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Coronavirus update – UC travel to China and Hong Kong suspended & other updates

UC continues to plan for all contingencies as the coronavirus situation continues to develop.

The latest updates are:

  • All UC-related travel to China and Hong Kong by staff or students is suspended until further notice. We will advise when this suspension is lifted.
  • We have created a new email address for all enquiries related to coronavirus, including about health, travel, academic, enrolments or otherwise. Direct all questions related to coronavirus to UCprotect@canterbury.ac.nz
  • Students who are delayed in arriving in New Zealand due to coronavirus  travel restrictions should contact ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz for more information. 

UC is taking a precautionary approach with contingency plans in place and is ready if the situation changes. 

The Ministry of Health says: There are no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV (coronavirus) in New Zealand to date but the likelihood of importing a case is high. The risk of an ongoing outbreak in New Zealand remains low, but the Ministry of Health is monitoring the situation closely. If any public health measures are needed for this virus, we will advise. More information: https://www.health.govt.nz/news-media/news-items/novel-coronovirus-update-27th-january-2020.

Coronavirus is characterised by fever, coughing and difficulty in breathing.  If you have these symptoms AND you have recently arrived from China, or other countries affected by coronavirus, in the last month, you must contact the UC Health Centre by phone on +64 3 369 4444 (do not visit in person). For after hours assistance call Healthline on 0800 611 116.

What should I do to protect myself?
The World Health Organisation recommends:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

More information

Antarctic Heritage Trust: Trip of a Lifetime

Do you have a passion for travel and meeting like-minded people?

Applications for Antarctic Heritage Trust’s 2020 Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition are now open. The Trust’s Inspiring Explorers’ Expeditions connect young people with the spirit of exploration.

The Expedition in March 2020 will explore the Antarctic Peninsula by ship with the opportunity to kayak in Antarctic waters. You will travel with Expedition Partner Quark Expeditions via ship from South America across the famed Drake Passage to and from Antarctica.

This Expedition offers you an incredible opportunity to embrace the spirit of exploration in the world’s most extreme environment. You will experience the spirit of the early polar explorers; a remarkable legacy the Trust cares for on behalf of humanity.

You will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn and develop new skills, including kayaking.
  • Connect with experts to learn about the history, science, wildlife and the environment of Antarctica.
  • Join Olympian Mike Dawson and Quark Expeditions’ guides for kayaking adventures in Antarctic waters.
  • Be challenged and get out of your comfort zone.

Applications are OPEN until midnight Monday 28 October 2019. For more information and to apply online, visit the Antarctic Heritage Trust website>


UC Global Exchange Application Deadline – extended to 1 October!

Did assignments get in the way of your Global Exchange application? 

Great news, the deadline to apply for the UC Global Exchange Programme in Semester 2 2020 has been extended to 1 October 2019*!

Our Global Exchange programme is a unique opportunity, allowing you to study for either a semester or a year at one of our many partner universities, as part of your UC degree! And with over 60 partner universities around the globe you can choose to study in some amazing locations, including Singapore, France and Denmark, to the UK, USA and more.

The great thing about our Global Exchange programme is that you pay your tuition fees to UC and not to the partner university. We also offer a travel award to eligible students participating in the 2020 Global Exchange programme (terms and conditions apply).

*Please note that if places are limited at partner universities, priority will be given to students who applied by the original 1 September deadline. Some universities may have early deadlines, see website above for details.

Jake McConnell studied towards his Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering on exchange at University of Colorado-Boulder in 2019.

“DO IT! Make it work, and everywhere overseas is a great time! I have a whole new set of friends (like family) overseas in Colorado. The exchange opened my eyes to a whole new culture and way of socialising!”

Want to find out more?

Check out the UC Global Exchange website for all information, including application details, entry requirements, and a full list of partner universities to find your next study destination!

If you have any specific enquiries or further questions, feel free to get in touch with us at ucmobility@canterbury.ac.nz and we would be happy to discuss these with you.

International Mobility Team
International Relationships Office
University of Canterbury
Email: ucmobility@canterbury.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (3) 369 3876 ext. 93876