New Zealand Embassy Beijing, China

Information on Scholarship Schemes and PhD Fee Deduction Policy

The New Zealand government offers scholarships to Chinese students intending to study in New Zealand. From July 2005, the New Zealand government implemented the New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship Programme (NZIDRS), a 3-year full doctoral scholarship programme for Chinese and other international students. Please visit to get details about terms and conditions and application forms. Students need to apply directly to the New Zealand side, and the contact detials for this scholarship scheme are also published in the weblink above.

In another development, from January 2006, all international PhD students studying in New Zealand will only need to pay for domestic tuition fee. Each New Zealand university sets its own fees for each PhD course. But in rough terms, Chinese PhD candidates accepted for the programme can expect to save at least 80,000-100,000 RMB per year in tuition fees. PhD tuition fees under the new system are likely to be in the range of 19,000-25,000RMB per student per year. The successful candidates going to study in NZ are also allowed to take their partners and children with them. Their partners can apply for work permit while in NZ, and their children at school age can enjoy domstic-level school

Many New Zealand education institutions also offer their own scholarships to international students. Please contact the institutions directly through

Another scholarship scheme is the New Zealand - China Government Doctoral Research Scholarship programme (NZCDRS), as the result of the NZ - China Free Trade Negotiations (FTA). It allows up to 10 Chinese students to study at New Zealand universities for PhD degrees , and up to 10 New Zealand students to study in Chinese universities for PhD degrees each year. Chinese students have to apply through China Scholarship Council. The contact point at the China Scholarship Council is:

Mr He Xiang
Fax: 010-66093945

Please visit for further details about terms and conditions and application forms.

Other useful websites are: about NZ universities. about all registered academic and vocational NZ qualifications, as well as information on individual language schools and other private schools. Students can check the status of individual NZ private schools through this website.


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