12 December 2023 at 9:00 am

Welcome to New Zealand scholarship winner announced

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2023 Welcome to New Zealand scholarship winner, Felix Herold, will be studying at Victoria University of Wellington in 2024. Photo credit: Benjamin Ziegler

This year’s Welcome to New Zealand scholarship marks 70 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and New Zealand. Each year these scholarships are used as an opportunity to promote New Zealand as a study destination and showcase the global connections between New Zealand and Germany through education. The scholarships are aimed at students who are interested in spending a semester abroad or studying for a full degree (bachelor’s or master’s) at a New Zealand university or Te Pūkenga. The scholarship covers part or the entire tuition fees.  

Each year, Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao awards one scholarship of €8,000 and six scholarships of €2,500. This year, we received 352 applications and the seven award winners were selected last month, representing a diverse range of study areas.   

The winner of the main €8,000 scholarship is Felix Herold, who is currently studying Historical Linguistics and Spanish at the Friedrich- Schiller University Jena. Felix has a keen interest te reo Māori and Pacific languages. He will start his semester abroad in April 2024 at Victoria University of Wellington.  

 New Zealand is an attractive destination for German students looking for a high-quality education and an unbeatable student lifestyle abroad. The latest student visa numbers indicate a strong recovery in the number of German students heading to New Zealand for university study. A high level of interest was also seen recently at the GOstralia!-GOmerica! Down Under & USA Fair in Stuttgart, where ENZ joined NZ universities to engage with prospective students. The EAIE Conference, one of the largest international education events in the world, was held in Rotterdam this September and proved a great opportunity for all eight New Zealand universities and Te Pūkenga to connect with key stakeholders and partners from across Europe. There is a positive outlook with growing numbers of students from Europe choosing to study in New Zealand and opportunities for diversification in areas such as Scandinavia.  

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the scholarship options available for study in New Zealand, can visit our scholarships page here - Scholarships in New Zealand: Find a scholarship | Study with New Zealand. 

 We look forward to welcoming Felix and the other scholarship winners to New Zealand next year. 

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