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ASU: New Zealand: Adventures in Culture, Health, Sustainability, and Environment
Auckland, New Zealand; Blenheim, New Zealand; Christchurch, New Zealand; Hanmer Springs, New Zealand; Queenstown, New Zealand; Rotorua, New Zealand; Tauranga, New Zealand; Wanaka, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Website: Click to visit
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Cost Sheets Summer
Areas of Study:
Health, Social Sciences, Sustainability
Program Type:
Faculty Directed
GPA Requirement:
Graduate Courses Available:
College Sponsor:
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (Social Sciences)
Department/School Sponsor:
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Language of Instruction:
Minimum Class Standing:
02 - Sophomore
International Coordinator:
Toni Bartolutti
Available to Non-ASU Students:
  Program Details

This program is no longer accepting applications for summer 2018. 
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Kayaking in Milford Sound

Quick Facts

May 12 - June 4, 2018 
**please note, students must leave the U.S. on or before May 10 to arrive by May 12
  • Two islands, six cities: Auckland, Tauranga, Rotorua, Wellington, Blenheim, and Christchurch.
  • Walk in stunning landscapes—snow-capped mountains, stunning beaches, native forests.
  • Experience Maori culture and farm living, visit Hobbiton and Weta Workshop, and experience kayaking and swimming with dolphins
  • Interdisciplinary coursework focuses on health and the environment from social, cultural, ecological, and sustainability perspectives
  • Earn 6 credits
  • Space is limited. Apply early!

Application Requirements

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.



Location Details

Auckland is the largest city on the North Island and by far the largest city in New Zealand. It is known as the City of Sails, with a beautiful harbor and loads of beaches. A sunny climate and a large Polynesian influence combine with great shopping and plenty of eateries to make Auckland a city you'll love to return to again and again.

Tauranga is the 5th largest and one of the fastest growing cities in New Zealand. We will use Tauranga as a base for exploring the surrounding area and observing environmental conservation and sustainable development practices, as well as Maori community-based healthcare services. We will also participate in a rainforest restoration project.

Rotorua is considered to be the tourist capital of New Zealand, with domestic and international visitors attracted by the region’s geothermal activity—geysers, hot thermal springs, and bubbling mud pools. It is also a center of Maori cultural activity.

Located on the south end of the North Island in between rolling hillsides and a great harbor, New Zealand's capital city is a vibrant hub for cultural and artistic activities. It's also the home of New Zealand's film industry, with lifelike creations from Weta Workshop (LOTR) visible in parks and streets around the city.

The largest city on the South Island, Christchurch, is also the most British in feel. Just fifteen minutes from the city center you can traverse mountain bike paths, ride the waves on a surf beach, or swim with dolphins. One focus of our visit will be the aftermath of major earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 which caused significant damage that is still being repaired.

Beautiful Wanaka township, at the southern end of Lake Wanaka, is the gateway to spectacular landscapes (think of LOTR) and outdoor activities. It is a small but rapidly growing resort town with wonderful lake and mountain views, and is a primary access point for spectacular Mount Aspiring National Park.

Visa Information

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

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

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.


Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to all students who have a 2.5 GPA. If your GPA is below a 2.5, please submit an academic letter of recommendation from an ASU professor or advisor in order to be considered for participation. It is open to non-ASU students and non-degree seeking students. Non-ASU students, please view the application instructions.


Students must enroll in 6 credits, or 2 courses, from the list below:
SSH 403 Cross-Cultural Studies in Global Health (6) - Fulfills CLAS Science & Society; and/or fulfills General (L or SB) & G
ASB 443 Cross Cultural Studies in Global Health (3) - Fulfills CLAS Science and Society; and/or fulfills General (L or SB) and G
ASM 414 / ESS 514 Urban and Environmental Health (3) - Fulfills CLAS Science & Society; and/or fulfills General Studies SB

The 23-day New Zealand program travels from the north to the south of the country. Features include visiting Maori and Pacific Island health facilities, short hikes in spectacular forest and alpine environments, a farmstay, kayaking and a dolphin swim, a vineyard tour, geothermal exploring, and museum visits. We build in a small research component in most years; all courses are experiential, and get us out and about as much as possible. The schedule is designed also to support additional optional activities during free time.

The 2018 Program Syllabus and detailed Program Itinerary and are still being finalized—refer back to this page for the latest updates.

In the meantime, the 2018 itinerary outline is:
May10-12: Travel to New Zealand
May 12-14: Auckland and surrounding area
May 15-17: Tauranga and surrounding area
May 18: Waitaia Lodge in the rainforest
May 19-20: Rotorua and surrounding area
May 21-23: Wellington
May 24-25: Cook Strait Ferry and Blenheim
May 26: Hanmer Springs
May 27-29: Christchurch
May 30-31 Farmstays in Canterbury
June 1-3: Wanaka and surrounding area
June 4: Queenstown and return flights to the U.S.

NZ kayak shot 2015

NZ mountain 2015



Faculty Director

David Feary, Ph.D
Clinical Professor
School of Sustainability, School of Earth and Space Exploration
Arizona State University

Julie Lawrence
Post Doctoral Research Scholar
Institute of Human Origins
Arizona State University

NZ hillside bay 2015


Waikato River

Program Housing

The program accommodation includes a variety of hotels, hostels and lodges. There will also be a 2-3 night farmstay.



Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Cape Palliser Seal


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2018 is $6195.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition, all housing; excursions, cultural events, insurance, ground transportation, and some group meals.
Not included: ASU student fees, international airfare, passport, books, additional meals, independent travel, and other personal expenses.

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.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. 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.


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

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program


  Dates & Deadlines
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.