University of Canterbury Courses

A full-time course load as defined by Arcadia University is 12-16 U.S. credits per semester.

  • Make sure your courses transfer back for credit with your home school and that you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school policies – this is your responsibility.
  • Please be flexible about courses – we can’t guarantee placement in specific courses.
  • Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

Special Considerations

Canterbury faculty will review your home school transcript to ensure that you have completed the equivalent prerequisites.

Course Restrictions

  • There are limits on capacity in some civil engineering courses.
  • Study abroad students are restricted from taking Studio Arts courses and most "Teacher Training" courses - this does include all Education courses.

Choosing Your Courses

A full-time course load is equivalent to four courses at Lincoln University.

University of Canterbury Credit Point Units U.S. University Semester Hours of Credit
15 4

In the Canterbury course catalog:

  • Select the subject(s) of interest.
  • Scroll to the Courses heading and click the that allows you to see all the courses in this subject.
  • You will find relevant details for each course, including the course description, point value and semester the course is on offer by clicking on the course code/title.

Special Nomenclature

New Zealand Term U.S. Equivalent
Faculty Department, School or College
Semester 1 Spring Semester
Semester 2 Fall Semester

Enrollment Process

Soon after receiving your offer letter you will receive an email directly from University of Canterbury with your course approvals and instructions on how to pre-enroll. Course registration will be finalized when you arrive on campus.

Course enrollments will not be finalized until students are on campus. The preliminary course form students submit to Arcadia prior to departure does not guarantee approval or enrollment in those courses. There is an add/drop period at the beginning of each semester that allows students to make changes to course enrollments. If you make any changes it is your responsibility to inform your home institution.

If your enrollment is conditional upon entry into a specific course or courses, it is very important that you indicate these requirements at the bottom of the preliminary course form on your Arcadia Passport.

Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Grade Description Ranking Suggested U.S. Equivalent
A+ High First 85 - 100% A
A Clear First 80 - 84% A
A- Bare First 75 - 79% A
B+ High Second 70 - 74% B
B Clear Second 65 - 69% B
B- Bare Second 60 - 64% B
C+ Sound Pass 55 - 59% C
C Pass 50 - 54% C
C- Marginal Pass 50 - 54% C
D Failure 40 - 49% F
F Failure 0 - 39% F
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Possible additional fees for courses that include laboratory work, field excursions or theater trips. Please refer to the online course description.