Students accepted into the program are required to participate in the orientation sessions during spring semester. These sessions are designed to prepare the student for the cross-cultural experience, and include passport and travel information, readings, films, lectures, and discussions with former participants. Students receive 1 semester hour for successful completion of the orientation.
The courses will explore the variety of ways environmental issues are variously constructed and contested within both formal curriculum (schooling) and informal curriculum (culture). Students receive 18 semester hours of credit for completing the following courses:
- Environmental Issues of New Zealand (5 hrs): a previous course in Biology or Geology is recommended.
- Faculty Seminar (5 hrs): each year, the principle faculty member leading the semester will select a topic of interest to be taught in a seminar format on the program.
- Cultures of New Zealand (5 hrs)
- Field Study Seminar (3 hrs)
The cost of the program is equivalent to one semester of on-campus tuition, room, board and fees. Program charges cover academic and educational costs, room, board, cultural events, and required group excursions.
A $350 deposit is required after acceptance into the program to reserve your spot. This deposit is part of the total fee. Students on financial aid are eligible to apply their aid to one off-campus program.
Program charges do not include roundtrip transportation, passport and visa fees, health costs, personal expenses, and costs incurred during independent travel periods.
Students are responsible for arranging their own flights.
Undergraduates in good standing with the college may apply. Majors from all disciplines are welcome. There are no pre-requisites but Eco-Bio or a similar introductory environmental course is strongly suggested.