|Location||Christchurch, New Zealand|
|Academic Term||Autumn Semester / Academic Year|
|Credits||20 - 25 UW credits per semester|
|Eligibility||Junior standing or above by time of departure;
min. 3.0 GPA
|Language||Instruction in English|
|Program Manager||Shannon Quinn | email@example.com|
|Priority Application Deadline||January 15 (Autumn Semester / Academic Year)
Spring Semester priority deadline
|May 15 (Spring Semester)|
|General||Students in this program to the University of Canterbury get the chance to fully immerse themselves in New Zealand culture and student life, as well as the beautiful city of Christchurch, while studying at one of the top ranked universities in New Zealand.|
New Zealand is a colorful mosaic of European, Maori, Polynesian and Asian cultures; the University of Canterbury's campus community and course offerings reflect this unique cultural identity. Canterbury is one of the six provinces and is located on the South Island of New Zealand near the largest city in the country, Christchurch, which has a population of 380,000. New Zealand is known for its beautiful landscapes and the University of Canterbury is no exception when it comes to outdoor adventure- students and staff take advantage of the surrounding mountains, lakes, and coasts for rock climbing, biking, trekking, surfing and skiing. The city is undergoing innovative and exciting architecture and artistic projects, making it a vibrant and lively neighborhood. Plus, it's a haven for foodies looking to try a mixture from marine-inspired cuisine to baked goods. From street markets to local events, there is never a dull moment in the Canterbury region. Metro and public transportation makes getting around easy but driving is the most common mode of transport for longer cross-country trips. While urban hubs are growing, many people in New Zealand have a deep appreciation for nature which is evident in local customs such as free camping. Promoting environmental sustainability and conscientious approaches to the land are important components of life in New Zealand. The University of Canterbury is the ultimate spot to experience the 'Kiwi Dream'.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Students participating in this exchange program must be of junior standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
Credits and Conversion Scale
You will approx. receive 20 - 25 UW credits per semester. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program.
If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here.
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 about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.
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.
The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.
The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.
If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance.
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 UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
- A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
- You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
- Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
- There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
- Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
- For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:
- Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
- Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
- Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
- Visit the Finances section of our website.
The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
The $700 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.
The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
- Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
- Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.