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Study Abroad experience offer

13 September 2023

As well as the wide range of courses on offer, in 2024 UC Study Abroad students will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to undertake a unique hands-on experience in the Canterbury region. Read on to learn more.


Your 2024 Experience Offer

In 2024  you’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, at no additional cost, to undertake a unique hands-on experience in the Canterbury region as part of your Study Abroad semester. This includes a free Explore adventure around Canterbury.

The UC opportunities listed are included in your Study Abroad programme, at no additional cost, and can be incorporated into any programme of study. Choose one or more of the experiential opportunities below:



We want to help you get out and explore our place, Ōtautahi Christchurch and its surrounds. Discover the unique natural environment and heritage of Christchurch and Waitaha Canterbury.

In 2024, UC offers Study Abroad students the choice of one free Explore activity during your Study Abroad semester, which may include one of the following:

  • Dolphin watching boat trip
  • Wildlife sea-kayaking excursion
  • Surfing lesson and Riverside Market food voucher
  • Waka (boat) on the Avon river and introduction to Te Ao Māori (Māori culture and identity) and Riverside Market food voucher
  • Canterbury and West Coast Experience - Weekend Discovery (Science students only)



Gain international work experience and boost your resume in PACE295 internship, UC’s for-credit internship course.

You’ll work with a local organisation or business and gain invaluable experience and skills in a professional setting. Past interns have worked in areas as diverse as food sustainability, GIS mapping, filmmaking, social entrepreneurship, media and communications, marketing and more.

PACE295 is open to all Study Abroad students – it’s worth 15 credit points (equivalent to one standard UC course) and is taken alongside your choice of other semester courses. The PACE Internships Office works closely with you to understand you areas of interest, skills, industries or organisations you would like to be involved in, and works towards creating an internship tailored to those aims.

An internship in an international setting is a fantastic addition to your resume. If you’re interested in an internship as part of your study abroad semester, reach out to us at



We’re serious about sustainability - UC is ranked first in the world in the 2022 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production.

  • Select from a range of courses with a sustainability focus including those from UC’s Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability, New Zealand’s first undergraduate sustainability degree. There are courses for a range of interest areas, from sustainable business to environmental science, indigenous knowledge and sustainable partnerships, social action and more. Consider SPCO 126 Land Journeys and Ethics which explores the relationships between humans and nature, including the development of a personal land ethic and a field trip exploring the concept of wilderness in land ethics.  
  • Volunteer and network as part of UC’s sustainability community, engage with UC’s community gardens or join one of the many eco clubs on campus.


Field study

New Zealand’s diverse geography acts as a natural laboratory for off-campus study, with oceans, rivers, mountains, glaciers and forests  all readily accessible for hands on learning. UC operates a network of field stations around the South Island and many of our science courses provide the opportunity for field work with unparalleled access to New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna, geology, and marine life.



You’re already exploring the world, now change it! Our impact innovation opportunities are designed to help today’s changemakers make an impact in their community and beyond.


Impact Innovation opportunities:

Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Study INOV290 Enterprise in Practice (Semester 2), a for-credit project based course where you’ll build your entrepreneurial skills developing a concept solution for a start-up, local business or social enterprise.
  • Innovate and develop your creativity at UC’s Centre for Entrepreneurship which offers real world challenges and bootcamps to encourage entrepreneurial discovery
Community Leadership and Engagement
  • Undertake service learning in CHCH101 Strengthening Communities through Social Innovation (Semester 1), a for-credit course where you’ll complete up to 20 hours of community service related to social innovation and volunteerism in the Christchurch community. As well as providing you with a course experience not available anywhere else in the world, CHCH101 is a great opportunity to get to know New Zealand students and community members.
  • Volunteer with UC’s renowned Student Volunteer Army on a range of projects and learn how to create change in your community.

Apply now for your Study Abroad Programme

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