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.
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
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.
2014 Undergraduate Program Fee: $4,811
2014 Graduate Program Fee: $5,291
A $300 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.
Tuition 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.