Subject focus: Studying sport in New Zealand

New Zealand and Australia are both extremely popular places to study sport at university. You can put this down partly to the choice and range of sport courses on offer, and partly to their excellent reputation internationally, but we think it’s also due to the extent to which sport and exercise permeate everyday life in Australia and New Zealand.

New Zealand is famous for it's outdoor lifestyle. And as often as not, that lifestyle is intrinsically linked to sport and exercise. So whether you like team sports – football, cricket, field hockey, netball, rugby, touch rugby, basketball – to name but a few, or you prefer to test yourself as an individual by surfing, snowboarding, mountain or road biking, running, swimming, or climbing, there will be a way for you to get involved, at whatever level suits.

For those who want to make a career in sport, there are many courses to choose from.

There are courses that focus on the motivation and psychology aspect as well as on the technical and practical – programmes in sports coaching, management, outdoor recreation and leadership. Others focus more on the human body and managing its health - degrees in health and physical education, physical activity and nutrition, and rehabilitation. Some degrees are applied science programmes, offering specialisms in subjects including anatomy, biochemistry, exercise physiology, learning and control of human movement and applying those fundamental principles to sport.

Find out more about studying Sport Coaching at the University of Canterbury in the subject focus on Study Options' website.