UC Opportunities Ahead 

The University of Canterbury is a prestigious and progressive university, situated in one of the safest and resilient cities in the world.

Our leafy green campus is nestled between Moana (sea), Maunga (mountains) and Rangi (sky) offering you the chance to learn and experience many different worlds - adrenaline, art, biculturalism, biodiversity, innovation, southern lights, sustainability, and more — all while studying at a world-class institution.

With over 17,000 students representing 100 + nationalities on campus, and with 50% of our academic staff born overseas, you will be joining one of the most international universities in New Zealand.

We offer over 120 undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, across 150 subject areas and disciplines, some unique to New Zealand – from Astronomy to Te Reo Māori.

Our online learning pathways enable access to our world-class teaching from wherever you are, with options to complete study online or transition on to campus. 

COVID-19 has altered the global landscape for education dramatically; but of all the places in the world, New Zealand is uniquely placed for a bounce back and is well worth the wait. Our online-to-on-campus programmes offer the flexibility to begin your study online now, and transition on campus, border restrictions permitting. 

Experience Kotahitanga (togetherness) Manaakitanga (caring for each other) and Whanaungatanga (relationships and kinship)  in a university where people really matter.

Life in Christchurch

Christchurch is New Zealand’s newest city –  our city’s revival has innovation and sustainability at heart, leading the way into future-focused, high-tech industries for our graduates to be a part of.

Christchurch is an attractive city where you can study, work and experience a lifestyle that is both stimulating and relaxing. It is the largest city in the South Island and is located on the eastern coast between the Pacific Ocean and the mountains of the Southern Alps.

Find out more about student life in Christchurch