Distance Learning courses

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UC’s College of Arts offers some courses by distance to students through the university’s online interactive learning platform, using a blended learning approach. Arts distance courses you successfully complete can count towards a university degree, in the same way as a regular campus-based course. Depending on your course selection, an entire Bachelor of Arts can be completed by distance.

Am I eligible?

The courses are open to anyone eligible to enrol at UC. Contact the College of Arts' Student Advisors if you have any questions about eligibility.
Email: artsdegreeadvice@canterbury.ac.nz or call the College of Arts at +6433693377

Alternatively you can contact:
Enrolment enquiries
Phone 0800 VARSITY (827 748) or +64 3 364 2555
Email enrol@canterbury.ac.nz or info@canterbury.ac.nz

Upcoming courses

The courses run over the summer and in semester 1 and 2. See Key course dates for more information.

Summer 2018-2019

  • (*LING400 is a postgraduate course. Students who have a Bachelor's degree with an approved major may be able to take LING400 as an entry requirement of the Masters of Linguistics. Please visit the for full information.)

Semester 1 - 2019

Semester 2 - 2019

Study details

Online learning requirements

UC provides all course material online, does all marking, and assigns grades. As an Arts distance student, you participate in lectures through the university’s online interactive learning platform (Learn) via your home computer. To access the Learn site, students will be given a user ID and password. Distance students are also given an Outlook Live student email account.

Distance students can obtain their user IDs and passwords online after registering with MyUC and completing the enrolment process.

Access to learning materials

The Library can provide access to books, articles, and audiovisual material for distance students. See Library Distance services.

Course workload

Each course requires about 150 hours of dedicated study. For semester-long courses that is an average workload of about 10 hours a week, including reading the online course materials and working on assignments.


Each individual course has a fee based on the degree area and level of the course. You only pay for the courses you choose to take. Arts distance students are eligible for a 67% student services levy rebate. Visit our Courses, Subjects and Qualifications website for course descriptions and costs.

Does Distance Learning meet your study needs?