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Take a peek into Peking University

Applications are now open for UC’s 2019 ‘Explore Beijing’ programme.

Organised in collaboration with Peking University, this five-week will see 10 UC students exploring Beijing while studying at one of China’s most prestigious universities.

Hear all about it from someone who experienced it first-hand, BSc/BA student, Alysha Voon.

I spent six incredible weeks in China as part of the Explore Beijing Summer programme. Looking back, I cannot believe the amount of excitement and happiness I felt, as well as the knowledge and friendships I have gained from this overseas experience.

Peking University is regarded as China’s top university, and every day we were amazed at what it has to offer – a huge range of canteens (craving burgers and chips? ‘Hollywood Canteen’ has you covered!), grocery stores, a laundromat and unbelievable scenery.

We attended classes where we gained valuable insight and got a first-hand taste of China’s unique culture through language lessons, calligraphy and tai chi.  Outside of campus, we visited some of China’s most famous, breath taking history such as the great wall, forbidden- city and the Olympic stadium, tested our taste buds in a street full of edible bugs and crazy creations, and travelled down south to Guangzhou for a few days and witnessed the diverse range in food, language and culture China has to offer.

Spending time in this unique environment offered me valuable experience with new and improved skills in a range of areas that will no doubt benefit me in the future. I cannot emphasis enough how amazing an opportunity it is and what a student programme like this has to offer – so if you’re thinking of applying, just do it!

Applications for this year’s programme, running from 15 November to Sunday 22 December, close on Sunday 21 July.

Want to know more? Check out the Information sessions!


  • 5pm Wednesday 22 May
  • 3pm Friday 7 June


  • A9 Lecture theatre

Interested students can register to attend here>

Additional information can be found here, or by emailing

Are you ready for a Global Opportunity?

If China’s on your bucket list, then you’ll want to check out the first global opportunity of 2019 from our International Relationships Office (IRO).

Running from 13 – 20 July, the 4th International Summer School on Land-Sky-Ocean is organised by one of UC’s partner universities, China’s Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT).

This exciting one-week programme takes place in Weihai, one of the most beautiful and liveable cities in China, and allows students to experience the highlights of HIT’s expertise in ocean science and engineering, automotive engineering and aviation while receiving a platform to gain valuable insight into the fascinating culture and heritage in Shandong, China.

Five UC students represented UC for the 2018 HIT experience – read all about it, here>

So what are you waiting for? Applications are open NOW, complete your application form here>
But get in quick, as applications close Thursday 21 March 2019.

For more on UC’s Global Opportunities click here, or join the Facebook page>

Have you thought about doing your OE with UC?

Are you keen to experience a new culture? Do you want to travel without putting your studies on hold?

The UC Global Exchange programme gives you the unique 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.

With the UC Student Exchange Programme you can:

  • 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)

Alex Holmes studied for a semester in Austria on exchange at WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) towards his Bachelor of Commerce. He is now a Master of Commerce student.

“Academically my exchange gave me a different perspective through not only my courses, but also through the different perspectives and knowledge that my friends had; I saw it as a really great opportunity to go and experience other cultures while still at UC. There are so many cool places to see and so many things to do so make sure you give it a go!”

Find out more at the UC Student Exchange Fair:

  • When: Thursday 14 March,11.00am – 2:30pm
  • Where: Undercroft

You’ll have the chance to chat with both students from partner universities/countries and UC students who’ve had an exchange experience, who can share their once in a lifetime experience with you.

You’ll also have the chance to find out more about other OE opportunities, like our study tours to China (MGMT228), South America (ECON228) and the Peking University Summer Programme.

UC Student Exchange Information Seminars
Weekly seminars will be held throughout Semester 1 and Semester 2 2019. Please check our UC Student Exchange webpage for up-to-date times and venues.

Anna, Percy, Rebekah and Lyssa
International Mobility Team
International Relationships Office
University of Canterbury