IES Abroad: Christchurch Direct Enrollment - University Of Canterbury

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When you look outside your window in Christchurch, you know exploration awaits you—hiking, fishing, kayaking, or swimming. That’s just a typical day here. Enjoy the adventurous, yet relaxed, lifestyle that Christchurch has to offer.During your tim... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.8
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Spending a semester abroad was more than just taking courses in another country for a couple of months. The experience impacted me in every way imaginable. I experienced the unknown a lot while I was abroad – public transportation, Kiwi slang, Māori language and culture, Tim Tam Slams – and each of these experiences is a memory ... - Wofford College View Entire Review
I learned how to be more independent; especially when I travelled by myself. I learned how to engage with other cultures and peoples. I also think that through studying abroad I gained a greater appreciation of how connected the world is. - Gustavus Adolphus College View Entire Review
August 09, 2018 10/10 Would Go Back
I learned how to be an independent person in the world, and how to navigate life without anyone really holding my hand! - University of Rochester View Entire Review
I didn't know anybody when going into the program and left with so so many new friendships, many of which will last forever. I learned to step out of my comfort zone and speak to people you don't know. I became pretty proficient in backpacking and planning travel/hikes. - Texas Christian University View Entire Review
September 26, 2017 My New Zealand Road Trip
My semester studying abroad at University of Canterbury through IES Abroad was one long road trip, both literally and figuratively speaking. Literally, it was a semester full of spontaneous weekend (and weekday, sometimes) road trips. These trips taught me so much about myself, about others, and about this incredible, diverse co... - Purdue University View Entire Review
I gained a sense of independence in an entirely new country and an appreciation for the beauty of the earth and outdoors. - University of Virginia View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Christchurch Direct Enrollment - University Of Canterbury
I learned more about myself; I became more self-confident. And of course, I gained a lot of friendships, and learning more about a new country and culture. - Gustavus Adolphus College View Entire Review
I gained a lot of understanding of New Zealand culture. I also learned a lot about myself by traveling half way around the world! It was definitely very worthwhile. - Skidmore College View Entire Review
The best thing I gained from my semester in Christchurch was definitely independence. Although I spent a lot of time in Christchurch and traveling with friends I made, I also did some solo travel. In preparation for that, it is entirely your responsibility to plan and figure out what you will do. If there are things going on bac... - Skidmore College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Christchurch Direct Enrollment - University Of Canterbury
Specifically thinking about differences between my home uni and UC, I learned that just because I have been taught to learn one way does not mean that is the only way. Although it was tricky to adjust to UC's system at first, ultimately I came away from the semester with good grades and a new appreciation for how large universit... - Hope College View Entire Review
I made great friends, made tons of memories, went on countless adventures, appreciated a relaxed lifestyle, and gained travel experience for my next endeavors. - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself and the world, and would do it over and over again! - Hope College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Christchurch - University of Canterbury
I spent the fall semester of my junior year in Christchurch, and I regard it as one of the best experiences of my life. The social climate and way of life is laid back and foreigners are welcomed with genuine friendliness. Kiwis are extremely hospitable and outgoing people; I found getting to know them really enriched my experie... - University of Rochester View Entire Review
Be prepared for a fun adventure every single weekend, the best scenery of your life, and being pushed way outside of your comfort zone in the best way possible. I accomplished many feats I never thought I would, made lifelong friendships, and enjoyed every second of being in a new country with a new culture. Work hard play hard ... - Barnard College View Entire Review
Independence, backcountry skills, socializing skills - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
As cliche as it may be, I learned to seize the day. Each day in New Zealand, I felt like I needed to go out and explore and just make the most of the day. Being so blessed to have the opportunity to study in such a beautiful country, I knew that I should not take any day for granted. - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
Besides the lifelong friendships, connections, and memories that I created, perspective is the greatest gift that I came away from this trip with. When I first started telling people that I was going to study abroad in New Zealand, the primary responses I got were “Wow, that’s so far away!” and “You’re choosing to go to the oth... - University of Rochester View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Christchurch Direct Enrollment - University Of Canterbury
September 17, 2017 Easily Life Changing
I gained complete confidence in my ability to take risks and go out on my own and explore. I've gained a new sense of adventure, and I have IES to thank for that. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile! I learned much more about myself and about the world than the content taught in my courses could have showed me. During breathtaking hikes, I had long moments of silence and reflection. During transiting experiences (that I was not used to because I have always had a car), I became more comforta... - Hope College View Entire Review
February 22, 2017 Exploration Station
I learned so much about myself and how I function. For the first time I was able to take time to seriously self reflect and grow from that. - Hope College View Entire Review
My experience was incredibly worthwhile. I gained a heighten ability to move through life at my own pace, I found a sense of direction regarding plans for the future, and I continued to absorb the beauty that our world posses. - Ithaca College View Entire Review
Past Review Would Do Again!!
My study abroad experience was incredibly worthwhile! I am so happy I decided to do it, as I experienced large amounts of growth in a multitude of ways. As cliche as it sounds, I did gain more independence than I previously had, primarily because you must take initiative yourself, there's less of a parental buffer and autonomy d... - Ithaca College View Entire Review
I learned that when you're lost, a compass will make yo lost more north. But I also learned that with the right people any experience can be an adventure, no matter where you are. - University of Rochester View Entire Review
It was very interesting to see how Christchurch was recovering from recent earthquakes. It was also worthwhile to see how University life is on the other side of the globe - Gustavus Adolphus College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Christchurch - University of Canterbury
I learned that I want to live abroad. Everyone abroad is so well-traveled and worldly than Americans. I realized that I can be independent, even when I am all the way around the world from my friends and family. - Ithaca College View Entire Review

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When you look outside your window in Christchurch, you know exploration awaits you—hiking, fishing, kayaking, or swimming. That’s just a typical day here. Enjoy the adventurous, yet relaxed, lifestyle that Christchurch has to offer.

During your time in Christchurch, you directly enroll in the University of Canterbury, one of the top three universities in New Zealand. You also have access to more than 50 academic departments and more than 90 on-campus clubs and organizations—ideal opportunities to connect with Kiwi (local) students.

Spread over 215 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens, the University’s campus is located only 15 minutes from the city. Ski slopes, mountains, native bush, rivers, lakes, hot springs, and beaches are all within 1.5 hours of Christchurch, making this an ideal place to study and experience New Zealand’s outdoor lifestyle.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Education
  • Linguistics
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Mathematics, Statistics
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology
  • Drama, Theater, Theatre Arts
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • Health Sciences General
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Finance, Financial Services
  • Marketing
  • History
  • Legal Studies
Minimum GPA:
3.0
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