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University of Waikato Vice Chancellor's International Excellence Scholarship for Malaysia 2025 (Up to NZD$15,000)

This Scholarship is intended to support talented international students from Malaysia who are enrolling for the first time into undergraduate or postgraduate programmes at the University of Waikato. The Scholarships will be awarded to successful applicants who demonstrate excellent academic achievement.

Aim and Benefits 

  • The scholarship value will be between $2,500 and $15,000 and will be paid towards the first 12 months of study at the University of Waikato, split evenly across two trimesters4.
  • The total value offered will be a contribution towards tuition fees only, and all remaining tuition fees and other costs must be met through other means.


To be eligible, applicantsmust:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Malaysia;
  • Be applying to enrol full-time in an undergraduate or postgraduate programme1, as a new international student to the University of Waikato.
  • Have received a conditional or unconditional offer of place from the University of Waikato (including a pathway offer for a degree packaged with the
    • Certificate of Attainment in English Language;
    • the Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies;
    • Certificate of University Preparation;
    • International Diploma (Business);
    • International Diploma (Computer Science) or Diploma of Postgraduate Preparation (Pre-Masters) at the University of Waikato.
  • Have a minimum GPA equivalency of B+ in the qualification used to gain entrance to the University of Waikato.

Applicants will be deemed ineligible if any of the following apply:

  • Currently enrolled in the University of Waikato College or any University of Waikato degree programmes.
  • Have paid tuition fees or applied for a visa at the time of application.
  • Coming to the University of Waikato via a sponsoring body coming to the University of Waikato on a Guaranteed Credit Arrangement or through a study abroad or student exchange agreement.
  • Are offshore applicants applying on or after:
    • 31 December for A Trimester offers of place
    • 30 April for B Trimester offers of place 
    • 31 August for C Trimester offers of place
    • 31 October for H or X Trimester offers of place

Interview date, Process and Venue

Selection is based on:

  1.  Academic merit.
  2. Potential to become global ambassadors for the University of Waikato.

Selection Panel

  1. Applications will be ranked and recommended according to the Selection Criteria by the International Office and forwarded to the Selection Panel for consideration.
  2. The Selection Panel will comprise the Chair of the Scholarships Committee and the Director – International (or their nominees).
  3. The Selection Panel’s decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into following each selection meeting.

Other Conditions

The Scholarship may not be held in conjunction with:

  • Any other University of Waikato funded tuition fees scholarship, award, bursary or other such funding, or
  • Any Education New Zealand scholarships or Manaaki Scholarship

Application Deadline

December 28, 2025

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to University of Waikato on to apply

  1. Read the guidelines

    Please ensure you read the regulations before you commence the application process.

  2. If you are new, complete an application to enrol

    You will need to do this BEFORE you can have access to apply for Scholarships and Awards.

    Application to enrol
  3. Apply using MyWaikato

    Once you have an account, log into MyWaikato and click on the ‘Scholarships’ tab to see the list of available scholarships

Note: If you are a current student or already have a University of Waikato account you will be redirected to the MyWaikato screen. Log in to MyWaikato, select the ‘Scholarships’ tab and choose the scholarship you wish to apply for from the list at the bottom of the page.

Applications for study in C Trimester 2024 or in 2025 can be submitted at any time

For more details visit: University of Waikato website.

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