|| QUICK FACTS
|| Christchurch, New Zealand
| Autumn Semester
| Spring Semester / Academic Year
|| 20-25 UW credits per semester
|| Junior standing or above by time of
departure; min. 3.0 GPA
|| Instruction in English
|| Shannon Quinn | firstname.lastname@example.org
| Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester) Spring Semester priority deadline
| May 15 (Spring Semester and Academic Year)
|| This exchange is open to UW graduate and
undergraduate students from all disciplines.
Students get the chance to fully immerse
themselves in New Zealand culture and
student life, as well as the city of
| Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
Where You Will Study
The University of Canterbury, founded in 1873, is located in Christchurch, the largest city in New Zealand's South Island and has a student body of 20,000 students. On the coastal edge of the Canterbury Plains, the Christchurch is close to both the sea and the mountains. The university's modern and well-equipped facilities are spread across a spacious suburban campus with easy access to the center of the city and the cultural and recreational facilities it provides. The University of Canterbury offers a wide variety of subjects including first and postgraduate degrees in Arts, Commerce, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Forestry, Law, Music and Science. Services available to international students include orientation programs, accommodation assistance, health and counseling services, and membership in the International students Centre and the Recreation Centre.
The university system in New Zealand consists of eight universities and 185,000 students. Degree programs generally last three years and offer the option of a fourth "honors" year for students with strong academic records. Highly specialized fields, such as engineering and medicine, often require additional studies lasting from one to three years.
Having already satisfied pre-requisites in secondary school, New Zealand students launch into their specialized core courses from the onset of their university careers. Once a student declares a specialization there is little room for deviation from the core curriculum. When compared to American university courses, first and second-year courses in New Zealand are typically more advanced and akin to Junior and Senior-level courses in the United States. Due to the highly specialized New Zealand curricula, UW exchange participants should have a background in their proposed area of study and not plan to enroll for courses in more than one or two specializations. In general, New Zealand universities place a greater emphasis on independent learning than most undergraduate programs in the United States. Students are responsible for their own learning and expected to complete a significant amount of independent reading and research outside of class. In this way, the curricula are comparable to graduate studies in the United States. (Students in the fields of science or engineering might find their course curricula to be more structured than that of the arts or social sciences with a strong emphasis on laboratory work). Grades are usually determined by a combination of paper and test scores with a very heavy emphasis on the final exam. Although New Zealand students normally take fewer exams than their American counterparts, they are often expected to complete more papers and oral presentations.
New Zealand university classes generally meet as large lectures, seminars, group discussions and/or tutorials. Lectures, seminars and discussions are similar to those taught at the UW in terms of size and general format. Students generally take 4-5 "papers" (courses) per semester.
You can begin your search for courses right here:
University of Canterbury Course Catalog
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database
to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.
For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges
Students are responsible for securing and funding their own housing in Christchurch but are encouraged to apply for accommodations through the university's halls of residence and university flats. Off-campus housing can be difficult to secure in Christchurch, especially for students only staying one semester. Host families are also available near campus.
Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships
As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and IPE administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form
For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances
To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.
University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad adviser following your selection for the exchange.
See Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.
See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.
After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences.
To see past students' evaluations for the University of Canterbury Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.
University of Canterbury Exchange.pdf
Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email email@example.com.