Once applications open, click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page to begin. Once your application is completed, your application will be reviewed and a decision will be made. You will be notified of the decision through the HogsAbroad portal.
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*Non-UofA students: Upon acceptance to the program, the Office of Study Abroad will provide non-UofA students further instructions on how to enroll at the University as a visiting, non-degree-seeking student.
The learning experience is designed to provide students with the opportunity to compare Adventure Therapy and mental health counseling in the United States and New Zealand. Students will be exposed to Adventure Therapy used with at-risk youth in New Zealand as well as a therapy specifically designed for use with indigenous (Maori) youth. Students will also have the opportunity to experience New Zealand’s educational culture by attending counselor preparation courses at Otago Polytechnic, indigenous Maori culture by staying on a Marae, and adventure culture by visiting Queenstown in order to understand how these three facets of culture (education, indigenous, and adventure) impact past, current, and future counseling trends.
Undergraduates should have completed at least 24 credit hours* with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application.
*Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college.
Courses: Offered at Undergraduate and Graduate levels
Students choose two 3-credit courses:
RESM 2853 Leisure and Society
RESM 2853H Honors Leisure and Society
RESM 4023 Outdoor Adventure Leadership (undergraduate)
RESM 4023 Outdoor Adventure Leadership (graduate)
RESM 5843 Tourism
CNED 3053 The Helping Relationship
CNED 3053H Honors The Helping Relationship
CNED 5513 Counseling and Human Diversity
CNED 6093 Counseling Children and Adolescent
CNED 6343 Cultural Foundations and Counseling
CNED 699V – Seminar (Introduction to Adventure Therapy)
Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and application of basic Adventure Therapy concepts and skills.
- Identify the overall similarities and differences between the United States and New Zealand’s use of Adventure Therapy with at-risk youth.
- Identify the similarities and differences between the United States and the New Zealand higher education system as it relates to training mental health professionals to meet the mental health needs of their populations.
- Understand the overall philosophy of Adventure Therapy in New Zealand and how it is applied with a variety of at-risk youth, including Maori (indigenous).
- Understand the historical impact of culture on each of the mental health systems (US and New Zealand).
- Compare and contrast the University of Arkansas counselor training and education programs to the education programs at the Otago Polytechnic.
- Defend the use of adventure to meet people’s emotional needs and address mental health concerns.
- 7 day Wilderness Therapy learning experience including hiking, kayaking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing.
- Cultural experience of visiting a Maori Marae overnight.
- Visit Queenstown, New Zealand (the adventure capital of the world). Experience a variety of adventure activities.
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.
In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully.
U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website.
This list is not comprehensive nor will all students be eligible for the listed scholarships.
For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.
For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leaders:
Rehabilitation, Human Resources, and Communication Disorders
Health, Human Performance, & Recreation