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The University of Canterbury in Christchurch was founded by scholars from Oxford and Cambridge Universities in 1873. The University of Canterbury has an international reputation for academic excellence in both teaching and research. Its first (undergraduate) degrees and higher (postgraduate) programmes aim to foster intellectual independence, critical thinking, and professional excellence in every field.
You must provide evidence of your English skills. If you gain University Entrance with a New Zealand based qualification, you have satisfied the English language requirements, these include:
If you are applying for admission to UC with qualifications gained outside of New Zealand, you need to provide evidence of your English language skills. You can do this by:
UC recognises the following English Language tests and courses:
You must meet the minimum score for your level of study at UC relevant to the qualification you want to study. General guidelines for test scores are:
If you want to study towards a Bachelor Degree (excluding teaching degrees), Certificate of Proficiency, Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma, or Graduate Certificate or Diploma you must have one of the following:
If you want to undertake an initial teaching qualification at undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate level you must have one of the following:
If you want to study towards a postgraduate qualification, eg a Postgraduate Diploma, Masters, or PhD you must have one of the following:
Some departments and programmes might require higher test scores. You should also refer to specific course or qualification information for further details.
If you are an international student but don't meet the English language requirements, UC recommends the English language programme offered by CCEL College of English.
Their courses are designed to provide you with the specific language and study skills needed to succeed in academic study. The CCEL EAP2 programme has been approved as a non-IELTS university language entry standard to both undergraduate and postgraduate study.
If you have another New Zealand qualification, or the international equivalent of New Zealand University Entrance, you'll be admitted through the category, known at UC as Admission Ad Eundem Statum.
There are detailed qualification requirements for the following New Zealand based qualifications and admission types:
If you gained your qualifications outside of New Zealand you need to check the minimum requirements relevant to the country you studied in:
Deciding where to live in your first year is just as important as figuring out what to study. UC is here to help you find a hall, flat or homestay.
Organising accommodation is one of the most important things to do before arriving in New Zealand.
Homestay and private board are popular choices with international, study abroad and exchange students when they first arrive in Christchurch. In a welcoming family environment, you will have your own room, meals with the family and the opportunity to practice your English every day.
If you are under 18 when you start studying at UC, you are required to live in homestay accommodation, in a fully-catered hall of residence or with a designated caregiver until your 18th birthday. This is a requirement under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.
Ease your transition to New Zealand life by living in the Halls of residence and villages. Information on contract dates and fees are listed on individual hall pages. If you are staying at Ilam Apartments or Sonoda Christchurch Campus, you can set up your internet before you arrive to make contacting your family an easy process.
Kirkwood Avenue Hall is a new hall of residence specifically for first year students who prefer to cook for themselves.
If you are a single international student who is over 18 and coming to study at UC (as a fully enrolled student) and apply by the 1st December you are guaranteed a place in a single fully-furnished room in one of the self-catered apartments at Ilam Apartments or Sonoda Christchurch Campus.
The UC Accommodation Student Village offers an accommodation package specifically for students coming to study at UC on an approved Study Abroad or Exchange Programme.
The UC Accommodation Student Village offers an accommodation package specifically for students coming to study at UCIC in February, June or October. If you require accommodation outside these dates, for example, you have been living in a homestay, please be aware that accommodation will depend on availability and early applications are recommended.
For single postgraduate students or couples, the University has a number of houses within easy walking distance to campus offering a supportive community environment. Houses are fully-furnished with some suitable for small families.
Other accommodation options
If you are bringing your partner or family with you, or you are staying for less than a semester, then you may need to consider alternative options off campus, for example:
Accommodation may be harder to find for couples or families, so you should start exploring your options early.
Accommodation on-campus in apartments and houses is very limited. Options include:
These options are in high demand. It is likely you will also need to investigate University-managed housing or renting privately.
The University manages a number of houses within easy walking distance to campus suitable for couples as well as individual postgraduate students. Houses are fully-furnished, some with ensuites (own bathroom), others with shared bathroom facilities. Kitchen and laundry facilities are shared. There are also limited self-contained 1-bedroom units. University-managed housing offers a community environment for postgraduate students with Residential Assistants to provide support and organise social events. please
Limited fully-furnished and self-contained 1 and 2-bedroom units may be available for small families. T
These options are in high demand. It is likely you will also need to investigate renting privately.
If you are arriving in New Zealand for the first time and are intending to study for at least one semester or a UCIC student coming from outside New Zealand, you are eligible for a free airport pickup service. You will be picked up on arrival at Christchurch International Airport and delivered to your pre-arranged accommodation
Currently there are no scholarships available.