International Student Wellbeing Strategy 2019 funding

Find out about the International Student Wellbeing Strategy and the projects being funded across New Zealand.

2020 funding round opening soon

The International Student Wellbeing Strategy 2020 funding round will open soon. If you would like to have information emailed directly to you once the round opens, please email us at and we will put you on a mailing list.

About the Strategy

The International Student Wellbeing Strategy is designed to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as a safe and welcoming study destination.

The strategy’s vision is for all international students to feel welcome, safe and well, enjoy a high quality education and are valued for their contribution to New Zealand.

International Student Wellbeing Strategy

2018 funding

Funding for 1 year projects to support the outcomes of the Strategy comes from the Export Education Levy. Eleven projects were funded in 2018.

International Student Wellbeing Strategy Funding Round 2017-18 outcomes

2019 funding was allocated to 10 projects across New Zealand

We held our second funding round under the Strategy in the second half of 2018. The theme for the funding round was international student mental health and/or safety. Projects were selected by international education leaders representing students, communities, education providers and government. Ten projects were selected to receive funding in 2019.

OrganisationFocusLocationFunding received
Canterbury & New Zealand Business Association Legal advice and support by and for international students Canterbury and Auckland $20,000
ISANA New Zealand An International Student Ambassador Programme and professionalisation of the international education sector through training and professional development National $150,000
Learning Hawke’s Bay One-on-one guidance for international students and families and information seminars Hawke’s Bay $22,400
New Zealand Sikh Women’s Association Workshops to help prevent female international student victimisation Auckland/ National $20,000
Silverline, University of Otago An international student-specific wellbeing resource, a wellbeing festival and a series of community-based events Otago $52,772
Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) Videos that aim to help international students gain an understanding of the New Zealand health system Southland $30,500
Te Puna Waiora - Health & Counselling, Unitec Institute of Technology Sexual health and safety resources for New Zealand International students. Auckland/ National $127,355
The Canterbury Communications Trust (Plains FM) Student delivered weekly radio/podcast programmes in various languages addressing international student wellbeing Canterbury $26,516
University of Waikato Water safety resources and 6-8 week water safety skills course Waikato/ National $29,600
Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC) Mental health first aid training programme for international students, and for staff, homestay families and residential advisors working with international students National $52,000

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