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UC welcomes new students on busy Herea tō waka | Welcome Day

16 February 2024

The newest University of Canterbury students experienced their first day on campus as 2300 students arrived on Ilam campus to take the first steps of their UC journey today. 


Herea tō Waka | Welcome Day gave new students the opportunity to prepare themselves and find their way around ahead of Semester 1 starting on Monday 19 February.  

Students connected with their lecturers and student advisors by attending subject information sessions. They met their peers, became familiar with campus, asked questions, and got themselves organised for day one.

Students choose where to study based on many factors, including academic programmes, student support, and a vibrant learning environment. At the University of Canterbury (UC) we can cater for student needs in all areas. Our world-class student support programme, Kia Angitu, focuses on the early experiences of students at UC, bringing together a range of initiatives to help students transition into their first year and make the most of their studies.

The University of Canterbury delivers a high standard of education that responds to the changing needs of work and society. As a future-focused institution, UC has introduced a range of new degree options at undergraduate and post-graduate level. Besides our long-standing degree programmes, which continue to thrive and grow, UC recently introduced the highly sought-after Bachelor of Digital Screen (Hons), Bachelor of Product Design, Master of Artificial Intelligence, and Master of Aerospace Engineering, among others. UC excels at supporting young professionals to develop their best and brightest ideas, incubating hundreds of innovative start-ups, social enterprises, and entrepreneurial spinoffs. UC’s park-like campus is also home to the largest number of student clubs and societies of any Aotearoa New Zealand university, with over 130 options including the renowned SVA.

Ōtautahi Christchurch has transformed into a modern and sustainable city. It is a special place to live, study and play with affordable housing and easy access to beaches and mountains. Unsurprisingly, many UC students opt to stay in Christchurch with one in two graduates who remain in Aotearoa New Zealand choosing to work in Waitaha Canterbury.

In 2023 UC had another record year of enrolments, with over 23,900 students. We look forward to welcoming new and returning students for Semester 1.

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