- 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.
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.
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Academics at University of Canterbury Partnership
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.
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
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.
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The IFSA Team
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