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The University of Canterbury International First Year Scholarship (Offshore), New Zealand for 2023

Application is now open for the International First Year Scholarship (Offshore) at the University of Canterbury. Interested applicants are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About the University Of Canterbury and Scholarship

The University of Canterbury (UC) is a public research university with its headquarters in Christchurch, New Zealand (Maori: Te Whare Wnanga o Waitaha; postnominal abbreviation Cantuar. or Cant. for Cantuariensis, the Latin name for Canterbury). The University of New Zealand’s first constituent institution, Canterbury Institution, was established in 1873. It is the second-oldest institution in New Zealand, behind the institution of Otago, which was established in 1869, four years earlier.

Its original location was in Christchurch Central City, but in 1961 it switched to being an independent university and began vacating the neo-gothic buildings that had been transformed into the Christchurch Arts Centre. On May 1, 1975, the relocation was complete, and the university currently runs its main campus in the Ilam neighborhood of Christchurch.


The university is highly recognized for its engineering and science programs; in fact, the ninth-ranked civil engineering program in the world (Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2021) is offered by the institution. The university also provides a broad range of additional courses, such as degrees in the fine arts, forestry, health sciences, law, criminal justice, music, social work, speech and language pathology, coaching, and teaching, as well as degrees in the arts, commerce, education (physical education), and law and criminal justice. 

The goal of the International First Year Scholarship (Offshore) is to recognize and provide financial assistance to outstanding international students who have graduated from, or are currently completing their studies at, a foreign university or the University of Canterbury International College (UCIC) and will be beginning an undergraduate degree program there.

Details about the International First Year Scholarship (Offshore) at the University of Canterbury:

Scholarship Sponsor: University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Scholarship Value: Financial aid with tuition fees, at a value of $15,000

Number of awards: Up to 7

Study level: Undergraduate

Host Institution(s): University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Eligibility Criteria for The University of Canterbury (UC) International First Year Scholarship (Offshore)

  • The recipients must be overseas students who have paid all tuition.
  • Candidates cannot include:
  1. People who are New Zealand or Australian nationals; 
  2. People who are Australian permanent residents; or 
  3. People who have New Zealand residency class visas.
  • The applicant must be enrolled in, or have completed, an undergraduate degree program at the University of Canterbury through a foreign institution or at the UC International College (UCIC) on or after January 1 of the year before the application year. Secondary-school students from New Zealand are not qualified.
  • Candidates must have submitted an application for admission to the university by the deadline.
  • Students who have previously completed a portion of an undergraduate degree program at a New Zealand tertiary institution are not eligible for the grant.

Interview Process for The University of Canterbury (UC) International First Year Scholarship (Offshore)

Selection will be based on:

  1. Academic performance level; and
  2. Character, indications of leadership potential, and participation in extracurricular activities in the arts, sports, or community;
  3. Financial situation; and
  4. The University’s strategic goals.

Note: Fewer scholarships are awarded if there are insufficiently qualified applicants in any one year but not enough scholarships to go around.

Conditions of acceptance

  • An offer of a scholarship expires if it is not formally accepted within one calendar month after the date of the offer unless otherwise stated in the offer letter.
  • By accepting the prize, the winners consent to their acceptance being published and announced, and they declare their willingness to participate in university community activities including student mentoring, serving as university ambassadors, and participating in university publicity as necessary. 

Note that: If a recipient’s immigration status changes during the term of the scholarship and they are no longer eligible for full tuition reimbursement from the university, the scholarship is withdrawn, and any funds received since the status change was registered at the university are returned to the university.

Application Process for The University of Canterbury (UC) International First Year Scholarship (Offshore)

Log in or register for the scholarship here. Please see the regulations for this award for additional details. Email the Scholarships Office at with any queries you may have regarding this application.

The Submission Deadline is: October 31, 2023

Not interested in this particular scholarship? See other New Zealand scholarships here.