Women in Engineering Residential Programme

15 - 19 January 2023


Applications for WiE CAN 2023 are now closed. All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by 31 August. 

WiE CAN is a 5 day/4 night Women in Engineering residential programme featuring a range of interactive workshops, inspiring presentations, and fun social activities. You will be immersed in student life and experience the range of engineering subjects on offer at UC.

Each year there are 60 places available and you don’t have to be top of the class to apply!

If you are…

  • A female student* completing Year 12 in 2022 at a NZ high school
  • Over the age of 16 years old by 15 January 2023
  • Currently studying physics and maths**
  • Excited to explore the limitless opportunities in engineering
  • Interested in innovation, problem solving and making a difference to society
  • Wanting to experience life as a UC student
  • Looking for a fun challenge to take on during the summer holidays

…this FREE, hands-on programme is for you! 

*Applications open to female students or those who identify as female.

**View the required achievement standards for studying a BE(Hons) at UC.

WiE CAN Details

Date: 15-19 January 2023. You will arrive the afternoon of Sunday 15 January to settle in and meet your fellow students, and depart Thursday 19 January after 12.30pm.

Location: University of Canterbury, Christchurch.

Accommodation: Tupuānuku

Cost: FREE! UC will provide accommodation and meals during the programme, from afternoon tea on Sunday 15 January through to morning tea on Thursday 19 January.

Attendees are responsible for travel to and from the camp. Assistance for travel expenses is available to attendees experiencing financial hardship, at the approval and discretion of the organisers.

Timetable: WiE CAN 2023 Draft Programme (subject to change)

Application Dates: Applications open 4 July and close 12 August. Successful applicants will be notified by 31 August.

Find out more

Spaces are limited to 60 students.

Your application must include:

  • Your contact information
  • A teacher reference (name and contact details; written reference optional)
  • Your school subjects
  • Details of any relevant academic achievements
  • Details of any relevant extracurricular activities (eg maths/science clubs, industry work experience, etc)
  • A clear and concise commentary — text (300 words or less) or video (under 3 min) — outlining why you should be chosen for WiE CAN 2023 (.doc, .pdf, .mp4, .mov, .wmv files preferred)

Make your application stand out by telling us all about you! We want to know more than your academic records – tell us about your passions and interests, brag about any clubs, competitions or projects you’ve been involved in, and convince us that you should attend WiE CAN 2023!

Note: We recommend you apply from your home network. In the past, some applicants have experienced issues with their school networks blocking the application form submission. You will receive a copy of your application via email, but if you’re unsure if your form has been successfully submitted, please email the team at engmarketing@canterbury.ac.nz.  

The world needs engineers! Engineering touches all aspects of our everyday lives – the roads we drive on, the water we drink, the smartphones we use to communicate with our friends, and so much more!

We believe engineering solutions are better when they’re created by diverse teams which is why we want to inspire the next generation of female engineers to change the world!

Applications open: Monday 4 July

Applications close: 6.00pm, Friday 12 August

Applicants advised of outcome by email: By Wenesday 31 August


For more information about the programme or application process, contact the team.


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