Christchurch, New Zealand


Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand. It is a coastal city, situated midway down the South Island's east coast, and located close to both mountains and the sea. WU students will study at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand’s second oldest university, which has a student body of approximately 12,000. All Willamette students on this program will participate in a Maori cultural excursion while in New Zealand. Students will spend a weekend with a Maori community learning about the way of life of the indigenous group.


There are a wide variety of courses available at the University of Canterbury (UC). Most majors are recommended for this program. More course information is found on the University of Canterbury's website. The university has a very strong Maori and Indigenous Studies Department and any students interested in studying the Maori culture are strongly encouraged to consider Christchurch.


Students will live in Ilam Village, which is university housing located nearby. These apartment style accommodations are just five minutes from lecture halls and other campus facilities and offer amenities such as fully equipped kitchens and communal recreational space. More information regarding housing can be found on the Ilam Village page of the University of Canterbury's Accommodation website.


The Christchurch program is available during either Fall or Spring semesters. The Fall semester starts in the beginning of July and ends mid November, Spring semester starts mid February and ends late June.


Please see the Willamette Sponsored Programs Cost Matrix for detailed explanation of the cost of each program. For more accommodation information visit the Ilam Village page on the UC website. New Zealand requires that all international students purchase a specific type of insurance. This cost is included in the cost paid to Willamette University.


Generation Study Abroad Scholarships: Education New Zealand and New Zealand tertiary institutions are supporting Generation Study Abroad students with excellence and travel awards. Education New Zealand Study Abroad Travel Awards (ENZTA) offer US$2,000 to help students fund their flight to New Zealand. Generation Study Abroad New Zealand Universities Excellence Awards (NZUEA) offer US$500 for study at one of the eight New Zealand universities.

University of Canterbury awards: UC International Mobility Inbound Study Abroad Awards provide scholarship support to selected incoming students who spend a semester on study abroad at University of Canterbury. Scholarship funds are allocated per academic year, contingent on funding and renewal of the award by the University of Canterbury. Talk to an OIE advisor for more information about the scholarship.

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