Program Information
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Winter 2015: New Zealand MAST
January 04, 2015 - February 04, 2015
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
10/16/2014 5:00 PM - 6:30 PMRobinson 206 or Cannon 202
11/13/2014 5:00 PM - 6:30 PMRobinson 206 or Cannon 202
12/04/2014 5:00 PM - 6:30 PMRobinson 206 or Cannon 202
Program Notes
This program's deadline has been changed to 10/17/2014.
Program Description
New Zealand abounds with opportunities to study spectacular marine life and an amazing diversity of marine habitats. Through MAST421 Coastal Field Biology and MAST451 Marine Invertebrate Biodiversity, students will be familiarized with the range of marine habitats and diversity of their inhabitants, and will gain an understanding of key ecological processes and current environmental issues.

Within the context of a multicultural experience, student will understand how natural processes have interacted with the human presence to mold the country we see today. With ready access to a broad panorama of the natural world, an endemic fauna, and the indigenous culture of the Maori, New Zealand is an ideal natural “classroom” for marine sciences.

These field and laboratory courses emphasize survey and sampling methodologies appropriate for the coastal marine sites that we will visit. All students will attend presentations and participate in fieldwork and sample / data analysis. Individually and /or in small groups, students will be responsible for written reports, oral summary presentations and discussions. Site visits and class activities will be conducted at various locations in both North and South Island. This is a mobile program, with stays at backpacker hostels while on the road, and brief stays at the University of Waikato in Hamilton and Victoria University in Wellington.
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure).
All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
MAST 421: Coastal Field Biology (3 credits)
Hands-on study of estuarine and coastal communities with emphasis on patchiness in time and space. Instruction in field techniques as well as analysis and presentation of data. Experience in scientific writing.
MAST 451: Marine Invertebrate Biodiversity (3 credits)
Overview of marine invertebrate structure and function physiology, development and life history, and ecology within the context of their evolutionary origins and phylogeny. Appreciation of their biodiversity and significance in marine ecosystems. Special attention to systematics and taxonomy of important groups and local fauna.
UNIV 370-081: Study Abroad - New Zealand MAST (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale).
For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by telephone.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please send a copy of your official transcript to: IGS, Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE 19716 USA.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $(TBD).
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $2000.00 will be due in mid-May.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • IGS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$2,044.00$5,486.00
Final Program Fee$7,300.00$7,300.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$9,374.00$12,816.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$(TBD)$(TBD)
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
Need- and merit-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onOctober 17, 2014
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedMay 01, 2014
$2,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-May
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $2,000.00 Initial Payment.
Pat Gaffney
Faculty Director
Marine Studies
115 Smith Lab
Doug Miller
Faculty Director
Marine Studies
232 Cannon Lab

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.