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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
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  • 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.


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.


Our programmes are fully accredited by Engineering NZ, meaning they are benchmarked with other engineering programmes worldwide. A UC Engineering degree is therefore recognised internationally, a ticket to a career that can take you around the world.

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

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