University of Canterbury Summer Science Camp – APPLY NOW

Posted on August 2, 2019

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Applications Close 10 August 2019

UC Science Summer Camp is a 5-day event for Year 12 students interested in studying science at university. The camp will run from 2 to 6 December 2019 and be based in Christchurch at UC’s Ilam campus. Students will stay on campus in university accommodation.

During the week they’ll attend lectures, work in the labs, visit one of UC’s many field stations, meet with staff and current students, and find out about the amazing research happening at UC.

There are 60 places available, and students can apply from anywhere in New Zealand.

Camp details

Date: Monday 2 December to Friday 6 December.

Location: University of Canterbury Ilam Campus (Christchurch) and Cass Field Station.

Eligibility: Open to New Zealand Year 12 students, going into year 13 in 2020.

Accommodation: Rochester and Rutherford Hall of Residence.

Cost: $575 – includes accommodation, food and travel during the week. Excludes travel to and from the camp.

Scholarships: Five Diversity Scholarships available.

Application dates: Applications open 1 July and close 10 August. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 October.

FAQs: Click here to view frequently asked questions.

Why UC Science Summer Camp?

UC Science Summer Camp is about helping students make the best decisions for their future. The transition from school to university can be hard – there are so many options to choose from and decisions to be made, often with very little to go on.

That’s why we started this camp. We want to give students a real taste of university life and let them experience first-hand what studying science at UC is like – so they can make informed decisions for their future.

Check out our full wrap of the 2018 camp.

What’s on offer

During their visit, students will be completely immersed in UC life. They’ll get to experience the full scope of science on offer at UC – from lectures and lab work to field trips and the latest technologies. Of course, university life is not all about study. There will also be social activities – including a movie night, Laser Strike, social football, games and pizza evening – and time to hang out and get a feel for the campus.

Scholarship opportunities

UC has five Diversity Scholarships and three Pasifika Scholarships available for people from under-represented communities (including, but not limited to minority ethnic groups, lower socio-economic status and special needs) to attend the UC Summer Science Camp.

Research shows that social diversity generates better outcomes*. When people of diverse backgrounds come together to solve problems, they bring different perspectives and generate new and better ideas.

At UC we believe that diverse communities lead to superior, sustainable futures. That’s why we are working to create supportive and welcoming communities across science. By providing free or low-cost access to events we are committed to making sure our future includes a well-trained, diverse science workforce.


UC Science Summer Camp Brochure 2019 (PDF, 438KB, 4 pages)


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