University of Canterbury

Program Details

Program Location Christchurch, New Zealand
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20250
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Fall 2024 07/05/24 to 11/09/24
Past Dates
Spring 2024 02/09/24 to 06/23/24
Page Links
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


University of Canterbury

Founded in beautiful New Zealand in 1873, the University of Canterbury is now a modern autonomous university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. The university is located on a modern, suburban campus that offers extensive sporting and recreational activities to complement its scholastic reputation. With an enrollment of 10,000 students, the university is host to more than 100 clubs and societies on campus, covering interests in the sporting, cultural, social, religious, and intellectual fields.

Only 10 minutes away is Christchurch, a city of 300,000 people that is often called the Garden City of New Zealand because of its many parks, natural reserves, trees, and flowers. The city also has a reputation for being the most English city outside England, largely because of its traditional architecture and expansive parks. The Cathedral in the central square is its focal point. The city has other distinctive features, including the Avon river which winds along tree-lined banks, parks and gardens. The city offers a myriad of outdoor activities ranging from trout fishing, skiing, and backpacking to the cultural gatherings at plays, concerts, and other activities which frequent a cosmopolitan area. It is also minutes away from the beautiful beaches for which New Zealand is famous.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


University of Canterbury

The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

Due to the popularity of this exchange program and somewhat limited availability of exchange spots, non-resident students should apply instead to the IES-Christchurch program, which is academically the same but financially the better option.

Due to the popularity of this exchange program and limited availability of exchange spots, in-state students may only participate on this exchange for one semester. 

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Agriculture] [College of Engineering] [College of Liberal Arts] [Daniels School of Business] [College of Health and Human Sciences] [College of Science] [Interdisciplinary and Special Programs]
Specifically from: HK, PSY, PUBH & SLHS (HHS) and ENTR (Interdisciplinary & Special Programs)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Students will take 3-4 classes on this program. "Points" refers to credits. A normal workload for one semester is 60 points.

You can search for course offerings HERE


University of Canterbury offers a fun Explore activity during your exchange semester that allows you to explore the unique natural environment of Christchurch.


University of Canterbury has a guaranteed on-campus accommodation package available to exchange students.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.
Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee $0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Program Specific Insurance $400.00
Round-trip Airfare $2,200.00
Housing $4,500.00
Local Transportation $400.00
Visa $25.00
Books and Supplies $250.00
Meals $3,600.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $2,500.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

University of Canterbury

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email