The University of Canterbury is one of the leading research universities in New Zealand, it was founded by scholars of Oxford and Cambridge universities in 1873, making it the second oldest in New Zealand and the fourth oldest in Australasia.
The university comprises of 5 colleges: College of Arts, College of Business & Law, College of Education, Health & Human Development, College of Engineering and College of Science. The university offers degrees in Arts, Commerce, Education (physical education), Engineering, Fine Arts, Forestry, Health Sciences, Law, Music, Social Work, Speech and Language Pathology, Science, Sports Coaching and Teaching. Overall the University of Canterbury offers 70 degree programs.
The university has a total student population of more than 11,000 of which more than 9,500 students are enrolled at the under graduate level. It has 18% of its student population as international students. The main campus is set within 87 hectares of land and student accommodation is surrounded by playing fields and forests, as well as the renowned Ilam Gardens, famous for its flowers, trees and waterways.
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