New Zealand

December 26, 2022 —January 09, 2023

If you’re looking for a STEM course, this is it!

New Zealand offers a unique and diverse study abroad experience because of the amount of geological and ecological variation in a relatively small space. This setting serves as a natural laboratory for examining a great variety of aspects of each subject to be taught and actually observed by students.

Program participants will traverse the North Island (known for its volcanic activity and national parks), starting at Wellington in the south and ending in Auckland in the north. In between these two cities, the group will stay in both Ruapehu (part of UNESCO World Heritage Tongariro National Park) and Rotorua (renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture).

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

Steven Guns

Program Director

Steven Guns Steven is the Senior Education Abroad Advisor at Murray State University and has been directing programs with CCSA since 2012. London is his favorite place to be and he loves to share the magic of the city with others. As a student Steven studied abroad in Spain and South Korea. He received his bachelor of arts from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and his masters of science in international education administration/college student personnel from Murray State University. His professional background is in university housing and education abroad. Steven has made accessible study abroad a focus, working on multiple programs designed for students with disabilities and has led student groups to Australia, Canada, England, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, and South Korea.

Group Travel Required

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.
* 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, 2022 —January 09, 2023

Base Price
$3,799 - $3,999*

Estimated Airfare
$2,799 - $2,999
(estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)

Payment Process
See our payments page
Enrollment Status: OPEN

$150 Early Application Fee Deadline
September 09, 2022
(Early App Fee of $150 includes a $100 discount)
(App Fee increases to $250 after Early Application Deadline)
See our scholarships page

Courses Offered

Geology / Biology

The Ecology and Geology of New Zealand
Course Description:

Travel to multiple sites across the North Island and engage directly with the ecology and geology of New Zealand. Explore geological formations like volcanos, faults, and geothermal areas, and experience first-hand marine, freshwater, and temperate rainforest ecosystems.

In learning simple ecological and geological sampling methods you will better understand the impact of the geology on the ecology of this unique country and the evolution of fascinating organisms.

“This course will be broadly appealing to students across disciplines and we look forward to the opportunity to teach all majors about New Zealand and the geology and ecology of the islands.” – Dr. Denice Robertson

Prerequisite: One semester of college coursework including completion of basic writing requirement.
Dr. Denice Robertson and Ms. Sarah Johnson | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U