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

photo courtesy of James Atlas
Interest Meetings:
02/18/2016 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM102A Smith Hall
03/08/2016 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM102A Smith Hall
04/06/2016 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM102A Smith Hall
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
09/15/2016 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM102-A Smith Hall
10/24/2016 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM102-A Smith Hall
12/06/2016 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM102-A Smith Hall
Program Notes
Can't make it to an interest meeting? Check out the info session slides downloadable at the bottom of this page!
Program Description
Study Computer Science in New Zealand, a dramatic country full of spellbinding natural scenery, rich culture, and epic adventures. Students will also enjoy the active, creative, and friendly community in Christchurch, New Zealand. Engage and inspire yourself and the next generation of computational thinkers through learning, teaching and creating web-based learning games.

Based at the University of Canterbury, you’ll interact with faculty, students, industry experts, and elementary and middle school teachers and students as you study Computer Science.

Students interested in a bit of computer science beyond their first course learn CS concepts through teaching middle school students and taking the computer ethics course. CS students follow the software design process to design, build and deploy web-based learning games and participate in either computer ethics or field experiences in teaching CS. All students collaboratively build their communication skills through field experiences in teaching or community engagement game exhibits. This winter session program takes a variety of excursions to support the teaching experience and game development through visits to schools and businesses in Christchurch and Nelson.

Students may register for any 2 of 3 courses: CISC 355, CISC 357, or CISC 374. CISC 355 satisfies a CS Major requirement or a university breadth requirement. CISC 357 satisfies a CS Major concentration or CS minor elective. CISC 374 satisfies a CS Major technical or concentration elective requirement.

Whether you’re interested in Computer Science, Education, film locations for Middle Earth or mountains, glaciers, rivers, fjords, hiking, or stargazing, the Winter Session in Christchurch, New Zealand, is your opportunity to experience the wonder of nature and active learning.

The Program Fee includes housing in shared on-campus apartments, all program-related events and excursions, most meals, in-country transportation and international medical insurance.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from New Zealand, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Christchurch. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare. For this program, students will be given recommended flight itineraries for traveling together.
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
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.
Students may register for any 2 of 3 courses: CISC 355, CISC 357, or CISC 374. CISC 355 satisfies a CS Major requirement or a university breadth requirement. CISC 357 satisfies a CS Major concentration or CS minor elective. CISC 374 satisfies a CS Major technical or concentration elective requirement.
CISC 355: Computers, Ethics, and Society (3 credits)
Explains relationships among information technology, society and ethics by examining issues raised by increasingly widespread use of computers. Topics include ethics for computer professionals, computer impact on factory work, office work, personal privacy and social power distribution.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University Arts/Humanities Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group A
Restrictions: Cannot be used as a technical elective for CISC or INSY majors or minors.
CISC 357: Field Experience in Teaching Computing (3 credits)
Introduction to computer science teaching methodology which is immediately put into practice in local schools. Lectures hone teaching and classroom skills while examining the state of CS education in terms of pedagogy, AP exams, and K-12 requirements. Students produce written lesson plans, journals, and collaborative projects.
Prerequisite: CISC101 or CISC103 or CISC106 or CISC108
CISC 374: Educational Game Development (3 credits)
Experience the software engineering process through creating educational games for youth; open-ended, project-oriented team learning while assisting regional teachers in integrating computing and computational thinking into the classroom; interact with teachers as clients, hone communication skills and experience design-studio-based critiques of your ideas.
Prerequisite: CISC 220
UNIV 370-159: Study Abroad - New Zealand CISC (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 Zoom.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please email a copy of your official transcript to the Program Coordinator.

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 $2,500.00.
  • 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 CGPS 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.
  • CGPS 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$2,225.00$2,225.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$4,420.00$8,060.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$2,500.00$2,500.00
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.
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.
James Atlas
Faculty Director
Computer and Information Sciences
415 Smith Hall
Lori Pollock
Faculty Director
Computer and Information Sciences
436 Smith hall
File Downloads
interest meeting slides

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