Inbound Student Exchange
Exchange students are those nominated by institutions with which the University if Canterbury has an exchange agreement. The University of Canterbury has student exchange agreements with universities in
- North America
- Europe and
Exchange students are not required to pay tuition fees to the University of Canterbury.
For a list of the universities having exchanges with the University of Canterbury, please see Exchange Partners page. If your institution is not listed, your home institution's International Relationships Office will be able to tell you whether there is an exchange agreement in place with the University of Canterbury and advise you how to apply for nomination.
How to apply
Once you are nominated by your university to participate in the exchange, you should
- download and complete the Student Exchange Application form (PDF, 352KB)
- return it by post to the University of Canterbury along with an official copy of your transcript and a letter of nomination from your home university. If English is not your first language, you will also need to provide evidence that you have met our English language requirements.
If your transcript does not show the courses that you are currently taking at your home university, please provide a list of these courses signed by your home university.
We cannot accept faxed applications.
When we have received your application we will send you an email notification. Normally within 4 weeks we will be able to notify you of the decision. If you have been accepted you will receive an email copy of your offer of a place and the original will be sent in the post, along with information on accommodation, student visas, orientation, enrolment, and insurance.
Applicants will be expected to have achieved a high academic standard in their studies at their home university. Some courses will require specific prerequisites in order to enrol.
The deadline for applications is 1 November for Semester 1 start (Feb-June) and 1 May for Semester 2 start (July-Nov)
If English is not your first language you will be required to meet our English language requirements.
It is NOT possible for exchange students to travel to New Zealand on a visitor's visa and apply for a student permit upon arrival in New Zealand, even if you are a citizen of a country with which New Zealand has a visa waiver agreement. It is imperative that all exchange students get their student visa BEFORE travelling to New Zealand, as you may be refused a student permit if you apply from within New Zealand.
Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through Immigration New Zealand.
When your application for admission is approved, the University of Canterbury will provide you information on the location of the appropriate office of Immigration New Zealand.
Please visit the Medical and Travel Insurance website for detailed information.
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