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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 and the Cook Islands. We are now accepting applications for the following programmes: Fall Semester Geology of New Zealand and New Zealand Earth Systems, Summer Māori, Science and the Environment, and Summer Geology Field Camp.
Now accepting applications for Summer and Fall 2015

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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

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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

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Sustainable Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship

The Sustainable Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship programme is designed specifically for economics, finance and business undergraduates. Central to the learning experience is a Internship Course or an Economics Research Methods Course. Read more

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Māori, Science and the Environment – Summer

Frontiers Abroad's field based summer program - Māori, Science and the Environment - focuses on analyzing environmental issues and hazards of the Cook Islands and New Zealand Earth Systems through the worldviews of both the Māori and "western" science. 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
  • 15 academic credits
  • New Zealand is beautiful
  • Rarotonga

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
    Watch Dr. Dan Hikuroa, the New Zealand Earth Systems Director and Research Director at Nga Pae o te Maramatanga (‘Horizons of Insight’), a National Centre of Research Excellence based at the University...
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