UC Science Summer Camp

The UC Science Summer Camp is a 5-day event for Year-12 students interested in studying science at university.

Dates: 12 - 16 December 2022
Location: University of Canterbury Ilam Campus

Students will stay in university accommodation on the University of Canterbury's Ilam campus. They will attend lectures, work in the labs, experience field work, meet with staff and current students, and find out about the amazing research happening at UC.

There are limited places available and students can apply from anywhere in New Zealand.

Applications are now closed

Camp details

Eligibility: Open to New Zealand Year 12 students, going into Year 13 in 2023.

Cost: $575 – Includes accommodation, food and travel during the week. 
                     Excludes travel to and from the camp.

 Māori, Pasifika and Fee Support Scholarships are available to those eligible.

Applications open: 10 June 2022

Applications Close:  12 August 2022


Why UC Science Summer Camp?

UC Science Summer Camp is about helping students make the best decisions for their future. The transition from school to university can be hard – there are so many options to choose from and decisions to be made. 

That’s why we started this camp. We want to give students a real taste of university life and let them experience first-hand what studying science at UC is like – so they can make informed decisions for their future.

What’s on offer

During their visit, students will be completely immersed in UC life. They’ll get to experience the full scope of science on offer at UC – from lectures and lab work to field trips and the latest technologies. Of course, university life is not all about study. There will also be social activities – including experiencing the new and vibrant Christchurch CBD,  and time to hang out with like minded students and get a feel for the campus.

Scholarship opportunities

UC has a set number of Māori, Pasifika Scholarships and fee support Scholarships available for people from under-represented communities (including, but not limited to minority ethnic groups, lower socio-economic status and special needs) to attend the UC Summer Science Camp.


For more information, please email outreach@canterbury.ac.nz.

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