UMD: A Globally Connected University

UMD-Winter: New Zealand: Sustainable Ecosystems (PLSC/ENSP)

Auckland, New Zealand
Picton, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
Westport, New Zealand
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Maria Barra
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NZ: Sustainable

The three week course through the Department of Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture and the Environmental Science and Policy Program will engage you in the study of environmental sustainability programs that are being implemented in New Zealand. New Zealand, being geographically isolated, has its own sustainability issues from energy production to invasive species. You will travel throughout New Zealand's diverse ecosystems and learn about how the government approaches several aspects of sustainability, including but not limited to energy production (geothermal, hydropower, wind), ecological conservation programs (biodiversity), tourism, and low-impact urban design including stormwater management and architecture. Additionally, you will interact with Maori peoples to understand how their culture and language has been revived in the recent past and what issues they face both economically and socially. You will have the opportunity to visit museums, national parks, farms, botanical gardens, old growth forests and many other places to gain knowledge about the natural history of the Pacific Island country. Programs learned about in New Zealand will be compared and contrasted to sustainability programs in the United States, with the objective of forming a better appreciation of the program effectiveness in both countries.

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.

UMD and non-UMD freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduates 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 the following three (3) credit UMD course:

  • PLSC489Z: Special Topics in Plant Science: Environmental Sustainability
  • ENSP489Z: Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy: Environmental Sustainability

The courses offered count toward the Sustainability minor. 

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

You will stay in hostels and hotels in shared room assignments.

Costs are current for winter 2020.
*Please note this program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship. Online applications are now open and the deadline is Tuesday, October 1st at 11:59pm Central Daylight Time (CDT). 

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $45
Tuition $2,735
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $375
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $700
Visa $30
Passport $145
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $2,600
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses (~$400 for Helicopter Glacier tour) $900
Optional trip cancellation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

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 cancellation due to low enrollment.

Dr. Andrew Ristvey is an Extension Specialist for Commercial Horticulture and affiliate faculty with the Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Maryland.  His present extension and research interests are plant nutrition, irrigation management, horticultural and green-roof growing media and alternative specialty crop production.

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:

  • Visit new and amazing places and meet the people from an extraordinary island nation.
  • Learn how New Zealand manages sustainability in several areas including energy production, agriculture, ecology, and culture.
  • Compare and contrast sustainability management between United States and New Zealand. 
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Winterterm 2020 10/13/2019 10/11/2019 01/02/2020 01/22/2020