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Certificate of Proficiency

Certificate of Proficiency

13 November 2023

UC's Certificate of Proficiency is ideal if you want to study for one semester or one year at UC and you don't want to complete a full qualification. Learn more. 


Certificate of Proficiency

Degree Structure - Duration
Varies depending on courses taken


Certificate of Proficiency

Degree Structure - Start In
Varies depending on courses taken


Varies depending on courses taken



Certificate of Proficiency


If you want to study for one semester or one year at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC) and do not want to complete a full qualification, you may apply for a Certificate of Proficiency.

The Certificate of Proficiency gives you the opportunity to select a single course or multiple courses of choice to meet your learning needs.

If you successfully complete a Certificate of Proficiency, your results are recorded on your academic transcript and can be recognised through a printed transcript. Find out more about how to order a print copy of an official academic transcript.

If you decide to stay at UC to complete a formal qualification, the courses taken may be credited towards your qualification. Your academic record will have to be assessed to ensure you have fulfilled the prerequisite conditions.

Incoming study abroad and exchange

If you want to complete one or two semesters of undergraduate study at UC, and credit these studies to your home university degree, UC offers Study Abroad and Exchange programmes programmes.

See Ako Ki Tāwāhi | Study Abroad Prospectus for more information about course options and life in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Certificate of Proficiency

Entry requirements

The standard admission requirements apply depending on the level you want to study at. You also need to make sure that you meet any course specific requirements.

Costs for your study will also depend on the level and number of courses you choose. Indicative fees for each course are listed in each course description.

Search subjects and courses available at UC to find what you can study.

For the full degree requirements, see the Enrolment Regulations and Fees and Fines Regulations.

How to apply

You can enrol in individual or multiple courses through myUC.

If you are applying as an international student, see how to apply for Study Abroad at UC.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.


Study Abroad Prospectus

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