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UC Global Exchange Programme


18 October 2023

OE with UC! Ever wondered what it would be like to study at a university in another country? The UC Global Exchange programme may be just what you're looking for!

Come along to one of our Information sessions to find out more.

Info sessions will resume during Term 3

Our Exchange Programme seminars or Drop-in sessions will resume during Term 3. Check this website regularly for updates on the schedule and venues of the sessions.

What is Tāroia | UC Global Exchange?

Do your OE with UC  - Tāroia | UC Global Exchange programme allows you to study for one or two semesters of coursework study at a UC partner university overseas. This lets you immerse yourself in another culture, and get international experience before you graduate. Your tuition fees, levy and other non-tuition fees applicable are paid directly to UC and you do not incur any international tuition fees while you are on exchange. If you are eligible for a student loan or allowance at UC, you will continue to be eligible while you are on exchange, provided that you meet the requirements of Studylink. You will be responsible for all of your own living expenses.

You will need approval from the relevant UC departments and Faculties for the courses you successfully complete at a partner university to be credited to your UC degree. You will still graduate with a UC degree and not with a degree from a partner university.

As opposed to undertaking an exchange overseas for one or two semesters, a few partner universities may offer short programmes over UC's Summer or mid-year breaks to Commerce students. See further details about Global Opportunities offered by the UC Business School

Why go on exchange?

Discover the life-changing experience of studying overseas with the UC Global Exchange programme. You can immerse yourself in another culture, make lifelong friends and get international experience before you graduate.

Academic benefits

  • Study at some of the most prestigious universities for teaching and research around the world
  • Learn a new language or improve your language skills
  • Diversify your degree by taking courses that are not available at UC

Career benefits

  • Show to employers that you are flexible, adventurous and a self-starter
  • Develop skills to deal with change
  • Develop your cultural awareness and skills in cross-cultural communication
  • Make the most of global networking opportunities


Personal benefits

  • Develop a greater understanding of both your own and another culture
  • Meet new people and develop life-long friendships around the world
  • Grow your self-confidence and become more independent
  • Travel and see new places

Where can you go?

UC current has more than 60 partner universities around the world. Search our UC Global Exchange partner universities to see where in the world the Global Exchange programme could take you. 


Financial support

UC Outbound Exchange Award 2024

Up to 100 Exchange Awards of NZD $2000 may be available for students applying for a 2024 exchange.

In order to be considered for the award, you will need to have achieved an overall GPA of 5.0 or above from the time you first enrolled in degree level study at UC and have been making satisfactory academic progress with your study, have met the requirements of the UC Global Exchange programme and have been approved to participate in an exchange. 

You do not need to apply for this separately. Further terms and conditions may apply. 

Please note that students who have been granted any outbound exchange travel or exchange award previously will not be eligible for another UC exchange award, regardless of the degree you will be undertaking on exchange. 


Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) and Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America (PMSLA)

The Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia and the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America (PMSLA) are funded by the New Zealand Government and administered by Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao to support New Zealanders on learning experiences in Asia and Latin America. Check out the website above to find out more about the scholarships, destination countries, how to apply, application deadlines, funding period etc. 

Note: If you are applying or have applied for other scholarships, it is your responsibility to check whether the regulations of the scholarships allow you to apply for the scholarships. Please refer to the websites of Education New Zealand above for up-to-date information about the regulations of these scholarships. 


University of Washington: Christchurch-Seattle Sister City Scholarship 

Information about funding period, when the scholarship may be available for, selection criteria and terms and conditions will be available shortly. 

How to apply for the Global Exchange programme

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