The first university from New Zealand to receive a 5 stars ranking, the University of Canterbury offers the best world-class facilities in terms of education as well as research for international students. Known for its civil engineering department, the university features in the world's Top 200 institutions in 16 of the 30 subjects it offers.
In this series of #Admissions Connect, we have the admissions team of the University of Canterbury decoding the university for you. Know all about the admissions criteria, popular courses and the admission cycle of the University of Canterbury.
Below are the edited excerpts:
Q. What is the strength of the Indian student community at the university?
A: There are a number of Indian students studying a wide range of programmes at the University of Canterbury. In fact, new students can easily find someone to get advice from but the group of Indian students is not overwhelming so students very much feel they are studying “overseas”.
Q. What is unique about your university in terms of academic culture and overall student experience?
A: A number of our current students say that they are surprised to find such a high level of academic programme quality tucked away in such a quiet and peaceful part of the world. Currently, a group of students within the highly world-ranked Civil Engineering department who are undertaking Masters level programmes are already giving serious thought to continuing with their PhDs.
Q. What are some of the popular programmes among Indian students?
A: While majority of Indian students are enrolled in postgraduate business studies (business management, professional accounting and applied finance) and engineering (construction management, earthquake engineering and mechanical) programmes, there is an increasing number of students enrolling in computer science, biotechnology and psychology.
Q. What are the admission criteria for international graduate students?
A: Students need to have a strong undergraduate degree in the same area as their proposed field of graduate study (exceptions being business management and professional accounting, which are “conversion” qualifications). In general, students from section one Indian universities need to have achieved an average of 60% across their undergraduate degree to be assessed.
Q. When do applications open?
A: Applications are open throughout the year as the University of Canterbury offers multiple intakes for a number of programmes. Students who are targeting a specific intake should have a full application into the admissions office at least two months before that intake starts.
Q. Does your school offer financial aid to international students, particularly Indians? Please elaborate.
A: Recently a number of the College of Business course-work Masters programmes have started built-in scholarships for Indian students. The majority of this funding is at the Masters, Research and PhD level.
This year 15 skills based scholarships valued at over Rs.75 lakhs were awarded to Indian students studying postgraduate courses in skill shortage areas at Canterbury’s most reputable tertiary institutions, including the University of Canterbury. The scholarships were a partnership arrangement between Education New Zealand, New Zealand’s government agency for international education, Christchurch Educated and the Christchurch Development Corporation.
Q. Many international students are worried about leaving the country because they do not know whether they will be able to find work to pay off theirstudent debts. Do you guide your students in finding internships and jobs?
A: The economic boom being experienced in the Canterbury region at present (the rate of economic growth is double that of the New Zealand average) means that this is literally a once in a lifetime opportunity for hard-working Indian students to achieve a high quality education and pathway into a career of their choice in Canterbury. A number of programmes do have built-in internships but we also encourage students to proactively use the excellent careers information centre as soon as they arrive.