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|Restrictions:||Gustavus applicants only|
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|Program Provider:||HECUA - Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs||Program Term(s):||Semester only|
|Minimum Class Standing:||Sophomore||Minimum GPA:||2.50|
|Prerequisites:||No||Previous Language Study Req?:||No|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Language courses offered:||None|
|Housing Options:||Homestay||Areas of Study:||Anthropology, Culture, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, History, Independent Study, International Studies, Maori Studies, Minority Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Peace Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Policy & Administration, Sociology, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Tourism|
|Program Design:||Group based, Set Curriculum, Study Center, Theme based||Additional Program Options:||Community Engagement, Field Study, Independent Study, Internship|
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.
- Degree Level
Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)
- Area/Ethnic Studies
- Conflict Studies
- Human Rights Advocacy
- International Relations
- Legal Studies
- Peace Studies
- Political Science/Politics
- Public Admin, Public Policy, Govt
- Social Policy
- Social Sciences
- Social Work
Please contact HECUA for current pricing, here.
- 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
- Group living in rustic dorm-like camping facilities during the touring portion of the program.
Participants Travel to New Zealand
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
- Letters of Reference
- Online Application plus Application Assessment
More information at the HECUA New Zealand webpage >>>
HECUA. Gustavus belongs to the HECUA Consortium, so we are a part of the organization that offers this program. Any eligible Gustavus student is welcome to participate in this program.
Application process. Gustavus students will first apply for Gustavus approval through this website. Once approved by Gustavus to participate, you will then complete an online HECUA application as well. Note that Gustavus has a nonrefundable application fee of $70 (required for all Gustavus study away applicants), and that HECUA has a separate nonrefundable application fee of $50.
Advising at Gustavus. If you would like to speak with a Gustavus program advisor, please see our Advising page for more information.