Key dates

The key dates calendar lists important dates for the academic year such as semester dates and public and university holidays. 

See Key course dates to find out semester dates as well as the last days to withdraw.

For Education start dates see the College of Education, Health and Human Development.

For Semester dates and Lecturing days see below:


Date Event/Deadline Add to calendar
03 January

UC reopens for 2018 and Summer School

06 February

Waitangi Day

16 February

Chinese New Year (not a statutory holiday)

16 February

Release of results for summer school

19 February

Lectures start for semester one

29 March

Lectures end - mid semester break

30 March

Good Friday

04 April - 20 April

Mid semester lecture break

02 April

Easter Monday

03 April

University holiday

18 April


20 April


23 April

Lectures resume

25 April


01 June

Lectures end for semester one

04 June

Queen's birthday

05 June - 08 June

Semester one study period

11 June - 23 June

Semester one examination period

25 June - 13 July

Mid-year break

06 July

Release of results for semester one

16 July

Lectures start for semester two

24 August

Lectures end - mid semester break

27 August - 07 September

Mid semester lecture break

10 September

Lectures resume

19 October

Lectures end for semester two

22 October - 26 October

Study break

22 October

Labour Day

29 October - 15 November

Semester two and whole year examination period

16 November

Show Day

19 November

Summer school starts

30 November

Release results for semester two and whole year

19 December


21 December


21 December

Lectures end - summer school break

24 December - 02 January

Summer break - University holidays

Add all dates into your calendar

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Alternatively, you can save the iCalendar file to your computer and use your calendar's import tool to add the events to your calendar.
Note: directly opening the iCalendar file might not add all events to your calendar.

Useful links

  • Graduation - Including application dates for ceremonies
  • Scholarships - Application dates vary for each scholarship, this page includes some common scholarships.
  • Student Activities & Events (UCSA site) - Events and fun activities run by the UCSA throughout the year. Alternatively visit the UCSA building for extra information on activities at the UCSA or around campus.
  • Recruitment Events - Recruitment events such as Information Days, Discovery Day, and Liaison update. Also listed will be various careers expos around New Zealand that University of Canterbury Liaison staff will attend.

See also