Established in 1873, Canterbury College, as the University was originally known, was only the second university in New Zealand.When you come to the University of Canterbury you get to enjoy the very best a university has to offer a world class learning environment, a vibrant campus and a great student lifestyle that's packed with opportunities. At UC you will gain hands-on experience in courses led by academics who are actively engaged in research and who are experts in their fields. Our culture promotes active learning, where our vibrant community allows you to be who you are and do what you love.Our picturesque campus with modern teaching and research facilities is set in the heart of a city that has become a magnet for growth and innovation. Further afield lies a region packed with outdoor adventure, from the mountains to the sea .And that's not all, the University of Canterbury is a top academic performer that is New Zealand's first university to receive the prestigious QS 5-Star ranking for overall excellence. Simply put, there's more to experience here at UC than anywhere else.