Study Abroad at the University of Canterbury

  • Study abroad at the University of Canterbury and spend a semester or year at New Zealand's second-oldest university.

  • New Zealand is known for its supreme natural beauty and proximity to both mountains and sea.

  • Experience state of the art facilities in Biomathematics, Atmospheric Research, Natural Hazards Research Centre and more.

  • Become part of an academic community that values its international reputation for scholarship.


Canterbury Study Abroad AwardsCanterbury’s academic program is divided amongst five colleges, a school of law, and a school of business and economics. It is well-known for its engineering program, and it is only one of two universities in New Zealand to offer this major. It is the only university to offer speech and language therapy, and astronomy. The university boasts a number of field stations for the study of marine science and geology. It has particular strengths in engineering, biological sciences, chemistry, anthropology, religious studies, philosophy and law, and offers an Antarctic studies program.

As an overseas student at Canterbury, you will enroll in 3 or 4 courses per semester for a total of 14-16 hours of credit per semester, or 28-32 per academic year. Canterbury has an international student population of 2,000, with students hailing from all over the globe.International Students are provided with a wide range of support services. The university also has a comfortable and relaxed International Student Support Center, staffed by advisors who are available to assist you throughout your Study Abroad program.

CreditsContact a Past Participant

Courses may be selected among various departments. You will earn the following semester hours of credit:

  • Fall and spring semester: 14-16 credits.
  • Academic year: 28-32 credits.

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 2.8 or better on a 4.0 scale.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester: March 15
  • Spring semester: November 15
  • Academic year: March 15