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University Transfer Programme: Engineering

This course is available


Level of Study

Foundation Course


3 semesters

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Canterbury International College


UTP: Engineering is equivalent to the first year of your undergraduate engineering studies. Upon completion of the programme you will be eligible to progress to the second year of the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours degree at the University of Canterbury and able to choose from a variety of specialisations.

The University of Canterbury is ranked among the world's best universities for Engineering and Technology.

Required courses

  • Foundations of Engineering
  • Engineering Physics (Mechanics, Waves and Thermal Physics)
  • Engineering Mathematics (two courses)
  • Introduction to Programming for Engineers

Additional courses are selected from

  • Chemistry
  • Engineering Mechanics and Materials
  • Computer Programming
  • Statistics

Entry to second year: University of Canterbury Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Available majors:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Forestry Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Natural Resources Engineering
  • Chemical and Process Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering


Potential career paths

Engineers are designing the future with new and innovative technologies. Engineering is about problem solving and creative thinking. Studying engineering will lead you into a challenging, flexible, and rewarding future with international opportunities. Engineers are responsible for the design and operation of the infrastructure which underpins our society, in diverse areas such as telecommunications, transport, water and electricity supply, multi-storey buildings and airports, processing plants for food and forest products and consumer items like tablet computers and cars.

Entry criteria

Entry into the UTP generally requires the successful completion of Year 12 of secondary school or its equivalent (this is equivalent to Year 13 in the New Zealand education system).

All students must have completed Maths with Calculus and Physics in their final year of high school and attained acceptable grades. Students applying for Civil, Natural Resources, Chemical and Process, and Forest Engineering specialisations without an adequate background in chemistry will be offered an alterative study pathway.

Entry requirements vary from country to country. Please refer to UCIC website for details:

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Overall 5.5. All band scores minimum of 5.0
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT): Score of 46 with a minimum writing score of 14
  • Cambridge English Qualification - B2 First or B2 First for schools: Score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
  • OET (Occupational English Test): Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
  • LanguageCert: B2 Communicator International ESOL Written (LRW) HIGH PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with no less than merit in any band
  • Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA): Qualification completed and awarded

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