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University Transfer Programme: Commerce

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Level of Study

Foundation Course


1 year

Next start date

Expected Oct 2023


University of Canterbury International College


UTP: Commerce is equivalent to the first year of your undergraduate commerce studies. Upon completion of the programme you will be eligible to progress to the second year of the Bachelor of Commerce degree and you will be able to choose from a variety of specialisations.

UC boasts New Zealand's oldest Bachelor of Commerce degree. At the time of its introduction in 1906 the UC Bachelor of Commerce degree was one of the first business degrees in the British Commonwealth.

The UC School of of Business and Law is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for Accounting and Finance, and in the top 200 for Business and Management, and Economics and Econometrics

UC and its business partners provide many opportunities for you to gain practical business experience and make important contacts. Internships, business case competitions, career fairs and student groups all allow you to put classroom theories to the test in the real world and network with industry professionals.

Entry to second year: University of Canterbury Bachelor of Commerce

Available majors:

  • Finance
  • Human resources Management
  • Information Systems
  • International Business – Marketing
  • International Business - Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Strategy and Entrepreneurship
  • Tourism, Marketing and Management


Potential career paths

A Commerce degree can be applied to almost any career, including the financial sector, industry and trade, international commerce, the not-for-profit sector, government, health care and technology. A Commerce degree provides an all-round knowledge base for management careers or starting your own business.

Entry criteria

Entry into the UTP generally requires the successful completion of Year 12 of secondary school or its equivalent (this is equivalent to NCEA Level 3: A minimum of 10 credits in each of 3 University Entrance approved subjects).

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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