University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2018: New Zealand COMM

Program Dates January 04, 2018 - February 01, 2018
This program is closed.

Program Overview Note: Alternate course options may be available to COMM majors on a case-by-case basis and with permission of the Faculty Director.

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.

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)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University Social Science Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group C
COMM 212: Oral Communication in Business (3 credits)
UNIV 370-169: Study Abroad - New Zealand COMM (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$2,228.00$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 $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.

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 $1,000.00 Initial Payment.

Contact Information:
Tracey Holden
Faculty Director
238 Pearson Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on April 20, 2017
Recommendation also due by 5pm on April 20, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: May 02, 2017

Interest Meetings:
03/01/2017, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, 238 Purnell Hall
03/15/2017, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, 238 Purnell Hall
04/11/2017, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 114 Purnell Hall

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