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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand; Doubtful Sound, New Zealand; Dunedin, New Zealand; Fox Glacier, New Zealand; Marahau, New Zealand; Queenstown, New Zealand; Rotorua, New Zealand; Taupo, New Zealand; Waitomo, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Course Description



This interdisciplinary course is designed to introduce the student to the culture of the Maori people, topics of stewardship of natural resources, environmental sustainability and positive action for change. A major emphasis in this specific course is the growing worldwide emphasis on green tourism and the expansion of adventure based learning. Students will learn of various methods for conserving natural resources; we will walk on glaciers, hike on a growing mountain range, boat in geologically unique fjords, trek through pristine rainforests, discover stunning waterfalls, study two greatly variant coastlines, compare man-made and natural lakes and a variety of rivers along the way. All these activities will be done with a focus on understanding the special niche each has in the overall environment, Maori's Papa, the Earth Mother.

Application and acceptance required. Additional travel fee is required. Counts toward Society or Civilization requirement, and satisfies one unit of experiential learning toward fulfillment of the Experiential Learning Requirement.

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar: GBL 166

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the prerequisite preparatory seminar course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.

It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for Winter Term in addition to the program fees. If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of Winter Term tuition will not be collected. 

There will also be a required meeting about the course in May.

Spring Meeting Information

The Spring meeting time, date and location to be announced.

Fall Course Meeting Information

The fall pre-departure course will meet on Fridays from 08:00-09:10 AM. Location TBA.

Additional Course Information

This is a once-in-a-lifetime course opportunity that will challenge students intellectually and emotionally.  Students should be prepared to participate in thrilling hikes through stunning rainforests and along inspiring trails.  A student in fairly good shape, with a reasonable pair of hiking boots--along with a good attitude and the support of his or her classmates--should be fine.  However, this course involves a high level of outdoor and group activity.  To help insure a full and rich experience, the students will be asked to commit and adhere to healthy life choices for the duration of the course, specifically with respect to alcohol consumption.  Students should keep this in mind and consult with the course instructors if they have questions before signing up for this course. 

New Zealand
Located in the Southern hemisphere, this dual island nation of New Zealand is diverse in its environment. Here is a land about the size of California, with a remarkably varied environment that includes hundreds of miles of rugged coastline, snow capped mountains, active volcanoes, thermal pools, glaciers, sheep-covered pastures, tranquil lakes, raging rivers, glistening waterfalls, sand duned beaches, fjords and lush rain forests. Students will explore the varied natural environment of New Zealand, primarily on the South Island, learning the science behind the physical creation of this dynamic island nation while discussing current environmental challenges.

Activity Level: Demanding

Activity levels are rated to fit into one of four categories: easy going, moderate, challenging and demanding. This program is rated as demanding, which means you should be be prepared to push yourself and to keep a steady pace on rugged and steep terrain. At the end of the day, you will likely feel like you’ve had a real workout.





Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during pre-registration for Winter Term.

Cancellation Policy


To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.


The tentative dates for the program are TBD.
While official flight itineraries are typically distributed in early September, the tentative group departure/return point is TBD.
Note: This information is subject to change based on airline changes and cancellations.



  • North Island
    • Rangitoto (hike) and Motuihe (service project) Islands in the Hauraki Gulf
    • Waitomo Caves where we will traverse cave walls and view glow worms
    • Waimangu Volcanic Valley
    • Visit a Marae, experience a hangi, and raft the Kaituna River
    • Join Foris Eco-tours and visit the Whiranaki Forest and raft the Rangitaiki River
    • Hike Tongariro Alpine Crossing (weather permitting)
    • Visit Te Papa (National museum) and Zealandia Sanctuary in Wellington
  • South Island
    • Abel Tasman National Park; sea kayak and hike the Abel Tasman Coastal Train
    • Visit Fox Glacier and Lake Matheson
    • Hike the Routeburn Track
    • Spend the night on Doubtful Sound, onboard the Fiordland Navigator
    • Visit Otago peninsula with Elm Tours and see Hooker’s Sea Lions, Yellow-Eyed Penguins, Blue Penguin, New Zealand Fur Seals and Royal Albatross 

Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.


Students will be housed in hostels for the majority of the time in New Zealand. 


Costs for global study vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in fall semester tuition/bill). 

Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.

Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet (link at top of page).


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

Connect with us

Drop by the GEC in Global Commons 360 for Quick Questions, no appointment necessary:
Wednesdays 2-4 PM
Thursdays 9-11 AM

Read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for Faculty-led programs on the Study Abroad Blog.

Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad programs and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current Global Ambassadors via email. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Want to know more? Connect with the GEC, alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal!


Program Leader 1: Dr. Carol Smith
Department of Health and Human Performance
2525 Campus Box, Koury Center (Athletics) 227

Program Leader 2: Evan Small
Assistant Director of Campus Recreation - Experiential Learning & Outdoor Adventures
Harden Clubhouse - South Campus 111
2510 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
Global Commons 360
2375 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)


Ready to apply?

Click "apply now" from this brochure to get started, and complete your application by the deadline listed below.

If applications are not yet available, see the deadlines webpage for information on when this program will be accepting applications.

See the application instructions webpage for more information on the application requirements and process. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2019 03/15/2018
03/27/2018 TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

March 5: Priority application period begins.

March 15, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Priority period deadline. All applications received during the priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission.

March 27: Status notification for students that applied by the priority deadline.

Change period begins. Students that applied by the priority deadline can change into an open program by completing a Change Form (available in the GEC starting March 27).

March 29: Rolling period begins. All programs with spots remaining will reopen for application. New applications will be reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis.

Sept. 3, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Final application and deposit credit deadline. Students accepted to programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit credited to their account.

Sept. 4, 5 p.m. EDT: Final deadline for students on a wait list to enroll in an open program. No students will be accepted into programs off of wait lists after this date. Students that are not accepted into programs will have the deposit credited to their account after this date.

Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation deadlines.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.