Environmental Issues in New Zealand


CFAN 3518

December 26, 2017 - January 15, 2018 

Application Deadline:
October 1, 2017

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New Zealand is a series of volcanic islands on the Pacific Rim. It is a land where native vegetation evolved back in the time of Gondwanaland, where birds and insects dominated and humans arrived less than a thousand years ago. With the first humans came a variety of ecological imbalances that the Kiwi people are still learning how to address.

Participants will compare management of natural resources in New Zealand and Minnesota so they can relate their learning abroad experience to Minnesota’s natural resources, people, and policies.

This study abroad course will explore these ecological wonders by visiting both the North and South islands where you’ll see first hand cave formations, hike to the top of a volcanic mountain, tour a city destroyed recently by an earthquake, visit glaciers, hot mud baths, geysers, the rainforest, coastal beaches, ancient forests and discover extreme sports.

Earn 3 credits while experiencing hands-on learning through excursions and field study! Fulfills global perspectives & environment themes.

Video about Sustainable Tourism in New Zealand


CFAN 3518 - 3.0 credits

*For more detailed information, see the program syllabus.


Students interested in the enviromental sciences, natural resources, climate issues, and sustainability. 


$6,995. This fee includes instruction and fees, all program activities and excursions, airfare, local transportation, insurance, lodging and several meals.


Stephan Carlson is a professor and extension educator in enviromental sciences and forestry. His areas of expertise include recreation land management and youth development.

Gina Brewington Senior Academic Advisor & Advising Coordinator.