IFSA University of Canterbury Partnership

Christchurch, New Zealand


Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: November 1

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About University of Canterbury

Established in 1873 by scholars of Oxford and Cambridge, the University of Canterbury is ranked amongst the top 3% of universities in the world. If you are interested in hiking, snow sports, rock-climbing or pretty much anything outdoors, prepare for Canterbury to steal your heart and fill up your Instagram feed.

University of Canterbury Benefits

  • Canterbury awards multiple scholarships exclusively for IFSA students. Click here for more information. 
  • Participate in the community-based learning opportunity related to the post-earthquake context of Christchurch. Includes up to 20 hours of hands-on community engagement projects.
  • Gain real-world experience through the internship program, where you will work with community/government/non-profit organizations in Christchurch and gain academic credit (placements related to all disciplines can be catered for)
  • Campus offers numerous amenities, including four libraries, 24-hour computer labs, cafes and restaurants, student health center and recreation center
  • Business students study at an AACSB accredited School of Business and Economics  
  • Rated in the top 1 per cent of universities worldwide for engineering and technology  
  • Enjoy concerts and performances at Court Theatre or visit Christchurch's city center just 15 minutes away
  • Get involved with more than 150 social, cultural and athletic clubs and societies
  • UC offers Engineering students world-class facilities & learning spaces in a brand new, State-of-the Art NZ$162 million building.
  • University of Canterbury has a 3-week mid-semester break, enabling IFSA students to undertake fieldwork, explore New Zealand or travel further afield to Australia or the Pacific Islands.

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at University of Canterbury Partnership

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the University of Canterbury Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

Open the University of Canterbury online course catalog to see the classes that are offered. To search the catalogue, enter the appropriate keywords and/or filters to search for your subject of interest. Under 'Course level,' uncheck the boxes for Pre-100 and 400+ and choose 'Christchurch' from the dropdown menu for 'Site.'

The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select, students take three or four classes each semester, depending on the credits awarded.

15 Points at Canterbury = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
30 Points at Canterbury = 8 U.S. semester credit hours
60 Points at Canterbury = 16 U.S. semester credit hours

Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Experiential Learning

Community Based Learning
IFSA students can participate in Canterbury's unique community based learning opportunity, the CHCH 101 Strengthening Communities through Social Innovation course. Class participants integrate up to 30 hours of community service (completed as a whole class and individually) which builds on the community spirit of Canterbury’s Student Volunteer Army. This opportunity includes both community service hours and academic content related to volunteering in general and the rebuild of Christchurch after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

This opportunity is worth 15 Canterbury points, or 4 U.S. semester credit hours. Interested students should indicate CHCH101 on their IFSA course preference form.

Students are able to enroll in a for-credit internship opportunity where they will work with a local New Zealand organization or business on a special project, under the supervision of a specialist lecturer. Students who enroll in PACE 295 will complete approximately 75 hours in their internship placement over the course of the semester. The internship is worth 15 Canterbury points, or 4 U.S. semester credit hours, and is taken in place of one regular class. A double credit (30 Canterbury points/8 U.S. semester credit hour) option may also be available. Internship placements are available in a variety of areas and are open to students from all academic backgrounds. Some past examples of projects include:

  • Filmmaking, radio production, media and communications
  • Food sustainability and urban gardening
  • Non-profit/charity work
  • Event planning
  • GIS mapping and environmental projects
  • Health care and community wellbeing facilitation
  • Social entrepreneurship
Project-Based Learning
Students have the option to work with a local business or start-up venture by enrolling in BSNS290 Enterprise in Practice. This for-credit course allows students to apply academic skills and knowledge to a practical project. This course is offered through Canterbury’s Center for Entrepreneurship, which also offers mentoring, seminars and development boot camps to students who would like to pursue further entrepreneurial discovery. Students who enroll in BSNS290 may work on their own start-up, team up with an existing student start-up or undertake a project for a local business or social enterprise.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at University of Canterbury Partnership
Accounting Advertising American History American/Canadian Studies Anatomy/Physiology Anthropology Art History Astrophysics Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Biochemistry Biology Biotechnology Botany/Plant Science Business Chemical Engineering Chemistry Civil Engineering Classics Climatology Communication Science/Disorders Computer Science Computer/Software Engineering Creative Writing Criminal Justice/Criminology Cultural Studies Cybersecurity Earth Science Ecology Economics Education Studies Electrical/Electronic Engineering Elementary Education English Entrepreneurship and Innovation Environmental Engineering Environmental Science/Studies European History European Studies Fashion Marketing and Merchandising Film Production Finance Foreign Language, Other Forestry French Genetics Geography Geology Geophysics German Graphic Design Greek (Modern and Classical) Health Administration/Management Health Education Health Studies Hebrew Historic Preservation and Conservation History Hospitality & Tourism Human Services Human and Child Development Indigenous Studies Industrial Engineering Industrial and Organizational Psychology Journalism Kinesiology/Exercise Science Latin American Studies Law/Legal Studies Literature Management Marine Science/Oceanography Marketing Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Media/Multimedia Studies Medieval History Music Natural Resource Management Philosophy Philosophy of Science Physical Education Physics Policy Studies/Public Policy Political Science Population Studies/Demography Psychology Public Relations Secondary Education Social Justice Social Policy Social Work Sociology Spanish Speech Pathology Sports and Recreation Management Statistics Supply Chain Management

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
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.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

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Hannah Sutton

Assistant Director of Student Services, Advisor for Australia and New Zealand

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Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Sian Munro

Resident Director, New Zealand Programs

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Academic Affairs Director

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Jazzy Benson

Academic Affairs Coordinator and Instructional Resource Specialist

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Dates and Fees

Fall 2019

Program Dates

Program Start Date
July 6, 2019
Program End Date
November 10, 2019

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.
Supplemental Fees
Check out the multiple scholarship awards offered by Canterbury exclusively for IFSA on our Scholarship page!

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Spring 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
February 8, 2020
Program End Date
June 21, 2020

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.

Estimated Costs

(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
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