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Orientation is compulsory for all new students.

Orientation week is the beginning of your journey with UCIC and the University of Canterbury. It is during this week that you will:

    • Receive programme advice
    • Officially register in your courses
    • Receive your student ID (Canterbury Card)
    • Receive an orientation kit
    • Be informed about the facilities & services on campus and in the city

You will receive information about your UCIC programme, an orientation kit and be introduced to a range of services and facilities available to you as a student.We will give you lots of advice and essential information about your new city and your new university. It is definitely a week you don’t want to miss!

What you will need to bring with you

      1. UCIC Offer Letter

      2. Passport

      3. Current address and contact details in Christchurch

      4. If you have not yet provided a certified copy of your academic and English transcripts - you will also need to bring these along.

Did you know….?

Many of our current UCIC students volunteer to help welcome new students at each orientation. They will be helping us and you, over the course of orientation week. This is a really great opportunity for you to talk to current students, get to know them and ask them questions.

The information and processes that we go through during orientation week are essential, but we also like to make them fun. There will be group activities, campus tours, and some free lunches! It’s a great way to make friends before you start your academic studies.

To find out the most up to date information on when your orientation is taking place, click here for our website:

What happens at orientation?

Orientation is one of the most important experiences you will have as a student. It is where you will meet the people who will become your friends and classmates in New Zealand and the people who will help you to be academically successful.

What does Orientation week look like?

A typical Orientation generally includes the following things:

Day one:

      • Formal welcome and introduction to UCIC staff and UC dignities

      • Information about studying at UCIC

      • Introduction to Christchurch and campus media

      • Health and safety briefing
      • Ice breaking activities

      • LUNCH!

      • Introductions and programme information
      • Meet & greet your teachers
      • Document validation (e.g. visa and high school qualifications)
      • U18 student meeting

Day two:

      • Getting your Canterbury card

      • Enrolling in courses
      • IT set up
      • Campus tour
      • Fun group activities
      • Study skills

Day three:

      • Keeping connected and up-to-date while studying

      • Stay Safe talk

      • Information about student clubs

      • College tours

      • Lunch


Read the Orientation programme of October 2019 Intake.

Hopefully after all this you will feel ready and confident about starting your studies at UCIC.

Welcome to UCIC!