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Winter 2018: New Zealand COMM
January 04, 2018 - February 01, 2018
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Marae in Rotorua

Interest Meetings:
03/01/2017 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM238 Purnell Hall
03/15/2017 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM238 Purnell Hall
04/11/2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM114 Purnell Hall
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
05/17/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM114 Pearson Hall
09/27/2017 5:00 PM - 6:30 PMISE Lab room 302
10/23/2017 5:00 PM - 6:30 PMISE Lab room 302
11/12/2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM114 Pearson Hall
11/30/2017 5:00 PM - 6:30 PMISE Lab room 302
Program Notes
Note: Alternate course options may be available to COMM majors on a case-by-case basis and with permission of the Faculty Director.
Program Description

Study Communication in New Zealand! Our program will include courses in Happiness and Well Being, and in Oral Communication (Public Speaking) with an emphasis on inclusive and ethical communication. In beautiful New Zealand, known for its rich cultural understandings and interactions of Maori and European cultures, students will also enjoy the summer season, breathtaking landscapes, mountain hiking and other natural sights.

Based at Massey University's three campuses in Auckland, Palmerston North, and Wellington, you’ll interact with the New Zealand people from all cultures as you study happiness and well being. You’ll learn more about how the Maori people view nature as part of their spirit on our Waitangi park or Whapanui river excursions with an extended visit in a Maori marae. This Winter session program may include optional rugby games, visits to film sites from “Lord of the Rings” and following one of the “Great Tracks” of the New Zealand mountains.

Whether you’re interested in Communication, Happiness and Well Being, Maori culture or gorgeous scenery, the Winter Session program in New Zealand is your chance to learn about Communication in one of the most beautiful and happiest places on earth!

The Program Fee includes housing, academic and cultural excursions, and international medical insurance. Students will reside in double rooms in campus dormitories or hostels with some meals provided.

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 New Zealand. 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.
Note: Alternate course options may be available to COMM majors on a case-by-case basis and with permission of the Faculty Director.
COMM 200-071: Topics in Communication: Communication, Happiness and Well-Being (3 credits)
Rotating topics presenting overviews of social science research on communication in various contexts including the behavior of individuals,relationships, social groups, and media in society. Emphasize theories, empirical findings, and applications of communication research in the social and behavioral sciences.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University Social Science Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group C
COMM 212: Oral Communication in Business (3 credits)
Includes an analysis of the types and principles of the communication inherent in the business and professional setting; a concentration upon the development of presentational skills: analyzing audiences, questioning, interviewing, researching, supporting, organizing and delivering information; an opportunity to develop and present materials within dyads, small groups and public contexts.
Restrictions: Not open to communication and communication interest majors. Credit not given for both COMM212 AND COMM350.
UNIV 370-169: Study Abroad - New Zealand COMM (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).

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance, which is based on academic quality and demonstrated ability to contribute to the objectives of the program. Early application is encouraged.

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 $2,500.00.
  • 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 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$2,228.00$5,976.00
Final Program Fee$3,800.00$3,800.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$6,058.00$9,806.00
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, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedMay 02, 2017
$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.
Tracey Holden
Faculty Director
238 Pearson Hall

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

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