Category Archives: International students

International Enrolment in Person sessions begin Thursday 7 February

We’re welcoming all new and returning international students to campus this week, with International Enrolment in Person sessions running from Thursday 7 – Friday 15 February.

Following a successful pilot led by our Student First Programme in 2018, international students now have the ability to choose from a selection of dates and times for their enrolment in person session.

Bookings have been available since early December 2018, allowing our international students the convenience in knowing they can simply turn up at the date and time of their choosing.

Staff from all around the University have volunteered to help welcome our new students to campus.

In each enrolment session, staff will take a copies of the student’s passport and visa, check their visa application (if required) and check their insurance details.

While waiting for their documentation to be processed, our new-to-UC students will attend a 45 minute information session where they will be taken on a tour through the Undercroft and Library, while also allowing them to connect with other students.

If you see our international students out and about over the coming weeks, please stop and say hello!

For more on International Enrolment in Person, click here>

Have you signed up to support International Enrolment in Person?

A couple of weeks ago we shared our plan for the 2019 International Enrolment in Person, and called for volunteers to help us support our International students as they arrive at UC.

2019 International Enrolment in Person is going to be bigger and better than ever and with your help, will see a reduction in queuing time. We anticipate welcoming and enrolling 1600 international students so we’re going to need some help to make it as efficient and as welcoming as possible.

Our staff volunteers will be a friendly first point of contact, greeting them with a smile and a cheery ‘Kia ora’ before taking a copy of their passport and then sending them on to the next stage of their enrolment journey.

Since our initial call for help, we’ve managed to fill 55 of the 63 possible volunteer slots. You’ve done an amazing job at putting your hand up to help, so much so that we only need a few more people to volunteer for the 8 remaining sessions, they are:

  • Friday 8 Feb: x1 morning slot
  • Monday 11 Feb: x2 morning slot
  • Thursday 14 Feb: x1 morning slot
  • Friday 15 Feb: x2 morning and x2 afternoon slot

Enrolment in Person will be held on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 of February, and again from Monday 11 to Friday 15 February; it’s broken into morning (8.30am – 12pm) and afternoon (1pm – 4.30pm) sessions to give your smile a chance to recharge.  

If you can help with one or more of the remaining slots, please email Freddie Jefferd before 21 December.

If you would like to be involved but this doesn’t quite sound like you, get in touch anyway – chances are we’ll still be able to find something for you to do.

Ngā mihi,

The International Enrolment Working Party

Volunteers Needed – International Enrolment in Person 2019

International Enrolment in Person is just around the corner and we need you! 

2019 International Enrolment in Person is going to be bigger and better than ever and, with your help,  will see a reduction in queuing time. We anticipate welcoming and enrolling 1600 international students and we’re going to need some help to make it as efficient and as welcoming as possible for our new international students.

We’re looking for at least (but more is great) 50 staff to volunteer to be a friendly first point of contact; you’ll be greeting them with a smile and a cheery ‘Kia ora’, taking a copy of their passport and then sending them on to the next stage of their enrolment journey.
If you would like to be involved but this doesn’t quite sound like you, get in touch anyway – chances are we’ll still be able to find something for you to do.

Enrolment in Person is being held on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 of February, and then again from Monday 11 to Friday 15 February; it’s broken into morning (8.30am – 12pm) and afternoon (1pm – 4.30pm) sessions to give your smile a chance to recharge.  Volunteer for one session, or two, or even the whole week. Never fear, we will have a slot for you.

This is a great opportunity to welcome students onto campus, and we’re hoping to make what has potential be a complex process as simple and friendly as possible.

Please contact Freddie Jefferd if you are interested in being involved as soon as possible.

Ngā mihi,

The International Enrolment Working Party

UC on Wheels arrives in India

International Recruitment Coordinator Sandeep Sharma recently returned from two weeks touring International High Schools in India to promote UC and launch the much anticipated UC on Wheels campaign.  He shares his experience with us here.

UC on Wheels is a unique concept that introduces prospective students to UC through storytelling.

Our International Relationships Office (IRO) representative (in this instance, myself), starts by initiating conversation with the students on a topic of global relevance (i.e. Global Citizenship) before the accompanying UC academic (in this case Dr Moffat Mathews) leads the discussion using a lecture style delivery for thirty minutes, allowing students to experience a UC style of in-class teaching and learning.

This is followed by an essay writing competition before an alumni representative speaks with the students about their experience at UC.

To round out the visit, students are given information about UC colleges and related programs before experiencing a 360 degree ‘tour’ of campus thanks to a specially equipped VR headset.

Over the course of two weeks we visited over 1000 students in fourteen schools across four cities, including SelaQui International School (Dehardun), National Public School (Bangalore) and India International School (Bangalore), who signed a memoranda of understanding with UC in June of this year.

If you’re interested in accompanying IRO to India for trips like this, we would love to have you. I’ll be organising meetings with all colleges soon to discuss opportunities in the new year.

Colleges will need to cover the costs associated with sending staff on such trips however we recommend giving this strong consideration as it could lead to a great return on investment for future intakes.

Following the success of his Indian tour, Sandeep will soon depart for United Arab Emirates and Oman, and is highly confident of the potential in this market.

To hear more about the great work coming out of our International Relationships Office, keep an eye on Intercom or contact the team here>

Celebrating Successful Enrol In Person Pilot

The new Enrol in Person process for international students led by the Student First Programme was put to the test last week, as international students arrived on campus to complete their enrolment ahead of Semester Two.

Students were welcomed by friendly UC volunteers and went on a campus walking tour while their documents were processed behind the scenes. Feedback captured so far points to a positive student experience on the enrolment days – they commented that the process was easy, they felt welcome and overall the enrolment days were less stressful and more enjoyable for both students and staff.

The Student First Programme team held a morning tea to acknowledge the hard work that went into making this pilot a success. In particular, we want to thank:

  • Student Volunteers for their energy, enthusiasm and dedication
  • The Enrolments and Student Care teams in creating such a seamless event and going above and beyond to ensure students were as prepared as possible for enrolments
  • Admissions for clearing “road-blocks” on enrolments and providing great support for our College colleagues who were swamped with Academic Review and Open Day
  • Dawn Miller-Mctaggart for her magic work on the data
  • Academic Managers and Student Advisers for juggling your busy schedules and doing your best to prepare students for enrolment. High-five!
  • Student Finance: being there with us and ensuring that the final all important step fit neatly into the process
  • AV Staff and Photographer: capturing the quality of the event is exciting and would be made so much harder without you
  • Comms Team: paving the way for trialling new ways of communicating with applicants as required

Reflecting on how far we have come since our review of the Enrol In Person process in March/April, what we achieved is a great example of what can be done by a small, determined group of individuals working collaboratively towards a common goal. This new process is a great step forward in transforming the student administration experience.

Watch this space for a full review and some great footage from the enrolment days, as well as further updates on how we’re continuing to work on the process for Enrolments 2019.

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