Student Services and Support
UCIC students have access to a range of support services and campus facilities to ensure a smooth academic and emotional transition to university level study.
Students are encouraged to use the support services and facilities provided and to contact UCIC Student Services staff for advice and assistance as soon as the need arises. Staff members are available for individual appointments.
UCIC Academic Workshops
Free academic skills workshops are available for all UCIC students. These workshops focus on developing and enhancing students' academic skills in critical thinking, research methods, academic reading and writing, note-taking, oral presentations, avoiding plagiarism, citing and referencing, exam preparation and transitioning to university study. Additional workshops focus more specifically on English language needs such as grammar and pronunciation.
UCIC Student Advisers are committed to providing you with support and advise to help you reach your full potential while studying at UCIC. Appointments can be made to discuss study or personal issues, academic assistance, accommodation difficulties, family matters, attendance issues and home-sickness. Students are encouraged to make an appointment at UCIC Reception.
UCIC is committed to providing equal opportunities for students with disabilities and promotes strategies to develop a flexible teaching and learning environment which is able to meet the needs of a diverse range of students.
UCIC encourages students to provide information (including medical or other professional advice) regarding the nature of their disability and special needs during the application and enrolment process. It is important that students provide UCIC with these details as early as possible so that we can assess students' support needs and ensure that they are able to succeed in their chosen program of study.
UCIC is committed to providing a teaching and learning environment which promotes dignity, acknowledges students' rights to privacy and confidentiality, and promotes an awareness of students' needs and rights. Therefore, UCIC is able to make reasonable accommodations to support students with disabilities throughout their studies and ensure that they have equal access to the teaching and learning environment.
UCIC Student Services organises excursions, sports matches and group morning teas throughout the academic terms.
Under 18 Students
UCIC must follow specific policies and procedures for accommodating, supporting and monitoring international students who are under 18 years of age whilst they are studying in New Zealand. These policies and procedures are designed to guarantee that UCIC complies with the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students requirements for ensuring that international students are adequately cared for during their studies. Students who are considering changing their accommodation and welfare arrangements must discuss the proposed change with the Student Welfare Officer at UCIC.
University of Canterbury Student Life Services
In addition to UCIC support services, students may access all University of Canterbury services:
Academic Skills Centre
The Academic Skills Centre is a free advisory service and resource hub that focuses on writing and study strategies to maximise student achievement at all levels.
UCIC students are only able to attend workshop sessions provided by the Academic Skills Centre. The UCIC Learning Advisor and Academic Mentor provide individual sessions for assisting with assignments and study skills.
Student Support Team
The Student Support team provides culturally responsive services and advice to students such as pastoral support on issues, cultural adjustment and transition, illness and injury, aegrotat applications and enquiries or disputes relating to accommodation issues, insurance, immigration and academic issues.
Disability Resource Service
Disability Resource Service assists students with disabilities by providing appropriate, disability-related study support services and specialist resources. The service also provides advice and general information on disability-related issues to both students and staff at the University.
Careers, Internships and Employment
The Careers, Internships and Employment office provides information, advice and activities to help you make choices and decisions about study, employment and career options. They also provide assistance in developing skills and attributes to become employable and to stay that way.
University of Canterbury Chaplaincy understand their mission to be three-fold: nurturing spirituality within the broad and diverse Christian traditions; exercising pastoral care among students, faculty, and staff; and facilitating the dialogue between faith, the academic disciples, and vocation. This mission takes place both within the UC community and beyond.
A confidential counselling services is available for you to discuss any personal or welfare matters. For many students, being positive, and managing emotions increases academic success. You do not need to be in a crisis, or dealing with a serious problem to seek counselling. Addressing your concerns before they become overwhelming often allows for better outcomes.
The Health Centre provides students and staff of the University of Canterbury access to a professional, confidential, and cost effective range of medical and nursing services.