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Featuring CCIS Programs

University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand (Australia & New Zealand)

Quick Facts

Spring 2020
Dates:  February 8 – June 21, 2020
Application Deadline: September 15, 2019
Costs:  $10,100 CCIS Member | $10,500 Non-Member

Fall 2019
Dates:  July 7 – November 10, 2019
Application Deadline:  March 15, 2019
Costs:  $9,800 CCIS Member | $10,200 Non-Member

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*Spring 2020 program scholarship available. Apply HERE*

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


Program Overview

New Zealand’s South Island is world-renowned as home to some of the country’s most breath-taking landscapes, from the Southern Alps mountain range to glaciers, rainforests and beaches. As the largest and most centrally located city in the South Island, Christchurch is the gateway to the South Island as a whole and sits on the doorstep of a huge “outdoor playground”. The city’s location on the East Coast makes it a perfect environment for recreation – beautiful sandy beaches are a 20-minute drive from campus and skiing and snowboarding can be found at 5 ski fields within 90 minutes of the city, meaning you can surf and ski in the same day! A mid-sized, cosmopolitan city, with a population of around 400,000, Christchurch takes pride in its multicultural heritage 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
Rachael Peters
Study Abroad Advisor

Questions? Contact me

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. Founded by scholars from Oxford and Cambridge universities, UC is in the world’s top 1% of universities and enrolls around 17,000 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.

Course Offerings

Canterbury is a medium-sized university which offers a comprehensive range of courses from more than 100 different programmes across 5 Colleges (Arts, Science, Engineering, Business and Law, and Education, Health and Human Development). CCIS students can choose courses from across UC’s broad range of offerings and the University offers many course opportunities unique to New Zealand. Courses can be pre-approved before you arrive so that you know you can access the courses you need.

UC is also renowned for its STEM programmes. The South Island’s diverse landscapes and easy accessibility to forests, mountains and ocean makes it an unparalleled location for the field sciences   - UC has an extensive network of field stations around the South Island and many Science courses include hands-on field study. UC’s Engineering program is accredited by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (a signatory to the Washington Accord) and attracts students from around the world.

In 2019, Canterbury’s Business school earned Triple Crown accreditation, adding EQUIS accreditation to the existing AACSB and AMBA accreditations. This puts the school in the top 1% of business schools globally

List of Current Course Offerings

Academic Highlights

UC is dedicated to providing study abroad students with the opportunity to move beyond the classroom, engage with the community and gain real word experience. In this spirit, UC is pleased to offer unique 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 service learning. An internship course is offered through the College of Arts and open to all majors.

Service Learning Opportunity
CHCH101: Strengthening Communities through Social Innovation is a course which studies Community Engagement and incorporates hands-on community service. Click here for more information.
Internship Opportunity
PACE295: A for-credit Internship with a professional workplace project with a New Zealand business or organization. Click here for more information

Student Life & Housing

Student Life

Most students choose to live in Ilam Apartments, which are modern,  self-catering units with single bedrooms and a shared lounge and kitchen (shared with 4 or 5 other 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. 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 on campus housing, 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 Apartments residence halls and on campus housing is guaranteed provided that students submit the housing application by UC’s deadlines. Ilam Apartments does not include meals, and a large supermarket is located within easy walking distance.

For more information on accommodation, visit the website.

Duration & Costs

Spring 2020:  February 8 - June 21, 2020
Fall 2019:  July 7 - November 10, 2019

Spring 2020
: $10,100 CCIS Member | $10,500 Non-Member
Fall 2019: $9,800 CCIS Member | $10,200 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, CISI Insurance, New Zealand student insurance; Arrival airport shuttle if arranged ahead
Costs not included: Airfare, room and board(costs approximately 5,800 New Zealand Dollars for on-campus apartment with no meal plan; homestay and private rentals also options), local transportation, books (estimate of 500 New Zealand dollars per term), laundry, 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

Spring:  September 15
Fall:  March 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.

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!

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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Gregg Smith

"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."

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

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