This program is anticipated to run again in 2014. It alternates with South Queensland Summer Program.
Dates: May 14 - June 8, 2012
Location: Imagine visiting snow-capped mountains rising 12,000 feet out of the sea; cruising the largest fiords in the world; hiking massive glaciers carving their way to the ocean; experiencing close encounters with flora and fauna unknown elsewhere in the world; kayaking to deserted beaches through turquoise waters; and discovering the stunning scenery of the Lord of the Rings. New Zealand's South Island is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The program will begin with several days in Dunedin, followed by a 2.5-week field study of the South Island. A typical itinerary includes Mount Cook, the wild West Coast, swimming with dolphins at Kaikoura (weather permitting), a guided kayak of Abel Tasman National Park, a guided hike on Fox Glacier, a sheep farm visit, a visit to a Maori marae, and a boat cruise on Milford Sound. Our experiential education focuses on learning through guided action.
Program: This 3.5-week study abroad program will examine the natural (and related social) history and resource conservation of New Zealand's South Island. New Zealand's isolation, after its separation from the ancient Gondwanaland millions of years ago, has left this island nation with a unique natural heritage. The plants and animals that have evolved here are unknown elsewhere in the world. Our program will focus on topics related to conservation, natural resources, protected areas, and sustainable development through educational travel, field trips, active participation, lecture presentations and seminars, and coursework exercises. The goal of this course is using the New Zealand case to integrate the different perspectives of diverse natural, biological, and social science disciplines to improve understanding of relationships between human societies and the natural environment.
Cost: For program cost information, see the above Summer Budget Sheet.
Application: Early application is advisable for all NC State Summer Programs.
PRT 491: Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment (3 credits) & PRT 491: Conservation, Natural Resources, and Protected Areas in New Zealand. These two concurrent courses integrate field excursions, discussions, essays and reflections on challenges to protecting and conserving fragile environments while sustaining human societies. Students can expect to read articles, write essays, complete group projects and discuss experiences related to the field excursions.
No prerequisites are required and students of all majors are encouraged to apply. NC State students will be participating in the New Zealand program as part of a consortium.
Housing/Meals:You will stay in comfortable hostels and sometimes hotels/motels in the larger cities. All accommodations are safe, secure and clean, and you will be sharing rooms with other students. Occasionally, you might camp or stay in more rustic accommodations for a night or two. Approximately 40% of the meals on this program are included in the cost of the program.
Directors: The program is co-led by Dr. Roger Moore and Annette Moore from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. All activities and excursions are coordinated in partnership with American Universities International Programs (AUIP).
Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of NC State study abroad programs. Students from other institutions should contact their home institution study abroad and financial aid offices for information. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship from the Study Abroad Office.
Please contact Professor Roger Moore for program information:
AUIP also offers an optional 8-day Non-NC State program in Fiji immediately following the New Zealand program, at an additional cost. This program offers a 3-credit University of Montana course that can be transferred to NC State. Students must work with their NC State departments in order to receive transfer credit.
NCSU students interested in the Fiji program should complete an application for a non-NCSU program, even if they are also submitting an application for the New Zealand program. (Consult with the Study Abroad Office about applicable charges.) Students must also complete application materials for AUIP.
The Fiji program explores the complex relationships among Fijian cultural practices, conservation of the natural environment, and eco-tourism. A low/no-cost layover on the return flight from Australia to the U.S. is available on the Fiji program. The cost of the program includes all accommodations, all excursions (including offshore islands and traditional village homestay), and all meals.
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details. Contact us at: email@example.com
Dates / Deadlines:
The are currently no active application cycles for this program.