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STAR programme

13 September 2023

UC's STAR programme offers capable senior secondary school students the opportunity to enrol in first-year degree-level courses at UC while still at school.

Every year, UC welcomes approximately 500 STAR students from over 100 secondary schools nationwide.


STAR courses give high school students the chance to experience what it's like studying at university, get a headstart on their tertiary studies, and meet with other like-minded students from other schools. Both on-campus and distance courses are offered, and completed STAR courses can normally be credited towards a university degree later.

The STAR programme is intended for NZ secondary school students in Years 12 and 13 who have met the literacy and numeracy requirements of NCEA University Entrance (or equivalent). Interested students require the approval of their school and should speak with their Careers Advisor or STAR Coordinator. 

While most of our STAR students are (partially) funded by Ministry of Education STAR funding, students at independent schools, home-schooled students, and international secondary school students are also able to enrol in the STAR programme, as long as course costs are met through other means.

Past STAR students at UC
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