Extended deadline for Student Exchange applications

Did assignments get in the way of your Student Exchange application? Great news, the deadline to apply for the UC Student Exchange Programme in Semester 2 2019 has been extended to Friday 21 September.

The UC Student Exchange programme gives you the opportunity to study for a semester or a year at one of UC’s partner universities worldwide as part of your UC degree.

With over 60 partner universities around the globe, you can choose to study in some amazing locations including Beijing, Singapore, Spain, France, United Kingdom, United States of America and many more.

  • Pay tuition fees to UC, get an international experience
  • Travel and see new places
  • Study at some of the most prestigious universities for teaching and research around the world
  • Meet new people and develop life-long friendships around the world
  • Credit applied to your UC degree (subject to approvals from appropriate departments and Colleges)
  • Receive UC’s economy airfare offer (conditions apply)

UCSA 2019 Exec President Sam Brosnahan spent a semester at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and believes anyone whose degree programme offers the chance to go on exchange should do it.

‘Go on exchange! Anywhere around the world, but in particular choose somewhere outside your comfort zone. Go somewhere with a different language and culture to New Zealand because you’ll learn so many new skills and appreciate different cultures.’

Find out more
Check out the UC Student Exchange website for all you need to know about going on exchange, including where you can go and how to apply.


During July’s mid-year break, Jade Humphrey, Kerridwen Russ, Natalie McHugh, Ruby Maurice and I had the opportunity to participate in the week-long Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT)’sLand-Sky-Ocean summer school in Weihai, China.

Participants consisted of over 68 students from seven different countries, which provided a fantastic opportunity to learn not only about Chinese culture, but also South Korea, Russia, and Vietnam.

The first few days of the programme focused on language learning classes and academic seminars, interspersed with opportunities to explore Weihai and the HIT campus.

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Photos courtesy of the group’s takeover of the @ucnz Instagram feed.

The academic seminars focused on the latest research being conducted at HIT. I particularly enjoyed the seminar on satellite design given by Associate Professor Wu Baolin. It was amazing to see undergraduate students developing and launching working satellites so early on in their academic career.

The last days of the programme focused on sharing and learning from our respective cultures. For our cultural exchange, we sang a traditional Māori waiata, Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi and showcased the facilities and lifestyle of UC.

From the perspective of a commerce student, this trip was invaluable both personally and professionally.  The experience challenged our ideas about China, international collaboration and helped shape us to become more well-rounded students and individuals.

Professionally, this trip has given me the experience to tackle the challenges of coordinating global supply chains that I’ll face in my graduate position next year.

I encourage all students, regardless of their study area, to get involved with the international opportunities that UC has to offer as they are truly life-changing.

We are extremely grateful to the International Relationships Office and our respective departments for providing us with the opportunity to represent UC in this programme.

Jared McNicoll, BCOM.

Find out more about Global Opportunities available through UC here>

Meet Katie Mills, 2019 Postgraduate Rep

Kia Ora! My name is Katie Mills and I am your Postgraduate representative on the UCSA for 2019.

2019 is looking like a very exciting year for Canterbury students. A major theme of this years UCSA elections was the new UCSA building that’s set to open next year.

The new building is going to open up a lot of new space for students. With new space, comes new opportunities.

Student buildings should be the hub of student culture. Canterbury’s student culture is so diverse and I want to make sure we’re really sensitive in capturing this.

I think the key to this is making sure the space remains dynamic. The building has to retain a certain degree of flexibility to ensure it stays relevant and sensitive to students needs.

The new UCSA building presents an opportunity to create an environment that fulfils the needs of many groups who have been missing out on a space that feels like their own.

This includes postgraduate students and international students. I’m looking forward to working closely with these groups on this project next year and I’m so excited and fortunate to be a part of activating such an amazing space for everyone!