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The University of Canterbury (UC) was established in 1873 and is New Zealand’s second oldest university. UC has
been producing leaders for 140 years and has built up an international reputation for its high quality degrees, excellent
teaching staff and cutting-edge research.


The University of Canterbury (UC) is ranked in the world’s top 250 universities, and is the only New Zealand university to receive a five star rating from the international university ranking research company QS. QS World Rankings 2012/2013.


This rating was awarded in recognition of UC’s world-class teaching, infrastructure, internationalisation, and its engineering and technology. In 2014 UC was ranked 19th in the world for civil engineering and natural resources engineering; in the top 100 for accounting and finance and law; and in the top 150 for economics and econometrics. Mechanical engineering and chemical process engineering are both ranked number one in NZ for their research.


The University’s world-class education is also enhanced by the many outstanding international academics who visit each year on staff exchange programmes. You may be taught by academic staff from the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge, and recent exchange staff also included two Nobel Prize winners.


Located on the east coast of New Zealand and near the Southern Alps, Christchurch is close to both the sea and the mountains, offering you a huge range of recreational options.


UC has a proven track record of producing industry leaders. Graduates of UC have gone on to hold key international positions,
conduct research in world famous universities and gain recognition the world over. UC graduates include:

• John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand
• Craig Neville-Manning, Director of Google Engineering
• Rosemary Banks, Ambassador to the United Nations
• Ernest Rutherford, First Baron
Rutherford of Nelson — Nuclear
Physicist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry


UC offers an inspiring range of courses and degrees, an exciting campus environment and a great student experience. UC balances the best of university life.


About UCIC



UCIC: this is your pathway to the University of Canterbury.


UCIC provides a supportive learning environment and bridges the gap to make sure you reach your goal of being a successful University of Canterbury graduate.


By choosing to study at UCIC, you will be undertaking a programme that is moderated by the University of Canterbury to ensure the highest academic quality.

As a UCIC student at the University of Canterbury, you will:


• have access to University facilities and services including libraries, computer laboratories (some open 24/7), recreation facilities, on-campus accommodation, health services and career services


• be part of a diverse and vibrant student population, with international students representing over 60 countries


• have access to student groups and many recreational facilities for extracurricular activities

• be given academic and personal support to help you reach your goals


• learn in small classes, complemented by small group tutorials and workshops


• receive extra academic contact to fully develop your understanding of each course


• experience high standards of teaching, with courses that are delivered by qualified instructors. Begin your programme at the University of Canterbury’s campus with qualified instructors, in smaller classes and with longer teaching sessions. Provided you
complete and pass all of your courses, and meet University application deadlines and admission criteria, you will be able to transfer directly into your chosen programme at the University of Canterbury.


Pathway Programmes

Programmes offered


University Transfer Programmes (UTP) for Commerce, Engineering and Science


UTP’s for Commerce, Engineering and Science are equivalent to the first year of the University of Canterbury’s degree
programmes: Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and Bachelor of Science. The programmes can
be completed over two or three semesters, dependant on individual circumstances and in consultation with UCIC staff.
Upon successful completion of the UTP, and once you satisfy university admission requirements and deadlines, you will be
eligible to transfer into the second year of the relevant bachelor degree.


Commerce: Commerce students can major in Finance, Economics, Accounting, Management, Marketing, Human Resource Management,Operations and Supply Chain Management or Strategy and Entrepreneurship.


Engineering: Engineering students can specialise in civil engineering, natural resources engineering, forest engineering, chemical and process engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, engineering electrical and electronic engineering and computer engineering. On successful completion of the UTP, you will be eligible to transfer to the first Professional Year of the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours at UC.


Science: Science students can major in Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Geology,  Mathematics, Physics and Statistics


Foundation Programmes


Foundation Programmes are pre degree programmes, successful completion of which will gain entry into the first year of a degre. The following foundation programmes are offered at UCIC:

Foundation Studies Certificate in Arts and Mass Communication
Foundation Studies Certificate in Business
Foundation Studies Certificate in Engineering
Foundation Studies Certificate in Information Technology
Foundation Studies Certificate in Science


Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements



Higher School Certificate / Intermediate Certificate with a 50% GPA; or Year 11 (10+1) with a 70% GPA


UTP Commerce

Higher Secondary Certificate with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49


UTP Engineering

Higher Secondary Certificate with a GPA of 3.5 or higher


UTP Science

Higher School Certificate with a GPA of 3.25 or higher


English Language Reuqirements



IELTS Overall band score of 5.5 and band score of 5.0 in all bands.

TOEFL (iBT / Computer / Internet) 69 / 196 / 525

Pearson Versant English Test 50 with a minimum 50 in reading/writing, 46 in speaking / listening

GCE 'O' Levels C



IELTS 5.5 Minimum band requirements: All band scores minimum of 5.0

TOEFL (iBT / Computer / Internet) 69 / 196 / 525

Pearson Versant English Test 50 with a minimum 50 in reading/writing, 46 in speaking / listening

GCE 'O' Levels C


English Language Programmes


IELTS 5.0 Minimum band requirements: All band scores minimum of 4.5


TOEFL (iBT / Computer / Internet) 59 / 172 / 500

Pearson Versant English Test 46 with a minimum 46 in reading/writing, 38 in speaking / listening

GCE 'O' Levels D



Dates and Fees

State Dates:



March, June, October


UTP Commerce

March, June, October


UTP Engineering

March, October


UTP Science

March, June, October




Programmes Normal duration 2014 Tuition Fees
Mixed English Academic Programme 1 semester NZ$4,800
UTP: Commerce 2 or 3 semesters NZ$24,000
UTP: Engineering 2 or 3 semesters NZ$35,500
UTP: Science 2 or 3 semesters (General) NZ$26,500
(Physical) NZ$28,500
Foundation Studies Certificate 2 semesters NZ$18,500



Notes: Students pay tuition fees per course as they progress through their study. To secure your student visa, you must pay the tuition fees for your entire year of study with UCIC, before your programme of study begins. If you are required to repeat a course this will incur an additional fee per course. Fees are correct as at the time of printing, UCIC reserves the right to vary its fees at any time.



Other Compulsory Charges


Students will need to budget up to $1,000 NZD for text books and course materials.


Student Services Levy - NZ$725 annually (2014)



Medical and Travel Insurance - International students are required to take out appropriate and sufficient Medical and Travel Insurance for the duration of their stay in New Zealand. The policy offered through UCIC costs NZ$585 annually (price current as at 2014) for a single student with no dependents. Please contact your agent or UCIC admissions for further details.



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