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IFSA-Butler University of Canterbury
Christchurch, New Zealand (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Program Sponsor: IFSA-Butler 
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Program Type: Study Abroad (semester) Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: Degree Level: 2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 Senior
Time Away: Housing options: Apartment (Shared), Dormitory, Student responsibility
Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
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IFSA-Butler University of Canterbury

This program is not running in spring 2021. Please contact Jordan Zilla for more information. 

The IFSA-Butler program at the University of Canterbury allows students to enroll in courses across a wide-range of disciplines and experience the beauty of the southern island of New Zealand. The university is known for community engagement, and Christchurch is the biggest city on the southern island. 

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 on the IFSA Butler program at UC will enroll in a full course-load, 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. 

In addition to your courses at UC, IFSA Butler also provides its students with volunteer and internship opportunities while on the program. If you are interested in participating in an internship, please note that Princeton does not award credit for internships, and it must be in addition to a full course-load. You can read more about the additional experiential opportunities through IFSA by visiting their website


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

To see exact program dates, visit the IFSA-Butler website


All IFSA students will reside in Ilam Apartments, modern, spacious, and conveniently located fully-furnished flats. Students are responsible for buying food and preparing their own meals, but meal plans are also available for purchase upon arrival for short or longer durations. You can learn more about Ilam apartments by visiting the UC accommodations website directly. Please note that IFSA will make the housing arrangements on your behalf once your application is submitted. 

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.     
For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.

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 an application directly to IFSA-Butler. 


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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