New Zealand Embassy Santiago, Chile

Third round of "Becas Chile" Scholarships

The New Zealand Embassy and Education New Zealand invites you to participate in the Third Round of Becas Chile for professionals interested in continuing their academic development with Masters and PhD programmes.

The application process opened on May 18, 2010 until 18 June 2010 and is aimed specifically at the professionals of high academic merit who are interested in studying in an inventive and innovative young country, offering a very high level of education.

New Zealand was one of the first countries to participate in this process with the Government of Chile and from 2008 to date there are several Chilean students who are following postgraduate programmes, mainly at the doctoral level.


Reasons to study in New Zealand

New Zealand has eight universities, all subsidized by the government. Their quality of teaching is so high that 75% of them are among the 500 best in the world, while about 40% are among the top 200, according to The Times Higher Education Supplement.

The New Zealand government and the universities themselves give great importance to investment in the quality of professional and research centres; the promotion of argumentation and analysis, the creation of an international environment conducive to sharing ideas and experiences among students and teachers; interaction between the various faculties and disciplines; connection with global trends; commitment to local needs.

All New Zealand universities are comprehensive institutions offering a full range of courses in Sciences, Business, Social Sciences and Humanities. Some of the top rankings in the country's universities are: Engineering and Architecture, Environmental Science, Agribusiness, Veterinary Medicine, Tourism, Film and Media Arts, Information Technology, Business and Administration and International Relations.

In addition, each of them has particular research areas of strength that include but are not limited to fields in Environmental Science, Ecology and Sustainability, Architecture, Biotechnology extended to Nanotechnology and New Materials, Microbiology, E-commerce, Media and computer graphics, Engineering and International Business.

Other advantages offered by New Zealand are that the children of PhD students pay the same annual fees in public schools as domestic students and the student's partner or spouse can apply for a work visa while the student is pursuing his or her Masters or PhD studies.

(Note: If the student is undertaking an English course before the Master or PhD., the partner or spouse must apply for a visitor visa until unconditional acceptance from the university is granted).

List of New Zealand Universities

Member of Universitas 21, group of international universities recognised as leaders in the field of research, and among the top 100 universities worldwide.
With more than 4,500 international students, the University is located in the city of Auckland, the largest in New Zealand (about 1.5 million inhabitants).

AUT University is the youngest university in the country, a fact reflected in its innovative methodology, which integrates learning, research and experience. Design courses (fashion and graphic) and business tourism are of note. Also located in Auckland, it also offers students an active nightlife and many housing options.

The University of Waikato occupies 68 hectares of the city of Hamilton, with buildings surrounded by lush vegetation, and it has the largest sports centre in the country's universities. With an additional campus in the city of Tauranga, it is world renowned for its School of Business Administration, in addition to courses in Music and Arts, Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour and Biology.

Massey University has campuses in three different regions of the country which receive about 4000 international students every year. It is internationally recognized as leader in research in the areas of food engineering, biotechnology, and development.

Victoria University is located in Wellington, the capital of the country. In addition to traditional courses, it offers excellence in two areas highly relevant in today's world, namely its Centre for Research on Antarctica and the MacDiarmid Institute, a research institute of nanotechnology also contributed to by other universities.

Located near Christchurch (the largest city in the South Island), Lincoln University is well known for its land-related courses such as agriculture, agribusiness, soil science, natural resource management and various other areas related to ecology and preservation of the environment. It houses about 1,300 international students from over 60 countries.

Also located in Christchurch, near the coast and mountains, the University of Canterbury provides bases for research in both environments, including a research centre for natural disasters and integrated research on biosafety and biotechnology.

The country's oldest university is located in Dunedin in the southern part of New Zealand. It also has campuses in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. In terms of research, Otago stands out in the fields of medicine, biology, science, arts and law.

How to apply for Masters and PhD Scholarships under Becas Chile Programme

It is important to note that the application requirements, decisions and funding of these scholarships depend purely on BECAS CHILE. To apply, visit http://

The application process, is divided into two stages:


The candidate must complete the application online at the BECAS CHILE website in the following link:

For more information on Masters’ scholarships, check the following link:

Details on applying for PhD scholarships check the following link:

The results with the list of selected candidates and the dates for submission of documents will be posted on the BECAS CHILE website:

It is the applicant’s responsibility:

  • To read all the rules that regulate the process
  • To complete the form correctly
  • To send the documents required by the dates stipulated


Individuals that choose a programme in a New Zealand university as one of the three options may begin gathering the required documents to apply to the New Zealand universities.

There are two ways to apply: Assisted application or Personal application

1.  Assisted application (free service)

To obtain advice, the candidate must comply with the processes, timelines and delivery of documents required by Education New Zealand.

The agency Education New Zealand, through its representative in Chile New Zealand Global, provides individual advice to applicants to New Zealand's universities and for the visa process.

For more information, contact details are:

New Zealand Global
Phone: (2) 481 2242
Apoquindo Av 4266
Las Condes - Santiago

The documents required for the Assisted Application are available in this link: / Becas_Bicentenario.htm ">

2.  Personal application

In this case, candidates will not receive advice from Education New Zealand and must self-manage their application to the universities directly.

For more information about the process and programmes offered by New Zealand, Education New Zealand has organised two events:

- Monday 24 May - 6:30pm - Universidad de Santiago
Auditorio Armando Quezada
Centro de Eventos Nacionales e Internacionales (CENI)
For students, alumni and academics

- Wednesday 26 May – 6.30pm – Universidad de Chile
Faculty of Business and Economy – Sala Postgrados P-307
Diagonal Paraguay 257 – Santiago
For students, alumni and academics


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