New Zealand

New Zealand

The Scripps College list of approved SAGE – Study Abroad and Global Education programs may change in response to students' interests and feedback, faculty, and administrative evaluations as well as changing world events. Study abroad is not without risks and students are advised to carefully choose their study site.

The Scripps Committee on Study Abroad (COSA) has approved the following programs in New Zealand for our students.

Nota bene: Students "direct enroll" in universities as visiting or non-degree seeking students; nevertheless, they take courses and exams with host institution students. On-site orientation and field trips included.

Christchurch, South Island

Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, and tutorials. On-site orientation and some fieldtrips included.

  • Reviewed by: Professor Marion Preest, W.M. Keck Science Department
  • Fields of study: The College of Arts and the College of Science recommended for Scripps students
  • Eligibility: 9.0 cumulative GPA required, students with a GPA between 8.5 to 8.9 rmay petition to COSA. A minimum of 2-3 courses in major completed prior to participation.
  • Size of the student body: 17,500

Living Arrangements

Students live in university flats arranged by the program sponsor and prepare their own meals with a stipend provided by Scripps, based on the recommendation of Arcadia.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Early July to mid-November (Semester 2 for course options)
  • Spring: Mid-February to late June (Semester 1 for course options)

Notes

  • Advising Tips: Most Arcadia programs require a faculty reference but not all, depending on the university partner. Contact a program adviser for specific program requirements. A second reference letter may be required in the case of borderline GPAs (varies by program).
  • Visa Information: After acceptance, Arcadia will provide you with specifics about the visa required. The embassy site will have information on visa requirements for planning purposes.
  • Budget Planning: For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Christchurch and Los Angeles.

Christchurch, South Island

Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, and tutorials with faculty who hail from all over the world and are known for being very approachable and invested in student success. IFSA facilitates a multi-day orientation outside of Auckland on New Zealand culture and history with tips and information for how to thrive in the host country. Students then attend an orientation at the host university which provides details about the specific student experience there. Throughout the semester, the IFSA staff provides guidance regarding academic differences between US and the host university and can arrange free tutoring for students who would like some extra help as they get settled into classes.

  • Reviewed by: Professor Marion Preest, W.M. Keck Science Department
  • Fields of study: The University of Canterbury is a comprehensive university with a full curriculum and is highly ranked in computer science, economics, environmental sciences, linguistics, psychology and sociology. The College of Arts and the College of Science are recommended for Scripps students
  • Eligibility: An 8.4 cumulative GPA is required by the university. Completion of 2-3 courses in an related field of study is advised for upper division coursework.
  • Size of the student body: 14,500 total students including approximately 1400 international students. The University of Canterbury is one of the most popular universities for domestic students which allows IFSA participants ample opportunity to integrate with students from the local area.

Living Arrangements

All IFSA students will reside in single rooms in the Ilam Apartments - conveniently located, fully-furnished flats. Students share the common living spaces and kitchen with suitemates from New Zealand and abroad. Students shop for groceries and prepare their own meals with an allowance provided by Scripps based on the recommendation of IFSA. Bicycles are available for rental from Ilam Apartments and the bus line to the city center is conveniently located nearby.

Term Dates

  • Fall: early July to mid-November (Semester 2 for course options)
  • Spring: mid-February to late June (Semester 1 for course options)

Notes

  • Advising Tips: If you meet the minimum GPA requirement for the program, IFSA does not require a faculty letter of recommendation as a part of the University of Canterbury application. IFSA students have full access to the amenities at the University of Canterbury, including four libraries, 24-hour computer labs, student health center and recreation center as well as a wide range of clubs and societies for a truly integrated experience. Throughout the semester, IFSA coordinates excursions and many cultural activities around Christchurch and NZ which are included in the IFSA program and do not cost extra. Examples include a visit to Quake City (a museum that explains the Christchurch Earthquakes), a day of local volunteering such as planting trees in the city, a zip line adventure in the forest or a day of river rafting, a weekend trip to a working sheep ranch and a guided bush walk and wildlife tour to view penguins!
  • Visa Information: The New Zealand student visa is free for US passport holders. After acceptance on the program, IFSA will provide you with paperwork needed to complete your visa application. The embassy site will have information on visa requirements for planning purposes.
  • Budget Planning: For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Christchurch and Los Angeles.

Dunedin, South Island

Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, and tutorials. On-site orientation and some fieldtrips included.

  • Reviewed by: Marion Preest, W.M. Keck Science Department
  • Fields of study: The Division of Humanities is recommended for Scripps students.
  • Eligibility: 9.0 cumulative GPA; 3-5 courses in major
  • Size of the student body: 19,500 with 6,000 in the Division of Humanities

Living Arrangements

Students live in locally rented houses or flats arranged by the program sponsor. Students prepare their own meals with a stipend provided by Scripps.

Term Dates

  • Fall: early July to mid-November (Semester 2 for course options)
  • Spring: mid-February to late June (Semester 1 for course options)

Notes

  • Advising Tips: Most Arcadia programs require a faculty reference but not all, depending on the university partner. Contact a program adviser for specific program requirements. A second reference letter may be required in the case of borderline GPAs (varies by program). Most IFSA Butler programs require a faculty reference but not all, depending on the university partner. Contact a program adviser for specific program requirements.
  • Visa Information: After acceptance, your program will provide you with specifics about the visa required. The embassy site will have information on visa requirements for planning purposes.
  • Budget Planning: For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Dunedin and Los Angeles.

Wellington, North Island

Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, and tutorials. On-site orientation and some fieldtrips included.

  • Reviewed by: Professor Marion Preest, W.M. Keck Science Department
  • Fields of study: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences or the Faculty of Science are recommended for Scripps students
  • Eligibility: 8.1 cumulative GPA required. A minimum of 3 courses completed in major prior to participation.
  • Size of the student body: 22,000 students

Living Arrangements

Students live in thematic residence halls with meal plans or in self-catered apartments arranged by the program. Students in apartments receive a meal allowance from Scripps based on the Arcadia recommendation.

Term Dates

  • Fall: early July to mid-November (Semester 2 for course options)
  • Spring: mid-February to early July (Semester 1 for course options)

Notes

  • Advising Tips: Most Arcadia programs require a faculty reference but not all, depending on the university partner. Contact a program adviser for specific program requirements. A second reference letter may be required in the case of borderline GPAs (varies by program).
  • Visa Information: After acceptance, your program will provide you with specifics about the visa required. The embassy site will have information on visa requirements for planning purposes.
  • Budget Planning: For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Wellington and Los Angeles.

Wellington, North Island

Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, and tutorials. On-site orientation and some fieldtrips included.

  • Reviewed by: Professor Marion Preest, W.M. Keck Science Department
  • Fields of study: A comprehensive research and teaching university offering a full curriculum that matches most 5C majors. The College of Humanities is the top ranked in New Zealand, as are the programs in Biology, Geology and Environmental Science. The Center for Biodiversity and Restorative Ecology and new coastal ecology lab are producing multi-disciplinary research of particular interest to Environmental Analysis majors.
  • Eligibility: 8.1 cumulative GPA required. A minimum of 3 courses completed in a relevant field of study is strongly recommended to be successful in upper division courses.
  • Size of the student body: 22,000 students including approximately 3400 international students of which IFSA students are a part. This campus as an International Buddy Programme where they pair new study abroad students with current students.
  • Number of program participants: The IFSA cohort size varies each semester and is made up of students from institutions across the United States who meet during IFSA orientation. Past IFSA students at Victoria University Wellington recommend participating in the Victoria International Leadership Programme, a free leadership development opportunity for students to discuss and address contemporary global issues, as a way to meet other students.

Living Arrangements

All IFSA participants live with 3-5 flatmates in single bedrooms with shared bathrooms and co-ed living spaces. Students shop for groceries and prepare their own meals with an allowance provided by Scripps based on the recommendation of IFSA. The apartments are close to campus and an easy walking distance to shops and cafes. Some apartments are near the famous Wellington Cable Car and some have access to a community garden.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Early July to mid-November (Semester 2 for course options)
  • Spring: Mid-February to early July (Semester 1 for course options)

Notes

  • Advising Tips: If you meet the minimum GPA requirement for the program, IFSA does not require a faculty letter of recommendation as a part of the Victoria University Wellington application. IFSA students have full access to the amenities at the Victoria University Wellington, including libraries, computer labs, on-campus study spaces, on-campus student counseling and student health center and recreation center as well as a wide range of clubs and societies for a truly integrated experience. Throughout the semester, IFSA coordinates excursions and cultural activities around Wellington and NZ which are included in the IFSA program and do not cost extra. Examples include a day exploring Kapiti region by bicycle after which you have an educational tour and regional culinary tasting at Tuatara Brewery, volunteering to plant trees and join in native bird and animal viewing and counting in Otari-Wilton Bush; A visit to the World of Wearable Art Show with discussion about design innovation in NZ; an Asian cooking lesson with a discussion about Asian immigration and communities in New Zealand; and a weekend visit to Picton, a wonderful small town on the South Island, where the group arrives by ferry and can spend the weekend kayaking, hiking and can sometimes feed sting rays!
  • Visa Information: The New Zealand student visa is free for US Passport Holders! After acceptance on the program, IFSA will provide all students with paperwork needed to complete their visa application. The embassy site will have information on visa requirements for planning purposes.
  • Budget Planning: For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Wellington and Los Angeles.