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.


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

Choose between a wide variety of optional internships and gain experience in your field of choice

Get an adrenaline rush during our Orientation Excursion in the 'adventure capital of the world' - Queenstown - where you are exposed not only to local culture and incredible nature but to New Zealand’s love of extreme adventure

Experience living with local and international students in university housing

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

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

Go on an adventure with our mid-semester excursion option to Thailand’s culture-rich cities and beautiful beaches

Program Details

Orientation Excursion

There are few places more scenic than your new host country, and during your Orientation Program in Queenstown take you to some of the most picturesque spots on the South Island with excursions ranging from journeying through the Milford Sound fiord to dining high above Queenstown with panoramic views. No orientation to New Zealand is complete without an introduction to Maori culture, and you’ll learn from Maori guides who provide an introduction to their history, as well as insight into how Maori culture influences contemporary New Zealand life. After this packed five-day program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi with a strong foundation on which to build your semester.

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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.

TEAN Staff

Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in New Zealand, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Throughout your semester you will meet with the Christchurch Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

Meet the Team


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.
  • The University of Canterbury School of Business and Economics is AACSB accredited.


The University of Canterbury is located in the Christchurch suburb of Ilam. Visit the google map link below to see the campus location.

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Courses (called “papers” in New Zealand) are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses see our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 3-4 papers per semester, which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Find Courses 

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.

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


Optional Internship

TEAN students have the opportunity to complete a for-credit internship organised by UC’s College of Arts. Students will work with a local New Zealand organisation or business on a special assignment under the supervision of a specific lecturer. Offered as a 15 point class (based on UC’s standard semester load of 60 points), this internship can be completed throughout the semester or during term breaks and will have specific requirements for completion.



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

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

During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know New Zealand better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.

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!

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Take advantage of your ideal location in the South Pacific and explore incredible 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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Program Dates


TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

Spring Deadline Nov 15
Fall Deadline April 15

Spring 2020

Date of Departure Feb 7
TEAN Orientation Feb 9 Feb 13
University Orientation Feb 13 Feb 14
Classes Begin Feb 17
Semester Break April 6 April 24
Classes End May 29
Study Period June 2 June 5
Exam Period June 8 June 20
Program Ends June 21

Fall 2019

Date of Departure June 26
TEAN Orientation June 28 July 2
Housing Move-In July 2
University Orientation July 8
Classes Begin July 15
Semester Break Aug 24 Sept 8
Classes End Oct 18
Study Period Oct 21 Oct 27
Exam Period Oct 29 Nov 9
Program Ends Nov 10

Fees & Inclusions

Spring 2020

  • Tuition and program fees: $14,910*
  • University on-campus housing: $4,605

*Tuition for 4 courses. Students are permitted to enroll in 3 courses but there is no tuition discount.

Fall 2019

  • Tuition and program fees: $14,910*
  • University on-campus housing: $4,605

*Tuition for 4 courses. Students are permitted to enroll in 3 courses but there is no tuition discount.

What’s Included

  • Full tuition (4 courses) 
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet
  • Bedding Pack
  • Comprehensive health and travel insurance
  • Services of local TEAN support staff throughout the semester
  • 5-day Orientation Excursion Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  • Local SIM card
  • Cultural events and catch ups during the semester such as attending a rugby match
  • Access to unique and exciting optional mid-semester excursions, which may include New Zealand’s South Island, Thailand and other places
  • Access to pre-arranged itineraries and booking agent
  • Extensive pre-departure counseling
  • 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 at TEAN Orientation and in host city
  • Student association fees
  • Host university orientation
  • Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($1,500)
  • Domestic airfare in U.S. ($500)
  • 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

Receive money to study abroad starting at $1,000 by applying to TEAN scholarships. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!

University Scholarships

In addition to the above TEAN scholarships, the University of Canterbury provides an additional NZ$5,000 per year in scholarship funding. Any TEAN Canterbury students that apply for a TEAN scholarship will automatically be considered for a Canterbury specific scholarship.

Other New Zealand Study Abroad Scholarships

Additional scholarships are available for students planning to study abroad in New Zealand ranging from $500 – $15,000. For more information see our list of New Zealand Study Abroad Scholarships.

We Love Christchurch

Kate Hilby

Senior 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!


Tell us a little about what you do at TEAN?
I currently work on our New Zealand and Thailand programs. My role as team lead and Program Manager is to make sure everything on these programs is running smoothly working with our team. It includes everything from making sure students have pre-departure information on time to making sure they submit all of the items they need to study abroad (i.e. transcripts, courses, contracts, arrival details, payments, visa confirmations).

Where did you study abroad?
I studied with TEAN in Melbourne, Australia at Deakin University. It’s a more traditional campus, just outside the city but being able to live in the city and commute gave me the best of both worlds. Honestly, Melbourne has something for everyone – think sporting events, art, music, theatre, comedy, laneway cafes/restaurants/bars, shopping, the list goes on. Melbourne is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, so why wouldn’t you choose to study there? If you’re looking for a Melbourne equivalent in New Zealand, check out Wellington known as the coolest little capital in the world. It’s a smaller city, but that makes it an easy city to get around by foot. It’s a very accessible city for study abroad students.

What brought you back to Melbourne to live and work after graduation?
When I graduated, I knew I wanted to return to Australia. My time studying abroad had given me that exposure to living abroad and I wanted to spend more time there as a professional. For my career, It was great to gain work experience at a university abroad. I’m so glad I went down this path or I might not have ended up at TEAN today!

Packing for study abroad is always a challenge and popular topic, as a frequent flyer – what insider tips do you have for someone packing for the semester?
I’ve become pretty good at packing light over the years since there have been so many times earlier on where I’ve overpacked. I took half of my closet and never touched the majority of it. You will hear the advice – pack everything you think you’ll need then take half of it – and it’s so true. My other advice is to pack articles of clothing you can mix and match to create different outfits to help reduce items. Also try to keep the shoe situation under control, they take up a lot of room. Bring a couple pairs that are super versatile (and comfortable).

If you were going to study abroad tomorrow on a TEAN program where would you go?
I’m biased, but I would study on one of our New Zealand programs. Since working with our TEAN New Zealand students, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand a few times and have visited all program locations. I’ve also done some traveling in the South Island. I would love the idea of going for a full semester, joining a tramping club on campus and getting out into the beauty of New Zealand in my free time!

Allison Ferris

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.

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