Gain professional and global experience in New Zealand’s capital city on a 15-week program (12 weeks in New Zealand), including a 10-week internship that is custom-designed for each student based on his or her own unique background, skills, and career goals! Take a deep dive into the global workplace, and develop critical professional skills as part of an experiential professional development curriculum designed to help you stand out from your competition!
Earn a minor in Organizational Leadership (all 18 credits!)
Complete an entire Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) core sequence of classes (all 18 credits)
Take ASU courses from any major online while living in New Zealand and completing a 10-week professional internship!
Custom design a course of study which can combine online with in-person classes and professional internship experience
Earn a host of general studies designations towards your degree requirements
...There is something for everyone!
January 18 - April 12, 2020
Spend 12 Weeks in beautiful Wellington, New Zealand!
Week 1: Orientation
Weeks 2-6: Five weeks of A term classes and internship
Week 7: Spring Break
Week 8-12: Five weeks of B term classes and internship
Program allows you time to travel and explore New Zealand while fast-tracking your academic and professional career.
Enhance your career by completing a professional internship in your field
Fast-track your studies by earning a minor in Organizational Leadership, completing the entire Interdisciplinary Studies core, or checking off required upper-division general studies requirements
Customizable course of study to fit your academic needs with both in-person and online options
Explore New Zealand, its culture, people, and landscape as part of a week-long Spring Break.
Includes group trips and activities around New Zealand
Earn 12-18 credits
To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.
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Built on dramatic hills surrounding one of the southern hemisphere’s largest deep water ports, Wellington was ranked No.1 city in the world to live in a global Deutsche Bank study. With a wealth of natural resources at your doorstep, you can be walking or mountain biking in native bush, or kayaking around the coastline in a matter of minutes.
The capital's location has created a walkable central business district that encourages a now-famous café and craft beer culture. The creative, IT, education and government sectors combine in a way that means it always does feel like there’s something going on.
As the second largest city in New Zealand, Wellington has a well-developed economy with business thriving across all industry sectors, including technology and the arts – not to mention world-class digital technology and film industries (with credits such as The Hobbit, King Kong, Lord of the Rings and Avatar productions). A broad range of internship opportunities in fields such as education, marketing, technology, the arts, general business, and research are all possible in this richly diverse economy. (New Zealand Now)
It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies.
For this particular program, a Working Holiday Visa is required by the New Zealand Government. The cost of this visa is often free for U.S. citizens. If this policy changes, the cost may be as high as 200 NZD. Though your internship will be unpaid, it is a work experience, and a work visa is required. Visa regulations are constantly changing - and may be changed without notice - so please use the New Zealand Immigration website to confirm specific details. Our on-site provider, CISabroad, will assist in providing supporting documentation; however, you are responsible for applying for your visa with a valid US passport in a timely fashion. Non-US citizens will also be responsible for researching and obtaining the required visa as necessary. As mentioned above, failure to obtain your visa will result in your inability to participate. You will be withdrawn, and you will be subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies form that you sign.
PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.
Undergraduates will enroll in 12 to 18 credit hours during the Spring registration period.
Earn a minor in Organizational Leadership (OGL) by choosing from the following courses: OGL 200: Intro to Org Leadership (A term) (3) OGL 220: Org Behavior (B term) (3) OGL 350: Diversity and Organizations (upper division C & L credit) (A term) (3) OGL 340: Topic: Working in New Zealand (B term) (3) OGL 484: Internship (A Term) (3) OGL 481: Pro-Seminar (A term) (3) OGL 482: Pro-Seminar II, (B term) (3)
Complete the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) core requirements by choosing from the following courses: IDS 301/201: Foundations of IDS (A term) (3) IDS 302: IDS Skills (B term) (3) IDS 315: Topic: Global Workplace (A term) (3) IDS 315: Topic: Behavioral Dynamics (B term) (3) IDS 401: Applied Study (A term) (3) IDS 484: Internship (B term) (3)
Complete your Liberal Studies core requirements & complete an internship: LST 370: Dimensions of Liberal Studies (A term) (3) LST 470: Topic: Spotlight on NZ (A term) (3) OGL 484: Internship (A Term) (3) OGL 340: Topic: Working in New Zealand (B term) (3)
+ Choose from the above-listed courses
Earn credit towards ANY major that has classes offered online & complete an internship: OGL 484: Internship (A Term) (3) OGL 340: Topic: Working in New Zealand (3) (B term)
+ Take required online classes for your degree or choose from the above-listed courses
All students must complete a ten-week internship.
Internships available in:
Art and Design | Biology and Ecology | Business and Economics | Environmental and Sustainability Studies | Film and Television | Government and Politics | Hospitality, Tourism and Event Planning | IT and Computer Systems | Journalism and Media | Marketing, Advertising and PR | Social Work | Sports and Exercise Science
*Please note that the courses for which you register count towards your Spring semester load. If registering for these courses will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.
January 18 - 26: Orientation and Settling in
January 27- February 28: A Term (up to two classes plus internship)
February 29 - March 8: Spring Break
March 9 - April 12: B Term (up to two classes plus internship)
Dr. David A. Thomas
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
David A. Thomas (Dave) is an experienced university teacher, management consultant and business executive. His comprehensive and diverse background includes key leadership positions in the computer systems integration and software industries, and extensive experience managing people and projects, both domestically and internationally, across several industries.
As a successful entrepreneur, Dave founded and grew several successful businesses, including Monarch Productivity Group, a corporate training and management consulting firm specializing in the development of customized results-based project management and continuous improvement training programs, and Thomas Enterprises / Marina Mobile Estates, a real estate investment and development firm which he grew to more than four million dollars in holdings. Dave “followed his bliss” (as Joseph Campbell would say) and “retired” into teaching full time in 1999.
In addition to a strong interdisciplinary background in business, Dave holds a doctorate in educational psychology as well as a master's of business administration degree in corporate finance and investments, both from the University of Southern California. He also earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from the California State Polytechnic University. His primary areas of expertise center on key factors that affect human performance, including adult learning and motivational theories, creative and critical thinking, project management and interdisciplinary team leadership, decision making and problem solving. Dave has over ten years of experience leading study abroad programs at ASU, having lead programs in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Baltics and now New Zealand.
Dr. Jessica Hirshorn
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Jessica Hirshorn teaches Interdisciplinary Studies and Organizational Leadership at Arizona State University. Additionally, she teaches a Peace Corps seminar and assists with overseeing the Peace Corps Prep program at ASU. She is the author of the intercultural training simulation "Rocket: A Simulation on Intercultural Teamwork." Rocket is based upon her research conducted at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and examines the intercultural interactions that take place in the International Space Station Program.
Jessica’s doctorate is in Educational Foundations with an emphasis in Multicultural Education and Sociology of Education from the University of Houston. She also holds a master’s degree in International and Intercultural Management from the School for International Training, and a bachelor's degree in Asian Studies and Religion. Prior to teaching Interdisciplinary Studies and Organizational Leadership at ASU, she taught teacher education courses and helped to train teachers to work with diverse student populations. Jessica also served as the Coordinator of International Student Services and Interim Director of Multicultural Services at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where she developed and implemented their international student services program. Jessica’s international experience includes serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Federated States of Micronesia and studying abroad in China, India, and Israel. At ASU Jessica has over ten years of experience leading study abroad programs having lead programs in the United Kingdom, Ireland, China, The Dominican Republic and now New Zealand.
Housing will be in shared occupancy (2-6 students) apartments. Students will pay a $500 refundable deposit to CISabroad (our on-site partner), which will be reimbursed within three months of the end of the program if no damages have been made to the accommodations.
Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.
Disability Accommodations Abroad
Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States.
In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.
LGBTQIA Students Abroad
Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.
We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.
Gender Identity Abroad
When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.
Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.
You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on ourRacial and Ethnic Minority Students page.
The Program Fee for Spring 2020 is $11,995.
Program Fee includes: Housing, internship placement services, site visits and cultural events, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for the twelve to eighteen credits in which you will be enrolled for this program, round-trip airfare to and from New Zealand, passport & visa fees, meals, transportation costs, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.
Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.
Funding Your Study Abroad Program
Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.
Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program
View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.