Student advice and forms

Academic Advise

The College of Science Student Advisors give advice on course options and degree programmes.

Postgraduate students should visit our Postgraduate advice and forms page. Students who are enrolling at 100-level for the first time should seek advice from our Liaison Office, Phone 0800 VARSITY (827 748), Email liaison@canterbury.ac.nz

Information about how degrees are structured is available on our How degrees work page.

Our Advisors can help you with

Getting started:

  • Degree planning, including double degrees and double majors
  • Explaining your course options
  • Understanding the University Calendar and degree regulations

Meeting requirements for graduation:

  • Advice on eligibility to graduate

Transferring and cross-crediting:

  • Transfer of credits from other tertiary institutions
  • Permissions to take courses at other New Zealand universities for credit to a UC degree
  • Cross-crediting between several undergraduate degrees
  • Transferring between degrees

Dealing with changes in your circumstances:

  • Exemptions, such as waivers of pre-requisites or core-requirements
  • Withdrawal from courses
  • Masters thesis suspensions
  • Masters thesis extensions
  • Part-time enrolment at postgraduate level

Dealing with study-related issues:

  • Academic appeals

Some departments recommend having studied certain subjects at school. Find out more: Best Preparation for a BSc (pdf 57KB)

If you are unsure whether you want to commit to a 3-year or 4-year degree you can enrol in a Certificate of Science.

If you haven't already studied sciences at Years 12 and 13 you might find it helpful to enrol in the Science Headstart (Summer Preparatory Programme).

The following forms are pdf files. Click on the links to download. If you do not have acrobat reader installed, please email for a copy of the form to be sent to your student email address to lynleigh.morgan@canterbury.ac.nz.

Postgraduate students should visit our Postgraduate advice and forms page.

Please note the College of Science is in the process of updating our Postgraduate Forms with the view to making the process fully electronic. Some of our forms can now be filled in online and forwarded to the College electronically. Depending on your version of acrobat reader, you may need to save the form before forwarding. We will acknowledge receipt of your application. Some forms will still need to be printed until updated to the new format. Please let us know if you have any difficulties.

Forms for undergraduate students

Application for Permission to Enrol in a course for a Third Time (pdf 43 KB)

Maori students

Te Whare Wananga o Waitaha offers a welcoming environment for Maori students and provides support and encouragement for Maori to achieve academic excellence. Find out more

Pasifika students

The University of Canterbury provides a welcoming and supportive environment for students of Pacific heritage. Academic and cultural support services have been designed to ensure that you get the most out of both your studies and your free time. Find out more

Students with disabilities

For advice on support for students with a disability, please see the Disability Resource Service. Find out more

Student Support

The Student Support team provides a range of services, support and useful information for students, both domestic and international students. Find out more

Career advice and planning

UC Careers and Employment provides advice and resources for job seeking, (including CV development) and information about prospective jobs and employers. Find out more

Departments and Schools

Departments and Schools can help you with questions regarding their courses and course selection. Contact your department

Academic support

The Academic Skills Centre is a free service that offers writing and study advice, resources and support for students from first-year through to PhD. Contact the ASC

If you wish to add, change or discontinue any of your current courses you must follow the correct procedure.

A change of enrolment application should be submitted online and goes through an approval process via the relevant department/school and the College Office.

Key dates for enrolment changes

Before you make the change, make sure you are aware of the key dates for enrolment and withdrawal from courses.

Course change process

To make changes to your current enrolment:

  1. Go to MyUC.
  2. Login using your University student "Username" and "Password".
  3. Click on the "Enrolment" button.
  4. Proceed with your change of enrolment application, following the instructions and make sure you complete the application by clicking on "submit".

If you have not heard anything about your change of enrolment application within one week, please contact the Enrolment Contact Centre or the College Office to find out what the status of your application is.

What happens next?

Once a change has been approved, you will be emailed or posted a notification of change which must be accepted in order for the change to be finalised. Approvals are based on meeting the required prerequisites for a course, your workload (number of points enrolled in) and degree requirements.

If a change is not approved, your application will be declined. The College Office may also contact you, in order to offer advice about your options.

How will my loan, allowance and fees be affected?

Changing or withdrawing from your courses will have implications for your fees. If you have a student allowance and/or loan, these may be affected as well. You should make sure you know exactly what the implications will be for you, BEFORE you put through an application for a change of enrolment.

Advice

Before you make a change to your enrolment, you may wish to get some academic advice. You can contact the relevant department or contact the Student Advisor in the College of Science.

Make an appointment

Undergraduate students, Maori and Pasifika students, International students, and students with disabilities should contact Anna Chapman. Postgraduate students should contact Tracey Robinson.

Anna Chapman

Student Advisor (Undergraduate)
Okeover 110
Internal Phone: 94117

Office hours

We are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm. Please note that staff may not always be in their offices at the above times due to irregular meetings and events.

Undergraduate handbook