ISA Study Abroad in Christchurch, New Zealand

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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 t... read more

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Going abroad was the best decision I have made thus far in life. It opened up my world so much and instilled in me so many values that I never would have learned otherwise. I can't wait to keep traveling after graduation! - University of North Dakota View Entire Review
I learned so much about how to be independent and take care of myself. I feel completely comfortable travelling and living on my own now. This experience was definitely worthwhile. - University of Maryland - Baltimore County View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself as well as how people perceive me and where I'm from. It was well worth it! - University of Vermont View Entire Review

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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.

Christchurch is a city of contrast, setting neo-gothic style buildings from the 19th century beside modern constructions, all surrounding the beautiful parks and gardens within the city. Known internationally as "the Garden City," Christchurch includes numerous green spaces, including Hagley Park, the Botanic Gardens, and Victoria Square, and the city hosts two floral festivals every year in February and March.

Programs in Christchurch include:


  • Academic Year: Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines at the University of Canterbury

  • Semester / Trimester: Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines at the University of Canterbury

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. 

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Business
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Disorders, Communication Sciences
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Design and Applied Arts
  • Drama, Theater, Theatre Arts
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Environmentall Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • Finance, Financial Services
  • Forestry
  • History
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Literature
  • Mathematics, Statistics
  • Pacific Area Studies
  • Social Sciences
Minimum GPA:
2.8
Year Founded:
1873
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International Studies Abroad / ISA Scholarships

In pursuit of its goals of enhancing cultural awareness and providing students with the independence and language skills necessary for the workplace, The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship seek to help those who may not otherwise be able to study abroad. As a testament to his early struggle and lifelong pursuit of academic excellence, ISA offers USD 58,000 annually in scholarships to be used towards ISA programs in memory of Dr. Castañeda. The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship are both merit and financial need-based scholarships that assist students from affiliated universities with the expenses of studying abroad. Scholarship awardees will have the opportunity to participate in the Correspondent Internship, which gives students the chance to add content to ISA’s Student blog. The student may also be given an opportunity to be part of ISA’s offices abroad based on the need of the particular office.

12 x $2000 for Fall Programs; 12 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Fall-start) Year Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Spring-start) Year Programs

Deadlines:
Fall (and Fall-start): April 30th Winter/Spring (and Winter-start): October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Attend an ISA-affiliated university. See our list of Affiliated Universities for more information. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. (Courses must appear on official transcript.) • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

ISA offers USD 8,000 worth of scholarships annually dedicated to the memory of Michaela Farnum. Michaela was a junior studying International Business and Spanish at Seattle University and was a participant in the ISA program in Chile. Her experience was tragically cut short when she lost her life in a hiking accident in the mountains of La Campana National Park in Chile. ISA hopes that this scholarship will help aspiring study abroad students and will do so in memory of Michaela who only began to realize her dream of study abroad. The scholarship is both merit and financial need-based scholarships for the study abroad expenses for the summer term of the student awardees

8 x $1,000 for Summer Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA Summer study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. Courses must appear on official transcript. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

ISA is offering 2 USD 1000 scholarships starting in 2016 to students who embody idea of the phrase “Live Like Ally”. Allison Willen, a Junior at Eckerd College whose life tragically ended during a hiking trip in Mt. Aspiring National Park on ISA’s semester study abroad program in New Zealand. Ally had a contagious love for life, nature, community service, and adventure. Ally was a passionate volunteer in her community, always doing what she could to make the world a better place. Students who believe they Live Like Ally and also share similar interests such as a passion for volunteering, a love for nature and hiking, and zest for life are encouraged to apply.

1 x $1,000 for Fall Programs; 1 x $1,000 for Spring Programs

Deadlines:
Fall: April 30th Winter/Spring: October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA semester or year program in New Zealand.** • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation.* **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

The ISA Diversity Scholarships aim to encourage students of a broader cultural make-up to participate in ISA programs by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad. The scholarship amounts to USD 14,000 in awards and is to be used towards ISA programs.

2 x $1,000 for Summer Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Fall Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th Fall: April 30th Winter/Spring: October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

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