Key Course Dates

These dates are for 2021 (unless otherwise noted)

These dates were accurate as of September 2020. Any changes will be updated on the Key Dates webpage. Note: PhD students can start on the first day of any month.

Semester indicator Semester 
description
Official course start date and last date to accept the Enrolment Offer (ENR status)* Official course 
finish date
Final date to add or to withdraw with a full refund (FDFR) Final dates to withdraw 
(no refund) (WD)
S1 Semester One 22 February 25 June 7 March 14 May
S2 Semester Two 19 July 12 November 1 August 1 October
W Whole Year 22 February 12 November 21 March 27 August
CY** Cross Year 19 July 1 July 2022 22 August 11 March 2022
BSU1 Bridging Summer One 4 January 14 February 10 January 29 January
B1 Bridging One 22 February 6 June 7 March 14 May
B2 Bridging Two 19 July 31 October 1 August 1 Ocotober
BSU2 Bridging Summer Two 15 November 19 December 21 November 10 December
FY Full Year 22 February 21 February 2022 28 March 26 November
BTM21T1^ BTM One 1 February 25 April 14 February 19 March
BTM21T2^ BTM Two 17 May 8 August 30 May 2 July
BTM21T3^ BTM Three 30 August 21 November 12 September 15 October
MBA21T1 MBA One 8 February 2 May 21 February 2 April
MBA21T2 MBA Two 24 May 15 August 6 June 16 July
MBA21T3 MBA Three 6 September 28 November 19 September 29 October
YA Full Year A 1 February 14 November 28 February 27 August
YA1 Full Year A
(First Half)
1 February 20 June 14 February 21 May
YA2 Year A
(Second Half)
5 July 14 November 18 July 1 October
YB Full Year B 1 February 14 November 28 February 27 August
YB1 Year B First Half 1 February 4 July 14 February 28 May
YB2 Year B Second Half Not required in 2021
YC Full Year C Not required in 2021

YC1 Year C First Half 15 February 27 June 28 February 28 May
YC2 Year C Second Half 19 July 21 November 1 August 22 October
YD Not required in 2021
YD1 Not required in 2021
YD2 Not required in 2021

 ** End date can vary with course. See Courses, Subjects and Qualifications website for full course details.*Domestic undergraduate first-year students and advancing students should refer to the Application to Enrol (ATE) closing dates.

^BTM relates to the Business Taught Masters Programme and includes the following courses codes MBAZ, MBUS, MPAC, MFIN, MBIS.

The withdrawal date for TEPP courses can vary – please check the course outline for confirmation of the withdrawal date.

Some programmes may require a special application in addition to an Application to Enrol, see Courses and programmes requiring a special application and/or with limited entry courses page.


Field trips and teaching practices

There is no refund provision for students once they have commenced a field trip or teaching practice.

Summer courses and other semester indicators

The following semesters start and finish on various dates. The last date to accept the Enrolment Offer and become fully enrolled for the semesters listed below is the official course start date. Failure to meet this date may result in you losing your place in the programme or course. Refer to www.canterbury.ac.nz/courses for dates.

Semester Indicator Semester Description Last Date to Apply to Enrol (ATE) for First-Year Teacher Education, Advancing Domestic and all International Students Final date to complete the change of enrolment to add or to withdraw with a full tuition fee refund Final date to with draw (no refund) (75% equivalent)
SU1 (Jan21)

SU2 (Nov 20)
Summer (11 Jan 2021 start)

Summer (15 Nov 2020 start)
 
One week prior to the official course start date ≤ 6 weeks: First Sunday after the official course start date

> 6 weeks: Second Sunday after the official course start date
For all courses the final date to withdraw shall be 75% of the
course teaching time i.e.
  • 3 week course: Second Friday after the official course start date
  • 4 week course: Third Friday after the official course start date
  • 5 week course: Third Friday after the official course start date
  • 6 week course: Fourth Friday after the official course start date
  • 10 week course: Seventh Friday after the official course start date (excluding holidays)
T1 Term One One week prior to the official course start date < 6 weeks: First Sunday after the official course start date ≥ 6 weeks: Second Sunday after the official course start date For all courses the final date to
withdraw shall be 75% of the
course teaching time i.e.
  • 5 week course: Third Friday after the official course start date
  • 6 week course: Fourth Friday after the official course start date
  • 7 week course: Fifth Friday after the official course start date
  • 10 week course: Seventh Friday after the official course start date (excluding holidays)
T2 Term Two<
T3 Term Three
T4 Term 4
X General non-calendar-based
Anytime start Calculated to occur when 75% of course has been completed

° The closing dates are final dates. Applications received after these dates will be placed on a waiting list.
± Excludes PhD and master's by thesis-only.
Key: '>6 weeks' refers to courses of six or more weeks duration; '<6 weeks' refers to courses of less than six weeks duration.