Monday, March 7th, 2011
Students from the University of Canterbury in earthquake-affected Christchurch are arriving in Adelaide this afternoon to start their semester-long study at the University of Adelaide.

Around 200 students will be welcomed at Adelaide Airport by University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor James McWha, and will start their classes tomorrow, Monday 7 March.

The University of Adelaide offered first and second-year students at the University of Canterbury the chance to undertake their first semester studies at Adelaide to assist Canterbury in its recovery program. The University of Canterbury is currently closed, with a resumption date for teaching not yet set.

The students will study Arts, Commerce or Sciences as part of the study abroad program and their studies will be credited towards their degree at Canterbury.

“The support from University staff, alumni and the Adelaide community for this initiative has been tremendous,” said Professor McWha. “Staff across the University have put in an enormous effort in working through all the logistics of bringing such a large group of students to the campus in a very short time.

“These students are being welcomed with open arms and I think everyone is determined to ensure they enjoy their stay with us and find it personally and academically very rewarding. I’m sure all of Adelaide will be with us in helping that happen.”

More information is available at the Canterbury Study Abroad website at

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