• New Zealand
    • Christchurch
Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
American Studies Anthropology Astronomy Biology Chemistry Communications Engineering Geology Humanities Law Marine Biology Philosophy Religious Studies Service Learning Social Sciences +5

Program Details

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Degree Level


Starting Price
Price Details
See website for details. Scholarships available!
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Classes Travel Insurance
What's Not Included
Activities Airfare Meals SIM cards Transportation Visa
Jan 03, 2022
Sep 03, 2014
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About Program

A holistic, multidimensional, community-enriched opportunity

Established in 1873 and based on an Oxbridge model, University of Canterbury was known for innovation from the start, including the immediate admission of women. The first Māori graduate of an Aotearoa New Zealand university, leader and politician Sir Apirana Ngata (Ngati Porou) , and the 1917 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Ernest Rutherford (the first person to split the atom), were contemporaries at the University of Canterbury in the late nineteenth century. Portraits of the two can be found on New Zealand bank notes.

University of Canterbury prides itself on being a holistic university which values seven dimensions, known as the UC7: Learn, Innovate, Connect, Bicultural, Global Citizen, Well Being and Explore.

The campus maintains a deep commitment to community. In response to a major earthquake in 2011, the University and the city joined together as the region rebuilt.

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Program Highlights

  • Arcadia excursions enhance cultural immersion and provide meaningful context
  • Arcadia encourages students to get involved with the Student Volunteer Army, which offers a wide array of service opportunities in the area.
  • The University was established in the center of Christchurch, but moved to a new, suburban location minutes away from the original site in 1975 with purpose-built facilities, and the lovely Ilam Gardens and woodlands surrounding them.
  • Particular areas of academic strength are in engineering, forestry, astronomy, environmental science, and speech therapy. Special opportunities at the University include the ability to work with local start-ups and businesses.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing country, people, and program

Arcadia NZ at the University of Canterbury was an absolutely amazing experience! The program staff was extremely knowledgeable about New Zealand, academics, Kiwi culture, and were always available if you needed help or advice.

At UC, your schedule as a study abroad student is pretty flexible (unless restricted by your home institution's academic requirements), and even a medium-hard course load still allows ample amounts of time to explore the country.

Christchurch is just shy of two hours away from the Alps, with loads of hiking, backpacking, and bouldering. You have direct access to the West Coast, and it also boasts some of the best surfing beaches! Weekend excursions are always feasible and while uni may seem saturated with study abroad students, this also allows you to find people to travel the country with (aside from those in your program).

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