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University of Canterbury Gap Year

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  • A Study Experience exclusive partnership
  • The only program of its kind in the south hemisphere
  • Study English in immersion, alongside local students

Before diving into higher studies, it is sometimes necessary to take a break, to step back, travel and discover new things. The Gap Year program at UC International College (UCIC) is an ideal way to improve in English while living an unforgettable experience.

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A Business Gap Year in New Zealand


The UC International Gap Year program is a partnership with the prestigious University of Canterbury. Founded in 1873 by scholars from Oxford and Cambridge, the University of Canterbury is one of the oldest institutions in New Zealand.

During their gap year, students improve their level of English and acquire critical new knowledge in Business. They are trained for studies in Business within New Zealand’s higher education system.

Students of the UCIC have access to all of the University of Canterbury’s facilities. The campus offers various opportunities for cultural and social activities. It also boasts various cafés, restaurants and bars, as well as several libraries, computer labs, and study rooms.


The Gap Year Program in Detail

This program lasts one to two semesters depending on the needs and objectives of the students. It is a combination of academic English classes and university modules from the Business department. The amount of English classes each week depends on the level of the student. The better his/her level in English, the more university module he/she will be able to take.

Students can join the program in October, February or June. Students must hold a baccalaureate diploma and have achieved a minimum IELTS score of 5.0. This program costs 12,885 NZD for a semester or 25,770 NZD for a year; this includes accommodation expenses.


Life and Studies in Christchurch


With 366,000 inhabitants, Christchurch is the largest city of the South Island. This modern country, at the cutting edge of technology is also extremely safe, with a welcoming and tolerant population. Those values are reflected in the student life at University of Canterbury. All social classes and religions are represented, and the student community is extremely supportive.

The campus of the University of Canterbury is located in Ilam, just 15 minutes away from downtown. This peaceful and natural environment is ideal for studying and relaxing. International students benefit from close support throughout their stay. An international team welcomes them at the airport and guides them for their first steps in New Zealand.

Students usually stay in student halls but can also opt for a family homestay. Whatever they decide, they are studying alongside students from every corner of the globe and get to experience a full immersion in New Zealand’s culture.

For more information about this Gap Year program, do not hesitate to contact a member of the Study Experience team.

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