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University of Canterbury

4.4 out of 5 (22 ratings / 21 reviews) Christchurch, New Zealand
UCIC offers an exclusive pathway into University of Canterbury undergraduate programmes. UCIC offers University Transfer Programmes (UTP's) which are unique in New Zealand. UCIC is located at Alice Candy in the University of Canterbury's Ilam campus and you will have access to the University's facilities and services.

Master's Programmes

Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



for Cantuariensis, the Latin name for Canterbury) is New Zealand's second oldest university (after the University of Otago, itself founded four years earlier in 1869). It was founded in 1873 as Canterbury College, the first constituent college of the University of New Zealand.



  • Arts and Mass Communication
  • BusinessEngineering
  • Information Technology
  • Science
  • Commerce
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Mixed English
Study Abroad
  • Commerce
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Mixed English


The Careers, Internships and Employment office provides information, advice and activities to help you make choices and decisions about study, employment and career options. They also provide assistance in developing skills and attributes to become employable and to stay that way.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

UCIC students have access to a range of support services and campus facilities to ensure a smooth academic and emotional transition to university level study.

Students are encouraged to use the support services and facilities provided and to contact UCIC Student Services staff for advice and assistance as soon as the need arises. Staff members are available for individual appointments.

Housing services

The University of Canterbury offers a variety of accommodation options to suit your individual lifestyle and budget.

UCIC students are encouraged to contact the University of Canterbury Accommodation Office for advice on:

  • Accommodation options for prospective students and their families
  • The halls of residence application process
  • The costs associated with living away from home
  • Flatting, landlord and tenancy issues
  • Airport pickups for international students

ICT services

Access to university WIFI network.

Medical services

The Health Centre provides students and staff of the University of Canterbury access to a professional, confidential, and cost effective range of medical and nursing services.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Canterbury has the largest campus in New Zealand according to land size. It is a beautiful, green, leafy, safe campus that inspires staff and students alike. From the upper floors of the library and Rutherford buildings on campus, you can see the city of Christchurch laid out below and all of this with the majestic, snow covered Southern Alps as a backdrop.

As a UCIC student at the University of Canterbury, you will have access to a variety of programmes and services outside the classroom that will give you the opportunity to meet students, and most importantly to have fun!

It will be easy to get involved, make friends and find like-minded people doing the things you love!

Sports facilities

University of Canterbury Chaplaincy understand their mission to be three-fold: nurturing spirituality within the broad and diverse Christian traditions; exercising pastoral care among students, faculty, and staff; and facilitating the dialogue between faith, the academic disciples, and vocation. This mission takes place both within the UC community and beyond.

Student clubs

During your first week at UCIC and the University of Canterbury, you will be introduced to all of your new classmates and some of our current students. But if you want to get a better insight to what life is like before you arrive, you can always access some of UCIC’s social media pages.

Student Reviews

Suboptimal university experience
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Study options weren't optimal, student culture wasn't great. Yes it is a good university, but not all lecturers were engaging. Tutors quite often had no idea what they were doing. However I found it an easy university to get familiar with and settle in to.

Strong support system and easy access to traveler
Nadhirah Hisham rated 5 out of 5 stars

University of Canterbury has a very strong international team that would take care of international students. They will make you feel as comfortable as they can in a country that you’re not familiar with. I think that’s what makes my journey 10x better because I have a strong support system from the university. I would say the facilities and administration are great as...

You reap what you sow
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My university experience was okay. Though I did learn a lot of skills and managed to get a career in my field, I feel like there was a lack of support or interest in my overall development.

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