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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand; Blenheim, New Zealand; Christchurch, New Zealand; Kaikoura, New Zealand; Papamoa, New Zealand; Queenstown, New Zealand; Rotorua, New Zealand; Taupo, New Zealand; Tauranga, New Zealand; Wanaka, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Website: Click to visit
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description


Kayaking in Milford Sound

Quick Facts

  • May 12 - June 5, 2019 (please note, students must leave the U.S. on or before May 10 to arrive by May 12).
  • Two islands, nine cities/towns: Auckland, Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington, Blenheim, Kaikoura, Christchurch, and Queenstown.
  • Walk in stunning landscapes—snow-capped mountains, stunning beaches, native forests.
  • Experience Maori culture, visit Hobbiton and Weta Workshop, and enjoy kayaking and river rafting.
  • 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.



Queenstown lake and Mountains

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.

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.

As well as its fame as the location for numerous movies, stunningly beautiful Queenstown is the adventure tourism "capital" of New Zealand, with a focus on winter sports.

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, the listed International Coordinator will work with the faculty for approval. 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 24-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, kayaking and river rafting, a vineyard tour, geothermal exploring, and museum visits. We build in a small research component that means that students meet ordinary New Zealanders; 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 2019 Program Syllabus and detailed  Program Itinerary are now available- refer back to this page for the latest updates.

The 2019 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 19-21: Rotorua/Taupo and surrounding area
May 22-24: Wellington
May 25-26: Cook Strait Ferry and Blenheim
May 27-28: Kaikoura and surrounding area
May 29-31: Christchurch and surrounding area
June 1-3: Wanaka and surrounding area
June 4-5: 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

Chris Stojanowski, Ph.D.
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University

NZ hillside bay 2015


Waikato River

Program Housing

The program accommodation includes a variety of hotels, hostels and lodges. 


Special Considerations

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.

Physical Considerations

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. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

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 our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2019 is $6475.

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
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/10/2019
Rolling Admission 05/12/2019 06/05/2019
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until Study Abroad Office contacts you to do so.

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

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.