Three students walking and talking in the Ilam Gardens on UC campus. Wananga landing

About UC


07 August 2023

Learn what is special about UC, including our history and impact on the world today. 

Why UC

Studying at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury prepares you to find your path, live your dreams, and change the world.

Here, education goes far beyond the classroom, giving you a truly holistic learning experience enriched by our unique place on earth.

Our story

UC has proudly been serving communities in New Zealand and the world for over 150 years.

Today we rank in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

Our values — manaakitanga, whanaungatanga, and tiakitanga — help us empower others and be our best in our work, studies, and how we interact with each other.

Students sitting on a raised lawn bed in a courtyard, with Rehua and Beatrice Tinsley buildings in the background.
Our campus and environment

UC's secure, accessible campus has all the facilities you need to thrive, as a self-contained miniature city.

The park-like campus features modern learning hubs and laboratories, as well as many cafés and eateries, a pharmacy and health clinic, a rec centre, and more.

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