University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2015: New Zealand MAST

Program Dates January 04, 2015 - February 04, 2015
This program is closed.

Program Overview This program's deadline has been changed to 10/17/2014.

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.

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)
MAST 451: Marine Invertebrate Biodiversity (3 credits)
UNIV 370-081: Study Abroad - New Zealand MAST (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
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 $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.

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.

*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.

Contact Information:
Pat Gaffney
Faculty Director
Marine Studies
115 Smith Lab
Doug Miller
Faculty Director
Marine Studies
232 Cannon Lab

Submit Program Application by 5pm on October 17, 2014
Recommendation also due by 5pm on October 17, 2014
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: May 01, 2014

Interest Meetings:

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