UMD: A Globally Connected University

ENGR Exchange Global E3: University of Canterbury (New Zealand)

Christchurch, New Zealand
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All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

University of Canterbury is a member of the Global Engineering Education Exchange Program (Global E3), an exchange program for engineering students with partner universities in 21 countries. Students pay University of Maryland tuition. Visit the Global E3 website for information on the Global E3 partner universities and application procedures.

Host Institution
Established in 1873 by scholars from Oxford and Cambridge, the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, has an international reputation for academic excellence in both teaching and research. Teaching staff are actively involved in research and publishing in their areas of specialty. As a result, even undergraduate students can expect to be taught by lecturers who are at the forefront of knowledge in their field. The University’s world-class education is also enhanced by the many outstanding international academics who visit each year on our staff exchange programmes. Students may be taught by academic staff from the universities of Oxford or Cambridge, among many others.
The University is situated in a spacious landscaped campus in the suburb of Ilam, Christchurch, only 15 minutes from the central city and 10 minutes from the International Airport. The campus is attractively landscaped, with plenty of green space to relax with friends between lectures. Modern facilities include four libraries, computer suites with 24-hour access, lecture theatres, laboratories, studios, six halls of residence and a host of student services and facilities, including cafés, bars, a health centre and pharmacy, recreation facilities, childcare facilities, shops, an art gallery and an events centre.

Host City
Located in the South Pacific, Christchurch is New Zealand’s second largest city and offers a huge range of recreational activities. With a population of around 465,800, Christchurch is the largest city and economic centre of the South Island. In recent years both the New York Times and Lonely Planet have rated it as one of the top places in the world to visit.

Christchurch is ideal for those who enjoy a variety of things to do – from art exhibitions and cultural celebrations to sporting events and music festivals. There are over 900 restaurants, cafés and bars to enjoy, and the university is just minutes away from a number of these. UC is also located near the largest shopping mall in the South Island. The city is home to live music venues, theatres, sports stadiums, many shopping malls, and over 1,000 parks and gardens.

Christchurch’s location on the coast makes it a perfect recreational hub – beautiful swimming and surfing beaches are close by and the city’s Port Hills are popular for mountain biking, walking and rock climbing. Skiing and snowboarding can be found at nine ski fields within a two hour drive of the city. If you’re interested in experiencing some of New Zealand’s most stunning places and activities, Christchurch is a great base from which to do so. Attractions such as alpine resorts, white water rafting, whale watching, kayaking, bungee-jumping and world-famous hiking are easily accessible from the city. The South Island is also home to:

  • the breathtaking landscapes in Fiordland
  • the ski resorts of Queenstown
  • the West Coast's rainforests and glaciers
  • beaches in Nelson-Marlborough and
  • the majestic Southern Alps

See how previous Study Abroad and Exchange students have experienced New Zealand with their own photos and videos in our gallery.

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • You must be an ENGR major

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
  3. FOR ENGR GE3 ONLY: If you are applying for a Global E3 exchange, you will need to submit an additional GE3 application by the deadline listed on their website.
  4. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  5. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
  6. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Students studying at the University of Canterbury enroll for engineering courses. Review the Global E3 website for details about studying at University of Canterbury. Course offerings can be viewed here on the university's website.

Disciplines available: 

  • Chemical and Process Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Forest Engineering
  • Forestry Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Natural Resources Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Computer Science


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree.  Most courses at University of Canterbury will be converted as follows:

University of Canterbury Credit UMD Credit
.25 Credit 1 UMD Credit
15 Credit 4 UMD Credit

You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents on the International Study Course Search hosted by the Clark School of Engineering website and the Transfer Credit Services Equivalency Database (TCEQ). If you are interested in taking a course not listed on TCEQ, you may have it evaluated for acceptability by following the  UMD Registrar’s evaluation request guidelines.The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on October 22, 2015.


Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

University of Canterbury Grade UMD Grade
C- or 50 C -


The usual accommodation for Exchange students is at UC Accommodation Student Village and students can find information on the Study Abroad and Exchange accommodation package online. Availability at UC Accommodation Student Village is guaranteed for Exchange students provided that they apply for accommodation online by the deadline and return all subsequent contracts by the required deadlines.


All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000!

To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, TAES, etc.)
  • If you have a completed FAFSA on file and wish to be considered for need based aid in addition to the automatic award, complete the EA fund form by the deadline. 

UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the UMD Exchange Cost Sheet

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Year (Spring-Fall) 2018 10/01/2017 10/11/2017
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 10/11/2017 02/17/2018 06/23/2018
Dates reflect information that is available on the program sponsor website. Please confirm with program sponsor/host university before making your travel plans.
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/11/2018 07/14/2018 11/15/2018
Year (Fall-Spring) 2018 03/01/2018 03/11/2018
Year (Spring-Fall) 2019 10/01/2018 10/11/2018
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 10/11/2018