University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2019: New Zealand CISC

Program Dates January 04, 2019 - February 04, 2019
This program is closed.

Program Overview Missed an interest meeting? Check out the power point doenloadable at the bottom of this page!

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,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 assisting youth to learn CS. All students collaboratively build their communication skills through field experiences in facilitating CS learning 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.

Students reside in apartments on campus. All meals are included while residing at U. Canterbury in Christchurch. Students are responsible for their own meals during the excursion to Nelson.

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

Find out more about the program from past participants by reading their posts on the IGS blog!

The Program Fee includes housing in shared on-campus apartments in Christchurch, 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.

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)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University Arts/Humanities Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group A
CISC 357: Engaging Youth in Computing (3 credits)
CISC 374: Educational Game Development (3 credits)
UNIV 370-159: Study Abroad - New Zealand CISC (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$2,295.00$6,165.00
Final Program Fee$2,300.00$2,300.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account $4,625.00$8,495.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$2,700.00$2,700.00

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:
Lori Pollock
Faculty Director
Computer and Information Sciences
436 Smith hall
Katherine Wassil
Faculty Director
Computer and Information Sciences
415 Smith Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on April 20, 2018
Recommendation also due by 5pm on April 20, 2018
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: May 02, 2018

Interest Meetings:
02/12/2018, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 210 Smith Hall
03/06/2018, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 210 Smith Hall
03/22/2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, 210 Smith Hall
04/06/2018, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM, 210 Smith Hall

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