Study Abroad at Canterbury University with Arcadia University

University of Canterbury
Preliminary Course Instructions

The Course Selection Process

In order to proceed with your application to the University of Canterbury, you will need to propose a preliminary course selection for your semester. Your courses should be chosen in consultation with your academic advisor, so if you have not previously done so, please meet with your academic advisor to ensure that the courses that you plan to take overseas will transfer back to your degree program.

To obtain the most up-to-date listing of courses, we advise that you refer to the overseas university’s website. Please refer to the section "Navigating the Overseas Course Website" listed below for more information. 

In addition to your proposed course selections, we recommend that you choose a series of alternate courses. Your first choice selections may not be available due to scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations. Your flexibility is very important to the process.

If your enrollment is conditional upon entry into a specific course or courses, it is very important that you indicate these requirements at the bottom of the course selection form. While every effort will be made to accommodate your selections, Arcadia University cannot guarantee placement in any specific course.

Course Registration

You are required to maintain a full-time course load throughout your period of study in New Zealand. A full-time course load is defined by Arcadia University as 14-16 U.S. semester hours of credit. This is equivalent to four courses at the University of Canterbury (depending on how many New Zealand units each course you have chosen is worth). You should also be aware of any credit requirements at your home institution.  

University of Canterbury 
Credit Point Units  
U.S. University
Semester Hours of Credit 
15 4

Course registration will begin online before you leave for New Zealand, and will be finalized at Canterbury. Once you have registered, you will need to be aware of the add/drop policy at the University of Canterbury before making further alterations to your schedule. You should also inform your home institution of any alternations you make to your schedule once you’ve arrived.

Other Important Points:

  • Students must take at least one upper-level (200 or 300-level) course per semester. As part of the course approval process, University of Canterbury faculty will review your home school transcript to ensure that you have completed the equivalent prerequisites.
  • While the Department of Civil Engineering welcomes Study Abroad students and can usually accommodate most course requests, there are limits on capacity in some Civil Engineering courses. Please be sure to research the Civil Engineering courses you need prior to listing them on your preliminary course form.
  • Please note that study abroad students are not permitted to take courses in the following departments: Physical Education, Sport Coaching, Studio Arts, and Teacher Education.
  • Additional course fees may be associated with some of your overseas course work. Courses that include laboratory work, field excursions or theater trips will often require a supplementary fee. Please refer to the online course description to determine whether the courses you have selected have additional fees. Please see our fee information online here.

Navigating the Overseas Course Website

When selecting your courses from the overseas website, you should be aware of some differences in terminology. In New Zealand, most subject departments are referred to as faculties. Whereas in the U.S., we would refer to the Economics Department, in New Zealand it would be referred to as the Faculty of Economics. Also, please be mindful of the semester in which you intend to take courses. Courses listed as being on offer Semester I will run from February to June and Semester II will run from July to November.

University of Canterbury Courses

The above link will take you to main Courses and Subjects page at the University of Canterbury. Click on the link titled 'Courses Listed by Subject' in the Subjects toolbar in the middle of the screen. Then click on the subject(s) of your interest. You'll find relevant details for each course, including the course description, point value and semester the course is on offer by clicking on the course code/title.


For assistance with any part of the application process, email your program manager or call 1-866-927-2234

Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form on your Arcadia Passport.