New Zealand: Christchurch Semester

Program Overview

Situated between the mountains and the sea, Christchurch is known as the Garden City of New Zealand. A mid-sized, cosmopolitan city, with a population of 300,000, Christchurch takes pride in its multicultural heritage. Christchurch attracts top national and international arts, music, and sporting entertainment, and is renowned for its many annual festivals and events. The University of Canterbury is located close to the city center with easy access to all that the city, and the region, has to offer.



Academic Profile

The University of Canterbury in Christchurch

The University of Canterbury, established in 1873, has an international reputation for academic excellence in both teaching and research. The campus is one of the loveliest in New Zealand, with beautifully landscaped grounds and modern facilities. Playing fields, woodlands, and the renowned Ilam Gardens surround the university. Originally modeled on English and Scottish universities, the university enrolls 12,500 students including international students from over 50 countries around the world. The student population at Canterbury is diverse and provides an interesting and stimulating environment for learning.

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Course Offerings

Canterbury is a medium-sized university where students choose from 38 disciplines in seven departments. These seven departments include: Arts, Science, Law, Engineering, Business, Forestry, Music, and Fine Arts. For the visiting CCIS student, the University of Canterbury offers many course opportunities unique to New Zealand in several subject areas. The University has an International Student Center for international students and international student advisers to give support and advice about course offerings and more to international students.
List of Current Course Offerings

Service Learning Opportunity - CHCH101 Special Topic: Rebuilding Christchurch - An Introduction to Community Engagement in Tertiary Studies Click here for more information

Internship Opportunity - ARTS295 Special Topic: Internship will combine academic study with a professional work place project with a New Zealand business or organization. Click here for more information 

Academic Highlights

Canterbury is dedicated to the task of providing Study Abroad Students with the opportunity to move beyond the classroom and allow them to engage with the community and gain real word experience. In this spirit, Canterbury is pleased to offer student unique opportunities in the form of a service learning course and internship opportunity. The service learning course, CHCH101, integrates academic content on community engagement with student's field experiences in response to the Christchurch earthquakes. A new internship course beginning in February 2014 is offered through the College of Arts and open to all majors. 


Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

Most students choose to live in the Ilam Village, self-catering units, which include single rooms with communal lounges and kitchens, mostly for international students. Students may also elect to do a home stay with a Kiwi family. Other on-campus and off-campus accommodation options are also available. At the beginning of the semester, the International Students’ Center runs a number of outings and expeditions, which give an introduction to the Canterbury region. Many international students also link up with clubs and societies such as skiing, kayaking, bush walking, and the normal range of university cultural and social groups.


Students at Canterbury have the option to stay in Residence Halls, participate in Homestays, or rent an apartment or house. The University of Canterbury has developed a special accommodation package for study abroad students wishing to live in the Ilam Village residence halls. Ilam Village charges a rate of $4000 per semester plus a $300 refundable deposit. Ilam village does not include meals. For more information on accommations, visit

Alumni Feedback

"I never knew that I could learn so much in a single year. I spent my entire year in a state of wonder and amazement."
Gregg Smith

At Canterbury, they did a good job of orienting us and had all kinds of activities for the exchange students - all in all they really did a good job. (Most rewarding aspects were) Experiencing New Zealand - the place is awesome, enough said!"
Kim Ross

"You should definitely go. It is an amazing experience! I had the best time of my life!"
-Meagan Powers


Christchurch, New Zealand Semester Program Details


Semester One (Spring 2017): February 10 - June 25, 2017

Semester Two (Fall 2016): July 5 (esitmated) - November 11, 2016

Application Deadline(s)

Semester One (Spring Semester): November 1
Semester Two (Fall Semester): April 1

All application materials must be completed through the online application and/or received at Montana State University by these dates.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must have at least a 2.8 GPA and have sophomore status to be eligible for the program. Community college applicants should have completed the requirements of an associate's degree before the start of the program with a minimum GPA of 2.8. Students who have completed one year of study at a Community College with a GPA of 2.8 will be considered on a case by case basis.


Fall 2016 (Semester Two): $9,900 CCIS Member / $10,300 Non-CCIS Member


*All fees subject to change due to exchange rate

Spring 2017 (Semester One): $9,900 CCIS Member / $10,300 Non-CCIS Member


*All fees subject to change due to exchange rate

Costs Included

Tuition, medical insurance, orientation and fees only.

Costs Not Included

Airfare, personal costs, room & board.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

Related Links

Wikipedia Canterbury, New Zealand


Your Adventure in New Zealand Begins Here

Apply Online Now:

University of Canterbury, Christchurch - Online Application

Please feel free to contact us with questions.

Alyson Roberts, Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator
Office of International Programs
400 Culbertson Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

Phone: 994-7044
Fax (406) 994-1619
E-mail: CCIS Study Abroad Advisor

How do I apply?

Start the CCIS Study Abroad application process by clicking the link above to proceed to the online application through Montana State University.

In addition to the online application, you will need to submit the following items:

Official Transcript
Copy of Passport (Biographical Page)
Electronic Passport-style photo
Disciplinary Clearance Form
2 Academic Recommendations

More information can be found on the online application regarding the required material.

*All MSU students must make an appointment with the MSU Office of International Programs before completing the application.

Course listings for the University of Canterbury can be found at the following website:

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.