Refugee background students
Information about support and advice available at UC for students from refugee backgrounds
Kia ora! Haere mai! Warm welcome to the University of Canterbury. Every year New Zealand becomes a new home for more than 1000 refugees, and students from refugee backgrounds who study at UC help form part of the vibrant and diverse campus culture. UC is committed to ensuring that your time here is safe and rewarding, and a number of support services are available to assist you with your journey.
English language support
The English Language Support Programme is a year-long programme run by the Academic Skills Centre and is designed to help students to improve their academic English. Workshops are 50 minutes long and take place once per week during term time.
Reading and Writing for English Language Learners workshops focus on key reading and writing skills. These stand-alone workshops are a more flexible option than the English Language Support Programme and may be better suited to undergraduate students.
Speaking and Listening for English Language Learners workshops provide opportunities for students to practise conversation and discussion with native and non-native English speakers.
Giving an Oral Presentation helps students improve their public speaking and presentation skills. The 2-hour workshop is open to all UC students but is particularly useful for English language learners who would like to practise their speaking in a supportive environment.
Academic Skills Development
In addition to the above, the Academic Skills Centre runs a wide range of other services. It's like Google maps, but for working out how to succeed academically at UC.
For example, International Students’ Academic Orientation is a free academic orientation where you can meet other international students and participate in workshops to prepare you for your studies. This event is designed for students from non-English-speaking countries, but all international students are welcome to register. The programme includes academic writing, avoiding plagiarism and understanding university expectations. To register, contact ASC.
Need to talk to someone about a question, issue or concern?
Confused by University processes? Falling behind in your studies? Feeling like it's all a bit of a struggle? Student Care Advisors are your support team. The service is free to access and is available to all students, including off campus (distance) students
- Career and job-seeking advice
- Financial assistance
- Disability support
- UC Health Centre
- Faith groups
UCSA (University of Canterbury Students' Association)
- Citizens Advice Bureau – for free, confidential, independent information and advice about people's rights and how to access the services people need.
- Immigration New Zealand
- Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ)
Download Succeeding at University in New Zealand: An Academic Guide for International Students