Apply for preparatory qualifications

Guide to Enrolment

The Guide to Enrolment offers you information on how to enrol at UC for study, including application dates and course details. 

Step 1. Ensure you meet the entry requirements

Admission to the UC for preparatory programmes is based on your previous study and results.

Entry requirements for each programme vary so you need to check the individual programme listing:

Step 2. Complete your application and pay your fees

Use the appropriate form for the preparatory programme you want to apply for.

Certificate in English for University Study application form

Complete the online form above to apply for the Certificate in English for University Study.

You will pay your fees directly to CCEL College of English.

More information

CCEL
Phone 
+64 3 343 3790
Online enquiry www.ccel.co.nz/contact/

Location
University of Canterbury Campus, Solway Avenue, Ilam, Christchurch 

Postal address
CCEL Christchurch
PO Box 31212
Christchurch 8444
New Zealand 

Apply to enrol online now with myUC, UC's student online portal, available to anyone anywhere.

You will pay your fees to UC once your application has been approved. For more details on this process see pay your fees.

More information

Student Transitions and Engagement
Phone 
+64 3 369 3337
Email [email protected]

Location
Level 2, Forestry Building

Foundation Studies Certificate application form

Submit your application online with UCIC. You need to know which programme you want to study, and which date you want to start.

You also need to have electronic copies of your academic transcripts, which you will need to attach to your online application.

You will pay your fees directly to UCIC.

More information

UCIC
Phone 
+64 3 260 4300 or 0800 824 269 (0800 UCICNZ) - NZ only
Email [email protected]

Location
20 Kirkwood Avenue
Ilam
Christchurch

Postal Address
UC International College
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Headstart

Summer 2018
Start date: 15 January; End date: 18 February

How to enrol

You can enrol by calling the Contact Centre on +64 3 3693999 or Freephone: 0800 VARSITY (0800 827 748 – within New Zealand only)

Qualification

COP PREP

Headstart Courses – select one:

  • BRDG006-18SU1 Academic Communication and Study Skills (CUP)
  • BRDG016-18SU1 Mathematics Part One
  • BRDG023-18SU1 Chemistry (CUP)
  • BRDG024-18SU1 Physics
  • BRDG032-18SU1 Special Topic [Statistics]

Course Fee

TBA

Further information

For more information contact the Student Transitions and Engagement team:

Student Transitions and Engagement
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand
Phone +64 3 369 3337
Email [email protected]

For assistance with planning your Headstart course of study contact the Programme Coordinator:

Phyllis Mowe
Email: [email protected]

Students interested in enrolling as a STAR student at UC need to first discuss their enrolment with a staff member at their secondary school (usually a STAR Coordinator or Careers Advisor).

Enrolments for 2020 will open on 1 October 2019. The last date to submit applications for Semester 1 or Whole Year courses is Friday 7 February 2020. The last date to submit applications for Semester 2 courses is Friday 26 June 2020. We recommend that MATH199 students enrol before the end of 2019 and their schools should make contact with the MATH199 Course Coordinator, Liz Ackerley.

How to apply

Step 1. The student should create an account for myUC and follow the instructions to complete a STAR application to enrol. During their application they need to submit:

  • a scan or photo of a completed and signed 2020 STAR Consent Form, and
  • a scan or photo of their citizenship document(s), see "Citizenship Documents" information below. 

Step 2. Once enrolled UC needs to receive a verification of the student’s citizenship document(s). This can be done either by:

  • Presenting the original document(s) in person at the Student Services Centre on Level 1 of the Matariki building, or
  • Sending by mail a hard copy certified by the student's Principal or a JP to: Student Services, Attention Kun Li, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140.

Please note: Grades will not be released until we have verified the student’s citizenship status.

Citizenship Documents

  • New Zealand citizen: Copy of NZ birth certificate OR the photo page of your NZ passport OR Citizenship Certificate.
  • NZ Residence Class Visa Holder or Australian Permanent Resident: Copy of photo page of your passport AND proof of residency (e.g. copy of resident permit page in passport)
  • Australian citizen: Copy of Australian birth certificate OR photo page of your Australian passport OR Citizenship Certificate
  • Other: Copy of photo page of your passport AND your current student visa document. UC will liaise with Immigration New Zealand about your STAR enrolment.

An MoU will be signed between the secondary school and UC the first time a school wishes to enrol STAR students at UC.

Secondary school students who wish to enrol in a Performance Music course at UC (MUSA141MUSA142 or MUSA143) can do so by submitting the Performance Music Secondary School Student Application Form 2020. Students have to pay the UC Domestic or International tuition fee upfront, instead of us sending an invoice to the school. Students will be asked to do an audition before they are approved into these courses by the School of Music.

University Transfer Programme application form

Submit your application online with UCIC. You need to know which programme you want to study, and which date you want to start.

You also need to have electronic copies of your academic transcripts, which you will need to attach to your online application.

You will pay your fees directly to UCIC.

More information

UCIC
Phone 
+64 3 260 4300 or 0800 824 269 (0800 UCICNZ) - NZ only
Email [email protected]

Location
20 Kirkwood Avenue
Ilam
Christchurch

Postal Address
UC International College
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Document requirements

As part of the admissions process you will need to submit a number of documents. Only original or certified true copies of academic certificates and transcripts will be accepted.

If English translations are necessary they should be certified translations.

Documents may be certified as true copies by:

  • A justice of the peace
  • A notary public
  • A solicitor
  • A commissioner of oaths
  • An official of the institution that issued the document

Step 3. Get prepared for University

UC offers a range of support and essential services on campus that will help you ease into academic life.

Year 13 High School students

Your last year at school can be both an exciting and a stressful time. Find out more about the support available to you while you are still at school and advice on how to prepare for university life.

International students

Get a feel for life as an international student at the University of Canterbury and learn about the support on offer from orientation and enrolment through to graduation.

Māori students

The Māori Development Team is here to support you and your whānau throughout your tertiary journey. Find out about the services on offer to you and meet the UC Māori Advisors at Orientation day.

Pasifika students

The Pacific Development Team provides a welcoming and supportive environment for students of Pacific heritage. Find out about the various events and support programmes on offer.

Students with disabilities

UC supports students with disabilities by providing appropriate, disability-related study support services and specialist resources such as:

  • Practical support
  • Assistive technology
  • Information in alternate formats
  • Special arrangements for exams

Adult students

Whether you're returning to study or this is the first time you've thought about coming to university, we understand that furthering your education can be a daunting yet exciting prospect. Balancing work, family and study commitments can be tricky, so UC is available to help you get the most out of your time at university.

Services for new students

Email and IT services backup

Find out how to access the online tools you’ll need for your courses, plus information about printing and Wi-Fi access on campus.

Student ID Card

Get yourself sorted out with an ID card for entering classes, using the library, receiving student discounts and much more.

Cycling, driving and public transport

Biking, on foot, in a car or by public transport— find out all the information you need to get yourself to campus.

Campus maps

Locate the buildings and rooms on our four campuses.