Student academic advice and forms
The College of Science Student Advisors give advice on course options and degree programmes.
Postgraduate students should visit our Postgraduate advice and forms page. Students who are enrolling at 100-level for the first time should seek advice from our Liaison Office, Phone 0800 VARSITY (827 748), Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about how degrees are structured is available on our undergraduate study page.
Our Advisors can help you with
- Degree planning, including double degrees and double majors
- Explaining your course options
- Understanding the University Calendar and degree regulations
Meeting requirements for graduation:
- Advice on eligibility to graduate
Transferring and cross-crediting:
- Transfer of credits from other tertiary institutions
- Permissions to take courses at other New Zealand universities for credit to a UC degree
- Cross-crediting between several undergraduate degrees
- Transferring between degrees
Dealing with changes in your circumstances:
- Exemptions, such as waivers of pre-requisites or core-requirements
- Withdrawal from courses
- Masters thesis suspensions
- Masters thesis extensions
- Part-time enrolment at postgraduate level
Dealing with study-related issues:
- Academic appeals
Some departments recommend having studied certain subjects at school. Find out more: Best Preparation for a BSc (pdf 57KB)
If you are unsure whether you want to commit to a 3-year or 4-year degree you can enrol in a Certificate in Science.
If you haven't already studied sciences at Years 12 and 13 you might find it helpful to enrol in the Science Headstart (Summer Preparatory Programme).
The following forms are pdf files. Click on the links to download. If you do not have acrobat reader installed, please email for a copy of the form to be sent to your student email address to email@example.com.
Postgraduate students should visit our Postgraduate advice and forms page.
Please note the College of Science is in the process of updating our Postgraduate Forms with the view to making the process fully electronic. Some of our forms can now be filled in online and forwarded to the College electronically. Depending on your version of acrobat reader, you may need to save the form before forwarding. We will acknowledge receipt of your application. Some forms will still need to be printed until updated to the new format. Please let us know if you have any difficulties.
Forms for undergraduate students
- Application for Exemption of Prerequisite (doc 94kb)
- Concurrent Enrolment Application (pdf 15kb)
- Application for Permission to Enrol in a course for a Third Time (pdf 43 KB)
Te Whare Wananga o Waitaha offers a welcoming environment for Maori students and provides support and encouragement for Maori to achieve academic excellence. Find out more
The University of Canterbury provides a welcoming and supportive environment for students of Pacific heritage. Academic and cultural support services have been designed to ensure that you get the most out of both your studies and your free time. Find out more
Students with disabilities
For advice on support for students with a disability, please see the Equity & Disability Service. Find out more
The Student Support team provides a range of services, support and useful information for students, both domestic and international students. Find out more
Career advice and planning
UC Careers and Employment provides advice and resources for job seeking, (including CV development) and information about prospective jobs and employers. Find out more
Departments and Schools
Departments and Schools can help you with questions regarding their courses and course selection. Contact your department
The Academic Skills Centre is a free service that offers writing and study advice, resources and support for students from first-year through to PhD. Contact the ASC
If you wish to add, change or discontinue any of your current courses you must follow the correct procedure.
A change of enrolment application should be submitted online and goes through an approval process via the relevant department/school and the College Office.
Key dates for enrolment changes
Before you make the change, make sure you are aware of the key dates for enrolment and withdrawal from courses.
Course change process
To make changes to your current enrolment:
- Go to MyUC.
- Login using your University student "Username" and "Password".
- Click on the "Enrolment" button.
- Proceed with your change of enrolment application, following the instructions and make sure you complete the application by clicking on "submit".
If you have not heard anything about your change of enrolment application within one week, please contact the Enrolment Contact Centre or the College Office to find out what the status of your application is.
What happens next?
Once a change has been approved, you will be emailed or posted a notification of change which must be accepted in order for the change to be finalised. Approvals are based on meeting the required prerequisites for a course, your workload (number of points enrolled in) and degree requirements.
If a change is not approved, your application will be declined. The College Office may also contact you, in order to offer advice about your options.
How will my loan, allowance and fees be affected?
Changing or withdrawing from your courses will have implications for your fees. If you have a student allowance and/or loan, these may be affected as well. You should make sure you know exactly what the implications will be for you, BEFORE you put through an application for a change of enrolment.
Before you make a change to your enrolment, you may wish to get some academic advice. You can contact the relevant department or contact the Student Advisor in the College of Science.
Make an appointment
Student advisors are available for face-to-face, phone or video conferencing appointments via Zoom. Please make an appointment using the links below.
Find answers to our most frequently asked questions here. For further queries or assistance, make an appointment with our student advisors.
Drop in advice sessions for semester two 2021:
Drop in sessions will run from Monday 2 July to Friday 30 July, 9:30am - 12:30pm and 2-4pm. Appointments are not required during this time.
Advisors are available 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm.
Bengu Korkut Yalcin: Tuesday to Thursday
Nicole Anfang: Monday to Wednesday
Jerhime Sanders: Thursday and Friday
Anna Chapman: Monday to Friday
Resources to help you plan your degree
To use the BSc calculator tool:
- Download file below
- Open with Excel
- Input and check course details as per instructions
Note that this is a trial tool intended to help plan your degree or check your degree completion requirements, for formal advice or approvals please contact the College office.