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. There are a limited number of courses offered in a variety of disciplines, for example: Anthropology, Geology, Sociology, English, Political Science, History, Computer Science, and Psychology. Students will also have access to all campus resources, including e-mail, campus activities, library facilities, and sports clubs.

Info session: Monday, March 30, noon - 1pm in 140 Dodge

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.

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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

    • Completed online OISP application

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Completed Canterbury application form (
    • Official transcript
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
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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: One to two scholarships totaling NZ$3500 are available for Fall 2015!

University of Canterbury Scholarships:
Fall 2015 Term: Two NZ$1, 750 Scholarships Available
Accepted to University of Canterbury for Fall 2015
At least 3.0 GPA
Application Requirements: Please submit all documents to Katherine Pruess ( by application deadline.
**Please ensure your Name and NUID are on the Document.
  • Essay Question: 1 page per questions (double spaced)
    • Question 1: How will the University of Canterbury program help you achieve your academic and career goals?
    • Question 2: Many Americans study abroad in New Zealand every year.  How will you actively assimilate into the New Zealand culture?
DEADLINE: April 6 by 5PM


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.

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 and  further information on this package and a link to the online accommodation form can be found at . Please note the deadlines by which students must submit their accommodation applications in order to be guaranteed this accommodation package (1 December for Semester 1 and 1 May for Semester 2).It’s worth noting too that the off-campus private rental market is very tight in Christchurch at the moment, so it is recommended that students apply for on-campus accommodation and important that they adher to the deadlines.


The city of Christchurch, located in the south island of the continent, has a population of 300,000 people. 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, underneath its English facade of stone buildings, offers students many cosmopolitan attractions such as the theater, restaurants, cafes, shopping, pubs, and sporting events. The University of Canterbury is only a 15 minute bus ride to the center of town.