The Geology of New Zealand Programme combines a traditional geology field camp experience with a campus semester at the University of Canterbury. Field camp includes a series of interlinked modules that explore the stratigraphy, tectonics and geomorphology of the South Island, and the volcanology and geothermal geology of the North Island. This programme is designed for US University students studying geology, geoscience, hydrology and environmental science. It is not open to students in other majors.
The New Zealand Earth Systems Programme is an environmental science programme that combines environmental sciences, geosciences, hydrology and ecology to analyse current environmental issues. Field camp explores the North Island and South Island and includes geology, ecology, natural hazards and indigenous knowledge modules. This programme is designed for US University students interested in environmental science or studies, geoscience, ecology or environmental chemistry. It is open to all science majors.
We are now accepting applications for Fall 2024. Due to weather, the pre-semester field camp is run in two parts: (1) 3 weeks prior to the campus semester and (2) one week during mid semester break. For part 1 field camp for Geology and Earth Systems programmes are run together. For part 2, groups are separated.
Frontiers Abroad is a life changing experience weaving (raranga) together personal exploration and wellbeing with academic pursuits across the physical and cultural landscapes of New Zealand (Aotearoa) and its communities. Our philosophy is that learning and growth occur when you are well, your mind is open, and you’re having fun!
Frontiers Abroad’s unique programme model seamlessly blends a multi-week field course component and a full semester on campus. There are two Earth and Environment programme options at the University of Canterbury (Geology of New Zealand and New Zealand Earth Systems - Environmental Sciences) with flexibility in tailoring your courses to fit your specific majors and interests.
Raranga- Maori weaving is an art form with practical outcomes of building food baskets and rope, but raranga is also used more symbolically for unity and togetherness of people, knowledge, and what binds our Earth.
Aotearoa- Land of the long white cloud
Located 5 minutes from campus is Frontiers Abroad's Study Centre and Office. As FA's base of operations, students can utilise the office as an extra place to study, unwind, garden or plan trips. At the office you will also find Dalton, Max's hypoallergenic dog, lots of coffee, tea and ice cream in the freezer!