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University of Canterbury

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Quick facts:

  • University founded in the nineteenth century by Oxford and Cambridge scholars
  • Renowned for its Sciences and Engineering programs
  • Located in one of the most beautiful regions of New Zealand

Founded in 1873 by Oxford and Cambridge scholars, the University of Canterbury is one of the oldest universities in New Zealand. Mainly renowned for its engineering and law programs, it also offers a rare course in forestry science.

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Tradition, Innovation, and Excellence in New Zealand

Located in Christchurch, this public university benefits from an international reputation, particularly for its academic excellence and its research departments. This institution successfully combines innovation and teaching; the QS Top Universities awarded it five stars for its achievements.

Its facilities compete with those of the best universities in the world: university clinic, cutting edge lecture theatres, research centers, labs, studios and computer rooms. Moreover, the library at University of Canterbury is one of the largest university libraries in the South Island. The campus also boasts a language center, and sports and recreation centers. To guarantee its students the best possible experience, the university organizes numerous cultural events and hosts countless student societies.


Programs and specialties

The university is divided in five schools: Arts, Business & Economics, Education, Engineering & Sciences, and Law. Its most reputed courses are: engineering (ranking 44th in the world according to the QS Top Universities Rankings), and law (top 100 in the world). These two undergraduate courses offer a prestigious training over four years of studies. The university also offers a Bachelor of Forestry Science: a course combining studies in natural sciences and sustainable development with commerce and management modules.


Living and studying in Christchurch

With 366,000 residents, Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island. This modern country, at the cutting edge of technology is also a safe place to live in with a welcoming and tolerant population. These values are reflected on campus and throughout the student community of the University of Canterbury.

The campus of the University of Canterbury is located in the suburb of Ilam, just 15 minutes away from downtown. This quiet and natural environment is ideal to study and relax. International students benefit from great support throughout their stay. An international team is in charge of picking them up at the airport and guiding them for their first steps in New Zealand.

Students generally stay in student residences but can also opt for a homestay with a local family if they wish so.

Join the University of Canterbury

To apply to the University of Canterbury, students must hold a baccalaureate diploma and prove they have a sufficient level of English. English requirements for undergraduate studies are as follow: 6.0 or higher for the IELTS, 80 or higher for the TOEFL (Internet-based) or 550 or higher for the paper-based exam.

Few universities offer such excellence paired with such a pleasant environment. New Zealand is one of the most sought-after destinations: pursuing higher studies there is an enriching and unforgettable experience. For more information, get in touch with a member of the Study Experience team.

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