Ara Excellence Scholarships for International Students in New Zealand

The Ara Institute of Canterbury is looking for high-achieving learners who want to make a positive impact on society in their future career to apply for its Ara Excellence Scholarships for the scholastic year 2023-2024. 

New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and international who are prospective and current learners intending to enrol either full-time or part-time in any Level 3 and above the programme of study offered by Ara are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The applicants must exhibit all-around ability and academic excellence to be considered. The scholarship award is worth $4,000, but it may vary on full/part-time enrolment. 

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A wonderful chance for international candidates.


Ara Institute of Canterbury is an institute of technology in Canterbury, New Zealand. It is usually referred to as Ara. The institute is a result of a merger between Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and Aoraki Polytechnic that took place in 2016. Specializing in applied tertiary training, Ara ranks 18th nationwide and 258th in the QS World. 

Why choose to study at the Ara Institute of Canterbury? The Ara Institute of Canterbury is a vibrant, progressive, government-funded institute with an objective to empower students to build better worlds. The institute provides world-class, tertiary-level education. The institute expects and prepares its students to be equipped for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. 

Application Deadline: 31st January 2023 is the last day to submit an application for this scholarship. 

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: Ara Institute of Canterbury
  • Department: NA
  • Course Level: Degree
  • Award: $4,000 
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Nationality: International and Domestic 
  • The award can be taken in New Zealand.


  • Eligible Countries: Students from New Zealand, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Fiji, Rotuma, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Palau, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Wallis and Futuna, Hawaii, French Polynesia, Nauru and Rapanui (Easter Island) are eligible to apply. 
  • Eligible Course or Subjects: Candidates can apply for a degree programme at Ara Institute of Canterbury. 
  • Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following/given criteria:
  • The applicants must directly apply to Ara. 
  • The applicants can be full-time/part-time current/new students at Ara. 
  • The applicants can be NZ citizens, permanent residents, and international students. 

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: Domestic and international students must submit a separate admission application form. Scholarship application along with supporting documents must be submitted via mail to
  • Supporting Documents: The students are required to present the following documents to the university:
  • Scholarship application form
  • Personal statement 
  • Two referees 
  • Admission Requirements: The applicants must meet the entry requirements for their chosen programme at the time of commencement of study at Ara. 
  • Language Requirement: The students must meet the English language proficiency requirements of the university. TOEFL, IELTS, and many more test results are accepted at Ara. 


Ara Institute of Canterbury will be awarding the selected candidates a scholarship award valued at $4,000 for each full-time student enrolment. However, part-time students may be awarded a proportion of the $4,000 equal to the level of their part-time enrolment.

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