Please note: We are currently evaluating Spring 2021 date changes due to Covid
Following field camp, students transition to a campus semester at either the University of Canterbury (Geo and ES or the University of Auckland. There, students spend the semester fully integrated into university life and courses. Students enrol in 4 courses - 1 of which is our research methods courses just for FA students. Please refer to the program webpage for addition course requirements.
Where do we live: Students live at Ilam Apartments at the University of Canterbury or Carlaw Park Student Village. at the University of Auckland. In both cases, students have their own room in a 3-5 person apartments. Shared space includes a living room and bathroom. Both facilities also have ample shared recreation space. For more information follow the links. Both apartments are self catered - which means you cook for yourself. Grocery stores are within walking distance.
What are classes like: Classes are a bit different than what you use to. There will be less assessment and 1 or 2 exams. You will be expected to keep up with readings and work, however, there will be less communication with the professors than you are used to. You may have up to 200 students in a level 1 course (100 level).
What do we do on the weekends: Most students take advantage of the great clubs the University offers and explore New Zealand on the weekends. Clubs such as the Tramping (Hiking) Club, Canoe Club. Climbing Club offer weekend trips. Just google the University you are interested in and clubs - and you will find all the recreating you can do!
Wellness Program: FA offers a wellness program that consist for a weekly reflection session led by Dr. Anne Horton, a weekly Yoga class led by Dr. Josh Borella and series of mindfulness sessions led by Johanna Borella. The objective of the program is to focus on being in the moment in New Zealand and de-stressing your college experience.
The University of Canterbury is located on New Zealand's South Island in Christchurch. Located and within hours of world class hiking, climbing , camping and paddling - we recommend UC for the adventurous students. Students studying at Canterbury live in Ilam Apartments. Ilam apartments are located on campus and adjacent to large playing fields. On campus recreation center is included. All apartments are self-catered, meaning you will cook for yourself. Skidmore students will receive a meal stipend to cover the costs of food.
Want to get out. Most of our students join a club that provides opportunities to get off campus on the weekends. There are hiking, climbing, canoeing clubs that offer trips every weekend. For more information about clubs visit UC's student association website!
Located in Auckland, UoA is New Zealand top ranked university. Located in a vibrant city and close to wonderful beaches and forests, Auckland is the perfect place to study for those looking for an active city life with easy access to the outdoors. Students studying at Auckland live in Carlaw Student Village. Carlaw Park Student Village is located close to campus, Parnell Village (shops and cafes) and Auckland Domain (Green Space/Park). On campus recreation center is included. All apartments are self-catered, meaning you will cook for yourself.
Want to get out. Most of our students join a club that provides opportunities to get off campus on the weekends. There are hiking, climbing, canoeing clubs that offer trips every weekend. For more information about clubs visit UoA's student association website!