Preparatory programmes

Preparatory programmes are offered at most New Zealand universities if you have fallen short of the requirements for university admission.

University Entrance with UC preparatory qualifications

UC has three preparatory qualifications that you can study towards to gain University Entrance to undergraduate qualifications:

Certificate in University Preparation

If you are a New Zealand student, University preparation programmes are for you. They focus on analytical skills and communication required to succeed at university.

Foundation Studies Certificate

If you are an International Student whose first language is not English, foundation studies will be a better fit. Foundation studies have a dual emphasis on university study skills and academic English.

University Transfer Programme

If you are an International Student whose first language is not English, and you want to go on to study towards a commerce, engineering or science degree, a UCIC University Transfer Programme may be for you.

University Entrance with recognised preparatory qualifications from other universities

UC accepts some foundation and university preparation certificates awarded by other New Zealand universities for admission into UC undergraduate programmes:

University of Auckland

  • Foundation Studies Certificate and IELTS Academic of 6.0 with a minimum score of 6.0 in every section
  • Certificate in Health Science
  • Tertiary Foundation Certificate

Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

  • International Foundation Certificate with a minimum score of 65 percent in English 2

Lincoln University

  • Certificate in Foundation Studies with at least a C grade in English Language and Communication, Learning and Study Issues and Integrative Study Skills
  • Certificate in University Preparation

Massey University

  • Certificate in Foundation Studies
  • Certificate of University Preparation

University of Otago

  • Foundation Studies Certificate with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 6.5 for admission and a minimum C grade (GPA 6.5) in Foundation Year English
  • Certificate in University Preparation

Victoria University of Wellington

  • Certificate of Foundation Studies
  • Certificate of University Preparation

University of Waikato

  • Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies
  • Certificate of University Preparation

Preparatory qualifications earned at universities in Australia, Fiji and Samoa may be considered for UC admission. Contact the Admissions Team to confirm your eligibility through a certification not specified below.

Minimum scores for University Entrance

In most cases, successfully completing a preparatory qualification is considered to be equivalent to gaining University Entrance. Once you have successfully completed one of these you can apply for undergraduate qualifications.

More information

Admissions and Enrolment
Email admission@canterbury.ac.nz
Freephone within NZ 0800 VARSITY (827 748)
Phone outside of NZ +64 3 364 2555

Location
Student Services information desk on Level 1, Matariki