Hampshire Exchange in New Zealand

Program Details

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand (South Island)
Term: Fall semester (Semester 2: Jul.-Nov.), spring semester (Semester 1: Feb.-Jun.), academic year (Feb.-Nov.)
Type of Program: Full time university enrollment
Language of Instruction: English
Fields of Study: Most subjects across Liberal Arts, Science, Forestry, Education, and Business
Prerequisites: None

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About the University of Canterbury

Surrounded by a spectacular natural environment offering limitless outdoor adventure, the University of Canterbury (Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha) is renowned for high-quality courses, unique applied learning opportunities and a supportive campus community. Study abroad students are integrated into the university’s undergraduate programs, campus life, and the innovative Christchurch community. 


Founded in the mid-1800s by scholars from Oxford and Cambridge, the University of Canterbury (UC) is now ranked in the world’s top 3% of universities (QS 2014/15) with over 100 programs across five colleges (Liberal Arts; Business and Law; Education; Engineering and Science).


At UC, study abroad and exchange students study alongside degree-seeking students across a comprehensive range of subjects, including unique programs such as Antarctic studies, Māori and Indigenous studies, Communication Disorders, Forestry, and courses in New Zealand and Pacific literature, history, and politics. UC actively nurtures innovators and entrepreneurs. Students will test their knowledge through practical application in the University of Canterbury's state-of-the-art labs and classrooms. Over 35% of UC courses include hands-on research or a field-based component, and many science courses include field trips featuring New Zealand’s unique plants and animals, geology, biodiversity, and marine life.

Study abroad students take an average of four (4) courses either across disciplines or within a specific subject area depending on their needs and interests. Some course restrictions and prerequisites apply. Carefully review UC’s Qualifications and Courses for detailed information on subject areas and courses being offered during the current or upcoming academic year.


UC’s College of Art offers students the opportunity to intern with a local New Zealand business or organization on a special project. Internship students enroll in the PACE 297 Internship, which is the equivalent of 1 course. Past internships have focused on media and communications, food sustainability, non-profit events and projects, environmental research, health care, film-making, social entrepreneurship, and much more!

Service Learning and Community Engagement

As part of their academic program at UC, students can also choose to take CHCH 101: Strengthening Communities through Social Innovation. This for-credit course combines service efforts with academic content about community engagement as participants support service projects related to social innovation and volunteerism in the context of post-earthquake Christchurch. 

Housing and Meals

Students are housed through University of Canterbury accommodations. Study abroad students are housed in self-catered apartments within UC’s Student Village, a 5-10 minute walk to campus, shops, and transportation. Apartments are furnished and offer residents their own bedrooms, with internet and shared kitchen, living room, and bathroom.

Students also have the option to purchase a meal plan at a nearby UC residence hall should they choose to do so.

For more information, please see UC's Study Abroad Student Accommodation.

Program Costs

Hampshire Exchange Fees and Financial Aid provides detailed information on the fee policy, withdrawal policy, and how financial aid may apply.

  • Tuition Fees: Hampshire tuition
  • Housing Fees: Hampshire room fees
  • Other expenses: Students are responsible for the cost of meals; passport and visa fees; international and local transportation including airfare; books and supplies; health insurance; and personal expenses. 


The Hampshire Exchange program at the University of Canterbury is open to Division II Hampshire College students.

Review detailed information on eligibility requirements and policies in the Hampshire College Handbook under Exchange, Field Study, & Short-term Field Courses.

How to Apply

  1. Meet with the GEO: Students are required to meet with the GEO program manager for this exchange program before submitting an application. 
  2. Review Applying to a Hampshire Exchange Program: Includes deadlines, application instructions, requirements, and procedures.
  3. Apply now: Students apply online through HampGOES (Hampshire's Global Experience System).


Contact the GEO program manager:

Allison Kretschmar