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Featuring CCIS Programs

University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand (Australia & New Zealand)

Quick Facts

Spring 2019
Dates:  February 11 – June 23
Application Deadline:  November 15, 2018
Costs:  $10,400 CCIS Member | $10,800 Non-Member

Fall 2018
Dates:  July 9 – November 15, 2018
Application Deadline:  May 1, 2018
Costs:  $10,000 CCIS Member | $10,400 Non-Member

* Please note there is a $400 non-refundable deposit due two weeks after official acceptance.

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 have to offer.


Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

Montana State University
Claire Surma
Study Abroad Advisor

Questions? Contact me
Tel:(406) 994-7151

This program is sponsored and administered by Montana State University.

Academics & Program

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.

For more information, please visit the following website

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. An internship course is offered through the College of Arts and open to all majors.

Student Life & Housing

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 $4,000 per semester plus a $300 refundable deposit. Ilam village does not include meals.

For more information on accommations, visit the website.

Duration & Costs

Semester One 
(Spring 2019):  February 11 - June 23, 2019
Semester Two (Fall 2018):  July 9 - November 15, 2018

Spring 2019
 (Semester One): $10,400 CCIS Member | $10,800 Non-Member
Fall 2018 (Semester Two): $10,000 CCIS Member | $10,400 Non-Member

A $400 deposit is due two weeks after official acceptance issued.

Scholarships are available for the fall and spring. 

Costs included: Tuition and fees, New Zealand student insurance
Costs not included: Airfare, room and board, local transportation, books, and personal expenses

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Contact the program sponsor to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program. 

Please refer to your acceptance materials for information on arrival, orientation, and academic calendar. The refund policy is program specific and non-transferable. Refer to your acceptance materials for the comprehensive refund policy or contact the program sponsor.

Eligibility & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Semester Two (Fall Semester):  May 1
Semester One (Spring Semester):  November 15

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

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum GPA: Students must have at least a 2.8 GPA
Minimum class standing: Student must 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. 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.

Have you talked with your study abroad advisor about your home institution's application process? Your institution's deadline might be earlier than the CCIS program application deadline. Check now to make sure all of your material is submitted on time!

Supplemental Application Material

Your CCIS application has two parts, 1) you will complete an online application form with general information and 2) each program may have supplemental forms that need to be completed and submitted via email. Please download the supplemental application materials to your computer.

Do not fill forms out in your web browser. Submit the completed supplemental application material directly to your study abroad advisor or to the program sponsor. Make sure to check with your study abroad office to learn how they want applications submitted.

MSU Signature Verification Form
MSU Disciplinary Clearance Form
Passport-sized photo (JPEG format preferred)
Course request list (submitted in PDF or Word format)


Refund Policy

31 or more days prior to first day of orientation:  100%  (minus $400.00 deposit)
30 days or less prior to first day of orientation:    75%  (minus $400.00 deposit)
After departure but prior to first day of classes:   50%  (minus $400.00 deposit)
After first day of classes any refund will be determined after consultation with host institution.


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