As the second-oldest university in New Zealand, the University of Canterbury has had a proud tradition of research and educational excellence since its founding in 1873 by scholars from Oxford University. Serving nearly 15,000 students in the Christchurch suburb of Ilam, the university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a research-based environment, in disciplines ranging from engineering to fine arts to cultural studies. Canterbury also has a special endowment, the Erskine Fellowship, which makes it possible for staff from prestigious universities around the world to visit and teach at Canterbury. The University has around 70 such visitors each year, giving a further significant enrichment to its teaching programs.
The campus offers a pastoral backdrop for your studies. Its modern buildings are graced by lots of green space. The city of Christchurch is only 10 minutes away by bus, or 15 minutes by bike, through beautiful Hagley Park. The city of Christchurch, population 350,000, is the regional capital of the province of Canterbury. It is the largest city in the South Island, located on the central east coast. The colonial heritage of the city is evident amidst more contemporary architecture. The Canterbury region itself offers spectacular panoramic views of both ocean and mountain, and is perfectly situated to allow for both surfing and skiing on the same day.