Overview

University of Canterbury

City: Christchurch
Language of instruction: English
  • Established in 1873 by scholars from Oxford and Cambridge
  • International reputation for academic excellence in both teaching and research
  • Situated in a spacious landscaped campus in the suburb of Ilam, Christchurch
  • Only 15 minutes from the central city and 10 minutes from the International Airport
  • The campus is attractively landscaped, with plenty of green space to relax with friends between lectures
  • Modern facilities include four libraries, computer suites with 24‐hour access, lecture theatres, laboratories, studios, six halls of residence and a host of student services and facilities, including cafés, bars, a health centre and pharmacy, recreation facilities, childcare facilities, shops, an art gallery and an events centre
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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsEngineeringForestryHealth SciencesLand and Food SystemsManagement (UBCO)Science

ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Split year Term 2 +1 (UBC Term 2 start)

Who can go?

  • Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative 70% average to apply to this partnership

Term dates

  • Semester 1: Mid February to Late June
  • Semester 2: Mid July to Mid November

Timing

What term to list on your Go Global Application:

  • Term 1: if planning to take UC's semester 2
  • Term 2: if planning to take UC's semester 1
  • Full year: if planning to take UC's semester 2 and then take UC's Semester 1
  • Split year: if planning to take UC's semester 1 and then take UC's semester 2
Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

  • Canterbury points divided by 4 = UBC credits

Passing grade

C-

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Graduate research

Course information and restrictions

  • In Arts, Science and Commerce, the undergraduate (Bachelor) degree is a 3 year degree at Canterbury
  • 300 level courses are the most advanced undergraduate courses in these areas, and 400 level courses are graduate courses (exchange students are not elligible to 400 level courses)
  • Note: some professional degrees such as Forestry, Speech and Language Therapy, Social Work and Engineering are 4 year degrees and 400 level courses in these areas are therefore classed as undergraduate courses
  • Exchange students may be permitted to take 400 level courses in these disciplines if they have the necessary pre‐requisites and the approval of the relevant department

Full course load information

  • A normal workload: 60 points/ semester (or 120 points for one year)
  • Minimum course load: 45 points per semester (90 points per year)
  • Maximum load: 75 points per semester

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

Applied Science (Engineering)
UBC course: MECH 380
Title: Engineering Fluid Mechanics
Partner course code: ENME 304
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-11-14
UBC course: MECH 466
Title: Controls and Vibrations
Partner course code: ENME 303
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-09-25
UBC course: MECH 466
Title: ENME303S1 - Controls and Vibrations
Partner course code: ENME 303
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-09-25
Arts
UBC course: ANTH 2nd
Title: Exploring the Past
Partner course code: ANTH 238
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-08-05
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Anthropology of Food And Eating
Partner course code: ANTH 208
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-08-05
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Doing Ethnography: Concepts and Practices
Partner course code: ANTH 301
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-22
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Land Journeys and Ethics
Partner course code: TEPE 112-15S2
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-31
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Science, Maori, and Indigenous Knowledge
Partner course code: MAOR 172
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-24
UBC course: ARTS 4th
Title: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Partner course code: LAWS 358
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-01-18
UBC course: ECON 101
Title: Introduction to Microeconomics
Partner course code: ECON 104
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-07
UBC course: ECON 102
Title: Introduction to Macroeconomics
Partner course code: ECON 105
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-07
UBC course: GEOB 270
Title: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Partner course code: GEOG 205
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-17
UBC course: GEOB 370
Title: Advanced GIS
Partner course code: GEOG 324
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-03-09
UBC course: PHIL 101
Title: God, Mind and Freedom
Partner course code: PHIL 132
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-13
UBC course: PHIL 347
Title: Philosophy of Religion: Rationality, Science, and the God Hypothesis
Partner course code: PHIL 229
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-03-12
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Maori Futures
Partner course code: POLS 358
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-03-04
UBC course: PSYC 321
Title: Environmental Psychology
Partner course code: PSYC 341
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-11-06
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Environmental Psychology
Partner course code: PSYC 341
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-11-09
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Media and Society
Partner course code: COMS 101
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-22
Commerce
UBC course: COMM 386J
Title: Managing Corporate Social Responsibility
Partner course code: MGMT 333
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-05
UBC course: COMM 465
Title: MKTG100S1 - Principles of Marketing
Partner course code: MKTG 100
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-09-13
UBC course: COMM 473
Title: FINC201S1 - Business Finance
Partner course code: FINC 201
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-09-13
UBC course: COMM 486C
Title: Business, Society and the Environment
Partner course code: MGMT 230
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-01
UBC course: ECON 355
Title: International Trade
Partner course code: ECON 222
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-22
Forestry
UBC course: FRST 100
Title: Trees, Forests and the Environment
Partner course code: FORE 111
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-06-03
UBC course: SPAN 101
Title: Beginner's Spanish
Partner course code: SPAN 101
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2017-05-08
Science
UBC course: BIOL 1st
Title: Antarctic Studies: Life in Cold
Partner course code: ANTA 103
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-11-18
UBC course: BIOL 204
Title: Vertebrate Biology
Partner course code: BIOL 210
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-01-09
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Marine Biology and Ecology
Partner course code: BIOL 212
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-06-17
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: New Zealand Biodiversity and Biosecurity
Partner course code: BIOL 273
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-01-14
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Population Ecology and Conservation
Partner course code: BIOL 378
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-06-17
UBC course: BIOL 402
Title: Freshwater Ecosystems
Partner course code: BIOL 375
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-01-14
UBC course: BIOL 410
Title: Behavioural Ecology
Partner course code: BIOL 373
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-01-13
UBC course: BIOL 418
Title: Evolutionary Ecology
Partner course code: BIOL 371
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-01-13
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: Marine Ecosystems
Partner course code: BIOL 374
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-01-14
UBC course: EOSC 2nd
Title: Antarctica and Global Change
Partner course code: ANTA 201
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-21
UBC course: EOSC 323
Title: Structural Geology and Global Geophysics
Partner course code: GEOL 244
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-09-10
UBC course: EOSC 331
Title: Geothermal and Ore Exploration
Partner course code: GEOL 337
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-08-21
UBC course: EOSC 3rd
Title: Principles of Basin Analysis
Partner course code: GEOL 331
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-08-21
UBC course: EOSC 3rd
Title: Engineering and Mining Geology
Partner course code: GEOL 338
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-08-21
UBC course: EOSC 3rd
Title: Geodynamics and Geohazards
Partner course code: GEOL 354
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-08-21
UBC course: GEOB 373
Title: Remote Sensing Data for Geographic Analysis
Partner course code: GEOG 313
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-07-21
UBC course: GEOB 408
Title: Snow, Ice and Climate
Partner course code: GEOG 312
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-08-08
UBC course: GEOG 316
Title: Environmental Hazards and Disasters
Partner course code: geog 215
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-08-19

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Environment, Development and Disaster
Partner course code: ANTH 313
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-09-03
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Aotearoa: Introduction to Traditional Maori Society
Partner course code: MAOR 107
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-02-01
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Land Journeys and Ethics
Partner course code: SPCO 126
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-02-04
UBC course: BIOL 2nd
Title: Principles of Animal Behaviour
Partner course code: BIOL 272
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-10-24
UBC course: CULT 1st
Title: He Timatanga: Engaging with Maori
Partner course code: MAOR 165
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-19
UBC course: EESC 335
Title: Advanced Field Techniques
Partner course code: GEOL 351
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-02-05
UBC course: EESC 356
Title: Depositional Environments and Stratigraphy
Partner course code: GEOL 243
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-02-05
UBC course: EESC 3rd
Title: Geodynamics and Geohazards
Partner course code: GEOL 354
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-02-05
UBC course: ENGL 2nd
Title: Crime Stories
Partner course code: CULT 252
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-12
UBC course: GEOG 1st
Title: Antarctica: Life in the Cold
Partner course code: ANTA 103
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-10-16
UBC course: GEOG 380
Title: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Science
Partner course code: GEOG 205
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-02-04
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Biological Psychology
Partner course code: PSYC 333
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-19
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Special Topic: Contemporary Issues in Family Psychology
Partner course code: PSYC 348
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-08-02
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Special Topic: Learning and Behaviour Analysis
Partner course code: PSYC 349
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-09-04
Health and Social Development
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Land Journeys and Ethics
Partner course code: TEPE 112
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-06
UBC course: HEAL 3rd
Title: Critical Analysis of Contemporary Health Issues
Partner course code: HLED 322
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-18
UBC course: HMKN 2nd
Title: Sport Nutrition
Partner course code: SPCO 107
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-08-12
UBC course: HMKN 2nd
Title: Sports Injuries and their Management
Partner course code: SPCO 221
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-12
UBC course: HMKN 2nd
Title: Athlete-Centered Coaching 1
Partner course code: SPCO 201
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-12
UBC course: HMKN 2nd
Title: Ethics in Sport
Partner course code: SPCO 207
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-06
UBC course: HMKN 302
Title: Sociology of Sport
Partner course code: SPCO 305
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-19
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Health in New Zealand
Partner course code: HLTH 202
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-04
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Sports Psychology 2
Partner course code: SPCO 223
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-08-12
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Nutrition and Physical Activity
Partner course code: HLED 223
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-11
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Performance Analysis
Partner course code: SPCO 231
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-11
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Introduction to Strength and Conditioning
Partner course code: SPCO 241
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-08-12
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Weight Management
Partner course code: spco 242
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-04
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Athlete-Centred Coaching 2
Partner course code: SPCO 302
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-25
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Athletes with Disabilities
Partner course code: SPCO 308
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-10-17
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Applied Exercise Physiology
Partner course code: SPCO 309
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-25
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Performance Analysis 2: Tools and Techniques
Partner course code: SPCO 331
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-09
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Strength and Conditioning for Sports Performance
Partner course code: SPCO 341
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-12
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Sport and Culture in New Zealand
Partner course code: SPCO 208
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-25
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Environmental and Occupational Health
Partner course code: HLTH 214
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-04
Management
UBC course: MGMT 1st
Title: Principles of Marketing
Partner course code: mktg 100
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-12
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campusOn-campus

Housing notes

  • Availability at UC Accommodation Student Village is guaranteed for exchange students provided that they apply for accommodation online by the deadline and return all subsequent contracts by the required deadlines
  • Information at: UC Accommodation Student Village
  • When making travel plans, it’s very important that students also refer to the above accommodation website for the move‐in dates, since if they arrive earlier than the move in dates they would need to find temporary accommodation until the move‐in time

Information on accommodation

How to applyBack to UBCO