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Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Pack your bags and study abroad in Christchurch!

Tucked in between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Christchurch is known for its beautiful gardens (its nickname is the Garden City), rich European culture, and high quality of living. Need to clear your head? Travel to the Southern Alps for a challenging hike that will make you feel like you’re on top of the clouds.

When you study abroad in Christchurch outdoor activities, exploring the University of Canterbury campus, and enjoying the laid-back city lifestyle will all be routine.


Christchurch Direct Enrollment - University Of Canterbury

New Zealand
Spring 2019, Fall 2019
Language prerequisites: 
Estimated Cost: 
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Christchurch's Top Five

Visit Kaikoura

Swim with dolphins, kayak on the sea, and experience whale watching.

Bike Christchurch

Discover Christchurch by bike on the new cycle trails.

Hike on the Port Hills

See spectacular views of Christchurch and Lyttelton Harbour.

Visit a Cafe

Grab a coffee, and enjoy the scenery for a couple of hours in between classes.

Smell the Flowers in Ilam Gardens

Take time to smell the azaleas and rhododendrons.

The Latest from Christchurch

Apr 26 7:32pm

Cook Islands and more!

by Ava

One aspect of the Christchurch IES Abroad program that is not typical for most programs is that in mid-semester they offer a trip to the Cook Islands. This has been one of my favorite parts of my time abroad so far and strongly recommend to anyone deciding to study abroad in Christchurch—you won’t regret it! A little background: the Cook Islands is a nation in the South Pacific with about fifteen islands.

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Mar 18 4:13pm

All Around Christchurch

by Ava

Hi everyone!! I have been in New Zealand for a little over a month now, and it already feels like home here in Christchurch! I decided to post photos of things to do around the city for those potentially studying here or planning a trip in the near future. Christchurch is one of the biggest cities in New Zealand and the biggest on the south island, meaning there is plenty to do and see while here. Below are a bunch of my favorite pictures and places you can easily get to from university.

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Feb 16 4:53pm

First Two Weeks!

by Ava

These first two weeks have already flown by here in New Zealand. I have met some amazing people while seeing some of the most beautiful places!! School starts this coming week, so we have had plenty of time to venture around Christchurch and surrounding towns before classes begin. Within the first few days here, our IES Abroad group went to Springfield, NZ. It was a two-day trip in which we hiked, swam, planted trees, and went jetboating!

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Dec 12 1:44pm

12 Gifts for Students Studying Abroad

by IES Abroad

Our recent alumni shared their thoughts on the best gifts for students studying abroad, and we complied it into a helpful gift guide. Enjoy!.

Dec 5 3:19pm

Closing Thoughts

by Bella

For fifteen days I have been back in the U.S., and for a handful of these days I have been pondering what I wanted to write about in my final blog post. To be completely honest, I have been at a loss when I begin to think about what I want to share with everyone about my experience. How do I put 5 months of experiences, thoughts, people and places into a single post, and do so eloquently?

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