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University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury
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University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury was established in 1873 as Canterbury College. Housed in graceful stone buildings on a central city block, it was dependent for survival on rents from high country farms with which it had been endowed by the Canterbury Provincial Council. It was set up on the Oxbridge model with one major difference: women students were admitted at the beginning.

Canterbury offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in 50 disciplines starting from accountancy to zoology. It has a number of specialist research centers and operates five major field stations at Kaikoura, Mt John (University Observatory), Cass, Westport and Harihari.

Around 12,000 students are enrolled and each year about 3000 students graduate, 650 of them with higher degrees. The University has retained links with the old town site, now home to the Christchurch Arts Centre, using it as the starting point for graduation processions each year.

Campus of University of Canterbury –


The University of Canterbury is located in the North West of Christchurch. It is New Zealand's South Islands largest city, close to the international airport, which is just 10 minutes drive from the University. The campus is attractively landscaped, with plenty of space to relax with friends between lectures.

Why Choose University of Canterbury?

  • Developing tomorrow’s leaders: The University has been committed to producing leaders for over 130 years.
  • Students and alumni: UC has one of the most diverse and vibrant student cultures of any New Zealand university.
  • Faculties and programs: UC has seven faculties which provide wide range of programs.
  • Facilities: The University provides state of art infrastructure to its students and faculty.

Facilities at University of Canterbury –


  • Libraries
  • IT Services
  • Accommodation
  • Recreation Facilities
  • Health Centre
  • Childcare Facilities

Colleges/Schools at University of Canterbury –


  • College of Arts
  • College of Business and Economics
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Science
  • College of Education
  • School of Law

Support Services at University of Canterbury –


At UC they are committed in helping students succeed in their studies. There is a range of excellent support services available:

  • Orientation program helps students settle into university life by introducing them to UC and the services available.
  • Mentoring program provides student mentors who will help students.
  • Adjust to life on campus and give friendly support.
  • Student hub is a place for information and support from other students and the wider UC community.
  • Learning skills centre teaches academic skills to master essays, reports and exams.

UC Career Hub at University of Canterbury –


This web based software delivers information on:

  • Job vacancies, application details and job closing dates
  • Links to employers websites
  • Employer campus presentations
  • Upcoming career fairs and expos
  • Career related articles and links
  • News from careers, internships and employment
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