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  • Locations: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/01/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2020 05/01/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

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Program Description:

Frontiers Abroad Geology of New Zealand
University of Canterbury

New Zealand GeologyPhoto Courtesy: Matthew Guiang
  The Geology of New Zealand Programme (Geology) begins with a five-week field camp, which includes a series of interlinked modules that explore the stratigraphy, mountain building, and tectonics of the South Island, and the volcanology and geothermal geology of the North Island. Following field-camp, students transition to a campus semester at the University of Canterbury located in Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island. While at the University of Canterbury, students enroll in four courses, one of which is a research methods course based upon data collected in field camp.  
Eligibility: 3.0 GPA Minimum. Students participating in the Geology of New Zealand program fulfill their 6-unit field camp requirement during their study abroad. For this program it is recommended that applicants have completed courses in Physical Geology (e.g. EPS 201), Historical Geology (EPS 385), Earth Materials or Mineralogy (EPS 352), Petrology (EPS 437), Structural Geology (EPS 460), and Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (EPS 422). Majors applying to this program should have completed a minimum of four classes on this list.

Students should have a demonstrated academic interest in human and natural environments. Background in physical and biological sciences recommended. Students should have an advising session with the EPSc departmental study abroad advisor. At least one letter of recommendation must be written by an EPSc faculty member.

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Program Dates:
Term Dates Application Deadline
Spring mid January - late June May 1
Fall early June - mid November February 1

  Approved Departments:

Earth & Planetary Sciences

Coursework and Credits:
15-16 WU credits.
Field camp is worth 6 credits total
University courses are worth 3-4 credits each

Before classes begin at the university, students take part in a five week-long field component that spends one week in the Cook Islands and the remaining time in the North Island’s Central Volcanic Plateau and Bay of Plenty. This field component is divided into several modules that combine field studies with visits to coastal habitats, geothermal power plants, hydro-power schemes, paper mills, and conservation and environmental agencies. Once the university semester begins, students continue with research they initiated during the field camp.

Students then choose three courses from the University of Canterbury's academic departments. Students are expected to take a humanities or social science course with New Zealand content.

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  Christchurch, New Zealand
New Zealand comprises two large islands, North Island and South Island, as well as many smaller islands. The indigenous Maori have named the country Aotearoa which is often translated into English as "The Land of the Long White Cloud." New Zealand offers a very dramatic and diverse landscape, including towering snowcapped peaks and active volcanoes. The islands' flora and fauna are equally extraordinary.

Christchurch is the South Island's largest city with about 370,000 inhabitants. A short distance from both the snowcapped Alps and the Pacific coastline, Christchurch is in an ideal location for the outdoor enthusiast. Lovers of art will also appreciate the city's thriving art scene. Christchurch boasts many beautiful parks, including a free botanical garden, that are inviting to walkers and joggers, or one may prefer to sit along the Avon river and watch the water flow on by.

  Housing: During the field component, students camp or stay in mountain lodges. During the semester, students are placed in university housing close to campus.

Student Life: The Frontiers Abroad program offers students a unique opportunity in New Zealand. The program begins with a five-week field component around the Cook Islands and the North Island of New Zealand in which students study marine ecology, volcanoes, geothermal energy, natural and human impacts on the environment, and Maori perspectives on natural resources, among other subjects. Following the field camp, students enroll full-time at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, and take their courses with Kiwi students.

On-Site Support: Frontiers Abroad resident director and program staff provide oversight of the program.

  Estimated Program Price: When you study abroad for a semester or a year for academic credit, you will be charged tuition by Washington University at a rate equivalent to tuition on campus for the corresponding time period. WU tuition covers only the educational and administrative costs of the study abroad program. WU tuition does not cover any study abroad program costs for room, board, transportation, personal expenses, passport or visa fees. Such costs are charged separately either by WU, the program sponsor, or a third party.
Email the appropriate Overseas Programs Coordinator, visit us during our walk-in hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-5958 to schedule an appointment.