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Destinations! New Zealand

Fall Semesters

early/mid-July to mid/late-November (Exact dates subject to confirmation by Canterbury University)

Spring Semsters

late January to early July (Exact dates subject to confirmation by Canterbury University)

UWSP Course Equivalents:
There are a variety of classes at Canterbury University approved for UWSP course credit.  This list does change, but the most recent chart can be accessed HERE​.

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has sponsored extraordinary study/travel programs to the South Pacific since 1983.  The spring semester in New Zealand offers you the opportunity to experience perhaps the most beautiful country in the world.  Your host, the University of Canterbury is located in Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand's South Island.  The university offers world-class research, inspirational teaching, a vibrant campus environment and a student population from around the world.

INTERNSHIPS are available for our students studying in Christchurch: Internships Flyer NZ.pdf

Application Deadline:  April 1 for the following year's spring semester and December 1 for the following fall.  If you have missed the deadline, please check with the International Programs Office for information on potential availability.

Go to the Applications page to find out how to get an application.


Sophomores, juniors, and seniors from all disciplines. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above is required. Preference is given to upperclassmen. Academic fit, maturity, motivation, and preparation are important.


Cost Includes:

  • 16-week academic program.
  • Room and board in Christchurch on campus or with with families.
  • UWSP fulltime undergraduate tuition for Wisconsin residents (Minnesota students who qualify for reciprocity pay approx. $325 surcharge, other out-of-staters pay $1000).
  • Comprehensive orientation and support services
  • UW-System mandatory travel insurance

Plan your budget to cover airfare, passport, personal expenses during your break period. *

Click here for latest price estimates


The University of Canterbury offers a wide variety of courses and you are eligible to take any classes in their timetable for which you are eligible.  BUT you will need to seek UWSP course approvals during your application process.  See the "UWSP Course Equivalents" box above and contact the International Programs office for more information.

For an overview of the University of Canterbury and its Study Abroad offerings, see:

For course offerings, see:

To view their general areas of study, see:


WELLNESS 199 A/A - Independent Study
1 credits, GDR: WL A/A   
Obtain standardized forms and requirement packets from the International Programs Office.

INDEPENDENT STUDY Make sure we have appropriate documentation: a complete, carefully written outline of your project on our Independent Study form, signed by instructor and Department Chair by December 1. Detailed Independent Study forms are available in the International Programs Office. Independent Study credits are taken in addition to the 14-credit minimum.

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