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Make the most of your break – spend some time on your studies

It might feel like the last thing you want to do, but the mid-semester break is a great time to take charge and get ahead on your studies. Although lectures won’t be running, UC’s support services will still be here for you to catch up on your study and plan ahead for the rest of the semester. 

Ngā Puna Mātauraka o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
UC Libraries

The Central, EPS and Macmillian Brown libraries are closed from Friday 2 April – Tuesday 6 April for Easter, but will resume their normal hours from Wednesday 7 April.

Plan your study and view UC’s library opening hours here>

Take charge with Te Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | Academic Skills Centre

With Term 2 workshops soon to be released, the break is the perfect time to book in some classes, whether you’re looking to upskill in notetaking, presenting or essay writing. You can also book in a one-on-one workshop to get help with specific assessments or challenges you’re facing. Learn more about Te Pokapū Pūkenga Ako here>

Learn About Your Success Toolkit

Everybody learns differently, but there are core tips that help everyone succeed when studying. UC’s Success Toolkit helps you build on your skills with some key tools and tips.

Download UCGO

Keep updated on the move, with the app that gives you access to your emails, timetable and key study info, wherever you spend your break. Learn more and download now>

Not sure about your courses?

Reaching the end of Term 1 can make you reflect on the work you’ve done so far, and what your options are for the rest of the semester. Uni is all about growing and changing, so if you’re thinking about changing courses, UC’s kaitohutohu ākonga | student advisors are incredibly helpful when planning your degree.  

Make time for you 

Over the next few weeks make sure to refresh, recharge and take some time for yourself too. Ngahau! (Enjoy!)

Check out the Careers Hub

It’s never too early to start thinking about your graduate plans – and UC are here to help. UC Careers offer a range of seminars, career consultations and resources that can fast track your professional aspirations. They can help you find out where you want to go with your degree, provide job and application tools, as well as giving you feedback on your CV or LinkedIn profile.

What else can you do to make the most of the break? 



Take a UC Virtual Exchange this mid-year break in 2021
– get ahead with your Law degree at the largest Law School in Sweden! 

International experience doesn’t stop with the closure of the borders! UC Global Exchange partner Stockholm University, Department of Law (SULaw)  is offering virtual exchange courses to law students this mid-year break.

These exchanges allow you to study online and connect with students from around the world during the New Zealand winter. Just like a normal exchange programme, you pay only UC tuition fees and the credits you gain from the partner university are recognised by the UC School of Law.
Note: places are limited.

Why take a virtual exchange?

  • Get ahead with your degree this winter
  • Study with the largest Law School in Sweden
  • Pay UC tuition fees, get an international experience
  • Gain credits approved by UC School of Law
  • Enhance your CV with demonstrable international engagement

Paige studied with the Audencia Business School as a part of the UC Virtual Exchange Programme 

“I would definitely recommend that others undertake a virtual exchange! A virtual exchange allows you to develop more of a global mindset, learn new things and meet new people – all while sitting at home! It is also a fantastic opportunity to learn from some incredible professors who are experts in their fields. Not only did I love what I learnt, but it gave me UC credit too – bonus!”
Paige Sullivan | Bachelor of Commerce

Hear more about Paige’s virtual exchange here > 

Virtual Exchange | Stockholm University, Department of Law – SULaw Summer Programme 2021

When: Students can choose to attend courses from Session 1 or 2 as below. Due to time differences, you are recommended to select courses offered in the morning only (Stockholm time).
Note: you will not be able to take courses in Session 3:  26 July – 6 August.

  • Session 1: 28 June – 9 July 2021
  • Session 2: 12 July – 23 July 2021 (overlapping the first week of UC’s Semester 2)

Courses: The programme is taught in English and is based on synchronous learning which requires mandatory active participation in all courses. All courses are undergraduate courses offered at basic and advanced levels.

You will choose two courses from Session 1 and/or Session 2 and need to make sure that you have a feasible class schedule. Class recordings are usually not available.  Details about the courses, assessments, etc. are available on the SULaw Summer website, please also see the tentative class schedule on the Global Exchange website. (the class schedule will be finalised closer to the start of the course) Availability of places in courses is limited and therefore, entry to specific courses is not guaranteed.

Entry requirement:

  • You need to have passed all your core LAWS200 level courses and have achieved a B average or above across all your LLB courses at UC.
  • Stockholm offers courses at different levels – basic and advanced level, but to enrol in either, students are expected to have passed at least 240 UC points in Law.

UC credit: You will receive 15 points of LAWS at 300 level for successfully passing two of the appropriate SULaw Summer courses as stated in the table below. See the table for details on any UC course restrictions (if applicable).

Fees: Standard UC tuition fee for a 15 point Law course

UC credit approval for the SULaw Summer courses
Session 1: 28 June – 9 July 2021

SULaw Summer coursesUC credit
Law & Economics7.5 points of LAWS at 300-level, no restriction.
You are required to have completed LAWS324 at UC or be taking Stockholm’s Public International Law in Brief concurrently. Note that entry to specific courses is not guaranteed.
Public International Law in Brief7.5 points of LAWS at 300-level, restricted against LAWS324
International Arbitration Law7.5 points of LAWS at 300-level, no restriction.

Session 2:  12 July – 23 July 2021

SULaw Summer coursesUC credit
International Criminal Law7.5 points of LAWS at 300-level, restricted against LAWS321
International Law, Peace and Post-Conflict Transitions (advanced level)7.5 points of LAWS at 300-level, no restriction
The Role of Law in International Politics (advanced level)7.5 points of LAWS at 300-level, no restriction
Global Health and Law (advanced level)7.5 points of LAWS at 300-level, no restriction

Ready to apply? Apply online on the UC Global Exchange website by the following application deadline.

Application deadline: 30 March 2021

Please make sure that you indicate on the application which session(s) and two courses you wish to enrol in with Stockholm.

Need degree advice? If you need advice on your degree completion, please contact the Student Advisors at the UC School of Law.

Want to find out more? Come and see us at our Drop-in Sessions International Relationships Office | Level 3, Matariki

  • Tuesday 23 March 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Thursday 25 March 2 pm – 4 pm

Make sure you know about academic integrity

One of the key foundations for being a successful student is academic integrity: acting honestly, ethically, fairly and respecting others throughout your learning experience. It’s important to take charge and avoid making mistakes which can hinder your education.


When you’re asked to use examples in your assessments, it can be hard to know how to avoid plagiarism. Simply put, plagiarism is copying materials from another source (whether it’s a quote or data) without a clear acknowledgement of the original source.

It’s important to reference properly as all assignments are checked through UC’s anti-plagiarism software, Turnitin, which highlights when students have copied other authors’ work without citation.

Top tips:

  • Using quotation marks to quote someone is not plagiarism, as long as the source is acknowledged.
  • Check on AKO | LEARN to see which style of referencing your lecturer would like you to use for each assignment. This will inform how you cite your references and avoid plagiarism. You can read style guides for referencing here>
  • Feeling lost? Te Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | The Academic Skills Centre run workshop on avoiding plagiarism throughout the year. You can learn more and book here>
  • If you’d like specific advice, or the session dates don’t work for you, you can also make a one-on-one consultation with a learning advisor here>


Breaking the rules for assignments or exams is treated very seriously and can result in expulsion.

It’s important to know what you can bring to exams, how they will run and whether or not you can use equipment such as calculators, which may need to be authorised by UC before use. 

Get prepared and read up on the key information around examination instructions here>

Building on your skills 

If you’re looking for quick tips on how to improve your writing or study skills, you can learn more here, with Te Pokapū Pūkenga Ako’s helpful handouts.

On AKO | LEARN you can also access UC Skills – the central place for all your online academic skills help. With courses on academic writing, referencing and stats management (to name just a few), UC Skills helps you get ahead and feel confident about your mahi (work).

When we work together to act honestly, ethically and respect each other and our work, we get the most out of our studies. You can learn more about academic integrity here>