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Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga

Mālō e lelei!  

The Pacific Development Team are proud to celebrate Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga this week, 2 –  8 September. 

The theme for this year’s language week is Fakakoloa O Aotearoa ‘Aki ‘A E ‘Ofa Fonua’, or Enriching Aotearoa with the love of duty and service to country, community and people.

The Ministry of Pacific Peoples have worked in partnership with Te Papa Tongarewa to develop a free education resource that will help with learning the language. This can be found on their website here>

You can find out more about Tongan Language through the ministry’s Tongan Language Fact Sheet, here>

Further information about UC’s Uike Katoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga celebrations can be found from the UC Pacific Development Team’s Facebook page.

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.

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!