Europe Week 2-9 May

Prizes galore!  A climate change student initiative! A concert by the UC School of Music!

These are just a few of the activities UC students are invited to participate in during the 2016 Europe Week celebrations here at UC, from 2-9 May.

The 2016 celebrations at UC combine a number of different activities, including seminars, cultural events, an interactive quiz and the chance to taste some European Food.


A climate change seminar

One of the events the NCRE is particularly proud of is the initiative of two NCRE PhD candidates who have organized a public seminar ‘The Future We Seek : A climate change seminar’  featuring a TEDx Talk by UC Graduate Dr Daniel Price, followed by a live Q&A discussion. This event is to be held on May 2, 6pm in the John Britten Building Foyer and all are welcome to attend!


Seminar Series: ‘Solutions To Europe’s Critical Issues’

Europe Week also provides the perfect launch program for the NCRE Seminar Series ‘Solutions To Europe’s Critical Issues’ .  These seminars are held weekly, (Friday afternoons, 2pm) during term time in the Undercroft 101. The series features thought-provoking seminars from European Diplomats, starting with the Dutch Ambassador to New Zealand H.E. Rob Zaagman on Friday 6th May (10.30-12:30pm).

For more information, or to be added to the mailing list for these upcoming events please contact or follow us on twitter @NCRENZ.

We look forward to you all joining in with our celebration .

The team at NCRE

Have you thought of doing your OE with UC?

With UC’s  Student Exchange Programme, you can:

  • Pay tuition fees to UC and get an international experience
  • Travel and see new places
  • have points applied to your UC degree
    (subject to approvals from appropriate departments and Colleges).
  • Financial Awards available*

Here is your chance to find out more…

UC Student Exchange Fair Thursday 5 May

11am to 2.30pm, C-Block Foyer (Central Lecture Theatres)

Meet international students studying at UC on exchange; UC students who have been on exchange and a representative from the French Embassy.

You can also find out more about other overseas experience opportunities, such as study tour to China (MGMT228) and the Thailand Internship Programme.

UC Student Exchange Weekly Seminars

Weekly seminars will be on during Term 2. Please check our UC Student Exchange website for up-to-date times and venues.

More about the UC Student Exchange programme

The UC Student Exchange programme gives you the opportunity to study for a semester or a year at one of UC’s more than 60 partner universities worldwide as part of your UC degree. You can choose to study in some amazing locations from Beijing, Singapore, Spain and France to the UK, USA and many more!

UC offers financial awards to eligible students to support their exchange. If you are a first year full-time student making satisfactory academic progress in 2015, or if you have commenced your study at UC in 2016 meeting the same requirements, UC will also offer a return economy airfare to your exchange destination*.

Swansea University, Wales and University of Leicester, UK

Additional financial support is likely to be available for the exchange programme with Swansea University and University of Leicester undertaken in 2017 (to be confirmed later in 2016).

*Please note that other conditions may apply.

Ellie Barrett on exchange  to the University of Copenhagen in 2015
Ellie Barrett on exchange to the University of Copenhagen in 2015.

Muck in with the SVA on 14 May


On Saturday 14 May, the UC Student Volunteer Army will again be returning to the streets of Christchurch – this time to help out residents of Woolston.

Volunteers will be ‘mucking in’ across the suburb to respond to calls for help from local community groups and residents. Students will be getting involved in a variety of projects including property clean-ups, cleaning up the Heathcote River, tree planting and helping the community establish further habitats for the endangered black-billed gull.  All of this will be culminating in a community lunch at Bamford School for volunteers and residents to enjoy on the day.

Driving this event is the desire of the SVA to make service a part of the student lifestyle, with the same inter-generational collaboration and community engagement seen in response to the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 remaining with the club five years on.

Click here to sign up for the day >

Alex Cheesebrough – SVA President