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Frontiers Abroad

Frontiers Abroad designs and implements field and research focused earth and environmental 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. 2014 field camps just ended but you can see the highlights on the Geology program blog here or Earth Systems blog here.
Now accepting applications for FALL 2014 and SPRING 2015


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 program based in the Banks Peninsula. Read more


New Zealand Earth Systems - Auckland

Earth Systems Auckland begins its field camp in the Cook Islands where students study the vulnerability island nations face in their struggle of sustainability. Students then transition to the North Island to learn Maori stewardship. Read more


New Zealand Earth Systems - Canterbury

For the first time next year, Earth Systems Canterbury will have its own field camp based solely in the south island. Students will study the effects of the devastating earthquake as well as ecological restoration and marine sciences. Read more


New Zealand Earth Systems - Fall

The Earth Systems fall program focuses on marine and coastal resources and management and community vulnerability, hazards and the disastrous Christchurch earthquake that changed the face of the Garden City. Read more

The FA program showed me that I wanted to continue my studies of geology into graduate school. It exposed me to research experience, extensive field geology, and awesome faculty/graduate students. More significantly, I was able to interact with the entire geology department throughout the semester–almost on the level of a graduate student–and I could clearly tell that I fit into the “graduate student” lifestyle. Hear more from alumni...

Why choose FA?

  • Field Camp!
  • Research opportunities
  • Leading New Zealand Researchers
  • Family Atmosphere
  • 190+ satisfied alumni
  • Transcript from Lafayette College
  • 20 academic credits
  • New Zealand is beautiful

Explore the endless possibilities

  • FA Student Publishes Research! FA Student Publishes Research!
    Frontiers Abroad and Lafayette College Student Brian Peacock recently published a journal article on his Frontiers Abroad research. The article entitled “Watershed-scale prioritization of habitat restoration sites for non-point source pollution management”...
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  • FA Spotlight – Dr. Dan Hikuroa FA Spotlight – Dr. Dan Hikuroa
    In July 2011, Dr. Dan Hikuroa was made Research Director at Nga Pae o te Maramatanga (‘Horizons of Insight’), a National Centre of Research Excellence based at the University of Auckland. Frontiers...
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