Engineering, Environmental Science, Business & Liberal Arts

University of Canterbury
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Engineering, Environmental Science, Business & Liberal Arts

  • Location

    Christchurch

  • Host University

    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.

  • Term

    Fall 1 2022

  • Program Dates

    Late Jun, 2022 - Early Nov, 2022

  • Program Length

    Semester

  • Application Deadline

    Apr 01, 2022

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Apr 15, 2022

  • Credit

    3 - 6 Host University Units

  • Eligibility

    2.80 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    TBA

  • A TEAN By WorldStrides Program

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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. 

Located in one of the most interesting and ever-evolving cities in New Zealand, the University of Canterbury provides you the unique opportunity to live at the "Gateway to the South Island,” allowing for easy access to beaches, mountains, and all the natural wonders the South Island offers. The South Island provides the university with an unparalleled natural laboratory to investigate the natural sciences, which has resulted in the university being international recognized for its astronomy, geology, forestry, engineering, and Antarctic studies departments. Courses are also available in a wide variety of other subjects, are conducted through the University of Canterbury, and are taught in English by host university professors. You will enroll in courses alongside New Zealand and international students.

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.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

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.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Bridging Cultures Orientation

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

Host University Units

3 - 6

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

9 - 12

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

12 - 18

Academic Information

  • Course Selection
    The courses listed below are only a sampling of what the university offers. Please see the full University of Queensland Course Catalog, linked below, for additional courses.
  • Course Structure
    Classes are lecture style with seminar (small group) sessions following the lecture. Focus is on individual study.
  • Course Load
    Please note this program is 3 courses, which is considered full time status at UQ; however, your U.S. university will determine whether this meets full time student status as your U.S. university defines it. 
  • Course Credit
    Average credit load at University of Queensland (UQ) is 8 credit points per semester.Per the University of Queensland's recommendation, 1 credit point = 3 U.S. semester credits (4 U.S. quarter credits); 2 credit points = 4 U.S. semester credits (6 quarter credits). The final decision regarding credit transfer is determined by your home university.
  • Transcript Information
    The transcript from the University of Queensland will reflect units for each course listed below. Please be in touch with your U.S. university regarding credit transfer for this program.
  • 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 Queensland (UQ) course codes. All UQ course codes consist of four letter abbreviations detailing the discipline of the course (such as PHRM for Pharmacy) and four numbers. Courses with numbers beginning with 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 are designed for undergraduate students. A code beginning with 1 represents first-year studies, 2 second-year, 3 third-year, 4 fourth-year and 5 fifth-year. Courses coded as third, fourth or fifth-year are recommended as upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.

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
- Period
- 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

Course Restrictions
-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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Courses

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University of Queensland
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
Business
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Economics
2 Host University Units
Health Economics
ECON2460
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Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
Architecture
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Chemical Engineering
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Civil Engineering
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Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
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Mechanical and Mining Engineering
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Fluid Mechanics
MECH3410
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Faculty of Health and Behavioral Sciences
Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
2 Host University Units
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Psychology
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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Communication and Arts
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Education
2 Host University Units
Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
2 Host University Units
World Religions
RELN1000
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Languages and Cultures
2 Host University Units
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Music
2 Host University Units
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Political Science and International Studies
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Social Science
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Faculty of Medicine
Biomedical Sciences
2 Host University Units
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Public Health
2 Host University Units
Faculty of Science
Agriculture and Food Sciences
2 Host University Units
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Biological Sciences
2 Host University Units
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Conservation
BIOL3000
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Genetics
BIOL2202
2 Host University Units
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Zoology
BIOL2204
2 Host University Units
Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
2 Host University Units
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Chemical Biology
CHEM2052
2 Host University Units
Chemistry 1
CHEM1100
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Chemistry 2
CHEM1200
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Earth and Environmental Science
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Plan Making
PLAN3000
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Urban Design
PLAN2003
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Geography, Planning and Environmental Management
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Mathematics and Physics
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Quantum Physics
PHYS2041
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Course Disclaimer
  • 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

CHRISTCHURCH TEAM

Allison Ferris

Resident Director, New Zealand

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.

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Housing

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.

Independent Housing

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.

Excursions

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.

Hanmer Springs

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.

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