Study New Zealand's culture through the Arts
The College of Arts offers many courses in which you can learn about and engage with New Zealand's unique culture, history, customs and traditions, and interact with teachers who know more about these subjects than anyone else in the world. You will be able to watch our movies and plays, listen to our music, read our books, and learn about our landscape through our art, while living in the country that inspired them all.
Get out of the classroom
Many courses in the arts at UC get you out of the classroom and into the local environment and community. The university has an extensive network of field stations and connections with local businesses and organisations that provide a range of exciting off-campus opportunities for study abroad students.
Courses with off-campus experiences
- Science, Māori and Indigenous Knowledge MAOR 172 - Features an overnight stay at the Kaikoura Field Station in coastal North Canterbury.
- He Timatanga: Engaging with Māori MAOR 165 - Includes a visit to a local marae (indigenous cultural meeting place)
- Internship PACE 295/395 - Includes placements with local businesses and community organisations.
- International Contemporary Art ARTH 215 - Includes visits to Christchurch city art galleries and street art installations.
- Indigenous Practice HRSV 304 - Features one or more marae (indigenous cultural meeting place) based hui (meeting).
- New Zealand Local Government: Urban Politics and Policy in Practice POLS216 - Includes an overnight stay at the Westport field station on the South Island’s rugged West Coast.
- Environmental Politics and Policy POLS 304 - Features an overnight stay at the Kaikoura Field Station in coastal North Canterbury.
As a UC Study Abroad student, you’ll have the chance to gain work experience and apply your analytical skills in PACE 295, a for-credit internship course offered by UC’s College of Arts which combines academic theory with a real-world internship project.
Students accepted into the internship course work with a local New Zealand organisation on a specially designed project, under the supervision of a specialist lecturer. The hours are flexible and can be completed throughout the semester and/or during term breaks, and each project has measurable milestones.
PACE 295 is worth 15 points and can be taken alongside other UC courses. A 300-level version of the course worth 30 points is also available.
Past internship projects
- Food Sustainability Network and urban gardens project work
- GIS mapping and environmental projects
- Health care and community wellbeing facilitators and conference organisation
- Working with social entrepreneurship organisations and companies
- Film, photography and documentaries, and many more.
Find out more about Internships at UC.
UC offers a wide range of Liberal Arts courses from Languages to Humanities and Social Sciences. We recommend international students consider courses with unique New Zealand content so that you will be able to fully experience New Zealand.
The following courses are just a taste of what’s on offer at UC. See www.canterbury.ac.nz/courses for more courses.
Courses with unique New Zealand content
- Inventing New Zealand in Literature ENGL 210
- New Zealand History from Waka to Weta HIST 128
- Kiwi Culture HIST 243
- Indigenous peoples, development and anthropology MAOR 170
- New Zealand English LING 310
- Aotearoa: Introduction to Traditional Māori Society MAOR 107
- Science, Māori and Indigenous Knowledge MAOR 172
- Te Ao Hauora Tangata: Māori Health Perspectives MAOR 270
- Te Ao Tawhito: The Ancient Māori World MAOR 214
- Whakaaro Wairua: Māori Spiritual Beliefs and Philosophies MAOR 373
- Conversational Māori for Absolute Beginners TREO 110
- Kapa Haka – Introducing Māori Performing Arts TREO 282
- Introduction to New Zealand Politics & Policy POLS 103
- New Zealand Local Government: Politics & Policy in Practice POLS 216
- The History of Gangs in New Zealand SOCI 293
- On Air and Online: Broadcasting and New Zealand COMS 307
- Indigenous Practice HRSV 304
- Environmental Politics and Policy POLS 304
- New Zealand Local Government: Urban Politics and Policy in Practice POLS 216
In May 2016, a group of students from Ohio State University visited UC as part of the Global May programme.
Meikko Forones, Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science. Studying towards an Master of Arts in Political Science
Want to know more about Arts at UC?
Talk to our International and Internship Coordinator