Funding round open for projects targeted at international student wellbeing

26 July 2018

Funding of $750,000 will be targeted at projects aimed at supporting the wellbeing of international students, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.

The funding aims to improve the support and experience of international students in New Zealand.

“I want every international student who comes to New Zealand to study to feel welcome, safe and supported so they get the most out of their stay and feel valued for the contribution they make to New Zealand,” Chris Hipkins said.

“During my recent trip to China, pastoral care of international students was one of the main points of conversation. Students and families want to know that not only will they get a world class education if they choose New Zealand, but they’ll be well taken care of.

“International students are from diverse cultures, living away from their families, communities and social networks. Often, it is also their first trip overseas, so they can be vulnerable.

“I encourage groups and organisations that work with international students to support their safety and mental health to come forward with proposals,” Chris Hipkins said.

Applications are open until 24 August and successful projects will be announced in November.

This is the second funding round under the International Student Wellbeing Strategy.

For information and to find out how to apply for 2019 funding, please see

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