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University Transfer Programme: Commerce

UTP: Commerce is equivalent to the first year of your undergraduate commerce studies. Upon completion of the programme you will be eligible to progress* to the second year of the Bachelor of Commerce degree and you will be able to choose from a variety of specialisations.
UC boasts New Zealand's oldest Bachelor of Commerce degree. At the time of its introduction in 1906 the UC Bachelor of Commerce degree was one of the first business degrees in the British Commonwealth.
UC's College of Business and Law is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for Accounting and Finance, and in the top 200 for Business and Management, and Economics and Econometrics**.
UC and its business partners provide many opportunities for you to gain practical business experience and make important contacts. Internships, business case competitions, career fairs and student groups all allow you to put classroom theories to the test in the real world and network with industry professionals.
To learn more about the Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Canterbury click here:

Your direct pathway to University of Canterbury (UC)

High School


Year 2 Bachelor of Commerce at UC



Year International Students


NZD$29,500 (per programme)



3 semesters (1 year)


February, June, October

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Required Courses

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Information Systems
  • Management
  • Statistics

Additional options may include

  • Financial Accounting
  • Macroeconomics
  • Management Science
  • Marketing
  • Maths

Admission Requirements

Entry to second year:
University of Canterbury
Bachelor of Commerce

Available majors:

  • Finance
  • Human resources Management
  • Information Systems
  • International Business – Marketing
  • International Business - Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Strategy and Entrepreneurship
  • Tourism, Marketing and Management

For more information on the University of Canterbury's College of Business & Law, visit undergrad/bcom.shtml.

* Students must complete and pass all courses in the UTP programme, apply before the University of Canterbury deadline and meet any additional requirements from the University. Access to selected faculties of the University may require the completion of certain prerequisites. UCIC will advise students individually in this regard as required. Course offerings may change without notice. Please contact for current course offering information.
** UCIC’s University Transfer Programme: Commerce is a NZQA approved Training Scheme. This does not lead to a formal qualification on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. The University Transfer Programme: Commerce may be used for progression requirements under a pathway arrangement between UCIC and UC, subject to final approval by the University of Canterbury.
*** QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019.
Notes: Please see the Fees & Payment page for full details on fees. In addition to programme fees, all UCIC students must pay the Student Services Levy, which contributes to the excellent services and facilities on campus.
Commencement each semester will be dependent upon enrolments.


Potential career paths

A Commerce degree can be applied to almost any career, including the financial sector, industry and trade, international commerce, the not-for-profit sector, government, health care and technology. A Commerce degree provides an all-round knowledge base for management careers or starting your own business.

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