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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand; 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 01/11/2020 06/24/2020

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

Deadline has passed
Program Description:

Frontiers Abroad: New Zealand Earth Systems
at the University of Canterbury
or the University of Auckland

New ZealandPhoto Courtesy: Lillian Bishop
  Frontiers Abroad is, first and foremost, an educational concept that offers U.S. study abroad students an unparalleled academic experience in New Zealand. The concept of ‘longitudinal learning’ linking a pre-semester field programme with directed semester courses is offered in very few study abroad programmes around the world. In addition, our dedicated research component and family-like atmosphere are cornerstones of the Frontiers Abroad experience and provide a home-away-from-home feeling for the students that enables them to enjoy and appreciate New Zealand in its fullest.
Frontiers Abroad
University of Canterbury

University of Auckland

Eligibility: 3.0 GPA Minimum. Students participating in the New Zealand Earth Systems 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), Earth Materials or Mineralogy (EPS 352 or EPS 336), Hydrology (EPS 428 or EPS 429), Surface Processes (EPS 409), 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.

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

The Earth Systems programme analyzes current environmental issues arising from the interface between nature and society. Before classes begin at the university, the five-week field camp begins on the beaches and coral reefs of Rarotonga (Cook Islands) studying marine and coastal ecology. The programme then transitions to mainland New Zealand to study geothermal energy, kaitiakitanga, and learn environmental field techniques (water sampling, Ground Penetrating Radar, VibraCore). Earth Systems students can choose to attend the University of Auckland or the University of Canterbury, where they enroll in four courses, one of which is a research methods course based upon data collected in field camp.

Students are expected to take a humanities or social science course with New Zealand content.

Please click here for more information about Frontiers Abroad courses
Please click here for more information about course offerings at the University of Canterbury
Please click here for more information about course offerings at the University of Auckland
  Christchurch, New Zealand or Auckland, 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.

  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, or the University of Auckland in Auckland, 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.