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).
Health and emergency evacuation insurance* (International Programs Only)
Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
CCSA Central Office
Stephen Farley - Applications
Robert Bedard - Payments
Robin Byerly - Travel
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.
$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)Scholarships: See our scholarships page
Geology / Biology
The Ecology and Geology of New Zealand
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. |