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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: J-Term
  • Restrictions: MC applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Program Description:
BIOL 290 explores the shaping of New Zealand today from settlement by Maori within its unique flora and fauna through European contact, adoption of Christianity NZ Maoriby the Maori and how Maori shape national culture today. We will explore all the major terrestrial ecosystems in the North Island, including ancient forests with trees over 1500 years old, active volcanic mountains, beautiful white-water rivers and even caves and stay with Maori people on their ancestral tribal homes. Course includes hiking, rafting, caving, sailing, swimming, great people, exceptional museums and cultural sites. Open to all majors and carries ELI and cross cultural credit. 
Estimated Course Fee $5300

Faculty Biography:

David K. Foster, M.S., Ph.D. Professor of Biology and Environmental Science. Research Interests: ecology of temperate forest herbs and vines; ethnobotany and religious customs of indigenous peoples; global concepts of sustainability. Contact Information: 362 Jordan Hall, ext. 6860, e-mail This is Dr. Foster's 15th trip to NZ.

Richard W. Schaeffer, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry. Research Interests : solution synthesis and stability of naturally occurring inorganic phases (minerals) and related compounds and environmental chemistry including 1) phytoremediation and 2) the fate and speciation of chemicals in the environment. He is also interested in all things Tolkien and Middle Earth. Contact Information: 309 Kline Hall, ext.3931,  e-mail This is Dr. Schaeffer's 2nd trip to NZ.

Other Course Information: 

BIOL 290 Syllabus 2019.doc

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
J-Term 2019 06/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.