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  • Locations: Christchurch, New Zealand; Dunedin, New Zealand; Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Fox Glacier, New Zealand; Hammer Springs, New Zealand; Hokitika, New Zealand; Kaikoura, New Zealand; Motueka, New Zealand; Nelson Lakes, New Zealand; Queenstown, New Zealand; Te Anau, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Housing Option: Hotel/Hostel Areas of Study: Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Entomology, Environment and Natural Resources, Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Geography, History, Human Dimensions of Environment, International Studies
Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1, Summer Academic Credit: Environment and Natural Resources
Program Features: Research Ohio State Program Contact: Kelly A. Newlon
Program Description:
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This 3-week education abroad program will examine the natural and social histories of New Zealand's South Island. The program will integrate the different perspectives of diverse natural, biological, and social science disciplines to improve understanding of relationships between human societies and the natural environment. Students will learn about the intersections of environmental conservation and economic dependence on tourism and how “sustainable tourism” is defined and upheld in New Zealand.
Students will learn about learn the Maori history of New Zealand, visit five national parks, tour sustainable vineyards and farms, whale watch, discuss sustainable design with the owner of Ziptrek Ecotours (followed by ziplining), cruise the Milford Sound, visit Aoraoki (Mt. Cook), kayak, participate in guided day hikes, and participate in a service-learning activity with the New Zealand Department of Conservation.
Course content will be delivered by OSU faculty, an in-country guide, and leading experts from New Zealand universities (e.g. the University of Canterbury and Otago University), iwi (Maori tribes), government departments (e.g. Department of Conservation), business owners, and scientists. 


During their time in Nelson and the Abel Tasman National Park area, students will be introduced to New Zealand’s geography, government, economics, history, and culture.  This is followed by a field study which encompasses most of the South Island. The itinerary includes a visit to Aoraki (Mt. Cook), whale watching in Kaikoura, a guided waka ama (Maori outrigger kayaks) tour of Abel Tasman National Park, an overnight stay in a ceremonial Marae (Maori meeting house), a guided hike on the Routeburn track in Mt. Aspiring National Park, an introduction to seismology in Christchurch, visit a working farm and a sustainable winery, a survey of outdoor adventure and recreation in Queenstown, a wildlife tour near the college town of Dunedin, and a boat cruise on the Milford Sound.


Students will stay in shared accommodations and generally have access to refrigerators and cooking supplies throughout the program.

Resident Directors

Dr. Jeff Hattey
Faculty member, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Renee Johnston
Program Director, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Education Abroad Coordinator

Kelly Newlon
Director, CFAES Center for Education Abroad and Office of International Affairs

Amanda Laser
Advisor, ENR Education Abroad & Scholars



Courses and Credit Sustainable NZ tab 2

Admitted participants are required to register in 3 hours of Environment and Natural Resources 5797.03  during the summer term- 4W1.

There will be a required pre-departure seminar and orientation on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 8:00am-5:00pm on campus.  Inability to attend this orientation will be grounds for dismissal from the program.  Participation in varsity athletics, a siblings wedding and graduate school testing (MCAT) have been the only allowable excuses in the past.



Application Requirement Sustainable NZ tab 3

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



Program Costs Sustainable NZ tab 4

Please refer to the 2019 budget sheet for estimated costs.

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $4623 program fee. 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.




Information Sessions Sustainable NZ tab 5

All Information Sessions have now passed.  You may call 614-292-2265 to schedule a meeting with Amanda Laser to learn more about the program.


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

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 a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, 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.



None at this time.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/15/2019 01/22/2019 05/08/2019 06/01/2019