​UC is one of New Zealand’s larger and better universities, second oldest in the country and is a research university. It is a multi-campus University with the main campus at Christchurch, enrolling about 13,000 students. Christchurch is a city of about 400,000 which is similar to the population of metro-Knoxville, although it is much more compact.  About 85% of the students are undergrad and approximately 10% are international students, either full time or study abroad. The University is located a short distance from the city center, and Christchurch is a beautiful city with multiple parks and green areas. The campus is likewise spacious with nice grounds and attractive buildings and facilities.

 

Housing and other services:

UC has a full range of support services for study abroad students and makes a real effort to make study abroad both efficient and rewarding. 
They have developed a special accommodation package for study abroad students that provides efficient service and good value regarding housing. 
 

Academics:

The primary UC program that matches interests within CASNR is Forestry, with some possibility for engineering students in BEES. 
 
Forestry:
The School of Forestry at Canterbury is the only professional forestry program in New Zealand, and is housed in the College of Engineering. 
Specific information on the forestry degree can be obtained from the Forestry web site, go to “Courses” to view New Zealand School of Forestry Courses, and also note the pdf of the Undergraduate handbook under “Undergraduate Advice."
 
Most courses at University of Canterbury are 15 points which transfer to UTK as 3 credit hours. Plantation forestry is a big industry in New Zealand, and forestry exports are an important part of the economy. The program at UC reflects this context. Field oriented courses are most often taught in the first (February-June) semester, given that the weather is better than in the second semester. 
 
Natural Resource & Forestry Engineering:  
There are two programs of possible interest to forest students and to some BEES students with engineering interests.
  1. Natural resource engineering covering a wide range of engineering applications including the following resource areas: land, water, energy, and biological. The link also includes curricular and course descriptions.

     
  2. Forest engineering that includes engineering applications to forest harvesting and forest habitats.