New Zealand: Treasure of the South Pacific

December 26, 2018 —January 09, 2019
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New Zealand offers a unique and diverse opportunity for your study abroad experience. Known for its mixture of European and Maori cultures, New Zealand is unlike any other English-speaking country in the world. The Kiwis – local folks – know how to make you feel welcome while opening up new ways of seeing the world around you. You may arrive unsure of what you will find, but you will leave knowing that you must come back.

Program includes round-trip air transportation from Cincinnati to New Zealand and ground / air transporting between program sites. Round-trip air transportation from other cities and / or extensions to the departure or return date will be considered on a case-by-case basis, at your own expense.

Program Package

  • Accommodations: Included.
  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • All course-related ground transportation
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance* (International Programs Only)
  • Program directors and staff on-site 24/7

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

Stephen Farley - Applications

Robert Bedard - Payments

Robin Byerly - Travel

David Nelson

Program Director

David Nelson After earning his bachelor’s in international studies and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, having an interest in international education, David moved to Japan to teach English from 2008 to 2012. From this base he experienced life and culture while traveling throughout Southeast Asia, particularly South Korea, Malaysia, and The Philippines among other countries. After Japan, David lived and worked in Australia before returning to the USA to work for CCSA. David has directed the CCSA London and Australia programs and looks forward to directing the upcoming New Zealand program. When not traveling, David can be found reading, developing his skills as a web developer, and making dubious attempts at creating international cuisine.

Group or Individual Travel Allowed

Option One - Group Travel

Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with our group travel. CCSA will purchase a airline ticket from select U.S. cities on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, you will also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport.

You can check our currently available departure cities on our departures page CCSA highly recommends this option for those new to international travel.

  • roundtrip air transportation from one of CCSA's designated U.S. departure cities.
  • roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
  • CCSA faculty and staff to guide you through the immigration and customs process.

Option Two - Individual Travel

If you wish to make independent travel arrangements and depart from a city not listed or travel outside the program dates please choose INDEPENDENT TRAVEL from the selection below. You will book your own flights and arrange your own transportation to/from the airport and the accommodation site of the program. This is a great option for going early, staying late, or using airline miles to purchase tickets. We highly recommend participants not fly standby for these programs as a late arrival may negatively impact your grade.

Important Note for Independent Travelers: Please be aware that your check-in date may be up to 24 hours AFTER the program start date (program dates include travel time).

Check the CCSA website at for your scheduled date/time check-in.

* All prices are estimates based on prior programs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by the first payment deadline.


Not required for U.S. citizens for less than a 3-month stay. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa as needed.

Program Dates
December 26, 2018 —January 09, 2019

Base Price


Payment Process
See our payments page
Enrollment Status: CLOSED

Regular Application Deadline
September 28, 2018
App Fee Currently $250

Courses Offered

Art & Design / History / Architecture

Contemporary Art and Indigenous Cultures of New Zealand
Course Description: Become an art explorer and uncover New Zealand’s rich and exciting past and contemporary art scene. We’ll visit museums, meet leading artists, and learn about this island nation’s global contributions to the arts in Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, and Christchurch. Experience the native traditions of the Maori people at the National Tattoo Museum and visit a Maori Village. The beautiful environment influences New Zealand art, so we’ll visit lakes and the geothermal Ring of Fire and examine how history and nature connect with the current artistic vision of New Zealand. Explore the art of New Zealand and discover your artistic vision.
WKU Course: ART 100
Dr. Ilona Szekely | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/GR

Biology / Earth & Environmental Science

Island Biogeography: Exploring the Biodiversity of New Zealand
Course Description: Uncover the ecology, biology and geology behind the diverse wildlife of New Zealand. On our journey from Christchurch on the South Island to Auckland on the North Island, we plan to trek through the Banks Peninsula, go birding along the Kapiti coastline, brave the geothermal landscape of Taupo, explore the Waitomo caves, and island-hop in the Hauraki Gulf. Through field excursions and participation in local research and conservation efforts, students will learn to identify species of birds, mammals and plants, to map habitats, and to estimate species diversity. All skills and experiences during this course will help students explore, understand, and protect our planet’s ecosystems.

This course has an additional $150 cost due to course activities.
Prerequisite: Introductory Biology
WKU Course: BIOL 285
Dr. Stephanie Snyder | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U


Status: Unavailable
New Zealand: Interaction of Indigenous and European Cultures
Course Description: Discover New Zealand’s history and how its unique geography impacted the native Maori culture and European colonizers. We’ll explore history in the streets and museums of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch; a Maori village; and the geothermal wonders of the Ring of Fire and Lake Taupo. Learn what attracted the first Polynesian settlers over 700 years ago and Dutch and British explorers like Captain James Cook in the 17th and 18th century. The complex interaction between sailors, missionaries, colonists and the native Maori will be the focus of our journey. And maybe you will see a mythical hobbit.
WKU Course: HIST 479 / 491
Dr. Cynthia W. Resor | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/GR
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