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UF in New Zealand and Fiji - Sustaining Humans and their Environment
Christchurch, New Zealand; Nadi, Fiji (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer A
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer A
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Program Advisor: Leslie Johnson
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Open to non-UF students:
Yes Program Type: Research, UF Sponsored
Health and Human Performance Field of Study: Tourism & Recreation Management
Program Description:

UF in New Zealand and Fiji 

Susitaning Humans and their Environment
Summer A 2018
New Zealand: May 15-June 8
Fiji: June 10-June 19

 Fiji 1    NZ    Fiji 2

About the Program

This program offers an interdisciplinary approach to sustaining human societies and their natural environments. The focus is on learning through guided action. You will spend about 75% of your time traveling the stunning national parks, forests, wildlife reserves, coastlines, reefs and islands of the Pacific under the guidance of knowledgeable field professionals. The remaining time is spent in class with leading experts from New Zealand universities, government departments, Maori Iwi tribes, scientific research bodies and Fijian tourism professionals. A love of the outdoors and hiking is essential as this program is very physical.

About the Location

For its size, New Zealand is one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world. Visit snowcapped mountains that rise 12,000 feet out of the sea, cruise the largest fjords in the world, hike massive glaciers that carve their way to the ocean, experience close encounters with unique flora and fauna, and kayak to deserted beaches through turquoise waters. Then, you will travel to Fiji.

Fiji is known for its vibrant traditional culture and spectacular natural environments. This program will take place on Vitu Levu (the main island), Nadi, the Coral Coast, and Barefoot Manta Island, one of the Yasawa Islands.


This program is a study tour that begins in Dunedin and ends in Auckland. You will travel throughout the South and North Island of New Zealand and visit places such as Milford Sound, Queenstown, Kaikoura, and Mount Cook. You will have the opportunity to swim with dolphins in Kaikoura, kayak in Abel Tasman National Park, hike on the famous Routeburn Track, explore the Hinewai Reserve on Banks Peninsula, participate in a Maori cultural experience, and spend three days in Queenstown. In Fiji, you will snorkel coral reefs, visit a Fijian craft market and Kula Wild Adventure Park, kayaking class II rapids with Rivers Fiji, and spend a night with a Fijian family in a village. All in-country transportation is provided, including bus, ferry and reef excursions. You should be prepared to move and travel frequently while in the field.



Learn about the threats to bio-diversity in New Zealand from invasive species and climate change.

Examine Human and Cultural Aspects of Fijian Society with a Focus on Ecotourism and Sustainability.

Experience a Successful Ecotourism Business Firsthand while Kayaking Down the Rapids.

Conduct an Ethnography in a Fijian Village.

Conduct a Study of an Island Tourism Resort.

Course Information

College of Health and Human Performance
Department of Tourism, Recreation, and Sport Management

Course is taught by UF Faculty and independent New Zealand and Fiji experts for 9 UF GPA credits (6 credits obtained during the New Zealand portion and 3 credits during Fiji)

LEI 4955/LEI 6931 Humans and the Environment
Total number of Credits Offered: 9 UF GPA


  • Open to all majors
  • Students in good standing
  • 2.5 GPA or higher


You will stay in comfortable hostel-style accommodations usually shared by 1-3 other students. If traveling with someone, you may request to room with that person for the duration of the trip. In New Zealand, you will also spend one night 'Marae style' in which everyone sleeps in the same open room (you will have your own mattress). In Fiji, you will stay in a variety of lodgings, including a budget hotel, beach side bures and one night with a Fijian family.

You will have two independent travel days in New Zealand between the two programs. Your hotel for the two nights will be provided and is included in the program cost. 

Financial Aid

Most financial aid that you would receive on campus during the summer can be applied toward the cost of this study abroad program; however, all financial aid eligibility is determined by Student Financial Affairs. You must speak with your financial aid advisor to determine what aid can be applied to the cost of this study abroad program, including scholarships.

2018 Pricing

2018 Undergraduate Program Fee: $10,357

$700 nonrefundable deposit toward the total cost of the program is due at the time of application. The remaining fees are due no later than 45 days prior to departure. If you receive financial aid, you can defer payment until it disburses. Deferment decision will be based on the amount of aid to be received.

What's Included:

Tuition for 9 credits, all accommodations, in-country transportation, lectures and seminars, all field excursions and entrance fees, some meals, international health insurance, and emergency medical assistance.

What's Not Included:

Round-trip airfare, some meals, course packet, additional personal travel, and personal expenses.

UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Leslie Johnson


Faculty Program Director
Dr. Heather Gibson


This program is currently not accepting applications.