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UC International College (UCIC)

09 September 2023

UC International College (UCIC) offers direct, exclusive oncampus pathways to UC for Arts, Commerce, Engineering, and Science undergraduate programmes.


UC International College (UCIC) was established following a collaborative agreement between Navitas Limited and the University of Canterbury in 2013.

This pathway programme is the first of its kind in New Zealand and designed to assist international students to better adapt to the challenges of living and studying in a new country and in a second language. By choosing to study at UCIC, students undertake a programme that is moderated by the University of Canterbury to ensure the highest academic quality.

UCIC assists its students to achieve their educational goals through personalised support and the opportunity to study at one of New Zealand's premier universities. You will enjoy full access to University of Canterbury facilities and services and feel like a UC student from the moment you arrive on campus.


Our programmes

University Transfer Programmes (UTPs) for Commerce, Engineering or Science where students transfer directly into the second year of the respective bachelor's degree at UC once entry conditions are met.

Head Start pathway for Commerce, Science, and Engineering students that allow you to begin studies in October and be ready to transfer to UC studies in February (Semester One).

Foundation Studies Certificate in Arts, Engineering, Science or Business. In this 8-month programme, students develop English language and study skills as well an gain an introduction to subjects in your chosen academic field. UCIC Foundation Studies will pathway students into the first year of their undegraduate degree.


UCIC students can:

  • access University facilities and services including libraries, computer laboratories (some open 24/7), recreation facilities, on-campus accommodation, health services and career services
  • be part of a diverse and vibrant student population, with international students representing over 60 countries
  • have access to more than 120 clubs on campus covering sporting, recreational, academic and cultural events and activities
  • be given academic and personal support to reach goals
  • learn in small classes, complemented by small group tutorials and workshops
  • receive extra academic contact to fully develop understanding of each course
  • experience exceptional standards of teaching, with courses that are delivered by highly qualified academics.


Want to live on campus?

Find out more about our UCIC Accommodation options.


Contact UCIC

University of Canterbury, 20 Kirkwood Avenue, Ilam, Christchurch 8140
T: 0800 8242 69 (0800 UCIC NZ) – NZ only
T: +64 3 2604300

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