International Welcome 2015

A Clubs Day at Canterbury
A Clubs Day at Canterbury

It’s time again to welcome all new international students to the University of Canterbury and this year’s International  Welcome is bigger and better than ever! With a new format this year, UC is gearing up for the welcome scheduled for Tuesday 17 February in C1 Lecture Theatre. 

The day-long event begins at 9am for study abroad and exchange students and 9.20am for all other internationals and is open to new/ freshers only. It’s crucial that you register for the event.

The day begins with you being sorted into teams, followed by a series of speakers, lunch and then group discussions before heading off on a bus tour into the city.

Personally, I recommend that all international students attend this event as it kick starts your time at UC in the best way possible. You get to  meet other people who are in the same boat as you are, faculty members and most importantly meet people who may end up being some of your best friends!

This year I get to experience  orientation on the other end of the scale by being a student leader and am looking forward to the experience and seeing you all there!

What’s the hap from 16-22 Feb?!

Events at UC for 16-22 February 
Monday 16th: 
  • Foundry re-opening: At 1pm the Foundry will reopen again after being shut over Summer… don’t miss it! 
  • You-can-speak toastmasters7pm at KE4 Kirkwood Village. FREE to attend. Monthly membership fee if you want to join in and enhance your public speaking skills.
Tuesday 17th:
Wednesday 18th: 
Thursday 19th:
  • UC Māori Orientation: 9.30am-3.30pm at Te Whare  Ākonga o Te Akatoki. Don’t forget to register!
  • Get Fresh Pasifika Orientation, 10-4pm, Undercroft 101. A fun-packed two-day programme for first-year Pacific students,
  • Bridging Programmes Graduation: 2-3.30pm, Jack Mann Auditorium, Dovedale Campus.
  • Colour my Toga7pm, Ilam Fields, R18. This is a ticketed event, so don’t forget to get yours online! Be part of a massive Canterbury tradition!
Friday 20th:
  • UC Orientation Day, 9.30-3.30pm(ish). for a plethora of advice to help you feel confident about starting uni. Register here.
  • Orientation Market10am-3pm at Ilam Fields. Get everything sorted for the year ahead, collect your O-Bag and get tonnes of free stuff! (If you can’t make this market day there will also be two more held on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th).
  • Under the Big Top Comedy Night for OrientationStarts at 7pm, hosted by star of 7 Days, Paul Ego. Two of the biggest performers from the Christchurch Buskers Festival will also be performing: David Ladderman and Lizzie Tollemache of the sold out show Mr and Mrs Alexander.
Sunday 22nd:
  • Orientation Day Tramp8.45am, meet in UCSA car park. To get a seat on the bus pay $10  for a ticket (refundable)… so it’s free. The UC Tramping Club have organised two tramps for us: Hinewai Reserve and Mt Somers!

Transforming fences





We caught the transformation of an unexciting white fence into a colourful work of art that reflects what we’re all about here at the University of Canterbury: Whāia te mātauranga, meaning pursue knowledge. This is just one of many transformation initiatives occurring on our beautiful Christchurch campus in 2015.

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