University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury


Brief information

Founded in the 19th century as Canterbury College, the University of Canterbury was only the second college in New Zealand at the time. Today, it offers a wide range of courses : from accountancy to zoology, courses can be taken in countless disciplines, both undergraduate and postgraduate. According to AbbreviationFinder, there are also some special research centers and outlying departments in Kaikoura, Cass, Westport and Harihari.

We place students at the University of Canterbury for a wide variety of courses, whether it be a semester abroad, a bachelor’s or master’s degree, a postgraduate degree or something else such as a language course or similar.

Above all, the support of the students – even with non-academic problems – is very important at the University of Canterbury. There is the International Student Support (ISS), which organizes an orientation program at the beginning of the semester.

  • University of Canterbury website

University facts

Year of foundation: 1873

Type of university: State university

Number of Students: Total 14600, 10000 Undergraduate, 2000 Postgraduate, International 1600


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Academic year:

The academic year at the University of Canterbury is divided into two semesters.

Study programs

  • postgraduate studies
  • semester abroad
  • bachelor’s degree
  • LLM
  • Master’s degree
  • MBA
  • promotion
  • language courses

International students are offered the opportunity to study for one or two semesters at the University of Canterbury as part of the Study Abroad Programme. There is the possibility of free semester and cross-departmental course selection from all university courses of the offered bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The desired courses are already specified in the application. Course choices must be approved by the relevant department at the University of Canterbury. As a rule, you will receive confirmation of the approved courses together with the acceptance for the Study Abroad Program.

At the end of the course, the participants receive a Certificate of Proficiency, which they can use to have their achievements credited to their studies at their home university after prior agreement.

  • University of Canterbury semester program


  • Semester 2 2022

Tuition (4 courses,)


Tuition (3 courses)


Student Services Levy


The prices quoted apply to a normal “course load” of 4 courses with a total of 60 New Zealand undergraduate credits per semester. However, there is also the option of taking only 3 courses with a total of 45 New Zealand credits. The tuition fees in this case are NZ$ 9432.

There is no flat-rate semester fee for courses from the postgraduate area, but it is paid per course. The prices for individual courses can be found in the course description in the UC course directory or requested from us.

There is also an additional cost of NZ$310 for health insurance.

  • Tuition fees at the University of Canterbury

Financing options

Students have the opportunity to apply for foreign BAföG for a semester abroad at the University of Canterbury. If there is an individual entitlement to funding, students receive support for living and travel expenses as well as health insurance and a subsidy towards tuition fees of up to EUR 4,600.


Applicants to the University of Canterbury semester program must be enrolled at a university or college and have completed at least two semesters.

In addition, sufficient good knowledge of English must be available, which must be proven by a standardized English test such as the TOEFL or the IELTS. For courses at bachelor’s level, English language skills can also be verified using the DAADtest.

German applicants who have achieved at least 13 points in the English Abitur examination do not need to submit a separate language test.

The language skills can be proven by one of the following test results or documents:

Undergraduate postgraduate
DAAD language test B2 level B2 level
English grade high school 13 points 13 points
IELTS 6.0 (no range below 5.5) 6.0 (no range below 5.5)
TOEFL (internet based) 80 (writing: 19) 80 (writing: 19)

The language certificate can be submitted up to two months before the start of the program.

  • University of Canterbury Application Requirements


Degrees/Courses in English – Undergraduate

  • Bachelor of Arts in American Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Theory
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chinese
  • Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Classics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Arts in European Languages ​​and Cultures
  • Bachelor of Arts in European Union Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in French
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography
  • Bachelor of Arts in German
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Human Services
  • Bachelor of Arts in Japanese
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Management Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Māori and Indigenous Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Russian
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
  • Bachelor of Arts in Statistics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Te Reo Māori
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Film Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Social Work
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Economics
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Finance
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Commerce in International Business
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Management
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Management Science and Operations Management
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Strategy and Entrepreneurship
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Taxation and Accounting
  • Bachelor of Commerce with Honours
  • Bachelor of Education (Physical Education)
  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honors – Chemical and Process Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honors – Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honors – Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honors – Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honors – Forest Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honors – Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honors – Mechatronics Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honors – Natural Resources Engineering
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours
  • Bachelor of Forestry Science
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Music in Composition
  • Bachelor of Music in Digital Music, Sonic Art and Recording Technology
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  • Bachelor of Music in Music History, Culture and Research
  • Bachelor of Music in Musicianship
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance (Instrumental and Vocal)
  • Bachelor of Music with Honours
  • Bachelor of Science in Astronomy
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Geography
  • Bachelor of Science in Geology
  • Bachelor of Science in Linguistics
  • Bachelor of Science in Management Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Statistics
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy
  • Bachelor of Sports Coaching
  • Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood)
  • Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Teaching and Learning with Honours
  • Minor in History and Philosophy of Science
  • Minor in Pacific Studies
  • Minor in South Asia Studies

Studies/Courses in English – Postgraduate

  • Endorsed Degree of Master of Education in Child and Family Psychology
  • Masters of Antarctic Studies
  • Masters of Arts
  • Masters of Audiology
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Masters of Business Management
  • Master of Commerce
  • Masters of Education
  • Master of Education with Certificate in Counseling
  • Masters of Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Fire Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Management
  • Master of Engineering in Transportation
  • Masters of Engineering Studies
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  • Master of Forestry Science
  • Master of Geographic Information Science
  • Masters of Health Sciences
  • Master of International Law and Politics
  • Master of Laws
  • Master of Laws (International Law and Politics)
  • Master of Māori and Indigenous Studies
  • Masters of Music
  • MSc
  • Master of Science in Speech and Language Sciences
  • Masters of Social Work
  • Master of Social Work (Applied)
  • Master of Te Reo Maori


Until 1975, the University of Canterbury campus was in downtown Christchurch. The campus then moved to the suburb of Ilam, five kilometers from downtown, on a 76-acre site, but the old Gothic Revival buildings still exist and now house the Arts Centre. Processions to graduation ceremonies usually start from here.

The current campus includes, among other things, the Recreation Center, the Health Center, a library, lecture halls, laboratories and staff housing surrounded by playing fields, forests and the famous Ilam Gardens.

The university maintains five libraries that are available to students. One of these, the Central Library, occupies the largest building on the site, the eleven-story James Hight Building.

The College of Education, which belongs to the university, maintains other small locations. They are, for example, in Nelson, Tauranga or Timaru.

  • University of Canterbury campus maps


The University of Canterbury Accommodation Office offers several accommodation options to international students.

The following accommodation options are available:

  • student residence
  • Apartments on campus
  • Private apartments / hotels
  • guest families

The college town of Christchurch

Christchurch is also known as New Zealand’s “Garden City” because of its many parks and gardens, such as the 161-hectare Hagley Park in the city centre. The Canterbury region, in which the city with over 350,000 inhabitants is located, offers very different, charming landscapes from the ocean to wide pastures to rugged mountains. The average temperature in Christchurch is 12.1°C, with summers being pleasantly warm and winters quite cold; Snowfall is pretty rare though.

The focal point of the city is Christchurch Cathedral with its metal spire where a stone structure used to be but collapsed due to an earthquake. The city center is located around the cathedral, where you will find many shopping opportunities and a wide range of restaurants. One attraction is the restored tram that offers tours of the city center. In the old university quarter is the Arts Center with cultural offerings from a cinema to a craft market and close by is the Botanic Gardens where you can take a boat tour of the park on the Avon.

So there’s plenty to see and do in Christchurch – from culture to nightlife, there’s something for everyone.

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