Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Christchurch, New Zealand
- Program Terms: Fall, Spring
- Homepage: Click to visit
- Restrictions: Ithaca applicants only
University of Canterbury
Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND
Established in 1873 by scholars of Oxford and Cambridge Universities and ranked in the world’s top 1% of universities (QS World University Rankings 2017) and was the first New Zealand university to receive the prestigious QS 5-star ranking for overall excellence. UC offers world recognized programmes and facilities, including the most extensive network of field stations of any New Zealand university. UC has the highest proportion of academics conducting both teaching and research of any New Zealand university (The latest TEC Performance-Based Research Fund Assessment, 2012). There is a range of facilities to support your study at UC: from modern lecture theatres to innovative learning hubs, from well-resourced libraries to computer suites and an Academic Skills Centre
Over 100 different programmes are offered across 5 Colleges (Arts, Business and Law, Education, Engineering and Science). Whatever your academic interests, UC has a broad selection of courses to choose from. UC offers a comprehensive range of courses, including several that you’re unlikely to come across in your home country, such as Maori language and culture, Antarctic Studies and courses in Aotearoa New Zealand and Pacific literature, history and politics. Whichever courses you choose, you’ll study alongside Kiwi students. Community service learning opportunity provides the opportunity to get involved in our community. CHCH 101: Strengthening Communities through Social Innovation* is a for-credit course incorporating service learning. Building on the community spirit of the famous Student Volunteer Army, you will conduct up to 20 hours of community service related to social innovation and volunteerism in Christchurch.
Vibrant student community
Students on campus have a choice of modern accommodation and access to all the amenities of a fully equipped student village. UC features a thriving student association plus over 140 student-led clubs catering to a huge range of interests.
See how our Study Abroad and Exchange students have experienced New Zealand with their own photos and videos in our Youtube gallery.
English Proficiency Requirements
More information on language requirements can be found on the admissions website.
Fall or Spring
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
UC Semester 1 2019 (February intake)
International Welcome (Orientation): Monday 11 February 2019, students should arrive no later than 10 February 2019.
Enrollment for all international students: in the same week as the International Welcome.
Lectures commence on 18 February 2019
Exams end on 22 June 2019
UC Semester 2 2019 (July intake)
International Welcome (Orientation): TBC
Enrollment for all international students: in the same week as the International Welcome
Lectures commence on 15 July 2019
Exams end on 9 November 2019
Restricted Disciplines and Courses
There are some courses which may not be available to Study Abroad students. These include Fine Arts (studio art) courses, some teacher education courses, 200 level LAWS courses, distance courses, courses in MBA and other Executive Development Programmes, and clinical practice courses. Some Physical Education and Sport Coaching courses may require police checks. If you need to know in advance whether you are able to take a particular course, please include a course list in your study abroad application.
Students wishing to study Civil and Natural Resource Engineering should provide a list of intended courses with their application.
If you are applying to other engineering courses, you should also provide a list of courses with your application.
If you meet the general admission requirements you will be granted admission to the University first as per usual and your courses will then be sent to the relevant Engineering department for a decision as to whether you are able to take your selected courses. The International Relationships Office will then advise you as to which courses have been approved.
Timetable Planner: This is a searchable course timetable (click on the web link under "Timetable Planner.") It allows anyone to enter combinations of courses and preview how they would fit into a timetable before the enroll at UC.
In Arts, Science and Commerce, the undergraduate (Bachelor) degree is a 3-year degree at Canterbury. This means that 300 level courses are the most advanced undergraduate courses in these areas. 400 level courses in these disciplines are graduate courses and undergraduate study abroad students are not eligible to take 400 level courses unless students have been granted admission to a Postgraduate Certificate of Proficiency.
Note, however, that some professional degrees such as Forestry, Speech and Language Therapy, Social Work and Engineering are 4-year degrees and 400 level courses in these areas are therefore classed as undergraduate courses. Study abroad students may be permitted to take 400 level courses in these disciplines if they have the necessary pre-requisites and the approval of the relevant department.
Study abroad students are allowed to take courses across various departments, provided the courses are open to study abroad students, they meet the pre-requisite requirements of the courses and places are available.
Workload per Semester
A normal workload for one semester is 60 points (or 120 points for one year). Minimum course load is 45 points per semester (90 points per year) and the maximum load is 75 points per semester (150 points per year).
Most Study Abroad students stay at Ilam Apartments on campus, which offers an accommodation package for Study Abroad students.
Find out more about our accommodation package for study abroad students.?
Office Responsible for Incoming Study Abroad Students
The gateway to the South Island and located in the province of Canterbury, Christchurch is a recreational hot spot within easy reach of all the fun and adventure the region has to offer. With a population of around 476,900, greater Christchurch is the largest city and economic center of the South Island.
Vibrant entertainment options
Christchurch has a busy calendar of events — from art exhibitions and cultural celebrations to sporting events and music festivals. There are over 900 restaurants, cafés, and bars to sample, many of them close to UC. Christchurch is also home to theatres, shopping malls, and over 700 city parks.
Unbeatable outdoor lifestyle
Christchurch’s location on the coast makes it perfect for water sports, with six swimming beaches within 30 minutes’ drive from UC. There are a number of rivers and lakes for other water sports, including the picturesque Avon River which runs right through the city. The city’s Port Hills are popular for mountain biking, walking, and rock climbing. There are over 22 mountain bike tracks and Hagley Park in the center of the city has 165 hectares of park-like grounds.
The Canterbury region