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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand; Christchurch, New Zealand; Dunedin, New Zealand; Kaikoura, New Zealand; Mount Cook, New Zealand; Rotorua, New Zealand; Te Anau, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: January Intersession
  • Budget Sheets: January Intersession
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Advisor: Veronica Mobley Faculty Leader(s): Kathi Jogan,
Program Type: U of A Faculty-Led Course(s) Offered: Course Code
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Credit Hours Available: 3 Credit Hours
Area of Study: Animal Science, Anthropology, Biology, Earth Science, Ecology, International Relations, Wildlife Habitat Program Duration: 2 weeks
Credit Type: U of A Credit Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: 0 none
Open to non-U of A students?: No Open to Graduate Students?: Yes
Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel
Program Description:



Once applications open, click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page to begin. When 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.

If you don't yet have your passport, don't worry! You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program. However, if you don't already have a passport, please be proactive and begin your passport application today.


Application Deadline:  October 1, 2017

*Program may fill before regular deadline; therefore, early application is advised

Have you ever wondered why movies like The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, Avatar, Narnia and King Kong were filmed in New Zealand?  Or why Rudyard Kipling, called New Zealand’s Milford Sound the Eighth Wonder of the World?  This is because New Zealand has incredible unspoiled scenery and some of the most diverse environments on planet earth including rainforests, beaches, glaciers, mountains, lakes, volcanoes, bubbling mud pits and even fiords. 

Against this backdrop you will learn about the animal and plant species that exist only in New Zealand.

You will swim with New Zealand Fur Seals, cruise Milford Sound, visit wildlife hotspots and conservation centers, cruise Lake Te Anau to see glowworm caves at night, and see and interact with many wildlife species in their natural environment including Little Blue and Yellow Eyed Penguins, the Royal Albatross, Dusky Dolphins and very rare New Zealand Sea Lions.

During this trip, you will learn about the evolution and management of New Zealand wildlife, see conservation efforts put into practice and tour facilities to learn about New Zealand livestock species including red deer, sheep, dairy cattle and horses. You will see the many geothermal features New Zealand has to offer including geysers, mud pits, volcanoes and waterfalls cascading hundreds of meters into deep black fiords. 

Faculty members from Lincoln University and Otago University, experts in red deer genetics, marine biology and animal behavior, and Maori natives will lead tours and hands-on activities. Cultural experiences include museum tours, Maori rain forest walks, and a traditional Maori dinner and cultural show.


New Zealand, with a population of 4 million, is known for its beautiful scenery, diverse natural environments and unique wildlife species. In fact, it is said that New Zealand has the most diverse and dramatic terrain on the planet. It is uncrowded and unspoiled. National parks make up about one third of New Zealand.  The population, is a rich tapestry of cultures and is predominately made up of Europeans (mostly Scottish and British) and the original inhabitants, the Maori people, English is the language used, and with a very low crime rate, New Zealand is historically one of the safest places in the world to visit.  In fact, even nature presents little danger. There are NO venomous insects, NO snakes, and NO dangerous wild animals.

Cities that you will have the chance to experience are Auckland, known as the city of sails, Rotorura, famous for geothermals, windy Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, Kaikoura, whale watch capital of the world, Dunedin, known as the Edinburgh of the South, and Queenstown, adrenaline capital of the world.  As we take the journey from the North to the South Islands you will see jaw-dropping views in every direction. From interactions with unique wildlife and livestock species, to seeing 1,000 year old trees only found in New Zealand, to sustainability practices and environmental awareness, this faculty-led program will give you an overview of what New Zealand has to offer. 


Students must:

          Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours* by the beginning of the program abroad

          Possess a 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.


Travel Dates:  December 29, 2017 - January 12, 2018

Credit Hours:  Three (3) credit hours 
Credit Issued By:  University of Arkansas
Courses:  Offered at the Undergraduate, Honors and Graduate level
        Human and Animal Interactions in New Zealand sections
                ANSC 410V       Undergraduate
                AFLS 401V(H)   Undergraduate Honors
                ANSC 510V       Graduate Level Option
                BIOL 496V          Undergraduate
                BIOL 496V (H)    Undergraduate Honors
Sample Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will be able to articulate the behavioral characteristics and describe these vertebrates indigenous to New Zealand - the Kiwi bird, Dusky Dolphin, Kea Parrot, Albatross, Sperm Whale, Yellow Eyed Penguin, New Zealand Sea Lion and Little Blue penguin. 2. Students will be able to explain these Maori customs - the Hongi (greeting), Moko (tattoos), Haka (war dance), and Hangi (feast).
3. Students will be able to compare and contrast equine, cattle, sheep and red deer management practices in the United States with those in New Zealand.
4. Students will be able to compare and contrast wildlife management practices in the United States with those in New Zealand.
5. Students will be able to give two examples of successful New Zealand ecotourism focused on wildlife.
6. Students will be able to recommend three sustainability practices used in New Zealand that would be appropriate to use in the United States.


Students will be housed in hotels and backpacker's accommodations. American Universities International Programs (AUIP) has coordinated student travel, activity and housing arrangements. AUIP is a company that specializes in providing experiential education in the South Pacific region. This established organization works with universities and colleges in the United States to provide study abroad programs for over 1,000 students per year. AUIP personnel have been in close contact with the U of A study abroad office and are working with them to ensure that all U of A requirements are met.


nzHobbiton Movie Set Tour and Feast at the Green Dragon Inn:
You will have the opportunity to tour Hobbiton, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. This movie set is situated on a 1,250 acre working sheep farm with breath-taking views across the Kaimai Ranges. After learning how the movie set and the sheep farm are intertwined during the Hobbiton tour, you will be served a feast (fit for a…Hobbit) at the Green Dragon Inn.

TOURElm Wildlife Tour:
This activity takes place on the Otago Peninsula, known as the wildlife capital of New Zealand.  It includes visiting wildlife 'hotspots' where you will learn about conservation efforts and see New Zealand Sea Lions, the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin, New Zealand Fur Seals, the only mainland nesting ground of the Royal Albatross, Stewart Island Shags and a wide range of bird species in their natural habitat.

NZ2Swim with New Zealand Fur Seals:
During this activity, you will have the opportunity to see and interact with wild New Zealand Fur Seals in their natural environment in the coastal waters off of Kaikoura.  Kaikoura is a peninsula town backed by the snow-capped Seaward Kaikoura Range, and is known as the whale-watch capital of the world!  Kaikoura is a great place to see to a variety wildlife including 5 species of whales, Dusky Dolphins, NZ Fur Seals, Little Blue Penguins, shearwaters, petrels and several species of albatross.

Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience with traditional Maori dinner:
Immerse yourself in the Maori culture during this evening experience! You will learn traditional Maori cooking techniques, witness Maori in traditional dress paddling a waka (canoe), enjoy a cultural show, participate in a bush walk to learn about the flora and fauna of New Zealand and view glow worms in their natural habitat. After you are treated to a Maori feast you will walk through Rainbow Springs to see native wildlife including the Kiwi bird.
Milford Sound
Milford Sound, located in Fiordland on the southwest coast of the South Island, is a fiord carved by glaciers during the ice age.  Milford Sound is 15 kilometers inland from the Tasman Sea, and is surrounded by shear rock faces which rise vertically from the water on either side, mountain peaks that scrape the sky at 5,000 feet, and waterfalls, some over 3,000 feet, which cascade downwards into the water. This is New Zealand’s most stunning natural attraction, and must be seen to be believed.  You will cruise Milford Sound and see first-hand why it is routinely judged as one of the world’s top travel destinations, and why Rudyard Kipling dubbed New Zealand’s Milford Sound the Eighth Wonder of the World.

There will be numerous opportunities for students to interact with the local community. There is 'down time' in strategic places built into the schedule as well as times in between scheduled activities. Students will have numerous occasions to interact with the Maori people, learning firsthand about their customs and beliefs.


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.


For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leaders:

Dr. Kathi Jogan
ANSC - Animal Sciences

For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.?


SWIM“It was the most breathtaking place I’ve ever visited. Nothing compares to the natural beauty that New Zealand offers.”

“It essentially seemed like we lived a lifetime in two weeks.

“My favorite part of the New Zealand program was the ample opportunity to interact with rare and endangered wildlife, an experience that was eye-opening and unforgettable.”

“I learned more on this trip than I could have in an entire semester (maybe even two) in a classroom. And the difference is, I actually learned the material. Studying abroad isn’t about how much you can memorize for a test- it’s real world knowledge that stays with you throughout your life.”

This program is currently not accepting applications.