University of Canterbury
Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND
University Info | College of Engineering Info | Exchange Student Info
Established in 1873 by scholars from Oxford and Cambridge, the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, has an international reputation for academic excellence in both teaching and research. Teaching staff are actively involved in research and publishing in their areas of specialty. As a result, even undergraduate students can expect to be taught by lecturers who are at the forefront of knowledge in their field. The University’s world-class education is also enhanced by the many outstanding international academics who visit each year on our staff exchange programmes. Students may be taught by academic staff from the universities of Oxford or Cambridge, among many others.
The University is situated in a spacious landscaped campus in the suburb of Ilam, Christchurch, only 15 minutes from the central city and 10 minutes from the International Airport. The campus is attractively landscaped, with plenty of green space to relax with friends between lectures. Modern facilities include four libraries, computer suites with 24-hour access, lecture theatres, laboratories, studios, six halls of residence and a host of student services and facilities, including cafés, bars, a health centre and pharmacy, recreation facilities, childcare facilities, shops, an art gallery and an events centre.
See how our Study Abroad and Exchange students have experienced New Zealand with their own photos and videos in our Youtube gallery.
Terms of Exchange
- Undergraduate students: Accepted (undergraduate students are preferred)
- Graduate students: Accepted
- Computer Science majors: Accepted
English Proficiency Requirements
- Minimum TOEFL iBT score – 80, with a minimum score of 19 in writing
- Minimum IELTS Academic score – 6.0, with no band lower than 5.5
- Minimum TOEFL iBT score – 90, with a minimum score of 20 in writing
- Minimum IELTS Academic score – 6.5, with no band lower than 6.0
More information on language requirements can be found on the admissions website.
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
University of Canterbury will not be accepting inbound Global E3 exchange students for Spring 2018.
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall: mid-July to mid-November
- Spring: mid to late February to late June
UC Semester 1 2017 (February intake)
International Welcome (Orientation): 13 - 14 February 2017, students should arrive no later than 12 February 2017.
Enrollment for all international students will take place after the International Welcome.
Lectures commence on: 20 February 2017
Exams end on: 24 June 2017
UC Semester 2 2017 (July intake)
International Welcome (Orientation): TBC
Enrollment for all international students: in the same week as the International Welcome
Lectures commence on: 17 July 2017
Exams end on: 16 November 2017
Restricted Disciplines and Courses
There are some courses which may not be available to Exchange students. These include Fine Arts (studio art) courses, some teacher education courses, 200 level LAWS courses, distance courses 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.
If you are a postgraduate student you must provide a complete list of courses you want to study.
While the Department of Civil and Natural Resource Engineering welcomes Study Abroad students and can usually accommodate most course requests, there is limited capacity in some Civil and Natural Resource Engineering courses. If you want to take any Civil and Natural Resource Engineering courses (courses coded ENCN, ENNR or ENCI) you must include a list of courses you want to take at UC 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 Department of Civil and Natural Resource Engineering 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.
If you are applying to other engineering courses, you need to provide a list of courses with your application.
Timetable Planner: This is a searchable course timetable. 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 exchange 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. Exchange 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.
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).
Additional Application Materials
Students nominated by IIE to UC must submit an official transcript, nomination letter from home university, a list of courses they wish to take at UC (including back-up courses) and evidence on English language ability if English is not the student’s first language. Information on the English language requirements is available online.
UC usually notifies students the decision of their applications 4 weeks after the applications are received.
The usual accommodation for Exchange students is at UC Accommodation Student Village and students can find information on the Study Abroad and Exchange accommodation package website. Students must complete a separate accommodation application online before the application deadline. Detailed information on the package including fees, how to apply, arrival dates, etc. is available at the website above.
Availability at UC Accommodation Student Village is guaranteed for Exchange students provided that they apply for accommodation online by the deadline and return all subsequent contracts by the required deadlines. When making travel plans, it’s very important that students also refer to the above accommodation website for the move-in dates, since if they arrive earlier than the move in dates they would need to find temporary accommodation until the move-in time.
Estimated Cost of Living
Cost of Living
Costs vary but you should budget for approximately $7,500 NZD per semester.
The accommodation facilities are usually self-catered apartments. Students can purchase meal plans and information about this can be found on the Accommodation website.
We offer accommodation packages to exchange students and information on the cost of the package can be found on the Accommodation package's website.
Other administrative fees
Late application fee if students are not able to complete International Enrollment by the first day of lectures.
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
International Relationships Office | firstname.lastname@example.org
Located in the South Pacific, Christchurch is New Zealand’s second largest city and offers a huge range of recreational activities. With a population of around 465,800, Christchurch is the largest city and economic centre of the South Island. In recent years both the New York Times and Lonely Planet have rated it as one of the top places in the world to visit.
Vibrant entertainment options
Christchurch is ideal for those who enjoy a variety of things to do – from art exhibitions and cultural celebrations to sporting events and music festivals. There are over 900 restaurants, cafés and bars to enjoy, and the university is just minutes away from a number of these. UC is also located near the largest shopping mall in the South Island. The city is home to live music venues, theatres, sports stadiums, many shopping malls, and over 1,000 parks and gardens.
Unbeatable outdoor lifestyle
Christchurch’s location on the coast makes it a perfect recreational hub – beautiful swimming and surfing beaches are close by and the city’s Port Hills are popular for mountain biking, walking and rock climbing. Skiing and snowboarding can be found at nine ski fields within a two-hour drive of the city. If you’re interested in experiencing some of New Zealand’s most stunning places and activities, Christchurch is a great base from which to do so. Attractions such as alpine resorts, white water rafting, whale watching, kayaking, bungy-jumping and world-famous hiking are easily accessible from the city. The South Island is also home to:
- the breathtaking landscapes in Fiordland
- the ski resorts of Queenstown
- the West Coast's rainforests and glaciers
- beaches in Nelson-Marlborough and
- the majestic Southern Alp's