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  • Locations: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: SU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Frontiers Abroad: Earth Science            
Frontiers Abroad
Photo: Lake Matheson, West Coast of the South Island. This lake close to the Fox Glacier is famous for reflections of New Zealand’s highest peaks, Mt Tasman and Mt Cook (Aoraki) that form part of the Southern Alps.
Frontiers Abroad is a New Zealand based study abroad program offering field and research focused education to earth, environmental and biologic science undergraduate students. The program involves a 5 week (6 credit) field experience followed by a semester abroad based at the University of Canterbury.  The mission of Frontiers Abroad is to provide students with the problem-solving skills and motivation to understand our planet, interpret geologic features and hence responsibly manage the Earth’s delicate ecosystems. Since 2008, Frontiers Abroad have enrolled over 350 students from 31 different U.S. colleges and universities. Their name reflects their unique field curriculum and teaching locations in a remote part of the world, New Zealand and the Cook Islands.
 
Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • SU required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
  • No language prerequisite
  • For Biology and Earth Science majors only
Program Calendar
Spring Only: Early January – late June
(Field camp first followed by the semester at University of Canterbury)
 
Academics - New Zealand Earth Systems
The New Zealand Earth Systems program analyzes current environmental issues arising from the interface between nature and society. Students study how the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and astrosphere systems interact to form the complex New Zealand Earth System. The program begins with a 5-week field camp comprised of five interlinked modules. Following field camp, students will enroll at the University of Canterbury. In addition to their regular coursework, students undertake an independent semester-long research project with faculty support based upon data collected during field camp, further unifying the academic experience.
The following courses are required:
  • 5 week Earth Systems Field Camp (required)
  • Field Focused Research Methods (required)
  • Typically 1 Geology or Biology Course and 1 elective1 (flexible)
Academics – The Geology of New Zealand
The Geology of New Zealand Programme (Geology) begins with a five-week field camp, which includes a series of interlinked modules that explore the stratigraphy, mountain building, and tectonics of the South Island, and the volcanology and geothermal geology of the North Island. The final week consists of students collecting data for their semester long research project. Following field camp, students will enroll at the University of Canterbury. In addition to their regular coursework, students undertake an independent semester-long research project with faculty support based upon data collected during field camp, further unifying the academic experience.
The following courses are required:
  • 5 week Geology Field Camp (required)
  • Field Focused Research Methods (required)
  • Typically 1 Geology Course and 1 elective1
Pre-approved courses can be found at Frontiers Abroad.pdf

Housing
Housing at Ilam apartments (on Campus University of Canterbury Housing)
 
Visa
Students are required to obtain a visa to study in New Zealand. Once you have been accepted, Frontiers Abroad will provide visa documentation and support.
 
Program Cost
You will pay SU tuition and can apply all SU financial aid except work study. Besides tuition, you will also be charged a $2,225 program fee which covers pre-departure meetings, International Student ID card and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged. For further explanation of estimated costs, please see the financial planning budget here:
New Zealand (Frontiers Abroad) Budget Spring 2016.pdf
 
Scholarships
In partnership with the University of Canterbury, Frontiers Abroad offers over 20,000 USD in annual scholarships.
 
Contact
Deb Goddard, Counselor, dsgoddar@syr.edu

Apply Now
Applying to this program requires completion of both the Syracuse Abroad and Frontiers Abroad applications.

Syracuse University
Frontiers Abroad Website
Frontiers Abroad

 

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.