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  • Locations: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Who Approved: Tulane applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/16/2018 02/26/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 02/16/2018 02/26/2018 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 09/03/2018 09/28/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Major: Anthropology, Art History, Art Studio, Asian Studies, Biological Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chinese, Classical Studies, Communication, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Economics, Engineering Science, English, Environmental Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, International Development, International Relations, Linguistics, Literature, Natural and Physical Sciences, Philosophy, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Studio Art, Theatre, Urban Planning, Urban Studies
Program Description:

IFSA-Butler New Zealand: University of Canterbury

Christchurch, New Zealand

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About the Program | Christchurch,New Zealand | Eligibility
Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing | Helpful Links
 
About the Program
Since its establishment in 1873, the University of Canterbury has enjoyed an international reputation for academic excellence in both teaching and research. The University's teaching program is research-based, and all staff are expected to be involved in research and publishing in their specialized area. As a result, students can expect to be taught by lecturers who are at the forefront of knowledge in their field.
 
The 2014 QS World University ranking ranks the University of Canterbury in the Top 250 universities in the world, and Canterbury also has a special endowment, the Erskine Fellowship, which makes it possible for staff from prestigious universities around the world to visit and teach at Canterbury. The University has around 70 such visitors each year, giving a further significant enrichment to its teaching programs. The student population of 14,000 is diverse and provides a lively, interesting, and cosmopolitan university community.
 
The University's modern and well-equipped facilities are spread across a spacious suburban campus, with plentiful cultural and recreational facilities. For those interested in field sciences, the unique geology and flora and fauna of the South Island serve as a natural laboratory. Canterbury has the most extensive network of field stations of any New Zealand university, with field stations throughout the South Island serving as field-trip bases and research centers for staff and students and offering unrivalled opportunities for field work.


Christchurch, New Zealand
The University of Canterbury is located in Christchurch, which is the largest city in New Zealand’s South Island. The city’s location on the East coast makes it a perfect environment for recreation – sandy beaches are a 20-minute drive from the central city, and skiing and snowboarding can be found at five ski fields within 90 minutes of the city. If you’re interested in visiting some of New Zealand’s most spectacular places, Christchurch is a great base from which to do so. The city offers easy access to New Zealand’s Southern Alps, the foothills of which are just an hour away, and South Island attractions such as alpine resorts, white water rafting, whale watching, surfing, kayaking, hiking, and world class wineries are also easily accessible from Christchurch.

Eligibility
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Foundation studies in the desired area of study
Fields of Study
Anthropology, Art History, Art Studio, Asian Studies, Biological Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chinese, Classical Studies, Communication, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Economics, Engineering Science, English, Environmental Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, International Development, International Relations, Linguistics, Literature, Natural and Physical Sciences, Philosophy, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Studio Art, Theatre, Urban Planning, Urban Studies

Academic Culture
Study abroad students can select a wide range of courses from the faculties of Arts (Humanities and Social Sciences), Business and Law, Engineering, Forestry, Science and Education. Highlights include courses in Antarctic Studies, Astronomy, Maori Language and Culture, and a wide range of courses in New Zealand history, literature, and politics, as well as courses in Biological, Geological and Forestry Sciences, many of which offer field work opportunities.
 
UC also offers experiential learning courses to give you the chance to gain real world experience while studying abroad. An internship course, PACE 295, allows students to work for 75 hours in a New Zealand business or community organization on a custom specified project. Equivalent to one UC course, this course can be taken alongside other courses and provides a great opportunity to gain some international work experience whilst earning academic credit. A unique service learning course, CHCH 101 Rebuilding Christchurch, is also available, offering the opportunity to study community engagement and participate in community service learning projects.
 
Students will typically enroll in four courses (called “papers” in New Zealand) at University of Canterbury.  Each course worth 15 points in New Zealand will be the equivalent of 4 credit hours at Tulane.


Student Life
As a full-time student of the University of Canterbury, Tulane students will find themselves engaged in university life right alongside local, degree-seeking students. This engagement includes access to the student union and all other university facilities, along with the academic resources of the university. In addition, IFSA-Butler organizes orientation programming and events throughout the semester to ensure that students are fully immersed in New Zealand life!
 
Housing
All IFSA-Butler students will reside in Ilam Apartments. Ilam Apartments has over 800 rooms. They are modern, spacious and conveniently located, across the road from the university and close to local shops and supermarkets. A large number of international students reside there, but accommodation staff work to ensure that kiwi students are integrated into the apartments too, so residents have the opportunity to mix with both locals and international students of various backgrounds.
 
All flats are fully furnished with a washer, equipped kitchen, living room with TV and a shared, coed bathroom. Students are responsible for buying food and preparing their own meals, but meal plans are also available for short or longer duration. Cleaners touch-up communal spaces periodically, but residents are required to clean flats regularly.
 
Events are organized for residents throughout the semester under three different themes; 1) "Live"—social events, such as mystery weekends and themed parties, 2) "Learn"—events to help with the academic side of life, and 3) "Grow"—events to help students become more independent, such as cooking lessons and budgeting advice.


Helpful Links  
IFSA-Butler: University of Canterbury

Contact Past Participants
Click HERE to contact recent study abroad alumni in this region.