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University of Canterbury
Take regular university courses in your major or a related field. UCEAP immersion programs in New Zealand fully integrate you into the academic and social life, and most academic disciplines are available.

Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
  • See the academic offerings at all New Zealand universities to determine if University of Canterbury is the right partner institution for you. The document also lists course restrictions, if they apply.
  • University of Canterbury catalogs or course listings.
  • MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. Since courses in new programs have not yet been taken for credit, they may not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.
When searching for courses: in New Zealand courses are often referred to as "papers"; the units earned from a course are called "points" and the university catalog is called the "calendar". So what does "course" mean in New Zealand? It's the term they use to describe a degree program or program of study.
Unique course and service project:
A special course on community engagement, Christchurch 101 (CHCH101)  focuses on the rebuilding of Christchurch following recent devastating earthquakes there. Students taking the course often also join the Student Volunteer Army to take on community engagement activities associated with the city's ongoing efforts to rebuild. The course and volunteer opportunity offer great training for future NGO or disaster relief work, and past study abroad students have, in fact, gone on to establish their own not-for-profit endeavors or to use the experience to land a job in a related field.


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 21 quarter/14 semester UC units per semester are required.  

Research and Independent Study

Research and independent study may be possible in this program. Arrangements are generally made at the Study Center after arrival at the host institution. Predeparture preparation may be required.

University of Canterbury, Christchurch

University of Canterbury, Christchurch 
The University of Canterbury, established in 1873, is situated on a spacious campus in suburban Christchurch, about three miles from the city center. More than 22,000 students are enrolled in the university’s six colleges. The university has strong science and engineering departments. In addition to the broad range of course work available, UC students can benefit from courses related to New Zealand (European and Maori studies) and courses in Pacific art, literature, history and culture, and Antarctic studies. The university operates an astronomical observatory and a number of field stations around New Zealand’s South Island.
Visit the University of Canterbury Website

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.

1. Student – initiated Internships

Be creative and design your own internship. Past participants have interned for a wide range of organizations. These internships are frequently not for academic credit; however, if your internship is substantial you can request credit by following these three steps.
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact companies and organizations that align with your interest.  Career Development Offices on campus also offer excellent guidance on CV and cover letter writing. For students who wish to start the internship search prior to departure, we encourage you to look at the online career resources University of Canterbury has to offer. UCEAP staff is available for advice. 

2. Arts Internship program

What can you do with an Art major and an Art degree? The purpose of the internship program is to explore both the ideological and practical assumptions guiding this question. 
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact the internship coordinator to find out how to apply for a position. The coordinator's contact information is listed here. UCEAP staff is available for advice. 
Additional Information: There are two Internship courses in The College of Arts: ARTS395 and ARTS295. ARTS295 is structured as ARTS395 but with reduced Internship hours. The link provided above describes both courses in detail.  It is recommended that you attend a CV writing and interview skills workshop prior to submitting an internship application.

​You are responsible for selecting, securing, and paying for your housing (even if you are on financial aid). Each university has a housing office where you can obtain information about on- and off-campus housing.

You may live on campus or seek independent accommodation. On-campus housing consists of university halls of residence or university flats located adjacent to the campus. Hall accommodations are in single or double rooms and a full meal service is provided. Flats consist of six single bedrooms with shared kitchen, living room, and bathroom facilities. Flats are self-catering, but there are also cafeterias nearby in the student union. While every effort will be made to accommodate your preferences, you cannot be guaranteed your first
choice of housing.



With a population of more than 400,000, Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island. It is British in character and has many old buildings, gardens, museums, and churches. Christchurch offers excellent access to recreational resources, including national parks for skiing, boating, and hiking.
​The University of Canterbury in Christchurch calls its campus a student city, containing everything you could possibly need. Designed to be park-like, it has restaurants, eateries and book shops, and a variety of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.  Located in Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, students will find much to enjoy off campus as well. Beaches and mountains provide the opportunity to ski or kayak whenever the mood strikes, and there is even famous whale watching! Another popular extracurricular in Christchurch is dance and theatre, with classes being offered in ballroom and salsa at studios throughout the city!