Apply for preparatory qualifications

Guide to Enrolment

The Guide to Enrolment offers you information on how to enrol at UC for study, including application dates and course details. 

Step 1. Ensure you meet the entry requirements

Admission to the UC for preparatory programmes is based on your previous study and results.

Entry requirements for each programme vary so you need to check the individual programme listing:

Step 2. Complete your application and pay your fees

Use the appropriate form for the preparatory programme you want to apply for.

Certificate in English for University Study application form

Complete the online form above to apply for the Certificate in English for University Study.

You will pay your fees directly to CCEL College of English.

More information

CCEL
Phone 
+64 3 343 3790
Online enquiry www.ccel.co.nz/contact/

Location
University of Canterbury Campus, Solway Avenue, Ilam, Christchurch 

Postal address
CCEL Christchurch
PO Box 31212
Christchurch 8444
New Zealand 

Apply to enrol online now with myUC, UC's student online portal, available to anyone anywhere.

You will pay your fees to UC once your application has been approved. For more details on this process see pay your fees.

More information

Student Transitions and Engagement
Phone 
+64 3 369 3337
Email transitions@canterbury.ac.nz

Location
Level 2, Forestry Building

Foundation Studies Certificate application form

Submit your application online with UCIC. You need to know which programme you want to study, and which date you want to start.

You also need to have electronic copies of your academic transcripts, which you will need to attach to your online application.

You will pay your fees directly to UCIC.

More information

UCIC
Phone 
+64 3 260 4300 or 0800 824 269 (0800 UCICNZ) - NZ only
Email info@ucic.ac.nz

Location
20 Kirkwood Avenue
Ilam
Christchurch

Postal Address
UC International College
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Headstart

Summer 2018
Start date: 15 January; End date: 18 February

How to enrol

You can enrol by calling the Contact Centre on +64 3 3693999 or Freephone: 0800 VARSITY (0800 827 748 – within New Zealand only)

Qualification

COP PREP

Headstart Courses – select one:

  • BRDG006-18SU1 Academic Communication and Study Skills (CUP)
  • BRDG016-18SU1 Mathematics Part One
  • BRDG023-18SU1 Chemistry (CUP)
  • BRDG024-18SU1 Physics
  • BRDG032-18SU1 Special Topic [Statistics]

Course Fee

TBA

Further information

For more information contact the Student Transitions and Engagement team:

Student Transitions and Engagement
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand
Phone +64 3 369 3337
Email transitions@canterbury.ac.nz

For assistance with planning your Headstart course of study contact the Programme Coordinator:

Phyllis Mowe
Email: phyllis.mowe@canterbury.ac.nz

As students remain as fully-enrolled secondary school students, they should not complete the standard university enrolment process.

Students interested in enrolling as a STAR student at UC must do so through a staff member at their secondary school (usually a STAR Coordinator or Careers Advisor).

Step 1. To enrol a student schools should submit a STAR Student enrolment form, as well as an electronic copy of the student's citizenship document (see instructions on the enrolment form). Preferably these documents should be submitted by email to star@canterbury.ac.nz, to ensure the student is enrolled as soon as possible.

Step 2. Once enrolled we will need to receive a verification of the citizenship document (original to be presented in person, or hard copy certified by the student's Principal or a JP to be sent by mail). Grades will not be released until we have verified the citizenship status. Our postal address for certified copies of citizenship documents is: Student Services, Attention Kun Li, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140. Alternatively, original citizenship documents can be presented in person at the Student Services Centre on Level 1 of the Matariki building.

Enrolments for 2019 are open now and the application closing date for 2019 Semester 1 and Whole Year courses is Thursday 7 February 2019. The application closing date for 2019 Semester 2 courses is Thursday 27 June 2019.

An MoU will be signed between the secondary school and UC the first time a school wishes to enrol STAR students at UC.

Secondary school students who wish to enrol in a Performance Music course at UC (MUSA141MUSA142 or MUSA143) can do so by submitting the Application for Performance Music - Secondary School. Students have to pay the UC Domestic or International tuition fee upfront, no invoice will be sent to the school. Students will be asked to do an audition before they are approved into these courses by the School of Music.

University Transfer Programme application form

Submit your application online with UCIC. You need to know which programme you want to study, and which date you want to start.

You also need to have electronic copies of your academic transcripts, which you will need to attach to your online application.

You will pay your fees directly to UCIC.

More information

UCIC
Phone 
+64 3 260 4300 or 0800 824 269 (0800 UCICNZ) - NZ only
Email info@ucic.ac.nz

Location
20 Kirkwood Avenue
Ilam
Christchurch

Postal Address
UC International College
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Document requirements

As part of the admissions process you will need to submit a number of documents. Only original or certified true copies of academic certificates and transcripts will be accepted.

If English translations are necessary they should be certified translations.

Documents may be certified as true copies by:

  • A justice of the peace
  • A notary public
  • A solicitor
  • A commissioner of oaths
  • An official of the institution that issued the document

Step 3. Get prepared for University

UC offers a range of support and essential services on campus that will help you ease into academic life.

Year 13 High School students

Your last year at school can be both an exciting and a stressful time. Find out more about the support available to you while you are still at school and advice on how to prepare for university life.

International students

Get a feel for life as an international student at the University of Canterbury and learn about the support on offer from orientation and enrolment through to graduation.

Māori students

The Māori Development Team is here to support you and your whānau throughout your tertiary journey. Find out about the services on offer to you and meet the UC Māori Advisors at Orientation day.

Pasifika students

The Pacific Development Team provides a welcoming and supportive environment for students of Pacific heritage. Find out about the various events and support programmes on offer.

Students with disabilities

UC supports students with disabilities by providing appropriate, disability-related study support services and specialist resources such as:

  • Practical support
  • Assistive technology
  • Information in alternate formats
  • Special arrangements for exams

Adult students

Whether you're returning to study or this is the first time you've thought about coming to university, we understand that furthering your education can be a daunting yet exciting prospect. Balancing work, family and study commitments can be tricky, so UC is available to help you get the most out of your time at university.

Services for new students

Email and IT services

Find out how to access the online tools you’ll need for your courses, plus information about printing and Wi-Fi access on campus.

Student ID Card

Get yourself sorted out with an ID card for entering classes, using the library, receiving student discounts and much more.

Cycling, driving and public transport

Biking, on foot, in a car or by public transport— find out all the information you need to get yourself to campus.

Campus maps

Locate the buildings and rooms on our four campuses.