Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Engaging with Fijian kava ceremonies. Exploring the startling beauty of New Zealand's Milford Sound. Stepping to the edge of the world in Antarctica. This is why many alumni call our programs the single most influential experience of their university careers.


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New Zealand


Program Description

The New Zealand program offers a three and a half week experiential learning opportunity to examine resource conservation and the natural (and related social) history of the country. In this program you’ll use New Zealand as a case study to examine different cultural perspectives on the three pillars of sustainability: environment, social equity, and economics. You will travel to many of the stunning national parks, forests, wildlife reserves, and coastlines of New Zealand to learn from knowledgeable local experts and practitioners. Lecturers include professors from New Zealand universities (e.g., Lincoln University, the University of Canterbury, and Otago University), government officials (e.g., Department of Conservation staff), iwi (Māori tribes), and scientific research bodies (e.g., Landcare Research).

The typical program follows a circular route around the South Island, stopping at a diversity of ecosystems along the way. City time includes days in Christchurch, one of Lonely Planet’s Top 40 places to see in 2014 due to its innovative rebuild after a series of devastating earthquakes, and the quaint university-oriented Dunedin. Meanwhile, Aoraki/Mount Cook, the country’s highest mountain, and the wild West Coast provide rugged landscapes to learn about alpine ecology, geology, and glaciology. Field studies include the coastal areas of Kaikoura, where you can swim with a pod of wild dusky dolphins, and Abel Tasman National Park, where you will kayak and hike along golden sand beaches. These opportunities offer lessons about the effects of tourism on the natural environment.

Several of the New Zealand programs progress onto the North Island where you will continue exploring the relationship between New Zealand’s culture and the environment. Your time in the North Island is mainly spent within the beautiful area of the Bay of Plenty, working with program leaders who have significant understanding of the New Zealand environment and conservation issues. Programs undertake a range of service-learning projects focused around sustainability, community, conservation, and the role of human communities in environmental management. Amidst all of this, you will likely travel to the geothermal city of Rotorua where there will be opportunities to visit some of the amazing geothermal features, or perhaps visit the Hobbiton Movie Set nearby. Finally, you will end your program in the largest Polynesian city in the world – Auckland – where a large metropolitan city vibe and spectacular landscapes go hand-in-hand.

Program Highlights

  • Swimming with dolphins, walking to a glacier, hiking through alpine meadows, and cruising below towering waterfalls – get to work on that bucket list!
  • Everywhere you go on New Zealand’s South Island, the scenery is jaw-dropping. You will feel like you stepped onto the scene of a “The Lord of the Rings” movie!
  • Are you looking for an active study abroad adventure? This program includes hiking, kayaking, swimming, and more.
  • If you are more of a culture vulture, you’ll enjoy an overnight stay at a traditional Māori marae (meeting house), the exciting buzz of rebuilding Christchurch, and catching a concert or show in artsy Dunedin.
  • There are more sheep than people in New Zealand. Visit a sheep farm and see how shearing happens and dog work the flock.
  • Give something back by helping with a service learning project that will contribute to the rebuilding of one of Christchurch’s badly damaged communities.


Program Itinerary

Check out a sample itinerary for this program.


Eligibility & Apply

For all programs, students apply directly to the university offering credit. Please click on the university link for the program that you wish to attend.

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Programs: New Zealand

in the shadow of Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain One of the most geographically-diverse countries in the world with temperate rainforests, glaciers, golden sand beaches, deep fiords, alpine herb fields, and rugged coastlines. You have the chance to hike on a glacier, swim with dolphins, kayak to golden beaches, and cruise one of the largest fiords in the world. Programs Available:

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