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Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 Information

Updated - 12th August 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2 from midday August 12th until Midnight August 14th. This means that social distancing measures will be in place, however all schools, workplaces and shops will remain open. People are being asked to use the COVID Tracing App in case contact tracing is required.

As a result of the change in Alert Level, the UCIC campus will remain open, however our teaching will temporarily move to online to allow for safe social distancing. This is just a precautionary measure.

More details on the Alert Levels can be found on

UC International College will resume face-to-face teaching as soon as we move back to Alert Level 1



Updated 8th June 2020

Today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1 from midnight tonight. This means that life will return to normal. Social distancing measures and restrictions on mass gatherings will no longer be applied, although strict border controls will still be in force, as will contact tracing. Today, New Zealand has had zero active cases. More details should be found on

UC International College will resume face-to-face teaching from 21st June 2020.



Updated 25th May 2020

The New Zealand government has announced that New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 2 for another 4 weeks, although there are some changes to gathering numbers and community sports. The most accurate information can be found here: Government Guidelines - Alert 2.

The government will again review the settings of Alert Level 2 on 8 June and have agreed that no later than 22 June, 4 weeks from today, they will consider a move to Alert Level 1. More details should be found on



Updated 11th May 2020

Today, the New Zealand government has announced that New Zealand will go to the first phase of Alert Level 2 on Thursday 14th May. Generally, we will be back to our normal lives, however not all businesses will open immediately and we will see a phased introduction of Alert Level 2 between Thursday 14th May to Thursday 21st May.

Alert Level 2 will be imposed for an initial period of 2 weeks when it will be once again reviewed. There are still rules and guidelines to follow. The most accurate information can be found here: Government Guidelines - Alert 2

At UCIC we will be teaching the rest of this semester online for our students, which means that online study will continue under Alert Level 2. This is in line with the University of Canterbury’s guidelines.



Updated 20th April 2020

The New Zealand government has announced that Alert level 4 has been extended until Midnight on Monday 27th April after which, New Zealand will move to Alert Level 3.

Alert Level 3 is very similar to Alert Level 4. The official advice is ‘stay at home’. At this new level, we will see more businesses open, our bubbles expand to include close family/ friends. These new options come with a fresh set of rules which are outlined in the government guidelines: Alert Level 3

New Zealand will stay at Alert Level 3 for a minimum of two weeks, when the situation will then be reviewed, and a further announcement will be made on May 11th.

We can confirm that this move to Alert Level 3 will not change our delivery methods. The UC Campus will remain closed, as will UCIC and we will continue to deliver online to our students.



Updated April 17th 2020

The New Zealand government has published guidelines around what each Alert Level means. Please follow this link for more information. 



Updated 25th March 2020

As of Midnight on Wednesday 25th March, New Zealand will move to Alert Level 4.

This means people are being encouraged to stay home, and non-essential business will close for 4 weeks.

Essential services will remain open. Supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics will all remain open during this time.

UC International College (UCIC)

The UCIC campus will be closed during this time. All UCIC classes will move online as of Monday 30th March to minimise disruption to our students’ study plans. All of our students are being supported through this transition.

Immigration New Zealand

The New Zealand Government’s epidemic management notice relating to immigration matters comes into effect on Thursday 2 April 2020.

Travellers with a temporary (work, student, visitor, interim and limited) visa expiring before 1 April 2020 who are unable to leave New Zealand must apply online for a new visa. An interim visa will be issued.

Travellers with a temporary visa due to expire between 1 April and 9 July 2020 will have their visas extended to late September. Confirmation of extensions will be emailed to all visa holders.



Updated March 23rd 2020

The New Zealand government have taken the decision to close Schools and Universities for 4 weeks in their response to COVID-19. This is a very strong and decisive action from the New Zealand government, in order to prevent the spread of the virus. There are currently very few cases in New Zealand, and the government is determined to prevent the rapid increase that has happened in other countries in the world. Read the full text of the Prime Minister’s speech today.

Following this advice, UC International College (UCIC) has suspended face-to-face classes.  We have been preparing for this scenario and we are ready to support UCIC students online. This week, we will be launching our online UCIC campus, delivering welfare and support webinars and from Monday 30th March we will be delivering online.

There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at UCIC. 

We are working closely with our partner, the University of Canterbury, to ensure that our students are supported.  



Updated - 22nd March 2020

There are very few confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, no confirmed community transmission and no confirmed cases at UCIC or the University of Canterbury.

On 21st March, the New Zealand Government introduced a 4 stage alert system for Covid-19. Find more details about Covid-19 alert system.

  • We are on alert level 2 – reduce contact at all levels
  • The Government is recommending:-
    • Universities and schools are safe and remain open
    • limiting non-essential domestic travel
    • different work arrangement (e.g. working from home)
    • older people or people with health conditions to stay home as much as possible

This means that our students and staff can still travel to UCIC and around Christchurch safely.

At UCIC, we are preparing to go online and will support our students to be ready this week, with online study beginning from 30th March. This will enable students to study from home.

The University of Canterbury is moving as many courses as possible online from 23rd March to avoid large gatherings of students.


Important Contact Information

COVID-19 Healthline: 0800 358 5453


UCIC Emergency Contact Numbers:

Petra Marks – 021 971 303 Jeanine Marriott – 021 378 303 (under 18s)

For COVID specific queries:

We are encouraging our students to use reliable sources of information including:
Specific Ministry of Health Useful Resources



Updated – 23rd of September 2020

As of Monday 21st of September, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1. This means that life will return to normal. Social distancing measures and restrictions on mass gatherings will no longer be applied, although strict border controls will still be in force, as will contact tracing. More details should be found on

UC International College has resumed face-to-face teaching.


FAQs – UCIC Response to Covid-19

Q: When will there be online classes?

A: From March 30th UCIC will move all classes online.


Q: Will I still be able to study at UCIC if I get Coronavirus (Covid-19)?

A: Yes. If anyone at UCIC tests positive for Covid-19 you will not lose your place. We will support you in your self-isolation and treatment.


Q: Will I get deported if I get Coronavirus (Covid-19)?

A: No. NZ will not deport someone because they test positive for Covid-19.


Q: Will my Visa get cancelled if I get Coronavirus (Covid-19)?

A: No. Your visa will not be cancelled if you test positive for Covid-19.


Q: Will I get treatment because I am not a NZ citizen if I get Coronavirus (Covid-19)?

A: Yes. Everyone in New Zealand has access to free treatment provided by the NZ government. According to the Ministry of Education website: "COVID-19 is publicly funded under the infectious disease exception, to the extent appropriate in the circumstances to manage risks to other persons. This covers anyone in New Zealand, regardless of visa/citizenship status or length of time in the country." Find more information about advice for unwell students by NZ Government.


Q: How much will it cost to get treatment if I get Coronavirus (Covid-19)?

A: Treatment for Covid-19 will be free. (Please see the question above)


Q: Will I still be able to pass if I get Coronavirus (Covid-19)?

A: Yes. You will still be able to pass. See more information below


Q: If we have to close UCIC will we all just pass?

A: If we have to close UCIC we will move to online study so that you can continue your course. We are preparing for this now.


Q: If school is going to close, can we successfully graduate this semester?

A: Yes. If the school closed we will move to online study to make sure that you can graduate on time.


Q: Will we still have exams in week 6 – I don’t want to get Covid-19.

A: We don't want you to get Covid-19 either. We are closely monitoring information from the government and health department and acting on their advice. For example, currently gatherings of 100 or more have been cancelled (excluding schools, universities or any other education institutions). If we think that running an exam will put students or staff at risk we will use alternative arrangements.


Q: If students cannot manage to buy hand sanitiser and mask, what should they do? Do they still need to come to school?

A: We have masks at Reception and there are hand sanitiser stations around the UC campus, including in Alice Candy. Please remember that washing your hands (with soap and water for 20 seconds) is the best way to avoid the spread of the virus. If you are not sick you should attend your classes.


Q: What is “social distancing”?

A: Social distancing means not getting physically close to other people. Everyone should be using social distancing now, even if you’re not sick. We ALL need to stay one meter away from other people. This includes your friends, family, classmates, teachers. Try to stay away from crowded situations. Social distancing is very important to stop the virus spreading. We can still have fun together, laugh together and learn together – we need to stay apart physically but not emotionally.


Q: What does self-isolation actually mean?

A: Self-isolation means doing simple things to avoid close contact with other people. This helps to prevent the virus moving through the community. If you are self-isolating you should stay at home. If you have to leave the house you must not go to places where there are many people. Where possible, ask friends or family to drop off anything you need or order supplies online. Make sure any deliveries are left outside your home for you to collect. Many New Zealand companies are now offering a ‘contactless’ delivery option, where they notify you when they have delivered your order but remain nearby to ensure you receive it.

You can keep in touch with friends and family over the phone or internet, but don’t have physical contact with anyone who isn’t isolating with you. If you live with other people who are not self-isolating you should not spend longer than 15 minutes together. You should not share a bed or a room with others during your 14-day isolation period. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, pillows or other items with other people in your home. After using these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and water, place them in the dishwasher for cleaning or wash them in your washing machine. You can go outside, but you need to limit your contact with others. It’s ok to go for a walk, do gardening, run or ride your bike, as long as you avoid people who aren’t self-isolating. Find more information about self-isolation by Ministry of Health.


Q: If I have to go into self-isolation how will I organise this and can I stay in my house with my roommates?

A: If you need to self-isolate you should tell UCIC as soon as possible. We are here to help you. If you don't have everything you need at home you can ask friends to help you by dropping off anything you don’t have. You can also order supplies online (for example groceries). If you’re worried that you’re not prepared please tell us and we will support you and make sure you have everything you need. Yes, you can go into self-isolation if you have flatmates but you should not sleep in the same room. You should not have close contact with anyone and not stay in the same room for more than 15 minutes. Please see the above question for more information about this.