Category Archives: Student stories

Immigration NZ Visa Processing Update

We  have received recent communication from Immigration New Zealand extending the current visa processing suspension for offshore visa applications. The extension is until 6th February 2022. This means that if students are not part of an exception cohort they are not able to apply for a visa before this time.

• People who meet the border exception criteria, or who are in a QFT (Quarantine Free Travel) zone are not affected by the suspension
• The suspension can be lifted if the border restrictions change

Please note this does not prevent the possibility of further execption cohorts or QFT zones being created prior to 6 February 2022. UC continues to participate in working groups to advocate for future exception cohorts.

IRO have contacted both current and prospective students to convey this message. Here is the message sent to offer students.

With this change, opportunities for international students to  enter New Zealand for studies in 2022 are limited.  In light of this announcement, we are working with International Deans and marketing teams to confirm online offerings for 2022 as soon as possible.

Ngā Mihi,

UCSA’s Noel Leeming Friends and Family Sale starts soon

The UCSA Noel Leeming (Riccarton) Friends and Family sale is back!

Running from 14 to 27 June 2021, it’s a great opportunity to pick up a deal while supporting UC’s Students’ Association (+2.5% of total sales will go towards UCSA student events).

The offer is open to all UC staff and students, and to receive it you need to present a copy of the flyer and get the barcode scanned in store. Download the flyer (944KB) here.

Thank you for your support.


Terms and conditions apply.


Golden Key at the University of Canterbury (UCGK)

Golden Key is the world’s largest collegiate honour society with a mission to enable members to realise their potential through the advancement of Academics, Leadership and Service. Membership into the society is by invitation only and applies to the top-performing 15% of all students, based solely on academic achievement. Membership has grown to a network of over 2 million members from more than 190 countries.

The University of Canterbury chapter of Golden Key (UCGK) is a student run club that is affiliated with the UCSA. The executive team of UCGK is made up of UC students who are members of Golden Key and work to host events that benefit its members and the wider community. The UC chapter undertakes a variety of events throughout the academic year, which range from community service activities to networking events. UCGK’s marquee event for the year is a mentorship programme, which is designed and run by UC students as an ongoing community service activity for local middle school students.

UCGK Website 
If you have any queries, please contact UCGK via email or Facebook.