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:

  • Certificate in University Preparation
  • Headstart

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.

If this option is not possible for you, please contact us for a hard copy application form at transitions@canterbury.ac.nz.

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 transitions@canterbury.ac.nz

Location
Alice Candy House

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 info@ucic.ac.nz

Location
20 Kirkwood Avenue
Ilam
Christchurch

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

There are two ways to apply for Headstart:

1. Apply online

Select the courses you want to study for to your enrolment cart and complete your application online:

Select the course you want to study from the list above and add it to your enrolment cart. Continue to add courses if you want to take more than one course.

Headstart courses are not approved for student loans or allowances.

Pay for your course using our secure online payment system. You are then immediately enrolled in the courses you've paid for.

2. Apply via post

2017 Headstart brochure

Complete the Headstart enrolment form (last page in the brochure) and post it with your payment to:

Headstart
Student Transitions and Engagement
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

If you are waiting for NCEA results to come out, you can enrol in Headstart to ensure a place, then withdraw and get a refund (less $20 admin. fee) if you find you don’t need it. Popular courses have limited entry, while courses with low enrolments might be cancelled, so we strongly advise early enrolment.

More information

Student Transitions and Engagement
Phone 
+64 3 369 3337
Email transitions@canterbury.ac.nz

Location
Alice Candy House

As students remain as fully-enrolled secondary school students, they should not complete the standard university enrolment process.

Students interested in enrolling as a STAR student at UC must do so through a staff member at their secondary school (usually a STAR Coordinator or Careers Advisor). Schools should submit a STAR School Registration Form for the year and a STAR School Student enrolment form for each student, as well as a scanned copy of the student's citizenship document.

Submit these documents by email, post, courier or in person:

  • By email: star@canterbury.ac.nz
  • By mail: Franka Menzies, Academic Services Group, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140
  • By courier: University of Canterbury, Attn: Franka Menzies, Warehouse, 20 Kirkwood Ave, Ilam, Christchurch 8041
  • In person: Academic Services Group, Matariki (Registry) building, Level 5 South

Enrolments are open now and the closing date for 2017 Semester 1 and Whole Year courses is Thursday 9 February 2017. The application closing date for 2017 Semester 2 courses is Thursday 29 June 2017.

A contract 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 Application for Performance Music - Secondary School‌. Students have to pay the UC Domestic or International tuition fee upfront, no invoice will be sent to the school. Students will be asked to do an audition before they are approved into these courses by the School of Music. The Referee Report at the end of the form should be send to the School of Music, as mentioned on the form.

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 info@ucic.ac.nz

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.

Pacific 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

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.