Citizenship and residency evidence

If you have not previously enrolled at UC or were last enrolled before 1990 you may have to supply evidence of citizenship or residency.

National Student Number (NSN)

If you are a tertiary student or NCEA candidate in New Zealand, you will have a National Student Number (NSN). You will need to provide your NSN with your Application to Enrol. If the name on your NSN document is different from the name under which you are enrolling, UC will check the documentary evidence of the change of name (eg, marriage certificate or change of name by deed poll) you have provided.

Certified hard copies

Certified hard copies should be on A4 paper and not trimmed to the size of the copied document. Each copy must be certified as a true copy of the original document and must be dated and signed.

Postal address
Enrolments
Student Services
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140

Do not post original documents as they will not be returned. Instead send certified hard copies. Uncertified photocopies will not be accepted.

Who can certify documents

If you reside in New Zealand, your documents can be certified by:

  • New Zealand Justice of the Peace
  • Solicitor
  • Court Registrar or Deputy Registrar
  • Notary Public
  • Your school principal, if you are a secondary school student
  • An official of the institution that issued the original document
  • University of Canterbury staff member

If you reside overseas, your documents can be certified by:

  • New Zealand Embassy/High Commission or Consulate staff
  • Notary Public
  • Apostille
  • Solicitor

Certified documents will NOT be accepted by:

  • Police officers
  • Bank manager
  • WINZ
  • Legal executive
  • Study Link
  • Medical professionals

You may also bring an original for copying and certification to the Student Services Centre.

New Zealand citizens born in New Zealand

If you are a New Zealand citizen born in New Zealand you may be requested to supply a New Zealand birth certificate or a New Zealand passport.

If you need to apply for a birth certificate or New Zealand passport please check the following websites:

Births, Deaths and Marriages

What you need to renew or apply for a passport

New Zealand citizens born in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau

If you are a New Zealand citizen born in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau, you must supply a New Zealand passport or a birth certificate that meets the following requirements:

  • Cook Islands: full birth certificate with RG6 shoulder number at top left and place of birth stated as a place in the Cook Islands
  • Niue: a full birth certificate with place of birth stated as a place in Niue
  • Tokelau: a full birth certificate with place of birth stated as one of the three islands of Tokelau

New Zealand citizens by descent

If you are a New Zealand citizen by descent you may be required to supply a New Zealand Passport or Certified Copy of Entry in the Register Book of Births kept pursuant to the Citizenship Regulations 1978 with an embossing or printed seal impressed over the signature of the registration officer.

Holders of a New Zealand residence class visa

If you are an International citizen who has been granted a NZ residence class visa you must supply certified hard copies of the biographical data page of their passport which shows legal name and date of birth, and the passport page showing the NZ residence class visa.

If you are a Holder of a New Zealand residence class visa you will be considered a domestic student for tuition fees provided you are residing in New Zealand.

Australian citizens and holders of a New Zealand residence class visa

If you are an Australian citizen you must supply documentary evidence of your citizenship, such as your Australian birth certificate or passport. If you are an Australian applicant not born in Australia you must attach evidence of your citizenship or permanent residence status.

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident you will be considered a domestic student for tuition fees provided you are residing in New Zealand for the period of your study.

International students

If you are an International student you must bring you passports with you when you enrol. The passport should contain a current student visa. If the visa is not valid for study at UC, you must immediately apply for a new visa that is valid for the length of your study.

If you apply through UC for the renewal of your student visa you will also pay the student Visa Application fee which is $187.