Summer in New Zealand
Your plans to travel home this summer might have been disrupted due to Covid-19, and maybe you’re not sure what to do over the summer break.
Experience summer the Kiwi way! Explore, travel, make friends, study, develop new skills – you’ll find plenty of opportunities to stay active and connected during your break.
Whether you are planning to continue studying next year or finishing your degree, use this resource to discover job opportunities, events, activities and support to make the most of your summer in New Zealand.
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For the wider UC Events, check out the following page. https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/events/list-events/
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Show us your summer in 60 seconds.
Register your interest in the link & we will send you the competition guidelines. Grab your phone or camera, capture your summer in video format (make sure it’s no longer than 60 seconds) and submit your project to us to be to win some fabulous prizes that includes:
Register for the 60 Second Summer Video Competition here
Summer Break 18-Dec 2021 to 1 Feb 2022
Kiwi Summer Day
(Oppertunity to be hosted for a day)
UC would like to provide our international students who are staying in Christchurch over the summer break the opportunity to feel welcomed and supported by the community. You can sign up with a friend, or individually, then we will match you with a local family for a day during summer!
Then it will be up to you all to decide together what you would like to do, it could be a day trip in Canterbury, a Kiwi BBQ or meal, or an ice-cream and beach walk with a family and their pet.
Registration will resumme from 10 Jan 2022
For more information, please email
Seen the art tutorials on tiktok? Come try the original Paint-Along with Bob Ross at the UC Library maker space: Just bring yourself and we will provide everything you need to create a masterpiece (including food).
New and continuing UC International Students will be invited to come along to Sumner Beach for some games, hot chips and ice cream.
More details due in early 2022. However this event will be free, with transport and food provided.
Registration details to come early 2022.
TBC (April 2022)
UC International students will be provided the opportunity to participate in a full day trip to a local Marae (Māori meeting place).
Students will experience and participate in a pōwhiri (welcoming ceremony) build up your bi-cultural knowledge and share a meal together.
More details due in early 2022. However we will be offering transport and food on the day. There will also be a pre- visit briefing session to learn a waiata (song) and to cover off important information for the trip.
Registration details to come early 2022.
Find workshops, events and activities available on campus
UC Careers offers free career support to students and recent graduates. Our team is keen to assist you to search and prepare for a summer opportunity. We invite you to engage with our services early and often as needed:
Note: The UC Careers office will remain open after the end-of-year exams and during the summer break (closed 24 December – 04 January/ reopens 5 January 2022).
As an international student, you are a valued part of our community and have much to offer the Aotearoa New Zealand workforce. While Covid-19 has been challenging, we encourage you to stay motivated and take confidence in your adaptability and resilience – skills employers will indeed find valuable.
Email UC Careers for further help
Don’t wait – use the summer break to ensure you have the skills needed to succeed in 2021. Check out the free ASC summer workshops and enrol online now!
Do you want to improve your English language before the semester starts? Would you like to learn key skills and meet other international students? At these fun and supportive workshops, you will learn strategies for reading difficult texts and writing effective academic paragraphs. You will identify grammatical mistakes and practise correcting these in your writing. Learning advisors will be on hand to answer your questions and provide feedback on your work. Enrol now!
Tuesday, 9 February 2021: Reading strategies and paragraph structure
Wednesday, 10 February 2021: Grammar and writing support
NZUni Talent is an online database of job, internship and graduate opportunities. You are automatically registered on NZUni Talent when you enrol at UC and you can continue to use the service after you graduate. Just log on NZUni Talent using your UC IT username and password.
Youth Job sites
Student Job Search For recruiting university students, Student Job Search provides a free service for advertising roles. They also include an over the phone background check on applicants.
Youth Employer A free service that enables workplaces to register interest in hiring 16-24-year-olds. The site also enables employers to have profiles which list opportunities (other than just jobs) for youths to develop job-seeking skills, eg. business walkthroughs, CV reviews, mentoring.
Industry-backed job sites
GoHort job board A free job board to post permanent positions for a short industry audience, from entry-level to senior roles. The GoHort website promotes starting a career in horticulture, with the job board offering an insight into the variety of positions and internships available.
Work the Seasons Work the Seasons is free for employers to list seasonal roles such as harvest, packhouse or thinning work. Work the Seasons is the go-to site for listing seasonal horticultural roles and is being backed by industry and government to help fill seasonal vacancies.
Pick tiki A new initiative targeted at students, Pick tiki sets out to encourage more students to complete seasonal work this summer through new targeted marketing channels. GAP registered employers can signup to the program for free.
Backpackerboard An all-in-one backpacker site to find jobs and anything else needed to live and work as a backpacker. It is free for employers to list short term or temporary roles unless they are a recruitment agency.
Seasonal Jobs A very basic, but free, job site that primarily targets backpackers for seasonal work across all industries. The site also caters to kiwis wanting seasonal work.
Opportunities Grow Here This MPI website and promotion campaign was set up to promote opportunities in the primary industries in the wake of Covid-19.
Let’s Grow An apprenticeship program run by Primary ITO. Employers and people looking to become an apprentice can register through the site, where Primary ITO will then organise and support the running of the apprenticeship.
NauMai NZ Discover skills and tips for employability in New Zealand. Don’t wait till you finish your studies to start thinking about your career. Learn how to increase your chances of finding the job you want, whether you plan to work in New Zealand or move overseas after you graduate.
Careers NZ Careers.govt.nz is a resource foR primary, secondary and tertiary learners, job seekers, job changers, parents, career practitioners, such as teachers and career advisers.
Connected.govt.nz Connected is an MSD site setup post-Covid and is a one-stop-shop for job-seekers to find work, employers to find support or staff, and info about post-Covid government initiatives.
Jobs during Covid / Keep New Zealand Working MSD site to help pair job seekers, with employers in the wake of Covid-19.
Student campaign: Discover Possible, Dream Different MSD site for students targeted at tertiary students leaving study. The site links to various other job sites and various employment tools.
New Zealand NOW: Your guide to living & working in New Zealand A promotional govt website which details moving to live, work, study or invest in NZ
New Kiwis New Kiwis is a free site by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce site for employers to find skilled staff with international experience and qualifications. The site has a database of CVs and can offer to shortlist candidates at no cost.
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There's always something to do in Ōtautahi-Christchurch!
What’s on in Chch Stay up to date with what's happening in Christchurch from free events to art exhibitions, festivals to live comedy — you'll find it all here:
• 14-30 January 2022- World Buskers festival https://www.breadandcircus.co.nz/ Enjoy world-famous busking pitches, free outdoor spectacles and must-see ticketed events, promising something for everyone.
Urban list From the best things to do and eat locally; travel, style, health, sustainability, entertainment, career and finance.
Eventfinda Chch Find out upcoming events in Christchurch - concerts, gigs, festivals, outdoor activities, classes and workshops.
BeKiwi helps you better connect with meaningful travel experiences – including volunteering, travelling sustainably and learning valuable future skills. Get hands-on, have fun and try something new!
Christchurch Educated Summer Programme
Christchurch Educated offers summer programmes, tours, activities and the opportunity to improve English language skills over the summer break. It's a great way to make new friends and stay connected.
Christchurch NZ offers travel itineraries and deals to explore Christchurch and the South Island. Now's the time to explore one of the world's most diverse and exciting islands. Within reach of the city are mountains and ski fields, beaches and endless coastlines, lush pastures and rolling hills, all at your doorstep.
Learn about safety in the outdoors
NauMai NZ is a place for information on life as a student in New Zealand.
Join NauMai NZ to get useful information and important updates to make your life easier while you’re living and studying in New Zealand.
Connect with other students on NauMai's International Student Support Facebook group. This is a community of international students in New Zealand, and a place to connect with one another, ask questions, offer advice and find help.
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Visit the INZ Website for updates for student visa holders in New Zealand, including information about applying for a new visa or a variation of conditions if you:
- have completed your studies
- are unable to complete your studies
- want to extend your course, or
- want to change your course or education provider.
UC Well Being Hub has everything you need to take care of you. If you feel a bit worried and unsettled, need help with your coursework or want to find out how to get more active, tap into the Wellbeing Hub for handy information on:
- Academic Support, including fear of failure and managing exams
- Mental Wellbeing, including as anxiety & stress and depression
- Health & Fitness, including the UC RecCentre and UC Health Centre
- Support Services, including Self Care and Supporting Others
The UC International Office Support Team. Monique, Elizabeth, Nina, Emma and Candice