Christchurch is home to the second oldest university in New Zealand, the University of Canterbury, widely respected for its academic excellence in teaching and research. Participants enjoy access to a wide spectrum of course offerings, as the university is highly ranked for civil engineering, education, accounting and history among other disciplines, along with an unbeatable base for exploring some of the world’s most thrilling landscapes, including the South Island’s stunning Southern Alps and majestic Fjordlands. Students find it easy to meet similarly-minded explorers in their apartment-style university housing.


Semester Program


February - June
June - November

16,000 Students

2.8 GPA to apply


Suburban Setting
Traditional Campus

On-Campus Apartments


Study at the University of Canterbury, a beautiful parklands campus, on New Zealand’s South Island

Take advantage of our pre-semester excursion to the beautiful islands of Fiji

Experience living with local and international students in university housing

Choose mid-semester excursion options to New Zealand’s adventure-packed South Island or the cities and beaches of Thailand

Live in Christchurch, benefiting from its relaxed lifestyle, the attractions of a city within a small town, and its proximity to all the South Island has to offer

Feel the adrenaline rush during our Orientation Program where you are exposed not only to local culture but to New Zealand’s love of extreme sports

Appreciate access to TEAN’s Christchurch-based Resident Director and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the semester

Program Details

Fiji Excursion

The TEAN Fiji pre-semester excursion is included for all New Zealand semester programs taking students to the Fijian islands for four days before continuing on to Auckland for Orientation. To kick off your semester abroad, you’ll stay at a local island resort offering an exotic getaway as well as an important introduction to the islander way of life. Since the cultures of the Pacific Islands permeate New Zealand, this excursion is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow TEAN students and start adjusting to life in the Pacific.

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Hit the ground running with our Auckland-based Orientation Program. After this action-packed five-day program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi – from the country’s academic structure to settling in and meeting the locals.

New Zealand is the adventure capital of the world – and so we throw you straight into the mix with activities ranging from zorbing to rappelling alongside waterfalls. There are few places more scenic than your new home, and we take you to some of the most picturesque spots on the North Island.

No orientation to New Zealand is complete without an introduction to Maori culture. Spend time with our Maori guides, who provide a fun and interactive introduction to their history and culture as well as insight into how Maori culture influences contemporary New Zealand life.

With the new friendships and knowledge gained, you will leave the Orientation with a strong support structure and foundation on which to build your semester in New Zealand.


Located just a five-minute walk from lecture theatres and other campus facilities, you will live in furnished on-campus, university housing at Ilam Village. All rooms are singles. Housing is apartment-style, self-catered, shared with five to six other local and international students.

Ilam Village provides extensive green space for recreational purposes, as well as picnic tables and barbeque facilities. The modern apartments offer independent living on campus for first-year through to postgraduate students from throughout New Zealand and the world.

Program Dates

Fall 2016

Date of Departure June 24
Fiji Pre-Semester Excursion June 26 June 30
TEAN Orientation June 30 July 4
Housing Move-In July 4
University Orientation July 6
Classes Begin July 11
Semester Break Aug 20 Sept 4
Classes End Oct 14
Study Period Oct 17 Oct 21
Exam Period Oct 25 Nov 10
Program Ends Nov 11


Date of Departure Feb 8
Fiji Pre-Semester Excursion Feb 10 Feb 14
TEAN Orientation Feb 14 Feb 18
Housing Move-In Feb 18
University Orientation Feb 18 Feb 19
Classes Begin Feb 22
Mid-Semester Break April 11 April 29
Classes End June 3
Exam Period June 13 June 25
Program Ends June 26

Fees & Inclusions

fall 2016

  • Program Fees: $14,435
  • University Off-Campus Housing: $4,405

What’s Included

  •      Full tuition
  •      Pre-semester excursion to Fiji
  •      Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet
  •      Bedding Pack
  •      Comprehensive health and travel insurance
  •      Services of local TEAN support staff throughout the semester
  •      Five-day Orientation Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  •      Cell phone with initial credit to get you started
  •      Cultural events and catch ups during the semester such as attending a rugby match
  •      Access to unique and exciting optional pre-semester and Spring Break trips, which may include New Zealand’s South Island, Thailand and other places
  •      Access to low airfares and discounted group flights
  •      Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
  •      University and course selection advice
  •      Official academic transcripts from host institution
  •      Credit approval and transfer assistance
  •      Help with student visa preparation
  •      Financial aid transfer planning
  •      Airport pickup and reception upon arrival in Dunedin, and airport transfer at end of semester (provided you are booked on the group flight)
  •      Student association fees
  •      Host university orientation
  •      Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($2,100)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Student visa ($40)
  • Books ($200)
  • Meals during the semester ($1,900)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.


TEAN Scholarships

In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year we award thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.

Education New Zealand

We encourage our students to apply for the scholarship opportunities offered through Education New Zealand. They have awards up to $2,000 to put toward flights, plus $500 scholarships toward tuition.


About The University of Canterbury

  • Established in 1873, the University of Canterbury is the second oldest university in New Zealand.
  • Ranked in the top 250 universities in the world and third in New Zealand by the QS World University Rankings.
  • The University of Canterbury has an international reputation for academic excellence in teaching and research. The university’s teaching is research-based, so you can expect to be taught by lecturers who are at the forefront of knowledge in their discipline.
  • Ranked number one in New Zealand, and 19th in the world for civil engineering, with nine programs ranked in the top 100 in the world: Accounting; Civil Engineering; Education; Geography; History; Law; Linguistics; Philosophy and Psychology.
  • The University of Canterbury School of Business and Economics is AACSB accredited.


Academic Departments and Schools at the University of Canterbury are divided into five academic divisions: College of Arts; College of Business and Law; College of Engineering; College of Science and the College of Education, Health and Human Development.

Courses (called “papers” in New Zealand) are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses at the University of Canterbury refer to Step 2 – Get Schooled – of our 6 easy steps to studying abroad. You can also refer directly to the University of Canterbury online course catalog for a listing of all courses. Students enroll in 3-4 papers per semester, which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Subject Area
  • AACSB accredited
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Logistics Management
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Sports Management
 Communications & Media
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing / Professional Writing
  • Film / TV Studies (Theory)
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Music Education
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Forestry
  • Marine Biology
  • Audiology
  • Family Studies (Health)
  • Health Science (General)
  • Kinesiology
  • Public Health
  • Speech Pathology
  • Sport and Leisure Studies
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Criminology/Criminal Justice
  • Family/Human Studies (Humanities)
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Maori Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
International Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese Language / Studies
  • French Language / Studies
  • German Language / Studies
  • International Relations
  • Japanese Language / Studies
  • Maori Studies / Language
  • New Zealand Studies
  • Pacific Languages / Studies
  • Russian Language / Studies
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Spanish Language / Studies
  • Animal Science
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Entomology
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Information Technology
  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Zoology
Visual, Performing Arts & Design
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Music
  • Music Theory
  • Vocal Performance



  • 2.8 GPA. Students with a 2.7-2.8 are encouraged to apply and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Sophomore standing at a four-year degree-granting institution at the time of enrollment.

Events & Excursions

Activities / Immersion

Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you into the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Christchurch-based Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities may change each semester.

In addition to the TEAN events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Christchurch and throughout New Zealand – ranging from community events to music festivals. We aim to tap you into the local culture right from the start.

Rugby Match

It’s the national sport! Cheer on the local team or, when available, TEAN students are treated to an All Blacks rugby game.

Maori Bone Carving

Using traditional Maori techniques, spend an afternoon creating a special souvenir for yourself or friend/family member.

Coffee Breaks

Kiwis love their fabulous coffee. We follow their lead and meet up for coffee and cake at various times during the semester. This is a great opportunity to catch up with your TEAN local support staff.


Optional Excursions

TEAN’s mid-semester (spring break) trips allow you to explore as much as possible on your semester abroad. These mid-semester break excursions are an optional extra so you can choose to participate based on your interests. We operate our excursions at cost. This means you’ll save on average 15% - 30% off comparable itineraries because there are no travel agent commissions or profit margins involved. And our excursions are specifically designed for study abroad students, and since we have been working with students for a long time we know just what to include.

South Island New Zealand

New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural surroundings this planet has to offer! And it’s home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports. From the Southern Hemisphere's highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, white water rafting the raging rapids, and hiking glaciers, you won't be disappointed or bored!


Take advantage of your ideal location in the South Pacific and explore exotic Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive 9-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself hanging with Southeast Asia’s majestic giants - the elephants, introducing your tastebuds to tropical fruits, and lounging on a white sand beach. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion is not to be missed.

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Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.

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We Love Canterbury

Alice Milne

Alice Milne

Resident Assistant - Christchurch

Christchurch Tip
Great Cafe

C1 Espresso is a must-do for anyone visiting Christchurch. C1 is a cute eatery near the centre of town that (after 3:00 pm) sends mini burgers flying to your table at 140km/h through tubes above your heads using a crazy pneumatic delivery system. They also have a secret bookcase door to get to the bathrooms, retro arcade game machines and Star Wars-themed toilets. Their food is good and their coffee and fruit juices are spot on.

Kate Hilby

Kate Hilby

Program Manager

Canterbury TIP
Puaka-James Height Library

The Puaka-James Hight Library is the place to study on UC campus. There are tons of study spaces, beanbags, friendly face-to-face help for those who like a personal touch and various cafes to get your caffeine fix!

Toby Nicholls

Toby Nicholls

Resident Assistant - Christchurch

Taylor’s Mistake Hike

Want incredible views of the mountains and sea? Trek out to Taylor’s Mistake and follow the coastline on the Godley Head Coastal Walk. It’s a three-hour round trip loop track with spectacular views. If you’re not a seasoned hiker – no problem! Just make sure to carry plenty of water and sunscreen.

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