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New Zealand Study Abroad - HECUA

Description

New Zealand has long been at the forefront of innovative social, cultural, and environmental practices. In this program students get to know the people, places, and ideas that have driven developments such as truth and reconciliation processes between government and the indigenous Maori peoples, and sustainable environmental and governance reforms. Although challenges still abound, students learn–across disciplines–about positive responses.

Students spend their first month traveling by bus to key biodiversity and cultural sites, learning, cooking, and discussing together. The next two months are spent in Wellington (which Lonely Planet rated as "the coolest little capital in the world.") Students live with local families, work on a self-directed independent study project, attend classes, and complete a significant internship. Student internship placements in past years have ranged from Sustainable Coastlines to Kennett Brothers Mountain Bikes, from the New Zealand Green Party to Zealandia Urban Eco-Reserve. Links between environment, culture, policy, and community are at the heart of these field study and internship opportunities. 
  • Good to Know

    The program is offered in partnership with the EcoQuest Education Foundation/Te Rarangahau Taiao, which sponsors students' New Zealand visa applications, hosts the program for a field experience, and provides evaluation and oversight.

    The program is based in Wellington, with field study in areas around the North Island, including the Waikato and the Taupo regions, a Maori community on the flanks of Mt. Ruapehu, Wellington, and the greater Auckland area. Field seminars focus on environmental management, biodiversity protection, Maori culture, national public policy, and urban planning.

    In Wellington students intern for seven weeks in a local organization, becoming directly involved in efforts and debates around wildlife conservation, environmental advocacy, sustainability, transportation, water quality, youth development, cultural pluralism, and human rights.

    While in Wellington, students are lodged in homestays with accredited families. Each student has his or her own room, and meals are provided. During field visits, students are housed in various types of community facilities and provided with group meals. In some cases students shop and prepare meals together.
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  • Degree Level
    • Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

  • Subject Areas

    • Anthropology
    • Area/Ethnic Studies
    • Conflict Studies
    • Education
    • Government
    • History
    • Human Rights Advocacy
    • Humanities
    • International Relations
    • Legal Studies
    • Peace Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science/Politics
    • Public Admin, Public Policy, Govt
    • Social Policy
    • Social Sciences
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
  • Program fees:

    Please contact HECUA for current pricing, here.

    The program fee covers group transportation to field sites, planned group excursions, lodging, meals, local transportation, medical insurance, and administrative costs.

    The fee does not cover round-trip airfare from the U.S. to New Zealand, incidental expenses (souvenirs, extra food, cell phone service, etc), course readings, or visa costs.
     

  • Experience Required

    • Students must have completed their first year in college
    • Students must be in good academic standing overall with a 2.0 GPA or higher (any GPA lower than 2.5 will receive extra evaluation)
    • Students must also complete all home campus requirements for off-campus study
  • This Program is open to

    Students enrolled in any U.S. college or university.

  • Typical Living Arrangements

    • Homestays
    • Group living in rustic dorm-like camping facilities during the touring portion of the program. 
  • Participants Travel to New Zealand

    Independently

  • Scholarships are Available

    HECUA provides $750 Community Engagement scholarships, $1,500 scholarships for Social Justice, and four $4,000 Scholarship for Racial Justice for semester-length programs each fall and spring. More information about the application process and eligibility for these scholarships is available on the HECUA website, here, or by contacting the organization.

  • Application Process Involves

    • Essay
    • Letters of Reference
    • Online Application plus Application Assessment
    • Transcript



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  • Description

    HECUA and colleagues in New Zealand have developed an interdisciplinary program devoted to the interconnections of society and the environment in New Zealand. The program examines how social and environmental factors are shaping political and ecological dimensions of identity and culture, and how New Zealanders from many different backgrounds are envisioning and creating a shared future in Aotearoa New Zealand, the "Land of the Long White Cloud."

    In the early part of the semester, students are on the road, traveling slowly from Auckland to Wellington over a period of five weeks. Along the way, they stay in a variety of communities, where they have discussions of history and culture with European, indigenous Maori, and Pacifica leaders establish the complex bases of New Zealand’s identity and nationhood: its bicultural foundation and diverse multicultural population, the rich ecological setting, national commitments to peace and sustainability, and the challenges posed by globalization. Students learn about New Zealand's ecological history, the challenges of its "clean and green" national brand, and the sustainability frameworks that have been developed both by European and Maori New Zealanders.

    To understand the distinctive features of Maori cultural life and the contributions of Maori knowledge systems to environmental management and to governance, the program explores the history of colonization, the Treaty of Waitangi and Treaty Settlement truth and reconciliation processes, and the Maori renaissance. The program also explores the concept of indigeneity itself, seeking to understand how the Maori experience parallels or stands apart from indigenous experiences and movements elsewhere.

    Finally, students examine the tensions inherent in New Zealand's evolving national identity and its pursuit of cultural pluralism. Though New Zealand offers an acknowledged model for environmental sustainability, its economic prosperity still largely depends on a biological base, with income from international tourism and the export of resources extracted through large-scale fishing, forestry, and agriculture, industries that place enormous pressure on the natural environment. While the country has achieved some success in weaving together Maori and European aspirations, immigration is bringing an array of new cultures and aspirations into the dialogue, and New Zealanders are now facing anew the challenges of working toward a national goal of cultural diversity — "embracing a world in which many worlds co-exist."
 
  • Good to Know

    The program is offered in partnership with the EcoQuest Education Foundation/Te Rarangahau Taiao, which sponsors students' New Zealand visa applications, hosts the program for a field experience, and provides evaluation and oversight.

    The program is based in Wellington, with field study in areas around the North Island, including the Waikato and the Taupo regions, a Maori community on the flanks of Mt Ruapehu, Wellington, and the greater Auckland area. Field seminars focus on environmental management, biodiversity protection, Maori culture, national public policy, and urban planning.

    In Wellington students intern for seven weeks in a local organization, becoming directly involved in efforts and debates around wildlife conservation, environmental advocacy, sustainability, transportation, water quality, youth development, cultural pluralism, and human rights.

    While in Wellington, students are lodged in homestays with accredited families. Each student has his or her own room, and meals are provided. During field visits, students are housed in various types of community facilities and provided with group meals. In some cases students shop and prepare meals together.
 
  • Degree Level
    • Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

  • Subject Areas

    • Anthropology
    • Area/Ethnic Studies
    • Conflict Studies
    • Education
    • Government
    • History
    • Human Rights Advocacy
    • Humanities
    • International Relations
    • Legal Studies
    • Peace Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science/Politics
    • Public Admin, Public Policy, Govt
    • Social Policy
    • Social Sciences
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
  • Cost in US$:

    Please contact HECUA for current pricing.

    The program fee covers group transportation to field sites, planned group excursions, lodging, meals, local transportation, medical insurance, and administrative costs.

    The fee does not cover round-trip airfare from the U.S. to New Zealand, incidental expenses (souvenirs, extra food, cell phone service, etc), course readings, or visa costs.

  • Experience Required

    • Students must have completed their first year in college
    • Students must be in good academic standing overall with a 2.0 GPA or higher (any GPA lower than 2.5 will receive extra evaluation)
    • Students must also complete all home campus requirements for off-campus study
  • This Program is open to

    Students enrolled in any U.S. college or university.

  • Typical Living Arrangements

    • Homestays
    • Group living in rustic dorm-like camping facilities
  • Participants Travel to New Zealand

    Independently

  • Typically Participants Work

    Groups of 15 students total

  • Scholarships are Available

    HECUA provides USD750 Community Engagement scholarships, and USD1,500 Scholarships for Social Justice, and a new USD4,000 Scholarship for Racial Justice for semester-length programs each fall and spring. More information about the application process and eligibility for these scholarships is available on the HECUA website or by contacting the organization.

  • Application Process Involves

    • Essay
    • Letters of Reference
    • Online Application plus Application Assessment
    • Transcript


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2018 03/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.