Following field camp, students transition to a campus semester at either the University of Canterbury or the University of Auckland. There, students spend the semester fully integrated into university life and courses. Students enrol in four courses, one of which is FA's research methods courses. This course is just available to FA students and is not offered to other domestic or international students.
New Zealand values study/life balance. Universities will not be as intense as your home institutions. You will have much more free time and time to enjoy what New Zealand has to offer. FA believes you can learn best when you are supporting your wellbeing. As such, we have designed the program to take advantage of New Zealand's world leading wellbeing activities. Below are a few frequently asked questions:
Where do we live? Students live at Ilam Apartments or Sonoda Apartments at the University of Canterbury. In both cases, students have their own room in 3-5 person apartments. Shared space includes a living room and bathroom. Both facilities also have ample shared recreation space. For more information follow the above links. Both apartments are self-catered - which means you cook for yourself. Grocery stores are within walking distance of apartments.
What are classes like? Classes are a bit different than what you are use to. There will be less assessments and 1 or 2 exams. You will be expected to keep up with readings and work, however, there will be less communication with the professors unless you are proactive. There may be more students in your classes as well.
What do we do on the weekends? Most students take advantage of the great clubs the University offers and explore New Zealand on the weekends. Clubs such as the Tramping (Hiking) Club, Canoe Club. Climbing Club offer weekend trips. Within 1 hour from the University of Canterbury are world class mountains. Students who go to Canterbury tend to value the outdoors and want to explore. Auckland is surrounded by beautiful forests and beaches. It is also a world class city. Student who choose Auckland typically appreciate city life!
For more information about clubs at Auckland visit student association website!
For more information about clubs at Canterbury student association website!
The University of Canterbury is located on New Zealand's South Island in Christchurch. Located and within hours of world class hiking, climbing , camping and paddling - we recommend UC for the adventurous students. Students studying at Canterbury live in Ilam Apartments. Ilam apartments are located on campus and adjacent to large playing fields. On campus recreation center is included. All apartments are self-catered, meaning you will cook for yourself. Skidmore students will receive a meal stipend to cover the costs of food.
Want to get out. Most of our students join a club that provides opportunities to get off campus on the weekends. There are hiking, climbing, canoeing clubs that offer trips every weekend. For more information about clubs visit UC's student association website!