Have you applied for the University of Canterbury? Key steps from now on

October 13, 2020

Key steps from now on

  • Once you have completed your application to enrol, you will be sent a ‘conditional offer’ if we are waiting to learn if you have gained University Entrance (UE).
  • Students who’ve applied for scholarships and/or accommodation will be notified of any offers in October – these messages (which sometimes get diverted to the Spam folder) will specify what you need to do to accept or decline their offer(s).
  • When NCEA results are released in mid-January, students who gain UE will receive an ‘offer of place’ letter and Enrolment Agreement. You will need to accept or decline your offer via myUC and indicate how you will pay your fees.
  • Those who gain UE, but lack confidence in key subjects such as mathematics, statistics, physics or chemistry may choose to enrol in the Headstart pre-university programme as part of UC Summer School.
  • Students who don’t get UE will have various pathway options available, such as gaining a few credits through school, via Hagley College or via distance study in January/early February.
  • For those who miss UE by more than just a few credits, UC’s Certificate in University Preparation enables students to spend their first semester gaining essential skills in oral and written communication, problem-solving, information literacy and more. Students who successfully complete the programme will be eligible to apply for entry to 100-level degree courses at UC in Semester 2.
  • On 19 February, students and their whānau will be welcomed to UC at Herea tō waka | Orientation Day and given vital tips for success and how to deal with challenges.
  • Most lectures begin on 22 February, but some such as Teaching start earlier.
  • Many students will decide to change courses in the first couple of weeks of semester – this is quite common, so they can contact Kate Anne Pattinson if they don’t know how to change something.


Kate Anne Pattinson


UC Liaison Team | Te Rōpū Takawaenga