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Have you ever wanted to study abroad in New Zealand? Now is your chance!
Consider the University of Canterbury! This university is a member of Global E3, an exchange program of engineering schools from around the world. More than 60 universities worldwide—33 in the United States and 31 in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East—comprise the Global E3 consortium. This consortium is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
You must first be accepted by the Swanson School of Engineering International Programs Office, then you will be directed to apply to Global E3. Prior to being accepted, please visit the Global E3 website and read the application instructions and application deadlines. In the past, application deadlines have been October 1st for spring semester programs and March 1st for fall semester programs.Each university might have an additional application. Please refer to the University's website for details
As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:
- the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment.
- non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path.
- a global network of peers in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in New Zealand.
The university’s campus in the suburb of Ilam, Christchurch.Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. The Christchurch urban area lies on the South Island's east coast and is New Zealand’s third most populous city. The campus is attractively landscaped, with plenty of green space to relax with friends between lectures.
Exchange students will room in the UC Accommodation Student Village and students can find information on the Study Abroad and Exchange accommodation package on the UC Accommodation Student Village website. Students must complete a separate accommodation application online before the application deadline. Detailed information on the package including fees, how to apply, arrival dates, etc. is available at the website above.
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. When making travel plans, it’s very important that students also refer to the above accommodation website for the move-in dates, since if they arrive earlier than the move in dates they would need to find temporary accommodation until the move-in time.
Use the links below to see if the specific departments offer the types of courses you would like to take while studying abroad. We suggest you review courses available with your Faculty director of your program prior to applying to the program.
Visit the University's website to learn more about course offerings. The following disciplines have been listed as available:
Chemical and Process Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Natural Resources Engineering
Restricted Disciplines and Courses
There are some courses which may not be available to Exchange students. These include Fine Arts (studio art) courses, teacher education courses (Education courses with EDUC course code under the Bachelor of Arts schedule are open to Exchange students), Journalism courses, 200 level LAWS courses, distance courses, courses in MBA and other Executive Development Programmes, and clinical practice courses. Some Physical Education and Sport Coaching courses may require police checks. Communication Disorders are open to students who meet pre-requisites except for the clinical practice courses. Field work courses in Social Work are not open to Exchange students. Entry to other theory courses will be considered case-by‐case basis and approval from Social Work will be required.If you need to know in advance whether you are able to take a particular course, please include a course list in your exchange application.
Civil Engineering and Natural Resources Engineering ‐ Students wishing to study Civil and Natural Resource Engineering should provide a list of intended courses with their application.
Engineering ‐ It is also recommended that students applying to other engineering disciplines provide a list of courses with their application.
Some other courses are limited entry and may have additional entry requirements. Please contact the International Mobility Coordinator or Officer if students have enquiries about course restrictions.
If you are a postgraduate student, you must provide a complete list of courses you would like to study.
If you meet the general admission requirements you will be granted admission to the University first as per usual and your courses will then be sent to the relevant Engineering department for a decision as to whether you are able to take your selected courses. The International Relationships Office will then advise you as to which courses have been approved.
- All courses must be approved by the Faculty Director of your department in the Swanson School of Engineering. A course approval form must be completed and submitted to SSoE’s Engineering International Initiatives Office.
- Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours.
- Courses taken abroad will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. However, students must receive a C grade or higher in order for the credits to transfer. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from the exchange university.
- Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers may be required to show evidence of English proficiency.
- Unless otherwise listed, courses are taught in English.
In order to gain Pitt credit, you must receive a C or higher for each course you will transfer back to Pitt for credit.
Information about the grading scale abroad can be found on the Global E3 page.
Transcripts: Please request that your university send a hardcopy to the Engineering International Initiatives Office. Make sure that you follow their instructions on how to ensure that an official copy of your grades are received. Hardcopies should be sent the following address: International Engineering Initiatives, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 152 Benedum Hall, 3700 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA.
Exchange university transcripts typically do not arrive from the exchange university until 3 to 4 months after the end of exchange period. Therefore, Pitt students should be mindful of how this may affect their ability to graduate, especially when exchanging during one's senior year. Another consideration is how this may affect your financial aid package, as the S/NC grades are not posted until transcripts are received.
Pitt students participating on an exchange program will pay regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to their in-state or out-of-state residency status. In addition to the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, this also includes all Mandatory Fees, such as the Student Activity Fee, Wellness Fee, Computing and Network Services Fee, and the Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee.
Pitt Students on financial aid and/or tuition scholarships will need to consult the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid or respective entity providing the funds to confirm coverage for study abroad.
For global scholarship opportunities, check out:
- the Pitt GEO scholarship page for links to national, provider and private scholarship samples
- PittFund$Me for Pitt sponsored funding including Pitt wide global scholarships, Nationality Rooms, VIH, etc.
- PittFund$Me for the SSOE Global Experience Scholarships!
YYou must first be nominated by the Swanson School of Engineering International Initiatives Office, then you will be directed to apply to Global E3. A formal nomination from SSoE Engineering International Initiatives is required for Pitt students to be recognized as an exchange student. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt steps in addition to the Global E3 university’s requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Engineering International Initiatives does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university.
Prior to being accepted, please visit the Global E3 website and read the application instructions and application deadlines. (In the past, Global E3 application deadlines have been October 1st for spring semester programs and March 1st for fall semester programs.)
Each university might have an additional application. Please refer to the Global E site for details.
- SSoE student in good standing
- Minimum 2.8 GPA & be of sophomore standing or higher
- Please check the Global E3 site for additional requirements for this specific school
Questions about funding? Check out our funding pages and note that SSoE has funding specifically for engineering students! There are many other national funding sources you can review. One place to search is the Institute of International Education website.
- Fall: Mid July to mid-November
- Spring: Late February to early June
The University of Pittsburgh provides comprehensive health insurance as a part of studying abroad. More information about the type of insurance and coverage will be provided to you by the Engineering International Initiatives office. However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the school you will attend requires you to purchase a specific health insurance per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.
In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival.
For those without the host country’s nationality, students may need to obtain a student visa to study on this exchange. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website.
In general visa application requirements may include but are not limited to the following requirements:
- Visa application
- Valid Passport
- Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university)
- Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.
- Passport photos
- Application fee
- Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly)