University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury is a public research university based in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was founded in 1873 as Canterbury College, the first constituent college of the University of New Zealand.

About the University

Established in 1873, The University of Canterbury (UC) is a prestigious institution ranked in the world’s top 300 (QS World Universities rankings, 2021). It has received 5-Star QS rating for its excellent research and teaching methods.

Given its diverse student population, UC is a great place to meet and live with a vast community of people from all over the world. The university is in the top 1% of universities worldwide. Students can choose to study over 100 programmes and learn from lecturers who are supportive and passionate educators.

UC academics are experts in their fields, and they teach students to be creative and forward-thinking individuals. The university’s alumni include popular personalities such as Karl Popper, one of the greatest twentieth-century science philosophers and Ernest Rutherford, who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1908.

It is a truly global university with links to various other leading institutes worldwide that strengthen its teaching and research ties. Over 150 student-run clubs are available for UC students on campus. UC is a place for sport enthusiasts; it has outstanding sport facilities and clubs for students to engage with. There are plenty of other societies, such as the Investment Society, UC Student Volunteer Army and political clubs that are open for students with varied interests.

Christchurch is the gateway to Canterbury. It is a perfect spot to hike, surf, bike and ski. The place has several parks and eco-friendly zones for people to explore. Christchurch is the second-largest city in New Zealand and also one of the most affordable cities to live. Being a major business and industrial centre, the city houses many global employers too.

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