UC students make the world their campus

22 December 2016

With summer here, hundreds of UC students are heading around the globe to gain hands-on experiences, learn new skills and make a difference in communities near and far.

With summer finally here, hundreds of University of Canterbury (UC) students are packing their bags to head around the globe to gain hands-on experiences, learn new skills and make a difference in communities near and far.

With more than 60 global partnerships, UC offers a huge range of exchange programmes and international placements across a wide range of study areas that combine study and travel. UC partners with other universities and institutions around the world, including in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia.

Right now, UC students are making the most of these opportunities by undertaking projects in countries including the United States, China, Japan, Thailand, Norway, India and even on the Ice, spending Christmas at Scott Base in Antarctica.

Being part of a strong global network ensures that UC students have numerous excellent opportunities to gain global experience while at UC, including spending a semester abroad as part of UC’s student exchange programme or participating in an international short course. There are also international scholarships for University of Canterbury students who choose to spend one semester or one year on exchange at one of UC's overseas partner institutions.

Check out just a few of our students’ adventures:

Antarctica: A group of 16 adventurous University of Canterbury students is swapping a classic Kiwi summer for sub-zero temperatures in Antarctica. Among those students spending a white Christmas on the Ice as part of the University of Canterbury (UC) Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies (PCAS) is Ngāi Tahu scholar Rata Pryor Rodgers.

China: As part of a unique internship, UC students have been on tour in Beijing as part of UCArts’ Global Awareness Summer Programme. Spending three weeks at Peking University, the students have been undertaking courses on Chinese language, culture and history, as well as field trips and activities around Beijing (see photos of their adventures on Facebook and check out more pics of UC student life at https://ucnow.canterbury.ac.nz.)

China: If business is more your thing, the MGMT228 Chinese Business Practices and Culture study tour offers students the 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.

Chile: Five UC postgraduate Engineering students will attend a World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (16WCEE) in Chile in January 2017. UC PhD student Jarrod Cook says the chance to attend 16WCEE will be invaluable. “I’m exploring ways a ratcheting, tension-only device can reduce the motion experienced by buildings during an earthquake, and therefore limit the damage and impact to people as well as enabling buildings to stay open after the event. WCEE is the premier conference in earthquake engineering so this is a great way to share my ideas, get critical feedback and see what others are doing.”

Japan: UC Disaster Risk and Resilience research students have been invited by the Japanese government to attend the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (Jenesys) 2016 Programme.

For further information please contact:
Margaret Agnew, Senior External Relations Advisor, University of Canterbury
Phone: +64 3 369 3631 | Mobile: +64 275 030 168 | margaret.agnew@canterbury.ac.nz
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