If you’ve ever wanted to travel and study at the same time, it’s possible through an overseas exchange. UCXchange programme was set up to allow students to study for one or two semesters of the university year at a partner university of their choice. There are over fifty different universities that have partnered up with the University of Canterbury to make this happen, including those in: Asia, Europe, North America and Australia!
There are multiple benefits that come along with the incredible experience of a student exchange! Depending on which university you choose, you may learn a new language, or add value to your degree by choosing courses which aren’t available at UC. As you are thrust into a new environment you will learn to be outgoing and more independent. Furthermore, future employers will see you as a well-rounded individual with a greater appreciation for different cultures and traditions.
Now you may be thinking that this all sounds amazing, but how will you afford it? International fees can be extremely expensive! Well luckily for you while you’re overseas you’ll continue to pay your regular UC course fees. Additionally you can still receive your student loan or allowance through Studylink. You will however be responsible for paying your own living expenses, though many scholarships are available to help with these types of costs. UC also offers financial support to eligible students going on exchange and you can contact the International Relationships Office to find out more.
Often the earliest that you will be approved for an exchange is in the second semester of the second year of your degree. This is so that you’ll have a full year of grades on your transcript for the overseas university to assess when you apply. However, if you are a first-year student and have achieved a GPA of 7.0 or above in Semester One, the Colleges will be open to considering your application for an exchange in Semester One of the following year. Note that all partner universities accept students with one semester of grades on their transcripts.
If you’re interested in going overseas for an exchange you will need to seek advice from your department or College to find out how your courses can be credited to your degree and do careful research on course offerings at the partner universities. Check out the UCXchange programme website for advice on how to plan your study for your exchange. Some of UC’s partner universities are still accepting applications for the second semester of 2015, so get in quick! The next exchange you could apply for after that will take place in 2016. There will be a UCXchange information seminar in semester one of 2015.
Feel free to contact the University of Canterbury International Relationships Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about UCXchange.