This 4-week study abroad program will examine the natural (and related social) history and resource conservation of New Zealand's South Island. 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. Assessment will be delivered through educational travel, field trips, active participation, presentations and seminars, and coursework exercises.
Students begin the program in the garden city of Christchurch taking classes with leading experts from New Zealand universities (e.g. Lincoln University and the University of Canterbury), government departments (e.g. Department of Conservation), iwi (Maori tribes), and scientific research bodies (e.g. Landcare Research). This is followed by a field study which encompasses the South Island. The itinerary includes Mount Cook, the wild West Coast, swimming with dolphins at Kaikoura, 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.
Students will stay in shared accommodations and generally have access to refrigerators and cooking supplies throughout the program.
Dr. Bob Gates
Faculty member, School of Environment and Natural Resources
Education Abroad Coordinator
Coordinator, CFAES Center for Education Abroad and Office of International Affairs
Advisor, ENR Education Abroad & Scholars
Courses and Credit
Admitted participants are required to register in 3 hours each of Environment and Natural Resources 5797.03 and 5797.04 during the summer term- 4W1. They will also be required to attend one all-day Saturday pre-departure seminar on March 3, 2018 from 8:00am-5:00pm on campus.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program students must have a 2.75 GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation.
All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a program fee $4,822. The program fee includes lodging, in-country transportation, admission to site visits, program adventures (hikes, kayaking, etc) and some meals. It does not cover international airfare, some meals, free day activities, or passports.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
- Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 5:30pm in 102 Kottman Hall
- Monday, November 13, 2017, 5:00pm in 162 MacQuigg Lab
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel warnings/country-specific information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (geographic health recommendations)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of an issuance or change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Warning, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.