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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand; Queenstown, New Zealand; Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Global Seminar Wntr
  • Restrictions: SPU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Sponsor: SPU Faculty-led Areas of Study: Accounting, Chemistry
Program Type: Study Abroad Housing Type: Hostel/Hotel
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Number of Credits: 3, 5
Program Description:

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Climate Change in New Zealand
CHM 2410 Environmental Chemistry and Sustainability
ACCT 4351 International Accounting

December 2018

(Winter 2019 Global Seminar)

On this Winter Global Seminar, you will trade the drab winter days of Seattle for warm sun in the land of the hobbits -  New Zealand!

New Zealand, known for its beauty and culture, is an ideal place to consider the influence we humans have on our atmosphere and environment. If you forget your sunscreen, the speed at which you sunburn will quickly remind you that NZ is situated under the large ozone hole formed as a result of human emission of CFC’s (a chemical used in refrigeration). Additionally, the dependence of the New Zealand economy upon both environmental tourism and agriculture results in a tension between the need to be economically productive and environmentally responsible. 

Students will choose from two courses - Accounting or Chemistry, and together will explore the interdisciplinary nature of environmental science. We will investigate how science (particularly chemistry) is applied in a real-world sense. As part of this experience, students will be exposed to Maori culture and the differences in approaches to environmental stewardship will be addressed. We'll also visit a research field station where scientists actively monitor the amount of various gases in our atmosphere. 
Both Dr. Schofield and Dr. Stewart are native New Zealander’s and together, with their knowledge and experience, will create a rich learning experience in this beautiful setting.

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Academic Information

Choose one course:

CHM 2410 Environmental Chemistry and Sustainability  (5 credits)  Dr. Daniel Schofield
New Zealand is an ideal place to consider the influence we humans have on our atmosphere and environment. If you forget your sunscreen, the speed at which you sunburn will quickly remind you that New Zealand is situated under the large ozone hole formed as a result of human emission of CFCs (a chemical used in refrigeration). This course will focus on global environmental issues such as ozone depletion and climate change, and the global carbon cycle will be examined in depth. The measurement of CFC's, ozone, and greenhouse gases will be a key topic of study. Carbon emissions resulting from agriculture and energy generation will be discussed, and attention will be paid to the economic effects of climate change. Attributes:  WK Applied Science, CUE

ACCT 4351 International Accounting (3 credits) Dr. Ross Stewart
In this class you will trade the drab winter days of Seattle for warm sun in the land of the hobbits, New Zealand!  This course will examine the accounting, business, and science dimensions of some of the major environmental issues of the 21st century including climate change, ozone depletion, acid rain, population growth, air and water pollution, and the environmental impact of development.   Accounting and regulatory responses will be studied and how companies can be proactive in managing, measuring and reporting this growing and complex issue.  Prerequisites: ACCT 2361 & ACCT 2362.  Open to accounting and business majors.

Courses on Winter Global Seminars will count toward your Winter quarter course load. The tuition plateau allows for 18 credits, so students participating in this program will be able to take 13 additional credits after returning to SPU for fall quarter. Extra fees apply if you exceed 18 credits.


Tentative Dates:

Thursday 6 Dec - Depart USA for Auckland on independent flights

Saturday 8 Dec - Program begins in Auckland

Sunday 9 Dec - Auckland

Monday 10 Dec - Tauranga

Tuesday 11 Dec - Tauranga

Wednesday 12 Dec - Tauranga

Thursday 13 Dec - Rotorua

Friday 14 Dec - Rotorua

Saturday 15 Dec - Rotorua

Sunday 16 Dec - Queenstown

Monday 17 Dec - Queenstown

Tuesday 18 Dec - Queenstown

Wednesday 19 Dec - Queenstown

Thursday 20 Dec - Queenstown

Friday 21 Dec - Queenstown

Saturday 22 December - Fly Queenstown to USA

Accommodations and Meals

Housing for students will be in double occupancy rooms in centrally located hotels or guesthouses. 

Select group meals will be provided, but students should plan to budget approximately $300 for additional meals. Our New Zealand hosts will be able to offer suggestions for affordable local restaurants and cafes. 

SPU and our host IFSA-Butler will make every reasonable effort to meet special accommodation requests and handle them as required by the ADA. Accommodation requests must me made by the application closure date in order to allow sufficient time to make reasonable efforts to meet the request.



2018 Estimated Program Costs
Estimated Program Fee Credits
$3,995 + 300 Administrative fee  3 or 5

Program fee includes:
  • In-country transportation
  • All lodging and daily breakfast
  • Two group meals
  • Tours and activities related to course study
  • Medical insurance for the duration of the program
Not included in program fee:
  • Roundtrip airfare: $1,200 - $1,600
  • Meals: Approximately $300 for meals
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs, snacks, etc.) - varies
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance - varies
  • Tuition for this course (3 or 5 credits) will be part of your normal winter tuition.
Students on the New Zealand program may be eligible for financial aid. Before applying, check with Student Financial Services to determine your exact aid eligibility.

Booking Flights

It is your responsibility to book your flight to New Zealand, as airfare is not included in the program fees to give you maximum flexibility and control. You will book your flight into Auckland, NZ and home from Queenstown, NZ.

Please do not book your flights until you have been accepted to the program, your place has been confirmed by the study abroad office, and travel arrangements have been finalized. As a courtesy, we will identify a 'preferred' flight that students may book through SPU's travel agent or on their own. Specific information about flights will be emailed to you and provided in your study abroad account. There is no chaperone to accompany students on their flight(s) from the US, but students will be given a time frame to arrive and will be greeted at the airport and transported to student housing.

If you choose to arrive early and not meet at the airport at the designated time, you will be responsible for your own transportation into the city to meet the group. We will give you instructions on how to get to the meeting point. After the program is over, students may choose to stay and travel independently.

Once your flights are booked, you must complete the flight information questionnaire in your study abroad account at least 3 weeks prior to departure, providing the study abroad office with flight numbers and times. 

Please note that if it is necessary for SPU to cancel the program or if you have reason to cancel after your ticket has been purchased, SPU is not responsible for reimbursing the cost of your ticket. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to purchase flight insurance. We are happy to advise you on cancellation insurance options.

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New Zealand Faculty Leaders

Ross Stewart

Dr. Ross Stewart
Dean, Business, Government & Economics,  Professor of Accounting
Education: MCom, University of Auckland, 1979; MTS, Regent College, 1983; PhD, University of Glasgow, 1987. At SPU since 1986.

Daniel Schofield

Dr. Daniel Schofield
Associate Professor of Chemistry
BSc(Hons), University of Otago, 2002; PhD, University of Otago, 2005. At SPU since 2010.

For more information about this program, contact SPU Study Abroad

This program is currently not accepting applications.