Christchurch, South Island

University of Canterbury (via IFSA Butler or Arcadia)

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Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, and tutorials. On-site orientation and some fieldtrips included.

  • Reviewed by: Marion Preest, W.M. Keck Science Department
  • Fields of study: The College of Arts and the College of Science recommended for Scripps students
  • Eligibility: 9.0 cumulative GPA required by Scripps, GPA of 8.5 to 8.9 requires a petition to COSA. A minimum of 3 courses in major completed prior to participation.
  • Size of the student body: 17,500

Living Arrangements

Students live in university flats arranged by the program sponsor and prepare their own meals with a stipend provided by Scripps.

Term Dates

  • Fall: early July to mid-November (Semester 2 for course options)
  • Spring: mid-February to late June (Semester 1 for course options)


  • Visa Information: After acceptance, your program will provide you with specifics about the visa required. The embassy site will have information on visa requirements for planning purposes.
  • Budget Planning: For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Christchurch and Los Angeles.