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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. Our goal is to help you prepare for and become a better candidate to top US research graduate schools.. Current alumni are studying at Stanford, Dartmouth, Colombia, Scripps, Brown, Vanderbilt, UCLA - to name a few!

We are now accepting applications Summer and Fall 2016 programmes

Now accepting applications for Summer and Fall - 2016


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 now offering its field camp as a stand alone summer experience. Explore the Geology of New Zealand's North and South over a six week field camp. Students complete structural, sed/strat, volcanology and metamorphic core complex mapping exercises.. Read more


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

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: Stanford, Dartmoor, Colombia, 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

  • New Student Publication! New Student Publication!
    We are proud to announce that Frontiers Abroad Alumni Karina Greater’s New Zealand based research was just accepted into the journal American Mineralogist. The publication is entitled “Formation of rhyolite at the Okataina Volcanic Complex,...
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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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