Inside Linfield - Semester/Year Abroad

Semester abroad in New Zealand

"I would recommend to anyone even thinking about it to study abroad in New Zealand! It was a breathtaking country with friendly people and a super safe environment. I made memories I will never forget and friends that I hope to keep forever. It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity like everyone always says. I hope to help others wanting to study abroad there and I know I will be going back again someday as soon as I can!"  Caitlyn Blumenshein


The University of Waikato, Hamilton

  • Hamilton is located on the North Island and founded on the volcanic eruption of the Lake Taupo Volcano 1800 years ago.
  • The University of Waikato provides students with a multitude of opportunities beginning with the "O" week: a time of celebration as all the new students enter campus.
  • Hamilton is the premier location in the country for Maori Studies programs.
  • The University of Waikato is modern and innovative, with the largest campus in New Zealand including an extensive computer network, the largest sports fields of any campus, an indoor recreation center, two outdoor pools, and even a Scuba Diving shop on campus. There are over 50 sporting and cultural clubs active on campus and weekly activities and entertainment organized by the Waikato Student Union.

The University of Canterbury, Christchurch

  • Christchurch is the largest city of the South Island, and leading the way for being known as the Garden city, to become the most modern and sustainable city by limiting the space provided to the business district and giving it to parkland as well as limiting the height of buildings to seven stories.
  • A huge range of exciting recreational options in nearby locations of incredible natural beauty including the rugged beauty of Banks Peninsula, the historic French town of Akaroa, thermal hot springs at Hanmer, snowboarding on the Southern Alps, and whale watching near Kaikoura.

The University of Otago, Dunedin

  • Dunedin is a university town with a strong Scottish heritage and colonies of albatross and penguins on the peninsular nearby.
  • In Dunedin, students can catch some waves, relax at the gardens, visit the galleries and museums, cycle the Otago Peninsula, or take some spring water at the Speight’s tap - it’s free and there are no chemicals added to it.
  • Otago has a full-time volunteering coordinator, who will help students arrange activities. Volunteering placements are also a feature of some of Otago’s First Semester Sociology papers, if students wish to learn sociological theories and apply them to volunteering then have them check out SOCI202.  SOCI306 is another great course where students take on a real world problem solving project in the field for a community group.  Study Dunedin Video.


  • Fall (early July - mid November)
  • Spring (early February - late June)


Additional Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA


  • University arranged housing
  • Students prepare their own meals

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