Spotlight on: University of Canterbury


Founded in 1873, the University of Canterbury is one of the oldest in New Zealand and Australasia, and ranks highly for both its research output and its taught subjects. It is located in Christchurch, a gateway to avail of New Zealand’s rich outdoor activities, from hiking to surfing – and reportedly, the country’s most affordable city to live in. It offers undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced research degrees across several disciplines including Arts, Business, Education, Engineering and Science, and Law. Given below is information specific to an Indian student looking to apply to UC.

Key facts

1. Entry requirements

For entry into a postgraduate programme – be it Masters, PG diploma or PG certificate – a Bachelor’s degree from an Indian University with a minimum of 55-70% or 6-7.5 GPA (depending on the level of the institution), in a field related to the chosen postgraduate course, is required. In addition, English language requirements are satisfied with a minimum score of 6.5 or 7 in IELTS or 90-100 in TOEFL.

In terms of both academic and language requirements, there may be variations depending on the selected course.

2. Costs and Funding

Tuition fees for a Masters programme ranges from 30000 $NZ for a Master of Arts to 44000 $NZ, with other more specialised Masters courses, such as a Masters in Antarctica Studies or a Masters of Counselling, having significantly higher fees of 75000 $NZ plus.

Scholarships: Several scholarships are available to students at UC – for postgraduate courses there are a number of subject-specific, merit-based scholarships on offer, such as the Guardian Trust Master’s Scholarship in Commerce and the FA Hayek Scholarship in Economics or Political Science, both offering 16500 $NZ for a year’s study.

3. Application timeline

The first semester generally commences in February. Applications must be submitted a sufficient amount of time before this date. Certain courses with limited seats have specific deadlines.

If you think a degree from University of Canterbury is the perfect stepping stone to your dream career, get in touch with the Hurray Overseas counselling team for assistance – reach out to us via email:, or phone: 8971357928,  for more details.

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