International opportunities

UC Business School encourages students to take part in the UC Exchange Programme to one of our partner institutions. There are also two study tours available, MGMT228 (China) and ECON 228 (South America).

Some of the advantages of an overseas exchange or study tour include:

  • It's an unparalleled opportunity to meet like-minded people and make life-long friends.
  • It's the perfect way to experience a different culture and improve your foreign language skills.
  • Being exposed to different teaching styles will enhance your learning.
  • An international exchange will look great on your CV.
  • It's a life-changing experience that will benefit your personal and professional development.

UC students can study for one or two semesters at an overseas university. The courses taken at an international partner institution may be credited towards your UC degree.

The earliest time you can go on an exchange is in the second semester of your second year at UC.

The BCom International Business major is designed to make it easy for you to go on exchange during the second semester of your second year. You can also go on exchange in your third year of studies, but as the International Business major has required courses in both third year semesters, you will need to make sure that you can find equivalent courses at the partner institution if it is important for you to graduate in three years.

If you are completing another BCom major, you can also go on an exchange in your second or third year of studies. Again, to facilitate progress through your degree, it is useful to choose a partner institution that offers equivalent courses to the required courses for your major.

You must apply to take part in the international exchange programme. Check out the Study Abroad and Exchange webpage for information on the exchange fairs and seminars, financial support, how to apply and application closing dates.

You should investigate the university you would like to study at to make sure it is suitable for your major and that you would be happy about spending a semester (or two) there. It is important to consider second and third choices in case there is a limit to the number of students who may be selected for any particular exchange.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the partner university you are applying for will be a viable exchange for you in terms of the courses and credit you need for your UC degree. Student Advisors in the relevant UC Colleges can assist you with a degree plan showing your remaining UC degree requirements.

Applications for exchanges, both general and Commerce specific, should be submitted to the International Relationships office by emailing or in person to the Helpdesk in the Student Services Centre, Level 1, Matariki Building.

How can I be successful in my application?

The University of Canterbury is looking for applicants who will be good UC ambassadors. Successful applicants will have a clear sense of purpose for going on an international exchange. Applicants should have a good academic record, preferably at least a B average, although students with lower grades will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The best way to guarantee your success is to work hard during your first year of studies.

International Exchange Fair and Information Seminars

Information seminars for students interested in going on exchange in the following year are held throughout Semester One. Check the seminar dates and the UC Study Abroad web page for application forms and deadlines.

The UC Exchange Fair is normally held in early May. There you will have a chance to talk to students from the partner university or country which may be your next exchange destination. Previous exchange students will also be there to share their once in a lifetime experience with you. If you are interested in international exchanges, contact the International Relationships Office, email:

Commerce International Exchange Programme Seminar

  • Learn about UC's Exchange Programme. You should also attend a General International Exchange Information Seminar as we do not cover all the details in our Commerce seminar.
  • Hear from former exchange students about their experiences studying abroad.
  • Learn about our Commerce international exchange partners.

This seminar is normally held in mid-May. If you missed it and would like to know more about Commerce exchanges email:

The MGMT 228 Chinese Business Practices and Culture study tour offers students an opportunity to take courses on Chinese business practices and culture, and interact with Chinese students and businesses. The study tour is open to anyone who has completed a year of study at UC and at least two commerce papers. The course starts in mid-November and an information session is normally held in May.

The tour starts with an orientation week where students learn about and research business in China. While in China, UC students spend three weeks attending classes on management, economics and Chinese language, arts and culture at Zhejiang Gongshang University, followed by a week of visiting international firms in Shanghai. 

The MGMT228 Study Tour to China is a much-anticipated, annual event that attracts students from all disciplines and even students from other tertiary institutions. Visits to New Zealand companies operating in China provide you with an insight into the opportunities and challenges facing international organisations. Learning about another country's business practices and meeting the locals first-hand enriches your cultural experiences and is a great addition to your CV. Plus you can pick up some Mandarin language phrases and make new friends along the way.

This course is limited entry. The maximum enrolment is 30.

The Economics Study Tour to South America is an annual summer semester programme limited to 30 students. In 2018 students will visit four wineries in Chile for an in-depth study of the economics of the Chilean wine industry. 

Prior to departure they will study similar facets of the Canterbury/Marlborough wine industry such as pricing, competitors, output and other economic decisions.  On return they will produce a report comparing the industries in the two regions.

Students who participate in the tour will gain significant experiences and strengths to boost their degrees and CVs:

  • They will be able to apply economic concepts to the given industry.
  • They will be provided with a firsthand and detailed look at the wine industry.
  • They will gain experience in cultural engagement including language and negotiating with people from other countries.

For more information including contacts and prerequisites please see the course information system.

For enquiries please contact:

Dave Connell

International Business Development Manager
Business & Law Rm 233
Internal Phone: 94637

Hannah Vu

International Business Development Co-ordinator
Business and Law 233
Internal Phone: 93626