PMSA Programme in Zhuhai, Chengdu or Taipei


If you’re a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident studying at The University of Auckland, University of Otago or The University of Waikato, you have the opportunity to be selected for a 9 week Chinese language and internship experience in either Zhuhai, Chengdu or Taipei. Students selected by their university will receive an Education New Zealand’s Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA).

To apply, you will need to complete the online application form, meet the PMSA criteria and be available for the full duration of the programme, (22nd November 2019 until 26th Jan 2020).

Application Deadline: 25th July 2019


As part of the programme students will take part in a one-week onboarding programme including a course in basic Mandarin Chinese, company visits and cultural activities. During this time, those in Zhuhai will live with a local Chinese family as part of InternChina’s homestay programme. This will give these students a chance to practice new language skills and experience local culture first-hand before moving into a private room in a shared apartment with other interns. Chengdu and Taipei participants will be in a private room in a shared apartment for the full duration. Following the onboarding week, you’ll complete an eight-week full-time internship at a company related to your course of study. We will fully support you in finding which of our host companies best suit your interests and development goals, prior to your arrival.

See more about our PMSA Programme

Throughout the programme, you’ll be supported by our friendly and experienced on-site teams. Support will include pick-up and orientation, 24-hour emergency assistance, and opportunities to join a range of ongoing events, trips and activities.


Dates: 22nd Nov 2019 – 26th Jan 2020

Number of places: 5

Internships: Mixed Field Programmes  


Dates: 22nd Nov 2019 – 26th Jan 2020

Number of places: 5

Internships: NGO Related Only  


Dates: 22nd Nov 2019 – 26th Jan 2020

Number of places: 5

Internships: STEM / Computer Science 

What is covered by the Prime Minister’s Scholarship?*

  • Internship Programme and Placement Fees
  • Accommodation Fees
  • Return flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • 10 hours Chinese Language classes

*NZD $500 contribution and $300 bond required  

What is not covered by the Prime Minister’s Scholarship?

  • Visa application fees and immunisations
  • NZD $500 individual contribution for Internship
  • NZD $300 bond for accommodation
  • Any other costs not explicitly mentioned as being included


Applicants will be subject to their respective university’s internship selection process. Funding will be awarded to those students who display the attributes required to be a successful ambassador for New Zealand prior to, during and after their Internship abroad.

Applicant Criteria (as per PMSA Guidelines) All PMSA applicants:

  • Must be New Zealand citizens or permanent resident holders.
  • Current student at the respective Universities
  • You must be over the age of 18 years old at the time of application
  • Must have proof of faculty sign-off from their New Zealand institution, on their proposed course of study, if they want to count the academic credit for any study in Asia towards their NZ qualification
  • Must undertake the programme stated on their application. Changes are not encouraged and in all cases must be notified in writing to ENZ. Changes are approved on a case-by-case basis
  • May hold other scholarships, awards or grants in addition to the PMSA (if those other awards allow)
  • May apply more than once for a PMSA scholarship, and be awarded (at different times), more than one PMSA scholarship. However, the maximum funded period over all PMSA awards is twenty-four months.

If you have any questions about the programme or application process please get in touch