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UMD-Winter: New Zealand: Sustainable Transformation and Adaptation: Culture and Earth (LARC/HONR)

Auckland, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand
Rotorua, New Zealand
Waitangi, New Zealand
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Investigate New Zealand through the study of culture and nature in this course sponsored by the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. You will receive instruction in the practice of field sketching and recording field notes throughout the course and as you travel with the program group throughout the South and North Islands of New Zealand, you will keep a sketch book and journal to document your observations and reactions to the sites visited. In addition, you will be afforded opportunities to explore local culture and natural systems through tours to historic sites, monumental structures, art and artifact museums, aboriginal settlements, natural wonders, and environmental restorations.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

All UMD and non-UMD students are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:

  • LARC489N: Special Topics in Landscape Architecture: Culture and Earth: Transformation and Adaptation-New Zealand
  • HONR348B: Advanced Honors Seminar: Culture and Earth: Transformation and Adaptation-New Zealand

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

Prior to departure you are required to attend several meetings to set expectations, receive and understand research assignments, and prepare for the program. You will be assigned a research topic related to a site, region, icon, or cultural setting and then independently conduct your research, cite references, and deliver a report on site.

You will stay in hostels and hotels in shared room assignments. All of the residences have cooking facilities and you will be encouraged to participate in group meals that foster cooperation and interaction with locals and fellow travelers.

These costs are current for Winter 2017.

Billable Costs
Application Fee $50
Program Fee $3,450
This fee is collected in two installments: 1) $250 non-refundable deposit: Due by October 18th or within 48 hours of acceptance if accepted on or after that date 2) Remainder of program fee: Charged to your UMD account upon course registration and due December 20th.
The program fee includes: $250 deposit, International Health Insurance, tuition, housing, and Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, and pre-departure orientation.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $200 - $300
Passport $140
Visa $0
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $2,400
Optional activities/ incidental expenses (estimate) $200
Optional International Trip Cancelation/Interruption Insurance (estimate) $50


NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Dennis Nola has been teaching at UMD since 1987. He has not lost his enthusiasm for learning, sharing, and shaping the lives of young people. He has traveled to New Zealand many times and has family there. His background is as a Landscape Architect and educator. An Ecology/ Soils specialist co-instructs this course. He has designed projects all over the world and many locally including on our own campus. The natural beauty and culture of New Zealand fascinates him and he has designed a program that maximizes your exposure and learning.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Classes in observation recording and field notes
  • Professionally guided exploration of glaciers, rivers, caves, sounds, museums, cultural exhibits and farms
  • Opportunities such as kayaking the Milford Sound, hiking mountain and glacial lakes, and a tour the Fox Glacier
  • Visits to volcano parks, the movie set of the Hobbit at Matamata, the Waitomo glow worm caves, and a ride on a steamship across Lake Wakitipu
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Winterterm 2017 10/23/2016 10/11/2016 12/27/2016 01/13/2017