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University of Auckland

University of Auckland Semester Information

Auckland, located on the North Island and built around two harbors, is the largest city in New Zealand. If you’re looking for a vibrant city life that’s within reach to hundreds of beaches and epic hikes, consider Auckland.  There is adventure everywhere. Students usually spend weekends exploring local mountains and forests or meeting up with Program Directors Dan and Max for a Surf. To be honest, we surf a lot. Auckland is also home to the largest Polynesian population in the world and has amazing food! You will not be disappointed!

Programme Details

The semester 2 crew!

Credits/Units: Five course credits transcripted by the Lafayette College. *** Lafayette Course Credits are equivalent of 4 Semester Credit Hours

  1. JNES373 – Earth Systems Science-Field Course
  2. JNES374 – Research Methods in Environmental Sciences & Studies ***  Please note: Geog 333 at University of Auckland
  3. Three courses of your choosing
Housing: Room at Carlaw Park Student Village Apartments: $4,650 USD
Frontiers Abroad typically reside at Carlaw Park Student Village. They offer flatting style city accommodation in a safe, supportive and modern environment. The apartments feature group living with each fully furnished apartment having 4 or 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a living area and kitchen. Apartments are self-catered meaning you prepare your own meals. Meals not part of housing fee. Internet is purchased on a per use basis. More information
University of Auckland Courses
Dr. Dan!

Dr. Dan!

Programme Director: Dr. Dan Hikuroa, Research Director of Ngāti Maniapoto Tainui, Te Arawa, University of Auckland

Dan is an expert in environmental sciences and earth systems, and has a unique ability to blend his scientific knowledge with his Maori heritage. Dan has designed and taught field geology and environmental science courses for Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi in Whakatane and is team leader on several University of Auckland and Frontiers Abroad research initiatives in the Bay of Plenty region on New Zealand. He is currently leading research efforts to integrate indigenous knowledge into modern science practices for environmental restoration and geothermal energy. In addition to his research and Frontiers Abroad duties, Dan instructs courses for the School of the Environment, University of Auckland.


“I am a current Frontiers Abroad student studying at the University of Auckland after an amazing five weeks of field camp! I couldn’t be more impressed with Frontiers Abroad. The field camp they organized was beyond anything I anticipated. The amount of stuff that we fit into five weeks was incredible. I learned as much (if not more) in that time than I have in any of my semester long college courses. Dan, Max and Darren are all great, as well as the numerous visiting professors and other assorted experts we spent time with throughout field camp. In my opinion, one of the best things about field camp was how many different topics we covered. Whether your major is Geology, Chemistry, Engineering, etc. etc., the knowledge you gain will be relevant and you”ll learn a lot. And it’s not all work- we had plenty of time to enjoy snorkeling, hiking and finding swimming spots 🙂 I would strongly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in any aspect of environmental science. I’m only a few weeks into the actual semester here in Auckland, but I love it so far! Choosing to come to NZ with Frontiers Abroad has been one of the best experiences of my life. If you’re considering applying, stop thinking and do it already! You won’t regret it.” Jamie Shannon – 2010 Pomona College and Frontiers Abroad student