CHRISTCHURCH: University of Canterbury

Christchurch, New Zealand

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  • Fall Semester - Early July - Mid November
  • Spring Semester - Mid February - Late June

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - EXTENDED to April 6
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (

This program, on the south island of New Zealand, allows students to live and study in one of the most scenic and picturesque regions of the world. Students spend either the summer/fall or the spring/summer terms at the University of Canterbury. UC offers students a  range of courses in Arts (Humanities and Social Sciences), Business, Education, Engineering, Forestry, Law and Science, with more than 100 disciplines offered from Accounting to Zoology. For those interested in field sciences, the University is known for its network of field stations around the South Island (including an astronomical observatory in the high country) and many courses in the field sciences include field trips within the South Island’s spectacular natural environment.  Students will also have access to all campus resources, including e-mail, campus activities, library facilities, and sports clubs.

Academic calendar - note that there is a compulsory orientation for study abroad students before classes begin

Contact a Study Abroad Ambassador or alum of this program for more information!
- Elizabeth Dovenberg, Canterbury Full Year 2012-2013;



Students may choose from the University of Canterbury's entire course catalog. Courses taken abroad may satisfy college and departmental core requirements. Students should consult with their advisor to discuss the specific requirements that may be satisfied abroad. Students interested in taking any Engineering courses are required to include a list of the courses they wish to take with their study abroad application for admission.

Course catalog

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If you are interested in enrolling in a course not in our database, please send this course for evaluation.

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Host University

Canterbury College, as the University was originally known, was established in 1873 and became the second university institution in New Zealand. The intervening years have seen it expand from a small liberal arts college to a modern autonomous university occupying a purpose built site in Ilam, 7km away. The University is physically situated between established suburbs and comparatively modern suburbs, with 2 bus routes connecting it to the city center.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 2.8
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

NOTE: a limited number of scholarships will be available from the University of Canterbury.  Please contact your study abroad coordinator at Northeastern for more information.


Most of our Study Abroad students choose to stay at UC Accommodation Student Village on campus, which offers a great package designed especially for Study Abroad students, usually at Ilam Apartments. Students must apply separately online for accommodation.  For more information, please see UC's accommodation website for international students - look under "Packages for Study Abroad or Exchange Students".

You must submit an additional application for on-campus housing.  On-campus accommodation is guaranteed for study abroad students if you apply by the following deadlines:

  • Semester 1 (Spring): apply by December 1
  • Semester 2 (Fall): apply by May 1

The off-campus private rental market is very tight in Christchurch, so it is recommended that you apply for on-campus accommodation and meet all deadlines.

Canterbury's campus housing is more than lodging. In a "Hall of Residence", you become part of a community that has many of its own social and sporting activities. Students live in Ilam Village, "suite" style housing with a fully equipped kitchen, laundry, and bathroom. This style accommodation is self-catering, meals are not included.


The University of Canterbury is located in Christchurch (population 460,000,), which is the largest city in New Zealand’s South Island, in the heart of the province of Canterbury. Known as the “Garden City”, the city’s location on the East coast makes it a perfect environment for recreation – beautiful sandy beaches are close by and skiing and snowboarding can be found at five ski fields within 90 minutes of the city. The South Island is distinctly majestic and offers adventurous students the experience of a life time. Just a short trip from campus, students will find breathtaking snow capped mountains, parks, rivers, beaches, waterfalls, valleys, and lakes. The city offers students plentiful cultural and recreational opportunities,  including the theater, restaurants, cafes, shopping, pubs, and sporting events.