Study advice and planning

Some people study to help them start a career in a particular area, while others want to keep their options open.

Where to start

Educational priorities are different for everyone. There is no right or wrong way to decide what to study, but make sure to choose subjects and courses that you’re really interested in and want to spend time investigating. If you haven’t worked out what you want to study yet, there are many different ways to get started.

If you are unsure about whether you will be a domestic or international student, undergraduate or postgraduate, check out university terms explained for more information. 

Get advice from UC

UC is here to help you make an informed decision about what qualification might be right for you, or which courses to take. 

Bridging Programmes provides advice on preparatory programmes for international and domestic students preparing for undergraduate or postgraduate studies.

For more information contact Bridging Programmes:

Bridging Programmes
Phone +64 3 364 2933

Postal address
Bridging Programmes
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

The Liaison Office should be your first point of contact if you are considering studying at UC. The Liaison Office can help you make an informed decision about your study options by answering your questions and explaining anything you don't understand.

In particular the Liaison Office can help you with information such as:

  • School subjects that will give you the best preparation for UC degrees
  • Subjects you might enjoy studying at university
  • Whether to take part in a high school exchange or a gap year
  • Course planning advice. If you are a future domestic student and would like study planning advice you should complete the Course Planning Form for New Domestic Students.

To be shown around our beautiful campus and to check out your options for student accommodation, we recommend you book a campus tour.

Contact the Liaison Office:

Liaison Office
Freephone in New Zealand 0800 VARSITY (827 748)
Phone +64 3 364 2459

Level 2, Matariki

If you are a future international student with New Zealand secondary school qualifications (NCEA, IB or CIE) and would like study planning advice you should complete the Course Planning Form for New Domestic Students.

You can also submit a general enquiry using the international student ask a question online form.

If you are a future postgraduate student and would like study planning advice you should contact the relevant college:

Choosing what to study at university

Choosing what to study at university can be difficult, particularly when you have no experience of some subject areas at school.While you are researching, you should also think about your skills, interests and the values that are important to you.

There are a number of ways to familiarise yourself with the options available at UC. 

Search qualifications and courses

Search Qualifications and courses or browse subjects which all have information about study opportunities.

Browse UC publications

UC also has a wide variety of publications it produces regularly to give you all the details you need about UC in one place. See the many of UC's helpful brochures in the Publications A-Z

Explore subjects you enjoy

Or you can explore how the subjects you like at school might translate to subjects you might like to study at UC with this PDF:

Or use our tool below:

Explore your career options

You might want to study a degree that will help you to get a particular job. Some roles, like engineers or lawyers demand a specific degree. Careers, Internships & Employment also have some great career development tools to help you on your way. The what can I do with a degree from UC section is a great way to delve into different career options by subject. 

You can browse our Student profiles by subject or qualification to get an idea of what people do with their UC degrees. 

There are also interactive tools and resources available on the internet that can get you started thinking broadly about careers that might suit you: