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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand; Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Housing options: Field Camp, Residence Hall
Areas of study: Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Art History, Asian Studies, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Botany, Chemistry, Child Development, Classics, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Culture, Earth Science, Ecology, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Film, Forestry, Gender and Women's Studies, Geography, Geology, History, Humanities, Independent/Directed Research, Indigenous Studies, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Marine Science, Math/Statistics, Media Studies, Minority Studies, Molecular Biology, Music, Peace & Conflict Studies, Performing and Visual Arts, Philosophy, Photography, Physics, Politics, Pre-Health, Psychology, Public Health, Religious Studies, Sciences, Social Sciences, Sociology, Theatre, Zoology Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Direct enrollment, Experiential/field-based, Hybrid GPA: 9.0
Program Description:
New Zealand comprises two large islands, the North Island and the South Island, as well as many smaller islands.

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, located on the North Island. The majority of the 1.3 million Auckland inhabitants are of British descent, but substantial Maori, Pacific Islander, and Asian communities also exist. Many volcanoes or volcanic remains surround the city. Auckland is sandwiched between two harbors to the north and south and is often referred to as the “City of Sails” due to the yachts and sailboats that pepper the seascape. While in Auckland, one should take advantage of the art galleries, museums, nature parks, and cricket and rugby matches.

Christchurch is the South Island's largest city with about 370,000 inhabitants. A short distance from both the snowcapped Alps and the Pacific coastline, Christchurch is in an ideal location for the outdoor enthusiast. Lovers of art will also appreciate the city's thriving art scene. Christchurch boasts many beautiful parks, including a free botanical garden, that are inviting to walkers and joggers, or one may prefer to sit along the Avon river and watch the water flow on by.

Academic Program
Before classes begin at the university, students take part in a 5-week field camp on the North Island, South Island, and the Cook Islands. This field component is divided into several interrelated modules. Please reference the Frontiers Abroad website for program-specific details. Once the university semester begins, students continue with research they initiated during the field camp. The field and research components combined are worth 1.0 Pomona credit. Students may not take the field study or field research courses on a P/NC basis.

Following the field camp, students enroll full-time alongside Kiwi students at either the University of Auckland’s School of Geography, Geology, and Environmental Science (spring only), or Christchurch’s University of Canterbury’s academic departments, depending on the program. Pomona requires students to take a humanities or social science course with New Zealand content. Students take courses worth a total of 45 university points to earn the remaining 3.0 Pomona credits. 

Number of Students
 Frontiers Abroad enrolls approximately 25 students, selected from a national pool.   

Host Institutions

Frontiers Abroad
University of Auckland

University of Canterbury

Faculty Liaisons
Char Miller
Marc Los Huertos


Students should have a demonstrated academic interest in human and natural environments. Background in physical, environmental, and biological sciences recommended. Students should meet with an EA faculty member or one of the faculty liaisons.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 09/19/2021 10/08/2021 TBA TBA