Category Archives: IRO

Ambassador to Seoul meets Postgraduate students

The New Zealand Korea Business Council hosted the Aotearoa New Zealand  Ambassador to Seoul in Ōtautahi Christchurch on 16 May.

The Council organised for a group of Korean Postgraduate students to meet with the Ambassador to discuss their experience at UC, and their future plans in Aotearoa New Zealand.

From left to right James Waghorn (International Recruitment Co-ordinator), Min-ho Yang, Chang-hoon Lee, Chong-hwan Park, Ji-hyun Lim, Philip Turner (NZ Ambassador to Seoul), Min-gu Jun, Byung-kyu Kang, Hee-Seung Lee


Applications are now open for the 2019 Explore Beijing programme.

This five-week programme, organised in collaboration with Peking University, provides an opportunity for 10 students to explore Beijing while studying at one of China’s most prestigious universities.

2018 ‘UC to Peking’ students.

In 2019, Peking University ranked as 31st in the THE World University Rankings and 30th in the QS World University Rankings.

The programme allows our students to develop important transferable skills by working on a project for an Aotearoa New Zealand organisation.

The students will benefit by living near Peking University in the Zhong Guan Cun area of Beijing (‘China’s Silicon Valley’) and this, combined with the project, as well as language, history and culture classes will enable them to gain a unique insight into another culture, which is supplemented by a series of day trips in, around and beyond Beijing.

These trips include visiting the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and other attractions. A three-night stopover in Guangzhou is also provided. The programme provides a series of experiences that would not normally be possible, framed by an academic programme designed to maximise learning and growth.

‘Explore Beijing’ is funded by the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA), enabling UC to offer the programme at a heavily subsidised fee of $500(NZD), which includes flights, accommodation, meals, activities and day trips in and around Beijing, airport transfers, travel insurance and the Chinese visa fee.

The programme will run from Friday 15 November to Sunday 22 December 2019. If you’re aware of any students who would benefit from and enjoy this experience – let them know!

BSc/BA student Alysha Voon took part in the 2018 exchange, hear her first-hand experience here>

Applications close on Sunday 21 July.

For more, students are welcome to attend the upcoming 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

UC International Facebook Live Series

UC International have curated a Facebook Live series, showcasing all five of UC’s colleges.

Hosted by International Recruitment Coordinator and UC alumnus Sandeep Sharma, the compilation provides valuable insight for International students into key programs offered by UC, with International Deans from each college (Engineering, Science, Business and Law, Arts and Education, Health and Human Development) answering key questions posted by students.

A global opportunity for UC students

UC’s International Relationships Office (IRO) are the team in the know if you’ve got a student with itchy feet and global awareness on their mind.

From studying the Korean language at Yonsei University to spending five weeks at Peking University, UC’s international connections provide outstanding opportunities for our students to gain valuable global experience at some of the best universities in the world.

One current opportunity is the 4th International Summer School on Land-Sky-Ocean organised by one of UC’s partner universities, China’s Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT).

Held in Weihai, one of the most beautiful and liveable cities in China, the programme 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>

Know a student who’d love to take up a global opportunity? Applications are open NOW>

To find out more on UC’s Global Opportunities, click here>