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Winter 2017: New Zealand MAST/GEOL
January 04, 2017 - February 02, 2017
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Interest Meetings:
02/18/2016 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM206 Robinson Hall
03/10/2016 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM206 Robinson Hall
04/07/2016 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM206 Robinson Hall
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
10/05/2016 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM206 Robinson Hall
11/02/2016 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM206 Robinson Hall
12/07/2016 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM206 Robinson Hall
Program Notes
If you can't attend an interest meeting, check out the slides from the faculty's power point pointed at the bottom of this page!
Program Description
This program offers interdisciplinary field courses in biology and geology on both islands of New Zealand. This venue affords students an amazing variety of marine life in astounding and dynamic landscapes. We will visit both islands and employ a city/town home-base approach for access to field sites, engage in day-long excursions, and allow for independent projects in natural history, scientific photography and independent research. Field work will include traditional field methods as well as provide an introduction to survey work with advanced robotic technology. Teaching biology and geology together is the best way to understand the interplay of biological and physical forces that shape these islands. To broaden our experience, we will delve into the long history and culture of the islands and the Maori people and gain a fuller appreciation of pressing environmental issues. While fulfilling elective requirements for marine science and geology majors, these field courses have broad prerequisites and are accessible to motivated students in a wide variety of majors.

The program fee includes accommodations, some meals, all group excursions, and transportation in New Zealand. Students will be housed in hotels, hostels, and dormitories, double occupancy. 

Students should budget approximately $100 for internet access at various program locations.

The program fee does NOT include airfare to or from New Zealand, nor airport transfers to or from the U.S. airport.  The program officially begins when students arrive in New Zealand.  IGS will reserve tickets on group flights for this program.  Students are strongly encouraged to book their tickets as part of the group's flights (instructions will be sent once accepted to the program).  Students who opt to purchase their tickets separately, or to fly on an alternate itinerary, are responsible for arriving on site at the time and place designated by the faculty director.
ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
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
All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
GEOL 434: Geology of Coasts (3 credits)
Erosional, depositional and tectonic processes; morphology and classification, and geologic history of the coastal areas of the world. This course is an introduction to the coastal features and processes of New Zealand. We will use field excursions and hands-on exercises to explore the shorelines, volcanoes, estuaries, spits, dunes, and beaches of New Zealand with an emphasis on tectonic, oceanographic, erosional, and depositional processes. We will examine the shape, classification, geologic history, and anthropogenic changes to New Zealand's coastal areas. This course helps fulfill field course requirements for undergraduate majors in geology and environmental sciences.
Prerequisite: GEOL 107 or permission of instructor.
MAST 421: Coastal Field Biology (3 credits)
This upper-level, undergraduate field course is designed to familiarize students with coastal marine habitats, their plants and animals, and the quantitative sampling and assessment of their state. Students will engage in trips to field sites and analyze data collected. Through reports, presentations and individual projects, they will demonstrate their ability to assess marine habitats within the context of the ecological services provided by them.
UNIV 370-081: Study Abroad - New Zealand MAST/GEOL (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
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 $2,200.00.
  • 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 $1000.00 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$2,165.00$5,805.00
Final Program Fee$4,225.00$4,225.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$6,420.00$10,060.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$2,200.00$2,200.00
Financial need-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 onApril 20, 2016
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedApril 29, 2016
$1,000.00 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 $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Douglas Miller
Faculty Director
Marine Studies
232 Cannon Lab
Arthur Trembanis
Faculty Director
Geological Sciences
109 Penny Hall

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

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