UC Study Centre Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Students will enjoy online courses delivered by UC and at least one on-campus course at one of the study centres. The course studied at the study centre may contribute towards your degree at UC depending on if the courses are credit-bearing and non-credit bearing.

You receive the best of both worlds - access all the online services delivered by UC while making the most of studying on a university campus, accessing in-person support and facilities at the host study centre.

Step 1: Enrol at UC

You must have an offer of place to study at UC, follow the steps to complete your UC enrolment. Start your online courses with UC according to the UC semester dates.  

Step 2: Register your interest for UC Study Centre

Register your interest to be based at a study centre while you start your UC degree online. Please note study centre availability depends on which UC degree you’re studying, and whether the study centre has reached its capacity.

Step 3: Confirm your place and complete the registration process

Once you have enrolled and completed the Study Centre application form, please register for accommodation and Study Centre courses at your chosen Study Centre campus at 2022 Semester Two China Study Centre Registration Process.

Step 3: Travel to, and enrol at the study centre

Enrol in UC’s study centres according to their semester start dates. Each study centre has a different start date.

No, this offer is only for students currently in China who are unable to enter New Zealand due to current border restrictions. Students in New Zealand or other countries are not eligible to study at the UC China Study Centre.

No, basing yourself at a UC study centre is optional. If you prefer to continue learning online from home, you are welcome to, as long as online courses are available. More information about UC’s online to on-campus courses can be found here.

A New Zealand student visa is not required to join a study centre.

When New Zealand's border restrictions are lifted, you will need a valid student visa. Visit the Immigration New Zealand website for more information about student visa applications.

The potential impact on the programme of a closure of campus arising from COVID-19 will be clearly outlined in the Student Declaration form we will ask you to sign.

You will have to abide by the rules and regulations of the university where the China Study Centre is based, especially regarding any response to COVID-19.

No. The UC China Study Centre is offered at no additional cost to students. Students pay tuition fees to UC according to UC fee structure and your enrolment statement.

You will be responsible for paying for your accommodation on campus, textbooks, and living and travel expenses.

Study Options

Students can study a wide range of online courses offered by the University of Canterbury AND in-person courses offered by the Study Centre host universities.

Visit our online courses page to see a full list of courses that are available, in addition to the Study Centre courses. The UC China Study Centre is not available for PhD candidates. Postgraduate student Study Centre registration will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

  • For students who are interested in the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) Study Centre, please refer to the 2021 Autumn China Study Centre - HUST credit list. Subjects are available in economics, finance, management, marketing, computer science, mathematics, statistics, biochemistry, and civil engineering. The courses listed here can be used as a reference and the available courses for future semesters will be confirmed before the Autumn Semester starts.
  • Tianjin University (TJU) Study Centre will only offer Business relevant courses (e.g. accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing), which are fully listed in the 2022 S2 China Study Centre - TJU Credit.  
  • Please note: no matter whether you are a new or returning student, you MUST study at least one on-campus course at the Study Centre. This can either be credit-bearing (able to credit back to your UC qualification) or a non-credit bearing elective course.  
  • Students should contact their UC Student Advisor to formalise your study plan before you finalise your enrolment at the study centre. This is to ensure you have the approval to cross-credit the study centre courses into your UC qualification.


You are expected to study full time at the China Study Centre. A full-time study load requires at least 45 points (including both UC online courses and Study Centre courses).

Special circumstances, for example, if you only require a lower load to finish your degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Study centre students receive access to all UC online resources and services, just as if you were studying online at home. This includes UC’s Tūhono ā-Ipurangi | Online Peer Mentor programme. UC’s peer mentors will be in touch regularly throughout the semester to check in and arrange social events for you to meet other UC students.

In addition to UC online support, you’ll receive dedicated support and access to facilities at your study centre. These include:

  • Student ID card
  • Library, canteen, gym and IT facilities
  • Social clubs, activities and events
  • On campus orientation
  • In person academic and non-academic support
  • Dedicated coordinator as a primary point of contact
  • Student Ambassador programme to connect Study Centre students

Living Arrangement

On-campus accommodation will be offered in the international student apartment. Due to COVID-19 regulations, living off-campus is NOT an option.

Yes, students will be responsible for paying your accommodation directly to the Study Centre host university.

Current prices for the rooms are below. Please note these are subject to minor changes:

  • HUST: Ensuite Double Room - RMB1,400 per room per month
  • TJU: Ensuite Single Room - RMB60 per room per day

Get in touch with us

If you have any further questions or would like to learn more about UC Study Centre, please contact us at partnerships@canterbury.ac.nz

You are also welcome to contact us on WeChat to speak with a UC staff member. For Business students, please contact ucbusiness WeChat account. For all other students, please contact UC-tracyzhai WeChat account.

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