The New Zealand semester program is an off-campus program with an emphasis in environmental studies that stems from an interdisciplinary perspective with courses in Environmental and Cultural Issues of New Zealand, an internship experience, and a faculty seminar. New Zealand’s unique biogeography and cultural dynamics make it an ideal location to examine the complexity and interrelatedness of environmental problems and challenges. With a combination of academic coursework and experiential field study, the program immerses students in the landscapes and communities of New Zealand’s North and South Islands.
The program involves academic coursework in natural and cultural history and modern environmental issues as well as experiential learning in the form of service learning, outdoor education excursions such as hiking, canoeing and sea kayaking, and an emphasis on self-reflection and community-building. Just as environmental problem-solving cannot be reduced to one field of inquiry, the New Zealand semester purposefully engages students holistically and encourages the development of multiple ways of knowing and learning. It is open to all majors and all fields of study.
This blog is written by the students on the program over the course of the semester as a unified way to communicate, as a group, the events and experiences they find most memorable, influential, and perhaps hilarious. We hope that you will follow us as we make our way through the semester and the country of New Zealand this semester!