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    University of Canterbury: Application Deadlines 2021, Admission Process, Entry Requirements, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Admissions

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    Established in 1873, University of Canterbury in New Zealand ranks within the top 400 Universities of the World as per rankings published by US News and QS Global World Ranking 2021. Home to nearly 14,000 students from 100 countries around the world, UC is ranked in the top 1% for its teaching and research and holds a 5 star rating from QS. The University offers a diverse range of study options which includes over 120 qualifications in 150 study areas.

    Civil and Structural Engineering, Linguistics, Geology, Geophysics, Earth and Marine Sciences are some of the popular programs at University of Canterbury which have ranked within the top 150 according to QS WUR by subjects 2021. The UC Business School holds triple accreditation by AMBA, EQUIS, and AACSB and is recognised for its MBA programs in New Zealand. Apart from that, there are around 40 recognised research institutes, hubs and centres at UC and the University is in the top 2 for research in 9 out of 15 subject areas. Hence it is a popular choice for students planning to study and research in New Zealand.

    The University has two intake seasons for February and July. The admission deadlines may vary for each program. Admission to all programs at the university is on the basis of merit and English language proficiency. The University also does not ask for any standardized test scores like GMAT/ GRE for admission. Students who do not meet the specified academic and ELP requirements can enroll through pathway courses or EAP programs.


    Application Portal Online Application
    Application Fee N/A
    Mode of Payment Online transaction via credit card
    Academic Calendar Semester-based
    Intake Season February and July
    Accepted Language Proficiency Test Scores IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, CCEL EAP, CAE, NZCEL, FluentIQ, Language CERT
    Work Experience Required for some graduate program
    Interview Depends on the program
    Financial Aid Scholarships and loans

    University of Canterbury Admission Deadlines

    Admissions at University of Canterbury is invited for two intake seasons in February and July. The common New Zealand University application deadlines for courses starting in February are in October, November or December of the preceding academic year, whereas the deadlines for second semester starting in July are during March, April or May.

    The exact deadlines for few limited entry courses at University of Canterbury are given below:

    Course Name Application Deadline
    Bachelor of Engineering December 1
    Master of Engineering January 10 (Semester 1, 2021) June 15 (Semester 2, 2021)
    Master of Engineering in fire engineering June 1(Semester 1) December 1 (Semester 2)
    Master of Antarctic Studies April 9
    Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience January 12
    Master of Applied Psychology Parts I and II November 30
    Master of Geographic Information Science Part I February 1
    Post Graduate diploma in child and family psychology October 1
    Master of Counselling October 1
    Graduate Diploma in Journalism October 31
    Master of Social Work Special Application required by September 30 (Semester 1) Special Application required by May 31 (Semester 2)


    • Applications received after the mentioned deadline will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis only.
    • Some of the above-mentioned courses may require a special application. Students can check the official website to know more about the same.

    University of Canterbury International Student Admissions

    University of Canterbury accepts applications from international students for its undergraduate and graduate programs. For admission, international students are required to fulfill academic qualifications depending on their home country to meet the equivalent of New Zealand’s qualifications.

    Application Portal: myUC Portal
    Application Fee: There is no application fee to apply to any undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
    Basic Admission Requirements: International students must fulfill the following requirements to secure admission at University of Canterbury:

    • Completed application form
    • Official transcripts with a copy of high school diploma or degree
    • English language proficiency exams to study in New Zealand
    • Copy of passport
    • Financial statements
    • Identification proof including details of residency and citizenship
    • Completed declaration form
    • Admission qualifications equivalent to New Zealand’s qualification depending on the applicant's country.

    Country-Specific Requirements

    Country Admission Requirements
    India An overall grade of 75% with a minimum of 60% in English in All-India Senior School Certificate; or An overall grade of 80% with a minimum of 65% in English from State Boards or a one-year undergraduate degree program at a recognized university in India
    Pakistan Studied a one-year undergraduate degree program at a recognized university in Pakistan.
    Singapore Singapore GCE A levels or NUS High School Diploma; or A minimum of three H2 passes at C grade.
    Nepal Studied a one-year undergraduate degree program at a recognized university in Nepal.
    Japan Studied a one-year undergraduate degree program at a recognized university in Japan; or Completed a junior college diploma.

    Some programs have additional study requirements, applicants must check the eligibility requirement of the program you are applying to.

    English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

    International students whose primary language is not English must submit one of the following test scores to fulfill English language proficiency requirements for admission:

    Test Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Applicants Minimum Requirements for Graduate Applicants
    IELTS An overall score of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in listening, speaking, reading and writing An overall score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in listening, speaking, reading and writing
    TOEFL iBT A minimum score of 80 with at least 19 in listening, reading and writing A minimum score of 90 with at least 19 in listening, reading and writing
    TOEFL PBT A minimum score of 550 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5 A minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
    CCEL EAP Level 2 with a minimum grade of C+ Level 2 with a minimum grade of B+
    CAE or CPE A minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in listening, speaking, reading and writing A minimum score of 176 with at least 169 in listening, speaking, reading and writing
    PTE An overall score of 50 An overall score of 58
    NZCEL Level 4 – Academic endorsement Level 5
    FluentIQ An overall score of 8/10 with no score less than 7 An overall score of 8/10 with no score less than 7
    Language CERT B2 communicator high pass, with no individual score below pass C1 Expert with high pass and no less than Pass in each skill or C2 Mastery IESOL below pass

    Visa Process for International Students

    International applicants accepted at the University of Canterbury must apply for a student visa once they enroll for a full-time program. Applicants are required to pay an application fee of 330 NZD + Rs. 747 via credit card.

    The documents required to apply for a visa to study in New Zealand are as follows:

    • Valid passport
    • Complete student application form INZ 1012
    • Letter of acceptance from the University of Canterbury
    • Medical certificate
    • Character certificate/SOP for Visa in new Zealand
    • 2 passport size photograph
    • Transcripts, degree or diploma from all previously attended institutions.
    • IELTS/TOEFL score for proof of English language proficiency
    • Financial statements to show sufficient funds for studying in New Zealand.
    • Receipt of health insurance

    Immigration New Zealand recommends international students scan and submit their documents online in a PDF format as soon as they receive the required completed documents. The processing time for an online application is 4 weeks and can increase up to 3 months during busy periods. Therefore, students are advised to submit their applications on time.

    University of Canterbury Undergraduate Admissions

    Undergraduate programs at University of Canterbury covers a vast range of study areas such as business, Engineering, law, data science, environmental science etc. Students have the choice of combining two bachelor’s degrees and graduating at the same time. Admission to undergraduate programs depends on the education system in the applicant’s home country.

    Where to Apply: myUC Portal

    Application Fee: No application fee.

    Admission Requirements: The following documents must be submitted for admission to undergraduate programs at University of Canterbury:

    • Official high school/ college transcripts
    • Proof of English language proficiency
    • Financial statement
    • Proof of citizenship and residency
    • Intended qualification of study and date
    • Statement of Purpose discussing reason for admission

    University of Canterbury Graduate Admissions

    University of Canterbury offers postgraduate diplomas, masters degree and PhD degrees in disciplines such as engineering, arts, fine arts, education, law, commerce etc. Applicants for all graduate programs must possess a completed bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with competitive grades to secure admission.

    Where to Apply: myUC Portal
    Application Fee: No application fee
    Admission Requirements: The following documents must be submitted along with application for admission to graduate programs:

    • Official transcripts of the bachelor’s degree
    • TOEFL/IELTS score as proof English language proficiency
    • Work experience
    • Copy of passport as proof of residency
    • Financial statements
    • Complete application form with a declaration
    • Identification proof

    Details for some popular postgraduate programs at University of Canterbury are given in the table below:

    Requirements Master of Education Master of Commerce Master of Fine Arts Master of Business Administration Master of Civil Engineering
    Entry Semester February, July or November February or July Anytime during the year February (only for undergraduate students), May or September February or July
    Transcripts Required Required Required Required Required
    Academic Qualifications Minimum B+ GPA in either a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning with Honours, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, or equivalent degree. Completed bachelor’s degree and graduate diploma in relevant fields preferably Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor Arts, Bachelor of Science in Economics, Finance or Computer Science. Completed bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with Honours, or an equivalent degree with good grades in relevant subjects; or professional teaching experience Completed bachelor's degree, or postgraduate diploma in Business Administration with good grades, Completed a Bachelor’s of Engineering with Honours or a Bachelor of Science with Honours in a relevant subject or the Postgraduate Certificate in Civil Engineering with good grades.
    Work Experience Not required Not required Recommended Required, 5 years of work experience Not required

    The University of Canterbury considers academic excellence as an important criterion while reviewing applications and has a specific entry for requirements for applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria for direct entry to undergraduate programs. Students accepted at the university will receive their offer of place via Email which will also contain details regarding payment of tuition fees.

    Candidates planning to study abroad need to confirm their offer of a place either by paying a deposit fee of 1,500 NZD or the tuition fees in full at University of Canterbury. However, all international students have to enrol for their courses in person on campus which takes place one week before the lectures begin. Therefore, they must plan their arrival to New Zealand accordingly.


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