Transitioning successfully into your degree

This page highlights the preparatory, supported and extension pathways into degree study at the University of Canterbury. Adjusting to campus life in your first year can improve your chances of successfully completing your degree.

Pathways for Kiwis, Australians, Permanent Residents and International students with University Entrance:

CUP students

The Certificate in University Preparation (CUP)

CUP is for you if you don’t meet the requirements for university entry.

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Preparatory options over summer

There are a variety of options to assist you with preparing for your degree.

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The Fast Path into Engineering and Product Design degrees

A flexible pathway for students, over 20 years of age, into these degrees.

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STAR Programme

The STAR at UC programme allows secondary school students from anywhere in New Zealand to enrol in first-year degree-level courses

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Get advice

Our Future Students Team can advise you on the best programme of study to suit you.

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UC Pathways

Through UC Pathways you will improve your academic skills, and understand what it takes to succeed at university.

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Mature students

If you are over 20 years of age you have different options available to help you prepare for degree study.

Takere students


A scholarship and transition academy for Māori and Pacific students to develop the skills and confidence needed to navigate the university landscape.

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UC International College

UCIC was established following a collaborative agreement between Navitas Limited and the University of Canterbury in 2013.

CCEL students


CCEL is for students wishing to meet their English language requirements and prepare for their academic studies at UC and UCIC.