Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Center for Global Education


University of Canterbury, Christchurch

Posted on July 22, 2010


The University of Canterbury was established in 1873 and is home to13,400 students each year including 2,100 international students from 50 countries. The university has seven faculties which include Arts, Commerce, Forestry, Law, Music, Fine Arts, and Science. The faculty are involved in cutting edge research in their respective fields and Canterbury is widely known for its Antarctic research and courses.


The University of Canterbury is located in the city of Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island and home to 360,000 New Zealanders or “Kiwis”. It is known as the Garden City due to the large number of trees, lakes, and golf courses abutting the downtown business district. It is also home to The Court Theatre, one of New Zealand’s most reputable theatre companies and the historic Arts Center. Christchurch is also close to beaches as well as to mountains for skiing and snowboarding and easily accessible to other parts of New Zealand.


Academic Year, Fall, and Spring Semesters

Program Dates

Fall (Semester II): early July – mid November
Spring (Semester I): early February - late June

Courses & Credit

Students enroll in three or four courses called “papers” for a total of 60 credits. Students earn 4.0 Wheaton credits per semester

Admission Requirements

Students with a minimum GPA of 2.8.

Housing & Board

Students live in either a single room in a catered residence hall (University Hall or Rochester & Rutherford) or in a shared, self-catered apartment complex called Illam Village which is located close to the campus.


Wheaton Comprehensive fee. Expenses covered include tuition and fees, housing and board (residence hall only), guidance with the New Zealand visa process, field station course fees, gym membership, New Zealand Insurance.

Other Expenses

Students are responsible for $500 administrative fee, passport fees, board (Illam Village only), housing fees during breaks, supplemental study abroad insurance, internet fees, a refundable housing deposit, linen fees, and personal expenses.


Materials are available in the Center for Global Education.


Make and appointment to see Gretchen Young in the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of the Center for Global Education.

Courses of Study

  • American Studies
  • Antarctic Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art Curatorship
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Classics
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Film
  • Fine Arts
  • Forestry
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • History
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Management
  • Maori Studies
  • Mass Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Pacific Studies
  • Peace Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • French
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Theatre

Some courses may be offered for academic year students only.

For complete list of courses, check out the University of Canterbury's site.

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