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Take your OE while you are still at UC!

If you’ve ever wanted to travel and study at the same time, it’s possible through an overseas exchange. UCXchange programme was set up to allow students to study for one or two semesters of the university year at a partner university of their choice. There are over fifty different universities that have partnered up with the University of Canterbury to make this happen, including those in: Asia, Europe, North America and Australia!

There are multiple benefits that come along with the incredible experience of a student exchange! Depending on which university you choose, you may learn a new language, or add value to your degree by choosing courses which aren’t available at UC. As you are thrust into a new environment you will learn to be outgoing and more independent. Furthermore, future employers will see you as a well-rounded individual with a greater appreciation for different cultures and traditions.

Now you may be thinking that this all sounds amazing, but how will you afford it? International fees can be extremely expensive! Well luckily for you while you’re overseas you’ll continue to pay your regular UC course fees. Additionally you can still receive your student loan or allowance through Studylink. You will however be responsible for paying your own living expenses, though many scholarships are available to help with these types of costs. UC also offers financial support to eligible students going on exchange and you can contact the International Relationships Office to find out more.

Often the earliest that you will be approved for an exchange is in the second semester of the second year of your degree. This is so that you’ll have a full year of grades on your transcript for the overseas university to assess when you apply. However, if you are a first-year student and have achieved a GPA of 7.0 or above in Semester One, the Colleges will be open to considering your application for an exchange in Semester One of the following year. Note that all partner universities accept students with one semester of grades on their transcripts.

If you’re interested in going overseas for an exchange you will need to seek advice from your department or College to find out how your courses can be credited to your degree and do careful research on course offerings at the partner universities. Check out the UCXchange programme website for advice on how to plan your study for your exchange. Some of UC’s partner universities are still accepting applications for the second semester of 2015, so get in quick! The next exchange you could apply for after that will take place in 2016. There will be a UCXchange information seminar in semester one of 2015.

Feel free to contact the University of Canterbury International Relationships Office at  to find out more about UCXchange.

Need some cash ASAP?

University Bookshop
University Bookshop

Selling old university text books is a great way to make easy cash quickly. At the end of the year I always collect up all the text books that I no longer need and make a pile to sell. To make sure that you are getting a reasonable amount back, write down the amount that you paid, and go from there, For example, if I bought a text book for $80 I might start out trying to sell it for $60, then lower the price from there.

Here are some places that you could sell your text books:

  1. Trade Me: Then you can put them under a buy-now, or as an auction and watch the price climb up (hopefully) from your reserve.
  2. Facebook: There are multiple pages you can use to sell your text books through Facebook. The advantage of this is that you will be targeting other university students, and it will be easy to arrange a pick-up.  As a starting point you could try advertising your books on the UC Textbooks Buy Sell and Trade  or the Textbook Exchange. 
  3. UCPsyc Second Hand Book Sale: UCPsyc usually holds a book sale at the start of each Semester. This is great if you haven’t been able to sell the books over the break, but need some cash. This is also one of the best places to look for the text books you need, on the cheap! Look out for UCPsyc’s stall at Clubs Day to find out when their book sale is this year!
  4. The University Bookshop (UBS): The bookshop will have a list of the books that they are accepting, and they may be able to sell one on your behalf. You can also buy secondhand books here too!

Work at UC while you study

Student Jobs @ UC
Student Jobs @ UC

I have always seen UC as a great place to study, socialise and work and I’ve been highly fortunate to enjoy the best of all these.

All through the year, different departments at the University  of Canterbury advertise frequently with various positions that are aimed specifically for students.

Working while you study can be highly challenging but at the same time extremely rewarding and working on campus while you study just makes it easier.

Working for a university (and more so for UC) looks good on your CV and teaches you valuable and transferable skills. All the supervisors are extremely patient and accommodating of your work schedule as they fully understand that university is your priority.

The best way to keep an eye out for jobs on campus is UC CareerHub; select “StudentJobs@UC” from the drop down menu under “Type of work”. You should log in using your UC student username and password.

Occasionally, student jobs at UC are posted on the Student Job Search website, but your best bet is to follow CareerHub.

So if you’re keen,  get yourself some valuable skills and build some lasting internal connections.