Why UC

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UC offers a stimulating range of courses, a vibrant campus environment with students from around the globe and a great student lifestyle.

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Founded in 1873 by scholars from Oxford and Cambridge universities, Canterbury University moved to its current campus in Ilam in the 1970s, from what is now the Christchurch Arts centre precinct of heritage buildings. UC has a proud place in the history of Christchurch, and a vital role in the city’s future. This includes its role educating future leaders, as well as its academic and research activities.


Top Ranked University

UC is placed among the top universities in New Zealand, and 49th in the world for Civil and Structural Engineering, and has 9 subjects that are ranked in the world’s top 100.


Enrol in innovative programmes

UC is a comprehensive university offering over 100 programmes, from Foundation Studies to doctoral studies, in over 150 disciplines, from Accounting to Zoology.

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Learn from the best academic staff

UC has modern teaching and research facilities and has been awarded a 5-Star QS ranking for internationally-renowned research and teaching.

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The University is like a miniature city designed especially for students, with everything you need all on one site in Ilam, Christchurch. Located in 87 hectares of park-like surroundings, the University of Canterbury offers students a spacious, relaxed setting within which to work and play.


Get involved in a vibrant student community

At UC your education doesn't end at the lecture theatre door. Join a community where you can be who you are and do what you love. You will live and learn among inspiring and talented people from a range of backgrounds.

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Get outdoors in Canterbury

Canterbury is made for outdoor recreation – bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Southern Alps, the region is packed with rolling hills, mountains and waterways. There is something for every energy and adrenaline level.


Explore UC’s campus

With expansive green spaces and gardens the University's campus simply builds off of the natural beauty it is located within. The campus is a central hub facilitating transformative learning and student success.

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The University of Canterbury is a truly holistic place of learning, made up of 7 outstanding dimensions that will prepare you to change the world.

At UC you won’t find yourself just sitting in a lecture theatre. Instead, you’ll gain a total educational experience. With world-class academics, a diverse and welcoming culture, a huge range of clubs and opportunities both on and off campus, international exchanges and so much more, you’ll graduate with the skills and confidence you need to succeed in an ever-changing world.

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Did you know UC is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide? Founded over 140 years ago, our legacy of celebrated graduates has shaped the world we live in today. Here, you’ll learn from passionate lecturers in over 100 programmes of study. You’ll have a chance to be part of ground-breaking research at our research centres and field stations. Best of all, you’ll graduate with an excellent academic qualification under your belt.

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Get switched on, get hands on. Over 35% of our courses will get you out into the workplace or the community. The result? When it comes to interview time, you’ll have the kind of real experience employers are looking for. Budding entrepreneurs will have the chance to shine with entré, the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship and the UC Hatchery, which are dedicated to supporting innovation and student start-up ventures. At UC you’ll create connections that count.

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The city of Christchurch is a growing hotbed of opportunity. Developments and initiatives are popping up at a rapid pace and our graduates are perfectly poised to access these opportunities. Over the last few years our students have earned an international reputation for their community involvement. Get involved by joining the Student Volunteer Army or connect with a range of local organisations — Christchurch is a great place to be!

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At UC we are committed to biculturalism. That’s a good thing for Aotearoa New Zealand, and a good thing for you too. As part of this commitment we work with Ngāi Tahu, the tangata whenua in our region. At UC you’ll gain bicultural perspectives and experience in your courses of study through engaging with course content, ideas and activities in your chosen subjects. You can also take specific courses on Māori languageculture, art, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

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Come to UC and get ready to see the world. We have exchange agreements with over 50 universities worldwide in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. We also bring the world to UC. Our unique Erskine Fellowship programme brings 75 international academics each year to teach at UC. We don’t just promise a global perspective, we deliver a global experience.

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What are your strengths? Your interests? Your learning style? At UC you’ll have a dedicated support system to help you find your way and make the most of uni life. From your first week you can pair up with a second or third year ‘student buddy’ who will show you the ropes and make sure all your questions are covered. Approaching graduation your Co-Curricular Record — an electronic record of verified extra-curricular activities — will add that real-world edge to your CV.

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From the sea to the mountains and everything in between, UC is on the doorstep of a massive outdoor ‘playground’. Grab your snowboard/surfboard/mountain bike/trail shoes and give it a go. On campus you’ll have your choice of high-end accommodation and all the amenities of a fully equipped student village. At its heart, UC features a thriving student association plus over 130 student-led clubs covering every interest under the sun!

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