Conservation, Natural Resources, and Protected Areas in New Zealand
Program Dates: May 12 - June 7, 2014
Information Sessions - 1218 Jordan Hall Thursday, October 24th, 2013 (7:00p - 9:00p) Thursday, January 30th, 2014 (7:00p - 9:00p)
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 an approximately 2-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, and a boat cruise on Milford Sound. The last week of the program will be spent on the North Island and includes visits to parks, beaches, and a stay at a Maori Marae. 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 North and South Islands. 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 449: Human Dimensions of Natural Resources in New Zealand (3 credits) & PRT 450: Sustaining Natural Environments in New Zealand (3 credits) 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.
Courses taken for graded credit only. 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.
Accommodations/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. Some meals 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. Please contact either Roger or Annette for additional program information: 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.
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
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PLEASE NOTE: Program Start and End Dates listed on the Study Abroad website are estimates; they do not reflect the actual start and end dates for semester and year long programs. Students are responsible for obtaining the correct arrival and departure dates directly from their host institution or program provider.