- Christchurch, New Zealand
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Year Round
- Program Description:
During your time in Christchurch, you directly enroll in the University of Canterbury, one of the top three universities in New Zealand. You also have access to more than 50 academic departments and more than 90 on-campus clubs and organizations—ideal opportunities to connect with Kiwi (local) students.
The University of Canterbury assigns a point value to each course. IES Abroad divides the number of points by four in order to determine the number of IES Abroad semester credits earned. You take between 60 and 75 points, or 15–19 IES Abroad credits (typically four courses). The University of Canterbury has hundreds of course offerings. The disciplines listed are available to IES Abroad students. In addition to course offerings across the disciplines, the University offers you unique opportunities for field study through its four research stations.
Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a global, not-for-profit study abroad organization with 115+ academic programs in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America. To learn more about what we offer visit our website.
- Setting Description:
- Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Pack your bags and head to Christchurch! Tucked in between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Christchurch is known for its beautiful gardens (its nickname is the Garden City), rich European culture, and high quality of living. Need to clear your head? Travel to the Southern Alps for a challenging hike that will make you feel like you’re on top of the clouds.
- We offer more than $2.2 million in scholarships & financial aid. Contact IES Abroad or see our website for cost, scholarships, and financial aid.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- IES Abroad offers $5 million dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships and grants that can be used toward an IES Abroad study abroad program. Apply online using our universal Aid Application, and we’ll pair you with the scholarships and grants.
Based on 5 Reviews
- New Adventures and Opportunities!08/27/19
I had my life turned upside down in the Southern Hemisphere and realized that it was exactly what I needed for a lot of pieces in my life to slot together. I don’t think I’ll go a single day in my life where the impact of my semester abroad doesn’t
somehow play a role in how I interact with this world. Study abroad is important. It opens new pathways and changes perspectives. Study abroad enabled me to learn about marine biology, evolution, Māori culture, and land ethics. It enabled me to learn about what it means to engage with your surroundings. It enabled me to learn about how I think about the world and what I can do to be a better global citizen. My experiences during my semester abroad are unparalleled to any method of learning I have previously been a part of. Not every moment was perfect, but I experienced so much sheer joy in the five months I spent abroad, I know I’m going to look back on those memories in the future and just soak in that happiness again. I am so immeasurably grateful for the opportunity to study abroad and I can’t wait to continue traveling in the future.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Best 5 months of my life08/21/19
Warning: Be prepared for a fun adventure every single weekend, the best scenery of your life, and being pushed way outside of your comfort zone in the best way possible. I accomplished many feats I never thought I would. I made lifelong friendships and
enjoyed every second of being in a new country with a new culture. Work hard play hard is truly embodied in this program. Study abroad is what you make of it, and I do not regret this decision at all. This trip was home to many firsts- traveling independently, climbing mountains, hiking for 7 hours straight, camping for more than a week, seeing gorgeous stars, and driving on the left side of the road. While Christchurch suffered a major terrorist attack during my time here, I will never forget the support and community efforts of its people. You can't run away from real-world problems no matter where you go, but you can be lucky enough to feel the love and support of a people you just met and who help you feel at home.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Galavanting on the South Island04/27/14
I spent the fall semester of my junior year in Christchurch, and I regard it as one of the best experiences of my life. The social climate and way of life is laid back and foreigners are welcomed with genuine friendliness. Kiwis are extremely hospitable
and outgoing people; I found getting to know them really enriched my experience, in learning their perspectives. The country itself is spectacular, with countless outdoor opportunities, such as climbing, hiking, kayaking, etc .In terms of the program itself, I found that IES had a wonderful on-site staff there, and the field trips and programs they organized were all very valuable and a lot of fun. It was good to have a base group of friends and people with which to approach so many new experiences. The country as a whole felt very safe, and was easy to travel throughout. I would go back in a heartbeat.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Wonderful Semester04/26/14
I had a great time enjoying New Zealand's countryside. The mountains are even more amazing in real life than they are in LOTR. The hiking and mountain climbing is so fun, and the people are very friendly and welcoming. I lived in an apartment with other
non-American students, which I really enjoyed.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Go For It03/29/14
IES was the way to go for me. They helped me organize everything, set up a week long trip during the middle of the semester to the Cook Islands - which is essentially New Zealand's version of Hawaii. A tropical paradise in the middle of the Pacific Ocean?
How could you ask for more?! Besides doing all of this, I was instantly connected with 13 other people which was great to have a support group to fall back on. The coordinator there is one of my favorite people I've met so far in my life and she's VERY helpful. Her duties involved people advice on almost anything (especially cool places to visit), helping people pick appropriate classes, and organizing the pre-planned events with our group. Christchurch, New Zealand is a city of roughly 300,000 is nestled in the eastern-middle of the southern island. To me, this was ideal because arguably the most scenic / beautiful areas are within a reasonable driving distance. Programs like the ones in Otago and Auckland are a bit out of the way from a lot of cool things while Christchurch is perfect for getting to / from places. As well as being a cool city to walk around in (word of warning, much of the downtown area is still under construction since the earthquakes), the hills just outside of the city (called the Port Hills) are a great bus-ride away to get a glimpse of the city / landscape from a high vantage point.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend