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University of Canterbury
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
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
Hit the ground running with our activity-filled Orientation Program in Queenstown, known as the ‘adventure capital of the world’. There are few places more scenic than your new home, and we take you to some of the most picturesque spots on the South Island with excursions ranging from jet boating through Middle Earth to touring the world renowned Central Otago wineries. You’ll also get plenty of time to explore on your own and choose your own adventure - bungy jumping anyone?
No orientation to New Zealand is complete without an introduction to Maori culture. Spend time with Maori guides, who provide an introduction to their history and culture as well as insight into how Maori culture influences contemporary New Zealand life.
After this action-packed six-day program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi – from the country’s academic structure to settling in and meeting the locals. 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.
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.
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, 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.
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual, Performing Arts & Design||
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
|Application Deadline||April 15|
|Date of Departure||June 28|
|TEAN Orientation||June 30||July 5|
|University Orientation||July 11||July 13|
|Classes Begin||July 17|
|Semester Break||Aug 26||Sept 10|
|Classes End||Oct 20|
|Study Period||Oct 24||Oct 27|
|Exam Period||Oct 30||Nov 16|
|Program Ends||Nov 17|
|Application Deadline||Nov 15|
|Date of Departure||Feb 9|
|TEAN Orientation||Feb 11||Feb 16|
|University Orientation||Feb 13||Feb 14|
|Classes Begin||Feb 20|
|Semester Break||April 10||April 30|
|Classes End||June 2|
|Study Period||June 5||June 9|
|Exam Period||June 12||June 24|
|Program Ends||June 25|
Note: Due to program dates for Spring 2017, Canterbury students will have the option of either going straight to Christchurch and attending their University Orientation or attending the TEAN Orientation in Queenstown only.
Fees & Inclusions
- Program Fees: $14,735
- University On-Campus Housing: $4,405
- Full tuition
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet
- Bedding Pack
- Comprehensive health and travel insurance
- Services of local TEAN support staff throughout the semester
- 6-day Orientation Excursion Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
- Cell phone and/or 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 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 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 ($1,400)
- Domestic airfare in U.S. ($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.
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, including a full ride scholarship for a Fall or Summer program. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.
In addition to the above TEAN scholarships, the University of Canterbury provides an additional NZ$8,000 per year in scholarship funding. Any TEAN Canterbury students that apply for a TEAN scholarship will automatically be considered for a Canterbury specific scholarship of between NZ$2,000 – $5,000.
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.
“I loved my classes. They all included either hands-on components or small group discussion."
"I absolutely loved the flat that I lived in. I felt as though I was part of a tight community there."
“TEAN organizes activities & trips that help you engage with different cultures, have a great time and meet a lot of people."
We Love Christchurch
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.
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 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!