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University of Canterbury

About University of Canterbury

One of the leading research universities in New Zealand, the University of Canterbury was founded by scholars of Oxford and Cambridge universities in 1873, making it the second oldest in New Zealand and the fourth oldest in Australasia, Since its establishment, the University of Canterbury has produced graduates who have gone on to become leaders in their fields. Today, Canterbury graduates go on to high-calibre jobs, are accepted into prestigious university programmes and secure research positions around the world. The University is located in attractively landscaped grounds in the suburb of Ilam, ten minutes drive from the city centre and an international airport. Lecture theatres, research centres, libraries, laboratories, studios, computer workrooms, halls of residence and a host of other student services and facilities are all located on campus. The University is structured around five Colleges: Arts, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering and Science and a School of Law. Each balances a commitment to innovation with a well deserved reputation for academic excellence. Education is a significant investment, so it is reassuring that Canterbury offers qualifications that are recognized worldwide.

University Of Canterbury Highlight

  • UC is the 1st New Zealand university to receive the prestigious QS 5-star rating for internationally renowned research and teaching
  • UC is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide, 214th in the world by QS World University Rankings, 2017
  • UC is New Zealand’s second oldest university
  • UC is in the top 100 in the world for Civil and Structural Engineering — and has 15 subjects ranked in the world’s top 200 by QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017
  • UC is ranked in the world’s top 3% of universities and has a strong reputation for high-quality degrees, research active teaching staff, and world-class facilities
  • UC is ranked first or second in New Zealand for research in 10 of 17 disciplines

University Of Canterbury Facilities

  • Businesses on camBusinesses on campus
  • Learning spaces
  • Field Facilities Centre
  • Accessibility
  • Library
  • UC RecCentre
  • Early Childhood Learning Centre
  • Health Centre
  • Accommodation
  • Parking
  • Canterbury card
  • Onsite servicesus

University Of Canterbury Scholarships/ Financial Aid

Those enrolled in full-time programmes may work on-campus for 20 hours per week. Students may avail scholarships such as:

  • International First Year Scholarship: 25 scholarships; Value- 20,000 NZD.
  • UC Masters Scholarships: 25 Scholarships; tuition fees at the domestic rate.
  • UC International Doctoral Scholarships: tuition fees at the domestic rate + 21,000 NZD.
  • New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS): tuition fees at the domestic rate + 25,000 NZD + medical insurance up to 600 NZD per annum.

The University of Canterbury offers over $20 million in scholarships and prizes annually to help fund our students' study.

First Year Undergraduate Scholarships

The UC International First Year Scholarship is awarded with values of $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000. This scholarship recognises and supports top-achieving international students commencing an undergraduate degree programme at the University of Canterbury. Up to twenty-five scholarships may be awarded. These scholarships are also open to international students who are studying at NZ High schools and at UCIC.

UC College of Engineering offers generous scholarships to top undergraduate students

The UC College of Engineering offers generous scholarships to top undergraduate students. This scholarship recognises top international scholars and supports them in study towards an undergraduate Engineering degree at the University of Canterbury. Students awarded this scholarship are eligible to receive NZ$15,000-NZ$25,000 per annum for up to 4 years.

CLICK HERE for more Information on Scholarship.

University of Canterbury English language Requirments

English Proficiency Test Minimum Scores for UG Minimum Scores for PG
IELTS 6.0 6.5
TOEFL (iBT) 80 90
EAP at CCEL EAP2 Grade C+ EAP2 Grade B+

University of Canterbury Highlights

University Type Public University
Campus Setting Urban
Establishment Year 1873
No. of Campuses 1 main campus
No. of Residence Halls 10
Graduate Job Rate 89.9% (full time)
Research Funding Above 600,000 NZD pa
Cost of Attendance 29,550 NZD pa
Applications Accepted Online
Work-Study Available
Intake Type Semester wise
Mode of Program Full time and online

University of Canterbury Tuition fee

Courses UG PG Doctorate
Arts 25,500-30,200 29,000-33,800 6,749
Business 28,100 29,900 7,066
Engineering 42,000 42,000 8,130
Science 32,000 34,900-36,600 7,062–7,855
Law 30,200 33,800 7,066

New Zealand Living Expenses

In addition to your tuition and insurance fees, you will need between $20,000 and $25,000 per year ($380–480 per week) for accommodation/rent, food expenses, transportation costs, phone bills, internet usage and entertainment. No matter what your tuition or course fee is, the average living expense will be same for everyone. Please note that these amounts are just recommendations, Immigration New Zealand requirement is $15,000 per year plus return airfare or additional $2,000.

General expenses Cost
(in NZ dollars)
Rent (per month) $800–$950
Groceries (per week) $100–$150
Gym membership (per year) $300
Entertainment (per week) $50
Milk (per litre) $3
Coca Cola (per can) $2
Cup of Coffee $3–$5
Lunch from University food hall or campus café $7–$12
Local calls made from a cell-phone $0.50–$1.50
Taxi - 5 km ride $10–$12
Movie ticket $10–$14
Visit to doctor $45–$85

Know more about Studying in New Zealand

Tuition Fees in New Zealand (1st Year Average) BE/Btech NZD 24605 | MBA NZD 25694| MS NZD 29178 | BSc NZD 30702 | BBA NZD 22863 | MEng NZD 41589 | MIM NZD 34186 | MFin NZD 142025
Average Accomodation & Food Costs in New Zealand NZD 1250 Per Month
Entrance Exams in New Zealand TOEFL: 74 | IELTS: 6 |PTE: 53
Work and Study in New Zealand Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.
Post Study Work Permit in New Zealand One to Three Years Depending on the Region.
Cost of Student Visa in New Zealand NZD 295
Student Visa in New Zealand If a student wants to study full time in New Zealand for more than three months, and is willing to pay the full cost of the course, Fee-Paying Student Visa is for him/her.
Intakes in New Zealand There are Two Main Intakes in New Zealand: January Intake and July Intake.
Top Job Sectors in New Zealand Engineering, Software Developing/Programming, Medicine, Education, Accounts, Electrician, Automotive Technician, etc.
Economy in New Zealand Growth Rate of 2.8% (2018), 2.5% (2019e), 2.7% (2020e), 22nd Largest in the World by Nominal

Average Tuition Fee Per Year


$ 28,100


$ 29,900

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

$ 13,200

Campus accommodation

$ 0

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.

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