Christchurch, New Zealand—Study Abroad
This program is offered through ISA at the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch.
Located in the beautiful Canterbury region of the South Island, Christchurch is a city where the old and the new intertwine. New Zealand's second largest city by area, Christchurch is often referred to as the "Gateway to the South Island" due to the convenience of traveling from Christchurch to other parts of the island. The city sits on the eastern coast a short drive from ski resorts, whitewater rafting rivers, vineyards, mountain bike trails, and the awe-inspiring Southern Alps in the Canterbury backcountry.
The University of Canterbury has developed an international reputation for excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate education since its founding in 1873. The university focuses on research, expecting all staff members to regularly publish their research in their respective fields, assuring that students receive the best possible instruction from professors who are leading world scholars. The University of Canterbury places particular emphasis on sustainable systems engineering, seeking to preserve New Zealand's natural beauty while moving ahead technologically. With a research-based teaching style and state-of-the-art facilities, the University of Canterbury has emerged as a leader in research, particularly in the fields of natural sciences, plant and animal biology, ecology, and geology. The South Island provides the university with an unparalleled natural laboratory for these sciences. Along with its ideal location, the University of Canterbury also allows students to investigate the natural sciences through five field stations, placed across the South Island. The university is recognized for its astronomy, geology, forestry, and Antarctic studies departments. Each year, around 70 professors from various universities around the world visit the University of Canterbury as part of the Erskine Fellowship, giving students the opportunity to learn from scholars from numerous other academic programs. The university also boasts a diverse student body, educating students from more than 70 countries.