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Universities in Christchurch

University of Canterbury


The University of Canterbury has developed an international reputation for excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate education since its founding in 1873. The university focuses on research, expecting all staff members to regularly publish their research in their respective fields, assuring that students receive the best possible instruction from professors who are leading world scholars. 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. The university is recognized for its astronomy, geology, forestry, and Antarctic studies departments. Each year, around 70 professors from various universities around the world visit the University of Canterbury as part of the Erskine Fellowship, giving students the opportunity to learn from scholars from numerous other academic programs. The university also boasts a diverse student body, educating students from more than 70 countries, and is the most international university in New Zealand according to Times Higher Education. Canterbury has also developed a reputation for leadership in experiential learning. The University of Canterbury is recognized by the Ministry of Education, New Zealand.

The campus boasts a number of large green spaces, befitting a university located in New Zealand's Garden City. The many modern buildings contrast with the nearby city centre, which is home to several examples of gorgeous architecture. While attending Canterbury, students have the opportunity to join clubs, including outdoors clubs, academic clubs, and many others, as well as participate in the number of festivals and events that go on in Christchurch throughout the year.

The University of Canterbury was the first New Zealand university to earn five stars from the QS World University rankings and has maintained this prestigious status since 2011. The civil engineering department is ranked in the top 50 in the world, and the School of Business and Economics is AACSB accredited. Canterbury is ranked 214 in the world and the top three in New Zealand, according to QS World University rankings for 2016-2017.

The University of Canterbury supports ISA study abroad students with a total of NZ$15,000 each year. Awards will be given in $1,000 and $1,500 amounts. The award is credited to the student's overall program balance with ISA.

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