Environmental Issues in New Zealand

Environmental Issues in New Zealand — About

About Environmental Issues in New Zealand

Program Overview

New Zealand has undergone significant changes in its plant and animal composition following the invasion of humans and the exotic species they introduced. Alarmed by these changes, New Zealanders recently have made significant strides in recognizing environmental issues and seeking sustainable solutions. They offer valuable lessons for U.S. students to bring home and apply to our own environmental issues.

Issues will be explored across a range of landscapes from mountains to seacoast, from rainforest to dry land, and across business sectors, fisheries, forestry, wildlife, and tourism. While there will be some indoor lectures, about two-thirds of the course time is spent on field tours to forests, mountains, glaciers, caves, rivers, and museums.

Program Dates

December 26, 2017 - January 15, 2018

Application Deadline

October 1, 2017

* Late applications accepted on a case-by-case basis.  Contact Jill Reister if you are planning to apply past the deadline. 

Course Description

CFANS 3518: 
This course is open to all majors. While there are no course prerequisites, preference will be given to UMN students with an interest in environmental issues. Learning will occur through lectures, readings, museum visits, and field tours. Comparisons will be drawn between management of natural resources in New Zealand and Minnesota to relate your abroad experience to Minnesota’s natural resources, people, and policies. This course fulfills the Global Perspectives and Environment themes

Program Leaders

Stephan Carlson
Dr. Stephan Carlson has a lot of experience teaching Environmental Issues in New Zealand and has taken UMN students to New Zealand several times. Stephan’s environmental interests connect learners with nature and the outdoors in a variety of environments. He teaches in ESPM and also works in CFANS Extension.

Gina Brewington
Gina Brewington, Senior Academic Advisor and Advising Coordinator in CFANS has traveled to New Zealand and has led programs in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Egypt. She is passionate about supporting all students to successfully pursue their goals. Gina loves learning about other cultures, cooking, being outdoors and traveling.


Visit Auckland, Rotarua, Christchurch and Queenstown
Several hikes including to the top of Tongarairo Volcano (12 miles)
Visit caves and see glow worms
Relax in natural thermal spas and mud pools
Tour Fox Glacier
Have dinner in a Maori village
Opportunities for adventure travel activities

Housing & Meals

Students will share rooms in local hostels. Several meals will be provided but you will need to budget for some meals on your own.

Program Fee

$6,995. This fee includes instruction and fees, all program activities and excursions, airfare, local transportation, insurance, lodging and several meals.

Cost of Participation



For more information visit the CFANS Office of International Programs Website or contact: 

Jill Reister - jreister@umn.edu - CFANS Office of International Programs

Stephan Carlson -carls009@umn.edu - Instructor