Credit From an Overseas Institution 

You can apply to have your existing credits from an overseas tertiary institution counted towards your UC qualification.

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To be eligible for consideration, you must have studied at an overseas university or tertiary institution within the last five years. This may be either a completed or incomplete qualification.

If you have completed your qualification, you may be eligible for up to 120 points towards your UC qualification. For more information please see the Credit Recognition and Transfer Regulations.

How to apply for a transfer of credit from an overseas tertiary institute 

Step 1. Apply to Enrol in myUC

Your Application to Enrol in myUC needs to be processed before you can apply to transfer your credit. Once you have applied you will have a student ID number, please include this number with your credit application.

Step 2. Complete the form

Complete the Application for Credit - overseas institution form. 

Step 3. Gather your supporting documents

You also need to supply the following documents to provide evidence that you completed the courses and qualifications you want to transfer credit from:

Academic transcripts

Academic transcripts are the documents listing the courses you have taken and the grades or marks received.

UC requires your original institution-issued documents or a certified true copy. Electronic copies can be used for assessment. However, the original documents are still needed before credit is granted.

If you haven’t completed the course you’re seeking UC credit for, you can still submit your application but credits cannot be granted until final transcripts have been received and validated by UC.

Graduation requirements

You need to provide information about the structure of the qualification(s) or degree(s), which states the total number of credits, credit hours, hours, points or units required in order to qualify for graduation.

Content of courses

You need to provide information about the content of each course you want to transfer credit from. This information can be from the catalogue or handbook of the programme or from the institution’s website or from the institution directly.

For non-English documents, you must provide both the original or certified copy and a certified official translation.

Step 4. Send in your application and supporting documents

Send your completed form and supporting documents to the UC Admissions Team by post or courier:

By Post By Courier
Student Services
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand
Student Services
University of Canterbury
20 Kirkwood Ave
Christchurch 8041
New Zealand

You can also send electronic, non-official copies of this documentation for initial assessment to the Admissions Team by email to

Step 5. Assessment and outcome

Credit transfers are not automatic. Applications are reviewed individually on a case-by-case basis by the college and the central admissions teams.

You will be notified of the application results by email. If your application is not successful, you have the option to appeal the decision.

Information on the appeals process will be provided with the outcome of your application.

See the Credit Recognition and Transfer Regulations for more information. 

For more information or if you have any questions

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