UC Orientation Day | Herea tō waka

Save the date: Friday 14 February 2020. Registrations open in January 2020.

Date: 9.30am - 2pm, Friday 14 February 2020
Starting from:
Clyde Road car park or Science Road entrance
What to bring:
Cash for the food stalls

UC Orientation Day | Herea tō waka (O Day) is the best way to find out what university life has to offer.

It takes place the Friday before term starts and is a chance for new students to get familiar with the campus, ask questions, make new friends and get sorted for day one at UC.

O Day is exclusive to students new to UC in 2020 and there is also an opportunity for parents to find out more about the University with a range of special orientation events designed for whānau.

Attendance at O Day is expected and considered essential for a successful start, so please plan to be here. 

Social activities

UCSA (University Canterbury Students' Association) also have a programme of music and events. You can check out all events on the UCSA website (Orientation 2020).

Māori, Pasifika and International students

  • If you are a Māori student you may want to attend the following Orientation events open to Māori Students, whānau & friends.

    • Tōia Mai (Noho Marae visit) from 9am Tuesday 11th February – 3pm Wednesday 12th February
    • Eke Panuku (UC Māori Orientation) on Thursday 13th February from 9am – 1pm

    Registrations open January 2020

  • If you are a Pacific student you may want to attend the Pasifika student orientation held on Thursday 13 February from 9.30am - 3.30pm. Registrations open January 2020.
  • If you are a new international student you need to attend the International Student Welcome during Arrival Week on Monday 10 February from 9.30am - 2.30pm. Registrations open soon.

Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Teaching students

If your programme of study is in Early Childhood, Primary or Secondary teaching you will be involved in course-specific orientation programme. This programme may give you the opportunity to participate in Orientation Day from 12pm onwards. For more information see the College of Education, Health and Human Development website.

Need more information?

If you’ve a question or want to find out more contact us: events@canterbury.ac.nz.