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University of Canterbury

Check whether the University of Canterbury is right for you as an international student.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Study abroad at the University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury (UC) is a vibrant and innovative university based in the heart of Christchurch, New Zealand. It aims to give all students an excellent educational foundation that they'll be able to turn into an amazing career.

UC offers a wide range of degree programs at pretty much every level, including certificate, diploma, bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD. No matter what your dream subject, you’re bound to find something in one of Canterbury's five colleges covering arts, business and law, education, health and human development, engineering, and science.

The facilities offered on campus at UC are second to none, and allow students to reach their full potential inside and outside of the classroom. There is a range of learning spaces, libraries, health and sports facilities, and businesses around campus available to all students.

The University’s friendly and inclusive campus community encourages you to do what you love. UC offers more than 100 exciting clubs and societies you can join, including sports teams, and there’s a range of cafes, restaurants, and bars where you can meet friends.

Why study at the University of Canterbury?

  • Top-ranked university

    The University of Canterbury is a prestigious institution that’s ranked in the world’s top 300 universities (QS 2021)

  • First-class research

    UC has awarding-winning researchers who supervise and collaborate with students

  • Great location

    Christchurch is seen as one of the most forward-thinking cities in the world

  • Holistic learning

    UC7 is the university's seven dimensions that will prepare you to change the world

Life as an international student

The University of Canterbury is a truly diverse place - there are more than 100 nationalities on campus, with more than 50% of academic staff born overseas, making it one of the most international universities in New Zealand.

As an international student at UC, you’ll be supported from the day you arrive. The University offers a vast array of support services, including health and wellbeing services, financial support, legal assistance, and help to adjust to your new life from the Student Care Team.

Accommodation is available on campus for all international students and is the perfect way to settle into life at UC. The leafy campus is in one of the safest cities in the world, and there are loads of student clubs you can join to meet like-minded people and make new friends.

Student life & facilities

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  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • Fitness Centre
    • Spin Studio
    • Climbing Walls
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
    • Dance Studio
    • Personal Trainers
  • IT Support
    • Loan Laptops
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Physiotherapy
    • Travel Vaccinations
    • Minor Surgery
    • Campus Pharmacy
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor
  • Transport
    • Campus Bus Service
    • Campus parking
    • Airport Shuttle Service
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  • Food & Restaurants
    • Restaurants 7
    • Cafe’s 2
  • Praying Rooms
    • Chaplaincy
    • Group Praying Rooms
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organizations 100
  • Sports Facilities
    • Sport facilities
  • Tutoring Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program

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Fees and funding

Undergraduate tuition

From NZ$21,500 to NZ$44,000 per year

Graduate tuition

From NZ$13,000 to NZ$86,900 per year

Doctoral tuition

From NZ$7,099 to NZ$8,552 per year

Undergraduate scholarships

UC College of Engineering International Scholarship

  • Amount - NZ$15,000
  • Requirements - Full-time enrolment in any year of a programme for a BE(Hons) degree

UC International First Year Scholarship

  • Amount - NZ$15,000
  • Requirements - Full-time enrolment in a first year of a programme for an undergraduate degree at the University of Canterbury

UC Product Design Scholarship

  • Amount - NZ$5,000 for up to 2 years
  • Requirements - Full-time enrolment in the first and second years of a program for an undergraduate degree in one of the following

    Bachelor of Product Design (BProdDesign), Conjoint Bachelor of Product Design and Bachelor of Commerce (BProdDesign/BCom), or Conjoint Bachelor of Product Design and Bachelor of Science (BProdDesign/BSc)

Graduate scholarships

CWF Hamilton and Co Ltd Master's Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering

  • Amount - NZ$16,500
  • Requirements - This scholarship supports study towards a Master of Engineering (ME) degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury

Barbara Kathryn Ell Travel Award

  • Amount - Grants of $500 to $1,500 are available from an annual total fund of at least $3,000
  • Requirements - Full-time enrolment at the University in a program for an honors, master’s, or doctoral degree in History or Political Science.

Bickerton-Widdowson Trust Memorial Scholarship

  • Amount - Financial assistance with the costs associated with university study, up to a value of $2,000
  • Requirements - Must be enrolled in a programme of study in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury

Doctoral scholarships

Brian Mason Doctoral Scholarship

  • Amount - Financial assistance with the costs associated with university study, at a value of $25,000 per annum for three years. Tuition fees at the New Zealand domestic rate
  • Requirements - Full-time enrolment in a programme for a PhD degree in Geology at the University of Canterbury

Betty Wignall Scholarship in Chemistry

  • Amount - Financial assistance with the costs associated with university study, at a value of $5,000 per 120 points of thesis enrolment
  • Requirements - Full-time or part-time enrolment in a programme for a PhD degree in Chemistry at the University of Canterbury


University of Canterbury

20 Kirkwood Avenue, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand

Christchurch is an exciting modern city with everything you’d want as an international student. There's an abundance of parks and green spaces, cinemas, theatres, sports venues, and live music performances.

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Visa requirements for the University of Canterbury

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