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Important information for students from UC staff.

EMAIL | UC Information on the move to Alert Level 1

Today the Government announced that the majority of Aotearoa New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1 effective from 11.59pm tonight and Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm, Wednesday 23 September.

At Alert Level 1 there are no restrictions on our daily routines, but our borders will remain closed.

This is welcome news as we head towards the end of the academic year and examinations. You’re encouraged to continue focusing on your learning and looking after your wellbeing to ensure a strong finish to this year. If you need any support with this, head to the Wellbeing Hub

Face-to-face lectures, tutorials and labs will continue without restriction and online classes (live or recorded) will continue for the rest of the year. You will still see stickers of where to sit in lecture theatres, classrooms and libraries but you do not need to follow these at Alert Level 1. If the situation changes you will be told. If you are unsure about anything course-related, please speak to your course coordinator.

Although there are no restrictions at Alert Level 1 it is important to remember COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate, and we recommend you continue to follow general advice to ensure we are keeping ourselves and our UC community safe.

  • Face coverings help keep you and others safe. Continuing good habits with face coverings will keep you and others safe, even at Alert Level 1 when it’s no longer compulsory.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell. This is the best thing you can do to stop any future spread of COVID-19. If you have cold or flu symptoms please call your GP or Healthline (0800 358 5453).
  • Location tracking is still important at Alert Level 1, the Government’s advice is that fast and effective contact tracing helps to prevent any further spread of COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand. When you are on campus, please keep note of where you’ve been, and use the NZ COVID Tracer app to scan QR codes or scan your Canterbury Card.
  • Focus on your hygiene by washing your hands frequently. Sneeze or cough into your elbow, and remain vigilant with cleaning.
  • Remember that COVID-19 does not discriminate. Please be compassionate and kind, we are in this together.

Follow this link for more on what UC is doing to manage COVID-19 and if you have any questions or concerns, email

Student Visa expiring 25 September 2020

If you were in New Zealand on 2 April and your student visa expired before 9 July, Immigration New Zealand should have automatically extended your visa expiry to 25 September 2020. This was under the original Epidemic Management Notice. Confirmation was emailed to all visa holders.
If you received this extension and have not yet applied for a new student visa, you must act now (next Friday is 25 September 2020).
UC Enrolments can assist through the Provider Direct Service, but will require students to present with a completed INZ1240 application and required supporting documents no later the 3:00pm on Wednesday 23 September 2020.  Applications will not be accepted after this deadline, and students will be referred directly to Immigration New Zealand to apply for a new student visa.
Alternatively, students can apply to Immigration New Zealand for a new student visa here.

Get ahead over summer!

Do you want to get ahead over summer?

This year UC has more undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in a range of subjects for you to choose from over summer, including 28 courses you can complete by distance and 87 on campus courses.

With courses ranging from biology to Te Reo, and from accounting to statistics, UC’s Summer School is a fantastic opportunity for you to shorten the duration of your degree, spread your workload or pick up a prerequisite course.

You can find the 2020/2021 Summer School brochure here. Inside is a list of the courses on offer this summer, and the resources and facilities that will be available while you study over the summer break. You can also find out more on our Summer School website.

You can enrol online now for courses starting in November – just go to myUC for enrolment details. Enrolments for courses starting in January will open on 1 October.

If you are due to complete your undergraduate studies, now is also a great time to consider your postgraduate taught and research-based learning options.

We look forward to seeing you continue your studies at UC over the summer period and beyond.