Program Information
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Winter 2023: New Zealand COMM
January 05, 2023 - February 02, 2023 (dates are tentative)
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Marae in Rotorua
Interest Meetings:
04/21/2022 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
05/05/2022 6:00 PM - 7:00 PMPearson 114
09/15/2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Program Notes
This program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.
Please review the CGPS COVID-19 Updates page before applying to a study abroad program.

All applicants must have a valid passport by the program’s application deadline. Your passport’s expiration date must be more than six months after the program ends. If you do not have a current passport, apply through the U.S. State Department. It takes an average of 8-11 weeks (2-3 months) to process a passport.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.
If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students. In this case, the University of Delaware will reimburse the cost of program fees and tuition.

Traveling and studying abroad during a global pandemic poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad at this time must be prepared to adapt to the evolving situation and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country. Due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable global and local response to COVID-19, these rules, regulations and recommendations are subject to change at any time.
Program Description

Study Communication in New Zealand / Aotearoa! Our program includes courses in Happiness and Well Being (COMM 200) and Communication and Community Health (COMM 440). COMM 200 fulfills a Group C requirement for all majors. You can study multiple aspects of communication in beautiful Aotearoa, known for its rich heritage and unique interactions of Maori and European culture. Our academic program and activities will emphasize Community Health. New Zealand's response to COVID-19 was among the best in the world, which some observers attribute to the strong sense of community, connection, and culture. Our program will explore the many facets of community well being and health practices and their connection to the novel culture of Aoetearoa.

We will be based in the amazing city of Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island. Our program will include two overnight trips to significant cultural sites to the north (Paihia and Waitangi in the Bay of Islands region) and the south (Rotorua and Te Puia in the Bay of Plenty region). This gives us multiple perspectives on the communities of the North Island of New Zealand, with students and faculty enjoying the Southern Hemisphere's summer season and breathtaking landscapes from the mountains to the coast. As we explore different aspects of communication, you’ll interact with New Zealanders and faculty from Massey University and the Auckland University of Technology. You’ll learn more about Maori culture and communication during our Waitangi Treaty Grounds hangi feast and (optional) Kauri tree excursion. In addition to museums, cultural sites, and natural wonders (glow worms and kiwi birds) this Winter session program may include local festivals, visit to film sites from “Lord of the Rings” and following one of the “Great Tracks” of the New Zealand mountains. Our courses will incorporate study of New Zealand's cultural values of community in many different aspects, with an emphasis on Community Health.

Students will reside in campus dormitories or hostels with some meals provided. If you’re interested in Communication, Happiness and Well Being, Maori culture, or uniquely gorgeous and vibrant places, the Winter Session program in New Zealand is your chance to learn about Communication in one of the happiest, healthiest, and most beautiful places on earth!

The Program Fee includes housing, some meals, academic and cultural excursions, 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 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.

Students should also budget an estimated $35 to cover the cost of their NZeTA to enter New Zealand.
Students who hold passports from other countries may have other visa requirements and/or additional expenses.

ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware 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. 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.
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. New Zealand has been ranked as the 8th happiest country in the world. New Zealand residents and the Maori people of New Zealand have intentionally adopted policies and practices to increase happiness and well-being. This is especially significant given the nation's history of colonization and conflict. Our program includes multiple site visits and excursions selected to increase understanding of the ways New Zealand society has engaged in these practices. Our course will benefit from the relevant history and very different adaptation of New Zealand.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University Social Science Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group C
May be repeated two times for nine credits when topics vary.
COMM 421-070: Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
Enhances students’ understanding of cultures, communication and intercultural communication processes. In addition, communicative strategies for improving intercultural communication is discussed. It is being designed with a Community Health focus for this program, and thus is particularly relevant to our New Zealand location. In 2017, New Zealand passed the first ever national budget focused on Well-Being of its people. In 2020, New Zealand has had one of the most effective responses in the world to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has done so with strong support from across multiple stakeholders. Our class will examine the various forms of communication driving this community collaboration and the practices of intercultural communication which are helping it succeed.
Satisfies the following requirements:
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 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 $2,800.00.
  • 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-October.
  • 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$2,507.00$6,728.00
Final Program Fee$4,300.00$4,300.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$6,837.00$11,058.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$2,800.00$2,800.00
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 onNovember 17, 2022
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedSeptember 29, 2022
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-October
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.
Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants.
Tracey Holden
Faculty Director
238 Pearson Hall

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