CCSA - New Zealand: Treasure of the South Pacific - Winter 2018-19 - Study Abroad

New Zealand: Treasure of the South Pacific

December 26, 2018 —January 09, 2019

New Zealand offers a unique and diverse opportunity for your study abroad experience. Known for its mixture of European and Maori cultures, New Zealand is unlike any other English-speaking country in the world. The Kiwis – local folks – know how to make you feel welcome while opening up new ways of seeing the world around you. You may arrive unsure of what you will find, but you will leave knowing that you must come back.

Program includes round-trip air transportation from Cincinnati to New Zealand and ground / air transporting between program sites. Round-trip air transportation from other cities and / or extensions to the departure or return date will be considered on a case-by-case basis, at your own expense.

New Zealand: Treasure of the South Pacific Program Package

Base Price $3,999 Includes:

  • Participants reside in hotels or university accommodations.
  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • All course-related ground transportation
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
  • Daily breakfast and some additional meals

Optional Group Travel:

Estimated Cost: $2400 – $2800 *
(estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)

Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with optional group travel. If you opt for group travel CCSA will purchase a ticket on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, those that choose group travel also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport. Includes:

  • roundtrip air transportation from one of CCSA's designated U.S. departure cities.
  • roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
* All prices are estimates based on winter 2017 costs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by May 2018.


Not required for U.S. citizens for less than a 3-month stay. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa as needed.

About New Zealand

Country description from wikipedia:

New Zealand ( ( listen); Māori: Aotearoa [aɔˈtɛaɾɔa]) is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui), and the South Island (Te Waipounamu)—and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

Sometime between 1250 and 1300, Polynesians settled in the islands that later were named New Zealand and developed a distinctive Māori culture. In 1642, Dutch explorer Abel Tasman became the first European to sight New Zealand. In 1840, representatives of the United Kingdom and Māori chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi, which declared British sovereignty over the islands. In 1841, New Zealand became a colony within the British Empire and in 1907 it became a Dominion; it gained full independence in 1947, but the British monarch remained the head of state. Today, the majority of New Zealand's population of 4.7 million is of European descent; the indigenous Māori are the largest minority, followed by Asians and Pacific Islanders. Reflecting this, New Zealand's culture is mainly derived from Māori and early British settlers, with recent broadening arising from increased immigration. The official languages are English, Māori and NZ Sign Language, with English being very dominant.

New Zealand is a developed country and ranks highly in international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education, and economic freedom. The country underwent major economic changes during the 1980s, which transformed it from a protectionist to a liberalised free-trade economy. The service sector dominates the national economy, followed by the industrial sector, and agriculture. International tourism is a significant source of revenue.

Nationally, legislative authority is vested in an elected, unicameral Parliament, while executive political power is exercised by the Cabinet, led by the Prime Minister, who is currently Jacinda Ardern. Queen Elizabeth II is the country's head of state and is represented by a governor-general, currently Dame Patsy Reddy. In addition, New Zealand is organised into 11 regional councils and 67 territorial authorities for local government purposes. The Realm of New Zealand also includes Tokelau (a dependent territory); the Cook Islands and Niue (self-governing states in free association with New Zealand); and the Ross Dependency, which is New Zealand's territorial claim in Antarctica. New Zealand is a member of the United Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, ASEAN Plus mechanism, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and the Pacific Islands Forum

CCSA Staff

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

David Nelson - Advising, applications and general questions

Robert Bedard - Payments and financing

Robin Byerly - Travel and accommodations

David Nelson

David Nelson

Program Director

After earning his bachelor’s in international studies and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, having an interest in international education, David moved to Japan to teach English from 2008 to 2012. From this base he experienced life and culture while traveling throughout Southeast Asia, particularly South Korea, Malaysia, and The Philippines among other countries. After Japan, David lived and worked in Australia before returning to the USA to work for CCSA. David has directed the CCSA London and Australia programs and looks forward to directing the upcoming New Zealand program. When not traveling, David can be found reading, developing his skills as a web developer, and making dubious attempts at creating international cuisine.

Quick Info

  • Program Dates: December 26, 2018 —January 09, 2019
  • Early Application Deadline: September 14, 2018
  • Final Application Deadline: September 28, 2018
  • Location(s): New Zealand
  • Scholarships: Yes (link)
  • Base Price: $ 3,999

Courses Offered

Art & Design / History / Architecture

Contemporary Art and Indigenous Cultures of New Zealand
Course Description: Become an art explorer and uncover New Zealand’s rich and exciting past and contemporary art scene. We’ll visit museums, meet leading artists, and learn about this island nation’s global contributions to the arts in Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, and Christchurch. Experience the native traditions of the Maori people at the National Tattoo Museum and visit a Maori Village. The beautiful environment influences New Zealand art, so we’ll visit lakes and the geothermal Ring of Fire and examine how history and nature connect with the current artistic vision of New Zealand. Explore the art of New Zealand and discover your artistic vision.
Dr. Ilona Szekely | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/GR

Biology / Earth & Environmental Science

Island Biogeography: Exploring the Biodiversity of New Zealand
Course Description: Uncover the ecology, biology and geology behind the diverse wildlife of New Zealand. On our journey from Christchurch on the South Island to Auckland on the North Island, we plan to trek through the Banks Peninsula, go birding along the Kapiti coastline, brave the geothermal landscape of Taupo, explore the Waitomo caves, and island-hop in the Hauraki Gulf. Through field excursions and participation in local research and conservation efforts, students will learn to identify species of birds, mammals and plants, to map habitats, and to estimate species diversity. All skills and experiences during this course will help students explore, understand, and protect our planet’s ecosystems.

This course has an additional $150 cost due to course activities.
Prerequisite: Introductory Biology
Dr. Stephanie Snyder | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U


New Zealand: Interaction of Indigenous and European Cultures
Course Description: Discover New Zealand’s history and how its unique geography impacted the native Maori culture and European colonizers. We’ll explore history in the streets and museums of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch; a Maori village; and the geothermal wonders of the Ring of Fire and Lake Taupo. Learn what attracted the first Polynesian settlers over 700 years ago and Dutch and British explorers like Captain James Cook in the 17th and 18th century. The complex interaction between sailors, missionaries, colonists and the native Maori will be the focus of our journey. And maybe you will see a mythical hobbit.
Dr. Cynthia W. Resor | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/GR