Study Abroad In

New Zealand

Find yourself on the other side of the world...New Zealand!

When: January Interim 2014

Academics: Earn 3 credits of non-laboratory science for your core requirements.

This course is designed to introduce students to the cultural and biological diversity of New Zealand. This multi-week trip will include visits to reintroduction/colony sites of many endangered species, the major cities of New Zealand, and strong-holds of the first settlers of New Zealand.

Trip participants will interact with third grade students at Balmville Elementary School to explore the differences in biological diversity and conservation, and environmental practices between the United States and New Zealand.

Affiliated Institution: All courses and faculty members are associated with Mount Saint Mary College and all credits will be issued by the institution.

Immersion Opportunities:

• Trip to Rotorua to experience traditional Maori culture.

• Kiwi habitat restoration project in the Karori Sanctuary

• Visit Royal Albatross and Yellow-eyed Penguin colonies


Lectures will be conducted at various sites throughout New Zealand including Victoria University, Tiritiri Matangi Open Sanctuary, Otago Peninsula Royal Albatross, and Brook Waimarama Sanctuary.


Students will stay in fully equipped youth hostels with one or two nights of camping in the national parks. Hostels are well-maintained, clean, and safe, and meet all national safety standards.

Program Costs

Approximate costs are $4,800 and include airfare, tuition, housing, transportation, and comprehensive health insurance.

Student Experience

Our study abroad programs are designed to equal the quality of academic rigor expected at Mount Saint Mary College. The biology course taught in New Zealand will meet the requirements for classroom time and give students new perspective on integrated and experiential learning. Students will be responsible for giving a presentation on a topic that will provide a background on New Zealand for all trip participants during the fall semester prior to departure.

Physical Requirements

This program requires students to be in moderate physical shape. Students should be able to carry their own backpacks on walks and able to camp, live and learn in a fairly rustic environment.


The rolling admission process ensures that students receive their acceptance letters in an appropriate time frame.

Our policies on acceptance to the program help to ensure that students are capable of performing at the same academic standard as their home college or university. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required for admission. Additionally, all students must complete an application which includes a personal statement and a letter of recommendation.

How to Apply

Students may apply online or download an application through our website at

The Office of International Programs reviews applications on a rolling basis. The final deadline for applications is October 15, 2013.

For more information about MSMC’s study abroad programs, please contact us: 

Emily Marmo
Office of International Programs
Mount Saint Mary College
330 Powell Ave, Newburgh, NY 12550

Douglas A. Robinson, Jr., Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Biology, Division of Natural Sciences
Mount Saint Mary College
330 Powell Ave, Newburgh, NY 12550

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