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ISA: University of Canterbury, New Zealand (Third Party)

The Program

ISA, a non-profit organization, directly enrolls you into the University of Canterbury for a semester or year abroad. Since its establishment in 1873, the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand, has had an international reputation for academic excellence in both teaching and research. Its undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are highly recognized across the world, and aim to foster intellectual independence, critical thinking, and professional excellence in every field.

The university’s teaching program is research-based.  All staff are expected to be involved in research and publish in their respective fields.  As a result, even undergraduate students can expect lecturers who are at the forefront of knowledge.  The University’s modern and well-equipped facilities are spread across a spacious suburban campus, with easy access to the center of the city and its cultural and recreational facilities.  The University is situated in a landscaped campus in the suburb of Ilam, Christchurch, and only 15 minutes from the central city and 10 minutes from the internationa airport.  Playing fields, mature woodlands and the renowned Ilam gardens surround the campus.  For those interested in field sciences, new Zealand’s unique geology, flora and fauna, and access to the Antarctic provide rich opportunities for research.

The University of Canterbury has been host to thousands of international students over a period of more than 40 years.  Currently there are over 700 international students from 54 countries enrolled in a wide variety of programs.  The University has become a popular destination for study abroad students from North America and Europe.  The student population of 12,500 is diverse and provides a lively, interesting and cosmopolitan university community.

The Academics

Study abroad students can select a wide range of courses from seven different faculties: Arts, Commerce, Communication Disorders, Engineering, Law, Music and Fine Arts, Forestry and Science. Within the faculties there are 39 departments.  Canterbury is also the only university to have major field stations throughout the South Island, serving as field-trip bases and research centers. Please note that UConn students cannot sign up for courses that are graded P/F (pass-fail); you sign up for courses that issue grades.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ANTH 1000 Other People’s Worlds ANTH 102 Exploring Cultural Diversity-Anthropological Prospective 3 6/30/2019
CRLP 1193 Foreign Study SAMOAN 101 Samoan Language 1 3 6/30/2018
ECON 2202 Intermediate Macroeconomics Theory ECON 206 Intermediate Macroeconomics 3 6/30/2019
ECON 3421 International Trade ECON 222 International Trade 3 6/30/2019
ECON 3438 Contemporary Problems in Economics ECON 224 Economics & Current Policy Issues 3 6/30/2019
HIST 1993 Foreign Study HIST 136 Revolutions and Revolutionaries 4 6/30/2019
SOCI 3993 Foreign Study SOCI 293 The History of Gangs in New Zealand 3 6/30/2021

The Experience

Christchurch is the largest city in New Zealand’s South Island and is also known as the “Garden City”. It lies on the coastal edge of the Canterbury Plains close to both the sea and the mountains. The city offers plentiful cultural and recreational opportunities, and also superb access to the National Parks and wilderness areas of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, the foothills of which are just an hours drive away. There are several ski-fields within an hour and a half from the city. It is easy to travel from Christchurch to lakes and mountains and well-known tourist centers such as Mount Cook and Queenstown.  Just imagine, you can surf and ski in the same day! The climate in Christchurch is mild and temperate with warm, dry summers and temperatures ranging between 18º and 25ºC. In the winter months of June, July and August daytime temperatures are cooler and are between 5º and 15ºC.

The University of Canterbury Student’s Association sponsors such a variety of clubs that there is something for everyone. The Tramping Club is one of the most popular clubs on campus, with tramping gear available for rent.  The International Student Centre plans a variety of events throughout the year, including a ski trip.  There is always something happening on campus and around the city.

Study Abroad students are guaranteed university housing when classes are in session. Excellent accommodation is available in the Ilam Flats, located within easy walking distance of the campus, shopping centers, restaurants and bus transportation to the city center.

Residents are welcome to use the sports fields and have free membership of the recreation center five minutes away from the university housing. Barbecues, dinners and sports days are organized regularly throughout the academic year.

Click here for information on applying to an ISA program.


Certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 10/08/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Arts, Audiology Communication Science, Engineering, Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.75