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Semester Abroad in New Zealand

Group starting out on Fresher's camping trip Study Abroad students on the Moeraki Boulders Lake Manapouri Kayaking


A New Zealand semester abroad provides opportunities to study in places surrounded by beautiful landscapes while receiving a high level of international education at one of three university locations:

The University of Waikato, Hamilton: Waikato, the only North Island location currently provided has a beautiful history founded on the volcanic eruption of the Lake Taupo Volcano 1800 years ago. Hamilton provides students with a multitude of opportunities beginning the "O" week: a time of celebration as all the new students enter campus. Waikato knows how to start you off, but each student must take on the challenge to explore New Zealand after the initial plunge into campus life. .

The University of Canterbury, Christchurch: At Canterbury, located in the largest city of the South Island, students will find Christchurch to be leading the path to becoming the Garden city (to become the most modern and sustainable city) by limiting the space provided to the business district and giving it to parkland as well as limiting the height of buildings to seven stories.The city also offers a huge range of exciting recreational options in nearby locations of incredible natural beauty including the rugged beauty of Banks Peninsula, the historic French town of Akaroa, thermal hot springs at Hanmer, snowboarding on the Southern Alps and whale watching near Kaikoura.

The University of Otago, Dunedin: Otago in Dunedin, a university town with a strong Scottish heritage and colonies of albatross and penguins on the peninsular nearby. In Dunedin, students can relax at the gardens, visit the galleries and museums, catch some waves, cycle the Otago Peninsula, or take some spring water at the Speight’s tap - it’s free and there are no chemicals added to it. Otago is the first university to appoint a full-time volunteering coordinator, who will help students arrange activities. Volunteering placements are also a feature of some of Otago’s First Semester Sociology papers, if students wish to learn sociological theories and apply them to volunteering then have them check out SOCI202.  SOCI306 is another great course where students take on a real world problem solving project in the field for a community group.  Check-out a couple websites that will give you an idea of this University are and a clip from Study Dunedin.

No matter which campus, there is something exciting in store for each student going to New Zealand.


The academic year in New Zealand is the reverse of the USA. The first semester runs from approximately February 1st to mid-June, and the second semester from approximately July 5th to mid-November.


The New Zealand universities are strong in the fields of: Marine Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, Computer Science, Forestry, Environmental Science, Business, Humanities, Health Sciences, Maori Studies, Education, Law, and much more!

Selection Criterium

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required at the time of application for all three University locations in New Zealand.


Students stay in University arranged housing, and prepare their own meals.

Other Information

Download PDF of Program Brochure

Download PDF of Information Packet