New Zealand: University of Canterbury

The study abroad program at New Zealand’s University of Canterbury in Christchurch is a great fit for students of all academic backgrounds.  There are six colleges—Arts, Business and Economics, Engineering, Science, Education, and the School of Law—as well as over fifty Academic Departments, Schools, and Programmes.


Students should have completed one year of university with a GPA of 2.8 or above.

Courses (Subjects):

Courses at the University of Canterbury are evaluated in terms of points instead of credits.  Each course’s point value varies; however, most are 15 points.  It is recommended for students to take a total of 60 points, which is about three or four courses.


Homestay: The University of Canterbury offers a variety of homes for the homestay option, from families with children to single people living alone.  Students are provided with a fully furnished room, three meals per day, bathroom and laundry facilities, and power and telephone rental.

Halls of Residence: The University has six halls of residence with fully-furnished single rooms, computer facilities with University network and internet access, social and recreation facilities, and study rooms.  Bishop Julius Hall, College House, Rochester and Rutherford Hall, and University Hall all provide three meals per day. 

Apartments: The University of Canterbury also offers semi-catered  and self-catered apartments.  Students may also choose to rent their own house or flat privately.