International postgrad students returning to UC

Earlier this month, the New Zealand government announced the introduction of a border exemption category that would allow 250 eligible PhD and masters students to return to Aotearoa New Zealand in order to continue studies disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Approximately 20 of UC’s international postgraduate students have been identified as meeting criteria to be considered for entry into New Zealand, as set by the Ministry of Education.

In order to be considered, students must have been enrolled prior to the border closures and have [or have had] a visa to study in 2020.

Students interested in returning to New Zealand have been asked to complete a form that will be put forward to Immigration New Zealand – INZ will be in touch with successful applicants directly so they can apply for their exemption visa.

We’re thrilled to have an opportunity to welcome a small contingent of postgraduate students back to campus, and we look forward to sharing more as information becomes available.

For more on the border exemption process, including FAQs, visit our Exemption webpage here>