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UF in New Zealand - Biodiversity and Conservation
Christchurch, New Zealand (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer B
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Budget Sheets Summer B
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer B 2016 03/18/2016 03/18/2016 TBA TBA
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Program Advisor: Lauren Strange
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Program Type:
UF Sponsored
Open to all majors:
Agricultural and Life Sciences Participating Colleges: University-wide
Program Description:

UF in New Zealand

Biodiversity and Conservation
Summer B: TBA

NZ biodiversity1

About the Program

You will go on a variety of day and overnight field trips and have opportunities to interact with conservation groups, scientists, landowners, Maori, and city/regional representatives who are implementing biodiversity strategies. Conserving biodiversity is a struggle, and the focus of this course is to expose you to how “Kiwis” have tackled this problem. Topics will span the human dimensions of natural resource conservation and basic ecology.

About the Location

New Zealand is a biodiversity hotspot with plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. The class is based in Lincoln, Canterbury at a local university near Christchurch.


Overnight excursions include trips to the West Coast (Greymouth), Kaikoura (stay at a Maori Marae), Arthur’s Pass, and Hinewai Reserve (Akaroa). Also included are wildlife viewing, dinner, and traditional Maori dance at Willowbank Wildlife


You’ll have your own room at a Lincoln University dormitory. Accommodations are included, though you will need to bring your own towels.

Learn About Ways to Conserve, Manage, and Restore Natural Habitats and to Promote Biodiversity in Urban and Rural Environments, and Understand the Challenges in and Solutions for Doing So.

Examine the Relationship Among Planners and Policymakers, Developers, and the Public, and their Roles in Conserving Biodiversity.

Explore the Unique Flora and Fauna of New Zealand.

NZ biodiversity map

Course Information

Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conversation
Courses are taught by UF Faculty and guest scientists, each for 3 UF GPA credits.

WIS4905: Biodiversity Conservation and Management
WIS4905: New Zealand Flora and Fauna

Total Number of Credits Offered: 6


  • students in good standing
  • interview with faculty program director
  • letter of recommendation
  • CV

NZ biodiversity2Financial Aid

Any financial aid that you would receive on campus can be applied toward the cost of this study abroad program.

UFIC recommends that you speak with your financial aid advisor about your financial aid eligibility for study abroad. More information can be found at Student Financial Affairs.

2016 Undergraduate Program Fee: TBA
2016 Graduate Program Fee: TBA

A $350 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.

What’s Included

NZ biodiversity3Tuition for 6 credits, housing, most meals, overnight excursions plus transportation, day field trips, guest speakers, international health insurance, and emergency medical assistance.

What’s Not Included

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

UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Lauren Strange

Faculty Program Director
Dr. Mark Hostetler