IES-Christchurch: University of Canterbury

Program Details

Program Location Christchurch, New Zealand
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33006
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2024 02/06/24 to 06/23/24
Current Program Dates
Fall 2023 07/04/23 to 11/11/23
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


IES-Christchurch: University of Canterbury

The IES Christchurch program offers direct enrollment at the University of Canterbury, an institution of 12,500 students.

Christchurch is one of the oldest and most European cities in New Zealand. Located in the heart of the spectacular beauty of the South Island, Christchurch, known as the Garden City, is ideally situated to explore the rugged Southern Alps, the fjords, and the miles of endless coastline.

IES Christchurch sponsors field trips that give students a unique opportunity to enrich their classroom learning.

The University of Canterbury and IES also offer optional field trips to other parts of New Zealand (such as the Southern Alps and Wellington) at a reasonable cost, and routinely hosts cultural events and guest lectures for the general student body and for individual courses.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.


IES-Christchurch: University of Canterbury

The program is open to all undergraduate students. Any university student is eligible if s/he has completed 3 semesters of college by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

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

The University of Canterbury (UC) has hundreds of course offerings. In addition to course offerings across the disciplines, the University offers you unique opportunities for course-related trips through its four research stations.

For more information and to explore the course catalog click here.

This program also has service-learning opportunities available.

Even though you are directly enrolling in courses at UC, you will receive support, registration assistance and advising through IES as well.


Due to COVID-19, excursions are subject to change.

Even though your adventure starts in Christchurch, our mid-semester field trip to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands takes you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of this small island nation in the Pacific. (This trip is partially subsidized by IES Abroad. You are responsible for a portion of the cost.)

The University of Canterbury has established four field research stations throughout the South Island. These field stations are in the Southern Alps, on both the east and west coasts, and in different climatic regions. If you choose to study certain Biology, Forestry, Geography, or Geology courses, you may have the opportunity to do research at one of the field stations as part of your course.


As part of IES Abroad’s direct enrollment services, they offer well-located, comfortable housing for all students because securing housing independently can be challenging. IES Abroad’s housing options reflect the local student culture and meet our safety and security standards. 

Ilam Apartments – Located across from the University of Canterbury campus, the Ilam Apartments are home to more international students than Kiwis. You have your own bedroom in a four- to six-person suite. The apartments are fully furnished with kitchens, communal living areas, and free Internet connections. Limited meal plans can be purchased onsite after arrival, but are not included in the program fee.

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.

Program fee includes tuition, IES orientation, excursions.

Some program options may carry an additional fee, please see IES website for more details. 

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2023

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $16,000.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $4,505.00
Insurance $490.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $2,450.00
Local Transportation $400.00
Books and Supplies $300.00
Meals $2,950.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $2,000.00
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

IES-Christchurch: 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