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  • Locations: Christchurch, New Zealand; Dunedin, New Zealand; Franz Josef, New Zealand; Kaikoura, New Zealand; Nelson, New Zealand; Picton, New Zealand; Wanaka, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Winter Session
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Session 2020 10/01/2019 ** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: English GPA: 2.5
Housing Option: Hostel, Wilderness Huts Academic Standing: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
College: Arts & Sciences Areas of Study: Art, Environmental Science, Philosophy
Program Type: BGSU Study Abroad Program Program Director: Ian Young, Kim Young
Program Description:


During this workshop, students will travel to New Zealand: examining and exploring ethical issues related to environmental sustainability, creating environmental art and photography, participating in a major restoration project in the high country of Central Otago, and experiencing the unique culture of New Zealand. If you’ve ever wanted your classroom to be a glacier or sea kayak in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, this is your chance!

After arriving in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, students will acquire historical and cultural context from the amazing TePapa national museum, and tour the world's first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary. Throughout the trip, we will encounter a wide range of wildlife in its natural habitat, including penguins and albatross, whales, dolphins, sea lions, tuatara, and numerous native birds that live nowhere else in the world.
The core experience will be a week spent in an area known as the Mahu Whenua (“MAH-hoo FEN-oo-ah”) covenants, surveying the land and cataloguing the conditions of plant and animal species as part of the initial phase of a long-term restoration effort. This land, roughly 130,000 acres, was purchased by record producer Robert “Mutt” Lange and then covenanted to preserve in perpetuity this unique area for the sake of its flora, and fauna and for public access.
Throughout the trip, we will create photographs and environmental art, to be exhibited on our return. Martin Hill, an internationally renowned environmental artist, will hold a sculpture workshop with our students in a wilderness setting near lake Wanaka.
We will participate in indigenous cultural activities during our stay on a Marae, and prepare a feast using local seafood and produce. In addition, students will spend time in Christchurch, which was hit by a major earthquake in 2011, and is in the process of rebuilding using environmentally sound practices. There will also be time for hiking, sea kayaking, and other recreational outdoor activities in New Zealand’s pristine landscapes.

This program is a very immersive experience in New Zealand and its environment. Experience will include an outdoor backpacking and hiking experience on rough, steep terrain.  Field work will include working outside for 4 days in a remote location.  Participants should be prepared for the physical requirements, including carrying a sleeping bag and backpack.  Due to the nature of the project, students who participate will need to be fit and to be capable of handling the conditions in which they will be working. Students should be comfortable with the outdoors and frequent travel within country. It is also important that students are prepared for non five star accommodations. Backpacks and bedding will be required.  

The Program Directors strongly recommend the participation in a group fitness program through the BGSU Student Recreation Center during the fall 2018 semester, to prepare for the physical demands of the program.  The course will meet one day per week for six weeks, starting in mid-October. The cost is affordable at around $35.00.  The Program Directors will provide more information on the program.  

The program will require travel to several cities in southern New Zealand including; Wellington, Christchurch, Franz Joseph, Nelson, Dunedin, and Wanaka. 

Learn about your destination by visiting the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs web page to find country specific information about visa, safety and security, local laws, health, and more.

In addition to regular daily contact with local people, students will spend two nights on a Maori Marae, a fenced-in complex of carved buildings and grounds that belongs to a particular iwi (tribe). A traditional welcome will be made upon arrival, and students will participate in cultural activities. While residing on the Marae, the students will need to follow specific cultural norms and rules.

Sea kayak to the Kaipupu wildlife sanctuary on Dolphin Bay, photograph albatross and penguin colonies on the Otago peninsula, experience sustainable tourism on a whale watch in Kaikoura, and hike a glacier at Franz Josef.

Students will have the opportunity to interact with Zoology faculty from University of Otago, and with several local artists

The primary languages in New Zealand are English and Maori. English will be used for all course materials and lectures.

Students will stay primarily in youth hostels, with shared rooms and bathrooms. They will spend two nights in the meeting house on a Marae, and four nights in wilderness huts on Mahu Whenua.

ARTS 4800 Travel Studio, with either Philosophy 3950: Workshop on Current Topics, or Environmental Studies 4930: Field Experience.  These courses can also be taken for Honors credit, as ARTS 4800H, PHIL 3950H, or ENVS 4930H. 

All students will be required to register in two courses (6 credit hours)

ARTS 4800 will engage art and non-art majors in responding to the environment by making art. Students will create landscape photography, observational drawings, and environmental sculptures that address ethical issues raised by the Philosophy readings as they apply to the NZ ecosystem.  

PHIL 3950 engages with the environment through readings that address ethical issues relating to environmental sustainability and restoration in the context of an island nation such as NZ. Students will discuss and write responses to the readings, and to their experience of encountering those issues in the NZ ecosystem.

ENVS 4930 is a field experience course, which will take place on the Mahu Whenua estate. Students will be trained by Zoologists from the University of Otago, and will document existing species in this remote location as part of a flagship environmental restoration project.

BGSU students who qualify for financial aid for a semester at BGSU may also qualify for funding to assist with the cost of the winter session program. Students should consult with a Counselor in the Office of Financial Aid as early as possible for specific details about aid eligibility. 

For specific financial aid questions please contact:
To determine eligibility for Financial Aid, please contact:
Ryan Czech

Costs billed directly through BGSU Bursar's Office* 
BGSU Tuition and Fees BGSU Tuition and Fees can be found on the bursar's WEBSITE.
Program Fee $4440.30 (this includes housing, in country transportation, activity fees & a few group meals)
A non-refundable deposit of $500 will be due by the application deadline
International Health Insurance $1.46 per day of program
Education Abroad Fee $50
*Fees listed are subject to change at any time
**We will follow university payment/refund policies and schedules
***Please note students will pay for both tuition for the courses and a program fee

Possible Additional Expenses (not billed through BGSU)*
International Airfare $2300
Passport $135
Meals $420
* Please note that these costs are estimated and should be used as guidelines only!

Ian A. Young

Kim Turner Young

Education Abroad, International Programs and Partnerships
Bowling Green State University
301 University Hall
Bowling Green, OH 43403