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04 September 2023

WiE CAN is a 5 day/4 night Women in Engineering residential programme that features interactive workshops, inspiring presentations, and fun social activities. You'll be immersed in student life and experience the range of engineering subjects on offer at UC. Learn more about WiE CAN at UC.


Applications will be opening on the 22nd of July for WiE CAN 2025.

WiE CAN is a 5 day/4 night Women in Engineering residential programme featuring a range of interactive workshops, inspiring presentations, and fun social activities. You will be immersed in student life and experience the range of engineering subjects on offer at UC.

There are 60 places available and you don’t have to be top of the class to apply!

If you are…

  • A female* student completing Year 12 in 2023 at a New Zealand high school 
  • Over the age of 16 years old by 12 January 2025  
  • Currently studying physics and maths** 
  • Excited to explore the limitless opportunities in engineering
  • Interested in innovation, problem solving, and making a difference to society
  • Wanting to experience life as a UC student
  • Looking for a fun challenge to take on during the summer holidays

 …this FREE, hands-on programme is for you! 

* Applications open to female students and those who identify as female.

** Learn more about the BE(Hons) at UC.

WiE CAN details

Date: 12-16 January 2025. You will arrive the afternoon of Sunday 12 January to settle in and meet your fellow students, and depart Thursday 16 January after 12.30 pm.

Location: University of Canterbury, Christchurch.

Accommodation: Tupuānuku 

Cost: FREE! UC will provide accommodation and meals during the programme, from afternoon tea on Sunday 12 January through to morning tea on Thursday 16 January. Any other meals or accommodation required are at the expense of the attendee.

Attendees are responsible for travel to and from the camp. For those experiencing financial hardship, assistance for travel expenses is available at the approval and discretion of the organisers.

Sample Timetable: WiE CAN 2024 programme (subject to change in 2025)

Application Dates: Applications open 22 July and close 28 August. Successful applicants will be notified by 18 September. 

Find out more

Spaces are limited to 60 students.

Your application must include:

  • Your contact information
  • A teacher reference (name and contact details; written reference optional)
  • Your school subjects
  • Details of any relevant academic achievements
  • Details of any relevant extracurricular activities (eg maths/science clubs, industry work experience, etc)
  • A clear and concise commentary — text (300 words or less) or video (under 3 min) — outlining why you should be chosen for WiE CAN 2024 (.doc, .pdf, .mp4, .mov, .wmv files preferred)

Make your application stand out by telling us all about you! We want to know more than your academic records – tell us about your passions and interests, brag about any clubs, competitions or projects you’ve been involved in, and convince us that you should attend WiE CAN 2025!

Note: We recommend you apply from your home network. Some applicants have experienced issues with their school networks blocking the application form submission. You will receive a copy of your application via email, but if you’re unsure if your form has been successfully submitted, please email the team.

The world needs engineers! Engineering touches all aspects of our everyday lives – the roads we drive on, the water we drink, the smartphones we use to communicate with our friends, and so much more!

We believe engineering solutions are better when they’re created by diverse teams which is why we want to inspire the next generation of female engineers to change the world!

Applications open: Monday 22 July

Applications close: 6pm, Wednesday 28 August

Applicants advised of outcome by email: By Wednesday 18 September 

For more information about the programme or application process, contact the team.

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