New Zealand course:
EcoQuest: Ecology in Action
Fall and Winter semester-long program:
This 15-week program takes place during the fall or winter term, and is based in Whakatiwai, New Zealand. Students enroll in four classes and earn 16 credits that connect lectures and readings to field exercises and projects. It is designed for students interested in environmental studies, resource management, conservation, and environmental policy. Students will take excursions throughout New Zealand’s North and South Islands, while learning first-hand about the terrestrial, coastal, and marine ecosystems. The cultural aspects of New Zealand are considered while looking at political policies related to sustainability management and conservation. The last portion of the semester is devoted to a Directed Research Project, for which students work closely with faculty on projects that explore specific aspects of ecology and resource management.
Ecology and Biogeography of New Zealand (5 credits)
Restoration Ecology and Ecosystem Management in New Zealand (4 credits)
Environmental Policy, Planning and Sustainability in New Zealand (3 credits)
Applied Directed Research in New Zealand (4 credits)
The program is being offered in Winter 2013 (January 30- May 10, 2013) and Fall 2013 ( August 28 – December 6, 2013).
Summer semester program:
This 5-week program is also based at EcoQuest’s field station in Whakatiwai, an hour south of Auckland. Students enroll in two classes and earn 8 credits. Students will explore ecology, conservation, and sustainability in New Zealand through fieldwork, discussions, projects, and research. As part of this course, students will visit offshore islands, where they learn about ecological conservation policies and projects such as pest management, native re-vegetation, and habitat enhancement. In addition to fieldwork, coursework includes presentations, field reports, essays, and exams.
The Ecology and Biogeography of New Zealand (5 credits)
Environmental Policy, Planning, and Sustainability in New Zealand (3 credits)
This program will be offered for Summer 2013 during May 27th to June 28th, 2013.
HOW TO APPLY:
Although EcoQuest is offered through the University of New Hampshire, University of Michigan students must apply through the University of Michigan’s Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS.) Applications for the Summer and Fall 2013 semesters are due Feburary 1, 2013. Please visit the CGIS Ecoquest Website for more information.
The course fee is $18,750 for the 15-week term . The course fee is $5,200 for the 5-week term. This fee includes tuition, room, board, and in-country program travel. Transport to and from New Zealand is not included. Note: Fees for programs beyond June 2013 are currently under review and will not be confirmed until a later date. Graham Scholars may use the $3,000 field-based funding for this opportunity.
Successful completion of at least 48 semester credit hours, minimum 3.0 GPA, one semester course in the natural science, one semester course in the social sciences, and a moderately high degree of physical fitness.