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Course Information

During Orientation week you will officially enrol and register in your courses. Below you will find more information on your chosen programme of study. We have also supplied answers to some of the more frequently asked questions that students have.

Foundation Studies

UCIC offers a pre-university Foundation Studies certificate. There are four streams* to choose from:

  • Business

  • Engineering

  • Science

  • Arts and Mass Communication

*Not all streams or courses may be offered in every semester

What does the programme look like?

Foundation Studies is a two semester programme which consists of the following:

  • Three compulsory core courses covering communication skills and an introduction to computers
  • Three stream courses
  • Two elective courses from any stream

Progression information:

Completion of the Foundation Studies certificate leads on to the following study options:

  • Students can begin a degree at UC if they successfully complete the three core courses, three stream courses and one elective, AND achieve a grade average of C+ (Engineering requires B+) or better, based on all eight courses.
  • Students can begin a University Transfer Programme at UCIC if they successfully complete the three core courses, three stream courses and one elective, AND achieve a grade average of C- (Engineering B-) or better, based on all eight courses.

University Transfer Programmes (UTP)

UTP: Commerce

What does a typical UTP Commerce programme look like?

UTP Commerce is a three semester programme consisting of eight courses. Five courses are compulsory core courses which all students complete and three relate to the students’ choice of major.

UTP Commerce majors available at UCIC:

  • Accounting/Chartered Accounting

  • Economics

  • Finance

  • Human Resource Management

  • International Business (Finance pathway)

  • International Business (Marketing pathway)

  • Management

  • Operations and Supply Chain Management

  • Marketing

  • Strategy and Entrepreneurship

  • Taxation and Accounting

  • Information Systems

The five compulsory core courses that all UTP Commerce students complete are:

  • Accounting and Financial Information

  • Introduction to Microeconomics

  • Fundamentals of Management

  • Information Systems

  • Statistics

Students then complete three courses related to your major. Additional courses are selected from:

  • Financial Accounting

  • Macroeconomics

  • Management Science

  • Marketing

  • Maths

On successful completion of UTP Commerce, students will be eligible to progress into the second year of a Bachelor of Commerce at UC.

UTP: Engineering

What does a typical UTP Engineering programme look like?

UTP Engineering is a three semester programme consisting of eight courses. Five courses are compulsory core courses which all students complete as well as three additional courses related to the students’ choice of major. All students must also complete an academic writing assessment.

UTP Engineering majors available at UCIC:

  • Chemical and Process Engineering

  • Forestry Engineering

  • Natural Resources Engineering

  • Civil Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Mechatronics Engineering

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

  • Computer Engineering

The five compulsory courses that all UTP Engineering students complete are:

  • Foundations of Engineering

  • Engineering Physics 1

  • Engineering Mathematics (2 courses)

  • Mathematical Modelling and Computation

Additional courses are selected from:

  • Chemistry

  • Engineering Mechanics and Materials

  • Computer Programming (2 courses)

  • Engineering Physics 2

On successful completion of UTP Engineering, students will be eligible to progress into the First Professional year of their Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at UC.

Students need to achieve a GPA of a B average or better in order to be guaranteed their first choice specialisation.

UTP: Science

What does a typical UTP Science programme look like?

UTP Science is a three semester programme consisting of eight courses. Students will select courses based on their intended major.


  • Mathematics

  • Statistics

  • Physics*

  • Chemistry

  • Computer Science

  • Biochemistry

  • Biological Sciences

  • Geology

On successful completion of UTP Science students, will be eligible to progress into the second year of a Bachelor of Science at UC in their chosen subject.

*Course availability is subject to class numbers and availability. For more information please contact


Study Abroad

What does a study abroad programme look like?

The Study Abroad Certificate is a one semester programme, which will take four months to complete. Students can choose three academic courses from one stream.

Available Streams: Engineering, Commerce and Science Duration: 1 semester Start Dates: February, June, October

For a full range of available courses, please see the courses listed under relevant UTP streams above.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How long will it take to complete my programme? It usually takes three semesters to complete the University Transfer Programme and two semesters to complete the Foundation Studies Certificate.

2. How long is a semester? Each semester has 12 weeks of teaching following by an exam week. There is also a one week mid-semester break. The UCIC year consists of three semesters, starting in: February, June, and October.

3. How many courses do students take each semester? Most UTP students will enrol in three courses in their first and second semesters and in two courses in their last semester. Foundation Studies students will enrol in four courses each semester. This assumes that students successfully pass all their courses each semester.

4. How long is a class? The length of a lecture can depend on the programme and method of delivery. They usually range from one hour through to three hours.

5. What type of teaching will I experience?

  • Lectures allow teachers to give information to a large number of students (usually less than 60). This form of teaching is the most traditional in higher education.

  • Tutorials are smaller groups that allow the teacher to discuss your work in depth and give you the opportunity to ask questions and develop your understanding of the subject.

  • Laboratories or Labs - in a course with practical elements, you will spend time developing skills and expertise through practical work and experiments. It is likely that afterwards you will have to write up the results of the session.

  • Field trip - your studies may involve trips outside the College.

6. How many hours should a student spend studying outside of the classroom? This can vary depending on the programme. Students should spend, at minimum, as much time studying at home or in the library, as they spend in class.

7. How do I get access to the class materials? Class materials, syllabus and other information will be available on Moodle (via the UCIC Student Portal) once the semester has commenced.

8. When will I get my timetable? During orientation you will receive a username and password which will allow you to log onto the UCIC Student Portal and enrol in your courses and see your timetable. Support and assistance with enrolment will be available during Orientation week.

9. What about class attendance? Students must attend all classes as it is one of their visa requirements. It's also important for students to attend class as it increases students' chance of being successful and passing the course.

10. What happens if I miss Orientation? Students who miss Orientation may find that they have less opportunity to select their preferred courses and class times, as classes fill up quickly. In addition, if you do not attend Orientation, you will miss valuable information about your programme of study and you may find your transition to studying at UCIC and living in New Zealand more difficult. If you arrive after Orientation, you should report to the UCIC Office immediately.

If you find that you cannot arrive by the first day of classes, you MUST contact UCIC to seek permission for late arrival. If permission is granted, it is your responsibility to catch up on any work that has been missed. If for any reason (including late issue of a visa) you are unable to arrive in Christchurch before the end of the second week of semester, you must immediately request that your offer of a place be deferred to the following semester.