institution is home to approximately 18,000 students and 4,000 faculty and staff members. With a sizeable population of students from other countries and robust ties to a number of organizations on the global stage, the university makes a concerted effort to provide its undergraduates with a global awareness and the skills necessary to find work in other countries. Sonia, the student placement system at the university gives students the opportunity to get real-world experience and hone their professional skills in preparation for finding employment at prestigious companies. The university is already connected to a network of more than 100,000 alumni who are located in 142 different countries. The university is the alma mater of some prominent members of society. Bhavneet Chahal is one of the co-founders of the online education firm GoSkills. Katie Lane serves in the role of media manager for World Rally Championship competitor Hayden Paddon, who drives for the Hyundai squad (WRC). First of its kind in New Zealand, Dr. Maria Pozza is a specialist in space law and the country’s first space lawyer. Mark Orton has worked on documentaries for the Discovery Channel, Natural History New Zealand, TVNZ, and National Geographic, and he has shown documentaries such as High Country Rescue. At this time, he is engaged in the production of a number of documentaries for the Al Jazeera network. The alumni network of the university is comprised of a great many more accomplished people.


The University of Otago holds the distinction of being the oldest university in all of New Zealand. It began in 1871 on a tract of land that was 100,000 acres with only three professors, and in 1872 it got further money, which enabled it to offer new courses and increase the scope of those that were already being taught. The first classes in law and medicine were held in 1873 and 1875, respectively; subsequent years saw the introduction of additional classes. Dentistry was taught at a separate school for the first time in 1907, and the first “Home Science School” opened the following year in 1911. Since that time, this educational institution has continued to expand its scope by introducing new subjects and classes. Students who are interested in undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a range of subjects are increasingly choosing to enroll at this university as an alternate option. In 2016, the number of students enrolled topped 20,000, and every year since then, thousands of students have applied to be enrolled in the courses. The Otago Provincial Council serves as the governing body for the institution; the Council’s current structure was developed after the university’s establishment. The highest possible ratings in terms of both instruction and research have been awarded to this educational establishment: five stars and a plus. It is also recognized as one of the best in New Zealand in terms of the educational achievements that its students have achieved. In addition to this, it has an unparalleled track record in the field of education, as demonstrated by the success it has had on the National Teaching Examination.



Scholarship Sponsor(s): University of Otago

Scholarship Country: New Zealand

Scholarship Worth: $10,000

Study Level: Undergraduate

Nationality: International Students



Scholarship Offer:

  • The awardees receive a total of $20,000 over the course of three years to cover expenses such as tuition and living expenses.



Eligibility for Scholarship.

  • Students who fulfill the standards of either 1.1 OR 1.2 AND 2 are typically eligible to submit an application for any and all Entrance Scholarships. Those who have a score of 3 or lower are ineligible.
  • 1.1 Belong to one of the following groups: citizens of New Zealand, permanent residents of New Zealand, citizens of Australia, or permanent residents of Australia who are eligible for domestic fee status;


  • 1.2 International students who have finished Year 12 and have completed or are in the process of completing Year 13 at a New Zealand school, or who have completed or are in the process of completing an equivalent foundation level course at a New Zealand tertiary institution. 1.3 Students who have completed Year 12 and have completed or are in the process of completing Year 13 at a New Zealand


  • 2 Are planning to enroll or have already enrolled for the first time at the University of Otago for full-time first-year (100-level papers), degree-level, undergraduate study at the University of Otago.


  • 3 Individuals who have completed more than 0.4 equivalent full-time study units (EFTs) at any university or tertiary institution at degree level or higher are often not suitable for this position.
  • The Selection Panel, which is comprised of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of External Engagement who will serve as the chair, the Director of Planning and Funding, the Director of Campus and Collegiate Life Services, the Head of Schools’ Liaison, the Manager of Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships, or their nominees, and up to four additional nominees of the Scholarships Committee, will take into consideration the following aspects when deciding who will receive the scholarships
  • The student’s academic abilities, as well as any disciplines or subjects that are relevant to their intended course of study at the university, may be evaluated (a minimum of NCEA Level 2 awarded with excellence, or equivalent, is normally required for consideration).
  • a track record of success in leadership roles.
  • Participation in athletics and/or cultural activities.
  • Making a positive impact on the community


The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) looks for academically talented but economically disadvantaged young people in Africa who will change the continent with their knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values, as shown by how they lead. The MCFSP is for young people in Africa who are smart but don’t have much money.



The University of Otago 2022 Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship is open to all International Students



Application Procedure

  • Are you interested, and do you qualify? To submit your application to the University of Otago, please visit www.otago.ac.nz.
  • eVision, which is the student management system used by the university, is where applicants must submit their materials in order to be considered for entrance scholarships. You will be needed to go through the first stages of enrolling at the University of Otago in order to access the online application for the Entrance Scholarship before you can submit an application for a scholarship.
  • In the application for the Entrance Scholarship, it is recommended that in order to be considered for this scholarship, you should have completed the section of the application titled “Leadership.” Additionally, it is recommended that the sections titled “Extra-curricular Activities” and “Academic Achievements” are also completed. Please visit the ‘Apply for a scholarship’ webpage in order to obtain further information on the application procedure, as well as detailed instructions broken down step-by-step:

Put in a request for a scholarship.

  • Before you start the application process, it is vital to make sure that you are fully prepared to start the online application. This preparation should be done as soon as possible. On the webpage devoted to the preparation of scholarship applications, you’ll find a list of the things you’ll need to be ready for your application:

Preparation of scholarship application materials



Application Deadline

The application deadline for University of Otago 2022 Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship  is August 12, 2022

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