About ESE

Equal Student Exchange (ESE) is a volunteer-based student network which provides free information about student exchange and study overseas opportunities.

Focusing on providing information to students from developing countries, ESE acknowledges the financial and organisational obstacles these students must often come to face. It is the belief of ESE that both universities and students can benefit through international engagement. A more culturally diverse range of international students will contribute to the continued exchange of knowledge, ideas and culture between different universities and countries.

The volunteers of ESE recognize the importance of establishing enduring educational, cultural and professional links through student exchange.

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Wednesday, 13 March 2013


Wikimedia Commons: Mandy Simpson

In March Equal Student Exchange looks at the many opportunities available for students from developing countries hoping to study in New Zealand.

Within this post Equal Student Exchange focuses on the many programs which offer financial support and guidance within the New Zealand Aid Programme (NZ Aid). These programs are funded by the New Zealand Government’s overseas aid and development programme. They are managed by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

The purpose of the scholarships is for selected students from developing countries to gain knowledge and skills through post-graduate study in specific subject areas which will assist in the development of their home country.
Students who gain the opportunity to participate in this program are required to return to their home country for at least two years after the completion of their scholarship to apply these new skills and knowledge in government, civil society, or private business organisations.

NZ Aid also often takes a regional focus within its development and capacity building scholarship programs:

Wikimedia Commons: Phillip Capper from Wellington, New Zealand

Again Equal Student Exchange recommends those of you out there who are interested in studying overseas to make good use of a tool which has become an old favourite. The scholarship search tool for New Zealand is a very useful way of finding a program which is suitable for you nationality, level of study and your area of study or discipline.   
This tool might help you find scholarships which are a part of the New Zealand International Undergraduate Fees Scholarships (NZIUFS) and the New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS). Both of these programs provide significant educational opportunities. They are funded by the New Zealand Government and administered by Education New Zealand.

Another useful tool ESE would like to share with its followers and members is the search tool found on the Study in New Zealand website.

There are a number of quality education providers in New Zealand. Many of these universities also provide a range of scholarships and research support grants for international students. Be sure to at least have a look at some of them:

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is another international programme. The CSFP offers scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries.

Equal Student Exchange is also able to direct you towards some links which provide further information about life in New Zealand:

Finally, for those of you already involved in research, PhD or professional within the field of global health, we suggest you look towards the International Collaborative Research Grant (ICRG).

The International Collaborative Research Grants (ICRG) Scheme is a partnership between the Wellcome Trust, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia and the Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand. The Scheme is designed to foster collaborative research between the developing countries of the region and both Australia and New Zealand.

Wikimedia Commons: B.muirhead
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The World Citizen Talent Scholarship

International Court of Justice

The Hague University of Applied Sciences invites you to apply for the annual Talent Scholarship: This program searching for young, intelligent, talented and ambitious  people who view themselves as citizens of the world. If this sounds like you and the conditions listed above apply to you, all you need to do is complete the application form and write an essay of 950 to 1100 words that would convince us to provide you with a scholarship.

Key Scholarship Points:
Where? At Hague University of Applied Sciences.
When? Applications must be submitted before the 1st of April in order to study for the period of 2013-2014.
Value of scholarship: the value of the scholarship is €5,000 (EUROS). This is equivalent to almost two-thirds of the total first year university's tuition fee. It will only be awarded once.
Who is eligible? Candidates from outside of the European Union (and not from Iceland, Norway, Liectenstein, Switzerland or Surinam).
Requirements: Candidates must be:

  • enrolling for the first time in one of the Bachelor Programmes at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.
  • in a position where they have never been awarded this particular scholarship before
  • prepared to complete the scholarship application form before the final deadline (1st of April 2013)
  • provisionally accepted as a student at Hague University of Applied Sciences on or before the 31st of March. 
  • able to complete the essay component of the application before said deadline.  

Number of places? There will 54 scholarships offered to students who plan to start their bachelor programme during the academic years of 2013-2014.

Essay component information:

In the essay,  describe your cultural background and explain why and how you can contribute to the multinationalmulticultural beehive that is The Hague University of Applied Sciences.  
When you are writing your essay, try picturing yourself as a member of this community. The university has appointed a committee to judge all essays, which should be submitted before 1 April, 2013. The judges will select the 54 students whose essays will have impressed them most and reward them with a scholarship. The decision of the jury will be binding.
About Hague University of Applied Sciences: The University itself is an educational united nations of 146 nationalities, where everyone speaks English. You will be taught by both local and international lecturers who have an easy way of interacting with the students. The social contact among the  students  also makes for an enriching study period.
The Hague is the perfect home for our university,  it is a very international city which deserves its title  - The International City of Peace & Justice. The vibrant seaside resort of Scheveningen, historic city centre and international diplomatic community all add to its international atmosphere. We know from experience that young people of every origin, colour and creed find both The Hague and The Hague University of Applied Sciences stimulating and inspiring.
You can access the application form here.
Hague University of Applied Sciences links:

If you have any questions relating to the program or university before you apply, please send an email to talentscholarship@hhs.nl

Please note that allocation of these scholarships, is only possible after you have been conditionally accepted. 
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"Equal Student Exchange" (ESE) - non-profit/grassroots community, is a student network made up of students who want to help make international student exchange a more equal process. We hope to do this by assisting students from developing countries gain access to information and opportunities about studying/vocational experience overseas. Our audience is primarily students who want to study/travel overseas. The information we provide may include advice about: *International Universities, *Costs and fees (travel/living/study), *Procedures for obtaining Visas, *Possible support through scholarships and grants, *General tourism information, *Other study overseas opportunities Programs and conferences overseas. *international conferences Benefits and Opportunities: This is an opportunity to bring local and international students together, make new friends and give students from developing countries the same opportunities that are enjoyed by students from advanced developed countries. The group also encourages international students to contribute back to the university and community which is hosting them.