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  • Locations: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Duke applicants only
Fact Sheet:
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Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-Duke Students: No Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Apartment, Homestay, Residence Hall Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Alayne Wood
Minimum Class Level: Sophomore Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0
Click here for a definition of this term Course Load: 15 points/course to equal 60 points/semester Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: None
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Art History, Arts & Humanities, Arts and Media, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Classical Studies, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Cultural Anthropology, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Economics, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Engineering, English, Environmental Science and Policy, Finance, Global Cultural Studies, Global Health, Health Policy, History, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Latin, Linguistics, Literature, Markets and Management Studies, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Music, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology and Neuroscience, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Sociology, Statistical Science Duke Administered Program?: No
Program Description:

Please note that the Duke Study  Abroad Fee will be charged to students enrolled in this program. For more information about the fee, please see


Spend a semester or year at New Zealand's second-oldest university and a center of research and academic excellence. The University of Canterbury is located a short bus ride from the city of Christchurch in the province of Canterbury, an area known for its supreme natural beauty and proximity to both mountains and sea, with all the outdoor adventures that await there.

Canterbury's academic program is divided amongst five colleges and a school of law. It is well-known for its engineering program, and it is only one of two universities in New Zealand to offer this major. It is the only university to offer speech and language therapy, and astronomy. The university boasts a number of field stations for the study of marine science and geology. It has particular strengths in engineering, biological sciences, chemistry, anthropology, religious studies, philosophy and law, and offers an Antarctic studies program.

Canterbury has an international student population of 2,000, with students hailing from all over the globe.  International Students are provided with a wide range of support services. The university also has a comfortable and relaxed International Student Support Center, staffed by advisors who are available to assist you throughout your Study Abroad program.


Frontiers Abroad: this is a unique program approved by Duke and designed for students majoring in Geology, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Chemistry (or similar) Biology, GeoSciences, Environmental Analysis, Physics, or Environmental Engineering.

Frontiers Abroad offers geologic and earth system science study abroad programmes in New Zealand

Frontiers Abroad offers two unique study abroad programmes for geology, earth system, environmental, and marine science students: The Geology of New Zealand (Go2NZ) and Earth System Study of Science Abroad Programme (ES3cAPe). Both programs begin with a 5-week field camp followed by a campus semester at either the University of Auckland or the University of Canterbury. For more information, please see the Frontiers Abroad website: Note that there is a separate application for students interested in participating with Frontier's Abroad (see their website for instructions).