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  • Locations: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Winter-Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: IFSA-Butler 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter-Spring 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 02/10/2022 06/20/2022
Calendar Year 2021 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills University Studies Requirement: Yes, Reporting Live Supplemental Course
Program Description:

Program OverviewIFSA Canterbury

Established in 1873 by scholars of Oxford and Cambridge, the University of Canterbury is ranked amongst the top 3% of universities in the world. If you are interested in hiking, snow sports, rock-climbing or pretty much anything outdoors, prepare for Canterbury to steal your heart and fill up your Instagram feed.

University of Canterbury Benefits:

  • Participate in the community-based learning opportunity related to the Christchurch earthquakes, providing an easy way to get involved in the community and learn more about earthquake hazards in New Zealand, as well as the various fields that contribute to the response to and mitigation of these hazards
  • Gain real-world experience through the internship program, where you will work with community/government/non-profit organizations in Christchurch and gain academic credit
  • Ranked among the world's top 250 universities, the University of Canterbury was established in 1873 by scholars of Oxford and Cambridge
  • Campus offers numerous amenities, including four libraries, 24-hour computer labs, cafes and restaurants, student health center and recreation center 
  • Business students study at an AACSB accredited School of Business and Economics
  • Enjoy concerts and performances at Court Theatre or visit Christchurch's city center just 15 minutes away
  • Get involved with more than 110 social, cultural and athletic clubs and societies
  • Low-cost bike rentals available at the housing complex

Program Focus

Community-Based Learning
IFSA students can participate in Canterbury's unique community based learning opportunity, the CHCH 101 Strengthening Communities through Social Innovation course. Class participants integrate up to 30 hours of community service (completed as a whole class and individually) which builds on the community spirit of Canterbury’s Student Volunteer Army. This opportunity includes both community service hours and academic content related to volunteering in general and the rebuild of Christchurch after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

This opportunity is worth 15 Canterbury points, or 4 U.S. semester credit hours. Interested students should indicate CHCH101 on their IFSA course preference form.

Students are able to enroll in a for-credit internship opportunity where they will work with a local New Zealand organization or business on a special project, under the supervision of a specialist lecturer. Students who enroll in PACE 295 will complete approximately 75 hours in their internship placement over the course of the semester. The internship is worth 15 Canterbury points, or 4 U.S. semester credit hours, and is taken in place of one regular class. A double credit (30 Canterbury points/8 U.S. semester credit hour) option may also be available. Internship placements are available in a variety of areas and are open to students from all academic backgrounds. Some past examples of projects include:
  • Filmmaking, radio production, media and communications
  • Food sustainability and urban gardening
  • Non-profit/charity work
  • Event planning
  • GIS mapping and environmental projects
  • Health care and community wellbeing facilitation
  • Social entrepreneurship

Project-Based Learning
Students have the option to work with a local business or start-up venture by enrolling in BSNS290 Enterprise in Practice. This for-credit course allows students to apply academic skills and knowledge to a practical project. This course is offered through Canterbury’s Center for Entrepreneurship, which also offers mentoring, seminars and development boot camps to students who would like to pursue further entrepreneurial discovery. Students who enroll in BSNS290 may work on their own start-up, team up with an existing student start-up or undertake a project for a local business or social enterprise. 
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Program Provider IFSA-Butler
Program Dates Current IFSA Calendar

Fall Semester with IFSA = Fall Quarter at PSU
Spring Semester with IFSA = Winter & Spring Quarters at PSU*
Areas of Study Explore the courses offered on this program

This program is a good fit for the following majors:
  • Community Development
  • World Languages
  • Humanities
  • International Studies
  • Liberal Arts
  • Social Science
Credits Students enroll in 18 quarter credits.
Capstone Option Reporting Live Capstone available during Fall & Spring Quarters
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  English
Housing Other, arranged by provider
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.50

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Program Fee Click here to view the IFSA Program Fee*

*PSU Students receive an automatic $2,000 program discount on IFSA Butler programs!
PSU Fees Click here to view PSU Fees

Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account. 
Scholarships PSU Students receive an automatic $2,000 program discount!

IFSA-Butler Program Fee Includes the Following:

  • Tuition
  • Excursions
  • Accommodations
  • All meals
  • Medical insurance
  • On-site orientation
  • Pre-departure and on-site support