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University of Canterbury
Set just 3.5 miles east of central Christchurch in the suburb of Riccarton, the University of Canterbury (UC) boasts a traditional campus with beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens. Students enjoy access to a wide selection of course offerings, as the university is highly ranked for civil engineering, forestry, business, and environmental sciences among other disciplines. Along with its ideal location, UC has also developed a reputation for leadership in experiential learning which allows students to gain firsthand, real world experience through the various field stations placed across the South Island, the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship and the department of Professional and Community Engagement. The School of Business and Economics is within the top 1% worldwide and holds AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA (triple crown) accreditation. Furthermore, the University of Canterbury supports ISA study abroad students with a total of NZ$15,000 each year. The award is credited to the student's overall program balance with ISA.
Spring 1 2022
Early Feb, 2022 - Late Jun, 2022
Nov 01, 2021
Forms and Payment Deadline
Nov 15, 2021
45 - 60 Credit Points
2.80 Minimum GPA*
- This session is closed and is no longer accepting applications.
Study Abroad Program Description
Housing is not included in the price above. For more information on housing options and prices, please refer to the housing section.
You have the opportunity for community involvement though the service-learning course, CHCH 101. Additionally, a for-credit internship is available in most fields for no additional cost. Every student who attends the University of Christchurch begins the program with a four day/ three night Bridging Cultures Orientation Program in exciting Auckland and Rotorua - click on excursions to learn more.
Semester + Semester Programs Available: Students may participate in the Spring + Fall OR the Fall + Spring sessions of this program by selecting their two semesters of interest when submitting the initial ISA online application. For more information about this option, please contact your Christchurch Program Manager.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.80.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
You must have a minimum of two semesters completed at a four-year university at the time of participation. Some exceptions may apply, please contact the Program Manager for more information.
A TEAN by WorldStrides Program
ISA's Asia and Pacific programs are operated by our partner division within WorldStrides, TEAN, who has over 25 years of experience in the region.
To apply for this program through TEAN, click the Apply Now button.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Bridging Cultures Orientation
Full-Time Resident Staff
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
45 - 60
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 16
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
18 - 24
Sample Courses and Syllabi
- The courses listed below are only a sampling of courses available; please click the "Complete University Course Catalog Listing" link for the full Course Handbook. Requests for syllabi can be made to the Program Manager.
- 1 University of Canterbury course = 15 credit points = 3-4 U.S. semester credits (4-6 U.S. quarter credits). Select courses will be worth 30 credit points = 6-8 US semester credits.
- Credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university.
- As a study abroad student at Canterbury, you can enroll in an internship through the College of Arts. This internship, the equivalent of one course at the university, offers you hands-on experience in the humanities or scial sciences field and puts to use the information you have learned in the classroom. For further infromation about the internship, see course PACE295 in the courses section or contact the Christchurch Site Specialist.
Course Level Recommendations
- ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the University of Canterbury course codes. All Canterbury course codes consist of four letter abbreviations detailing the discipline of the course (such as CHIN for Chinese Language) and three numbers. Courses with numbers beginning with 1, 2 or 3 are designed for undergraduate students. A code beginning with 1 represents first-year studies, 2 second-year, and 3 third-year. Courses classified as second and third-year are recommended as upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at your U.S. home institutions.
- ISA does not recommend that you sign up for online courses through your host university. If enrolling in an online course is necessary for you to meet your degree requirements, you may only enroll in one online class. It is your responsibility to confirm with your home university that you will receive credit for online courses taken through your host university.
- The transcript from the University of Canterbury will reflect Credit Points for each course listed below. Please be in touch with your U.S. University regarding credit transfer for this program.
1) Choose a subject or enter a subject into the Keyword field
2) Select a Semester in the Period section
3) List eight different courses (4 preferred and 4 alternative) in order of preference.
Understanding the Course Catalog
- Semester 1 = Feb - June term (US Spring)
- Semester 2 = July - November term (US Fall)
- Make sure the courses you select are either 100, 200, or 300 level. Study abroad students are not eligible for courses above the 300 level. NOTE: Students studying Forestry, Social Work, or Engineering may take 400 level courses in these subjects.
- Course level equivalences per Canterbury
Level 100 = Freshman/Sophomore status
Level 200 = Junior status
Level 300 = Senior status
-The following courses are restricted entry only and NOT available to study abroad students:
- Fine Arts/Studio Arts (Photography, Printmaking, Film, Design, Painting and Sculpture
- Some Teacher Education courses
- Some Physical Education course
- Clinical practice courses
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- Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations
Support & Funding
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Funding Your ISA Program
Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too. The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.
Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your program.
As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, visit the scholarships and grants page.View all Funding Options
Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Kiwi lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to New Zealand. Housing in Christchurch is located conveniently just across the street from campus, a short walk from several shopping centers, and a 20 minute bus ride from central Christchurch. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between five to ten minutes depending on class locations. With an open-mind and flexibility, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.
Housing is provided on all ISA programs in New Zealand at an additional cost. Apartment accommodation at the University of Canterbury starts at $4,605 (estimated and subject to change).
Apartment Without Meals
Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking independence during your time abroad but also want the support of the university. You will live in co-ed apartments with other international and local students but will not live in the same apartment as other ISA students. Each three to five bedroom apartment is fully furnished - you will have your own room and share a living space, kitchen, and bathroom. Rent, utilities, linens, and WiFi are included in the program price; Meals and laundry service are not included.
You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option you will be responsible for your own housing during the program and will forgo any ISA assistance for housing matters.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct, and gorgeous landscape of New Zealand that you may not have the opportunity to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on a multi-day trip (the ISA Bridging Cultures Program at the beginning of your program), a day trip, and a number of cultural activities in the following destinations.
Auckland and Rotorua & Bridging Cultures Orientation
Kick-off your semester abroad with ISA during our four-day Bridging Cultures Orientation in exciting Auckland and Rotorua. The orientation integrates our ISA on-site orientation with exciting activities aimed at introducing Kiwi culture, helping you define your study abroad goals, and encouraging you to meet other students. Activities include visit to Hobbiton, a traditional ceremony and hangi dinner at a Maori marae (meeting house), a visit to the Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland hot springs and a dip in Green and Blue lakes, a stop at Hamilton Gardens, the opportunity to learn the world-famous Haka, and most importantly, an informative, interactive, and memorable start to your study abroad experience.
Often named NZ's best hot springs escape, Hanmer Springs is the perfect day away. The village of Hanmer Springs sits right on a fault line; between the cracks, the famed healing waters bubble up to help create the amazing thermal pools where you can soak the day away. Once you've had your fill of the hot springs, the main area of town is just steps away, where you can enjoy shops, cafes, and activities such as mini golf.
Cultural Activities in Christchurch
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Christchurch. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Christchurch special.
These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included a day at the Adrenalin Forest, movie nights, and a visit to the Antarctic Center.