Certificate in University Preparation

Study Programme Details
Country: New Zealand
Admission Sessions: Autumn Session, Summer Session, Spring Session
Study Format: Full Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type



3 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

The Certificate in University Preparation (CUP) offers a comprehensive pathway for Aotearoa New Zealand citizens, or holders of a Residents Class Visa of New Zealand or Australia, seeking to prepare for university-level studies. With a focus on providing an inclusive and supportive learning environment, CUP ensures individual attention through small classes, fostering confidence and success in academic pursuits. Whether you’re returning to study after a hiatus or transitioning from secondary school, CUP accommodates diverse backgrounds and schedules, offering flexible part-time and distance learning options.


Embark on your journey to university success with the Certificate in University Preparation (CUP) at UC. This program equips students with essential skills and knowledge vital for thriving in a university environment. Through a blend of lectures, tutorials, seminars, exercises, and group tasks, CUP cultivates subject knowledge, study skills, time management, communication abilities, critical thinking, and teamwork. Moreover, CUP provides a platform for students to forge connections with peers and the University of Canterbury, empowering them to chart a path towards future academic endeavors.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol.
  • CAE or CPE: Minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • IELTS Academic: Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listeningNZAPA: English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 3
  • NZCEL: Level 4 – Academic endorsement.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening
  • TRNS001 Introduction to Academic Writing (Compulsory)
  • Choose three elective courses from a range of subjects such as social issues, mathematics, science, business, law, and psychology
  • Domestic — $844
  • International — not applicable

Future Career Outcomes

Graduates of the CUP program emerge with a robust foundation of skills and competencies essential for various career paths. Whether pursuing further education or entering the workforce, CUP alumni are equipped to navigate challenges and seize opportunities in diverse fields. With a focus on fostering analytical thinking, effective communication, and collaborative problem-solving, CUP prepares graduates for success in an ever-evolving job market.

Visa Requirements:

For visa information, please visit New Zealand page for student visa and student life.