If you are over the age of 20 and do not have University Entrance through NCEA or its equivalent, you may be eligible to apply for Adult Entry to UC.

Skills you need for study at university

Starting university can be both challenging and exciting. Formal study at tertiary level requires you to develop research and study skills.

You must be able to read complicated academic texts, and locate useful information in them quickly and accurately. You’ll need to evaluate the quality of information that you find and record it in a suitable way. You must also be able to manage your time effectively to get the most out of your study.

Minimum requirements

You must be a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand or Australia, or a citizen of the Cook Islands, Tokelau, or Niue.

You must also be 20 years of age or older by the official course start date.

How to apply for Adult Entry

To apply for Adult Entry submit your application to enrol to UC, and select Adult Entry as your admission pathway.

To enable a quicker assessment please attach any academic documents you may have achieved to date

Assessment and notification of application outcomes

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by email.

Adult Entry provides you admission to UC however acceptance into specific qualifications and/or courses may require approval from the relevant academic department.

You are strongly encouraged to contact the Liaison Office before applying for Adult Entry to make sure it is the right choice for you.

Other pathways to UC admission

If you don’t quite feel ready to tackle degree level study, there are a variety of study options available to prepare you for successful university study.

If you’re a New Zealand student and do not yet meet the requirements for UC admission, you may still be eligible to gain admission through the Certificate in University Preparation.

If you’re from outside New Zealand and want to study at UC but don’t yet meet the UC entry requirements, you may be eligible for another preparatory programme.

More information

Liaison Office
Freephone in New Zealand 0800 VARSITY (827 748)
Phone +64 3 364 2459
Email liaison@canterbury.ac.nz