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Frontiers Abroad

Frontiers Abroad designs and implements field and research focused geological, environmental and biological science study abroad programmes for undergraduates. Our name reflects our unique field curriculum and teaching locations in a remote part of the world, New Zealand and the Cook Islands. Our point of difference with other study abroad programmes is an emphasis on research, with a goal to make you a better candidate for a top US research graduate institutions. Current alumni are studying at Brown, Cal Tech, Colorado School of Mines, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Stanford, Scripps, UCLA , Vanderbilt Universities.

We are now accepting applications for Spring 2017 programmes

Now accepting applications for Spring 2017


The Geology of New Zealand

The Geology of New Zealand combines a traditional 5 -week field camp with a campus semester at the University of Canterbury. Central to the program is a semester long research project. Geology of NZ program now offered in Fall semester with field camp in June and July. Read more


New Zealand Earth Systems

The New Zealand Earth Systems analyzes current environmental issues arising from the interface between nature and society. This year, students study kaitiakitanga - the Maori concept of stewardship, marine and coastal ecology, glaciers and climate, and land use management. Read more


Geologic Field Camp in New Zealand - Summer

FA is offers its field camp as a stand alone summer experience. Explore the Geology of New Zealand's North and South over a 5.5 week field camp. Students complete a series of mapping and field based exercises that introduces them to the amazing geology of New Zealand. Read more


Earth Systems Science Field Camp - Summer

Frontiers Abroad's Earth Systems Science Field Camp - focuses on analyzing environmental issues and hazards of the New Zealand Earth Systems through the worldviews of both the Māori and "western" science. Emphasis is place on learning geologic, environmental, and biological field skills. Read more

Congratulations to former FA student Gabe Lewis and FA Director Sam Hampton for their new publication "Visualizing volcanic processes in Sketch Up: An integrated geo-education tool Download the publication here!

Why choose FA?

  • Our alumni are attending top graduate schools in USA: Cal Tech, Stanford, Columbia, Yale - to name a few
  • Field Camp!
  • Research opportunities
  • Internship opportunities
  • Leading New Zealand Researchers
  • Family atmosphere
  • 500+ satisfied alumni
  • Transcript from Lafayette College
  • Adventure
  • Rarotonga

Explore the endless possibilities