Transfer credit from a New Zealand tertiary institution

You can apply to have your existing credits from a New Zealand tertiary institution counted towards your UC qualification.

Eligibility

To be eligible for consideration, normally you must have successfully completed your study within the last five years. For more information see the Credit Transfer for Students from New Zealand Institutions Guiding Principles:

Additional fees

There is an additional $115 application fee to apply for the transfer of credit.

Value of courses from other NZ universities

Most universities in NZ have a 360 point undergraduate degree structure with 15 point courses at all levels equating to 0.125 EFTS. These include:

  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Auckland
  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Victoria University
  • Waikato University
  • Massey University
  • Lincoln University

The exception to this is Otago University which offers 18 point courses which have a value of 0.15 EFTS. 

Usually 1 point in an undergraduate degree at each of these universities is of equivalent value, i.e. 1 point at Canterbury = 1 point at Waikato. 

Step 1. Apply to UC

Your application to UC needs to be processed before you can apply to transfer your credit.

Step 2. Complete the form

Complete the Application to transfer credit from another New Zealand tertiary institution form.

Step 3. Gather your supporting documents

You also need to supply your academic transcript as evidence that you completed the courses and qualifications you want to transfer credit from.

Academic transcripts are the documents listing the courses you have taken and the grades or marks received. UC requires your original institution-issued documents or a certified true copy.

Electronic copies can be used for assessment. However, the original documents are still needed before credit is granted.

If you haven’t completed the course you’re seeking UC credit for, you can still submit your application but credits cannot be granted until final transcripts have been received and validated by UC.

Step 4. Send in your application and supporting documents

Send your completed form and supporting documents directly to the relevant Academic Manager:

Step 5. Assessment and notification of application outcomes

Credit transfers are not automatic. Applications are reviewed individually on a case-by-case basis by the college and the central admissions teams. You will be notified of the application results.

If your application is not successful, you have the option to appeal the decision. Information on the appeals process will be provided with the outcome of your application.