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University of Canterbury
Christchurch, New Zealand (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: NO
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options:
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
Program Description:

Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program:

University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury offers students the opportunity to enroll in a wide range of courses, and especially well-known for its Engineering programs. The beach-side university is located on the Southern Island is has access to all of the natural beauty that New Zealand has to offer. 

The University

The University of Canterbury (UC) is a prestigious destination that is ranked in the world’s top 250 universities. It has also been awarded a 5-Star QS ranking for internationally-renowned research and teaching. UC offers a stimulating range of courses, a vibrant campus environment with students from around the globe and a great student lifestyle.

The Setting

UC is located in Christchurch, New Zealand, the third largest city in the country, which is situated in the middle of the south island, known for its natural beauty, beaches, and mountains. In addition to being a recreational paradise, Christchurch is one of New Zealand's creative hubs for the arts, fashion, cafes, street art, and a thriving innovation scene. 



Students will enroll in a full course-load while at UC, which is 60 Canterbury "units" (typically four courses.) Courses can be found in the areas of the Humanities, Engineering, Social Sciences, STEM, and more. Check out the UC course catalog for a list of all courses. Note that "subjects" are considered "courses" at UC. 


Applicants must have a B average for the fall and spring semesters of the academic year preceding the year or semester abroad.

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.     

Academic Calendar

Fall semester typically runs from early July to early November
Spring semester typically runs from early February to late June

You can view exact program dates on the university’s academic calendar.  


Most study abroad students stay at Ilam Apartments on campus, run through the UC Accommodation Student Village. The self-catered 4 or 5 bedroom apartments offer you independent living with the bonus of living on-campus in a secure and supportive study environment. To read more about accommodations at UC, visit the UC accommodations website.

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.     

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.    
You need to obtain a student visa to study in New Zealand for more than 3 months. Please visit the New Zealand embassy website for more information. 

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program should complete the following steps:
  1. Open an application in GPS, which can be accessed by clicking "apply now" at the top of this page, and submit all documents and required materials according to the GPS deadline. 
  2. Submit a program application to the University of Canterbury.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 02/17/2021 06/20/2021
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