Students Under 18

Essential Information for Under 18

Did you know? If you are under the age of 18 you are not considered to be an independent adult under New Zealand law.

Students who are under the age of 18 and their parents/legal guardians must visit this website for essential information:

In order to fully meet our obligations under the New Zealand Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016, UC International College requires students who are under 18 years old to live in one of the following types of accommodation:

  • With the Student’s Parent/Legal Guardian

  • With an Authorised Designated Caregiver
    (A Designated Caregiver must be a relative or a close family friend, authorised in writing by a Parent/Legal Guardian, be over 18 years of age and police vetted)

  • With a UCIC Arranged Homestay (UN18 must stay in the CCEL provided Homestay)

UC International College Will:

  • Notify the parent/s or legal guardian/s if their Son/Daughter is involved in an accident, any critical events or an emergency.

  • Obtain information from the hospital regarding your Son/Daughter’s condition to help us coordinate care and support for them, if consent is provided.

  • Provide, monitor and coordinate care and support for your Son or Daughter while they are under 18 years of age.

  • Report to the parent/s or legal guardian/s of students under 18 at least once a semester about their Son/Daughter’s academic progress, attendance, accommodation, general health and wellbeing.

You must advise UCIC immediately if your living circumstances change, and any change in your living situation must be approved in writing by your parents and UCIC before the changes are made.

For more information on arranging your accommodation, please contact UCIC Admissions.

UCIC Also Has Greater Responsibilities to Students Under 18 and Therefore the Following Regulations Would Apply to You:

  1. When you are attending UCIC the following arrangements must be in place:

    • Your parents have appointed UCIC as “Carer” for you in New Zealand and you are living in a homestay approved by UCIC


    • You are living with a parent or legal guardian who lives in Christchurch.

  2. You will be introduced to your Advisor during Orientation. Your Advisor will then schedule a meeting with you that you must attend

  3. You will also be required to attend regular meetings with the Academic Team to discuss:

    • Academic progress

    • Accommodation

    • Attendance

    • Finance

    • Wellbeing

    • Any general concerns

For Further Information Contact:

Rangima Kapua

Academic and Student Support Coordinator

Kairuruku Pūmātauranga, Tautoko Tauira

P: +64 (0) 3 260 4319