This mini-term will take up to 30 students to the country of New Zealand, which consists of two islands (about 2/3 the landmass of California), located 1000 miles southeast of Australia. There, the focus will be on electric power development and environmental management, covering the technical, economic, environmental, sociopolitical and cultural issues in electric power generation and transmission in New Zealand. Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to assess alternative approaches to natural resource management.
Course of Study
On the coach tour of power generation sites, several in remote wilderness locations, the group will travel more than 2,500 miles. The trip will begin on the North Island in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, and end in Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island. Students will meet with public officials, electricity market and environmental regulators, representatives of indigenous peoples (Maori), farmers, foresters, power company management, engineers and plant operators at nine power stations. These stations include an underground hydroelectric plant, a thermal plant that burns both natural gas and coal, and two wind farms with 200 wind turbines on a mountain ridge north of Wellington.
In addition to the power station tours, the students have many opportunities to experience the culture and to explore the many natural wonders of New Zealand. Planned group activities are: visits to museums, living on a sheep station at the base of Mt. Cook (at 12,300 feet, the highest peak in the Southern Alps) and a half-dozen hikes through rain forests and active geothermal fields, along endless beaches, and around pristine mountain lakes, glaciers and volcanoes. Students will also have free time for outdoor activities (e.g., skydiving, sledging, white water rafting, or calmer pursuits like kayaking, sailing, bicycling).
Students will be required to participate in a series of pre-departure seminars during fall term; maintain detailed field notes during the stay in New Zealand; and, complete and present a team-project analysis that draws upon both conventional research and field research in New Zealand.
View the NZ 2015 itinerary.pdf
(For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)
- April: Application deadline is the third Friday of spring term.
- May: Non-refundable deposit due at the Cashier's Office in McKean House, and receipt brought to the International Programs Office
- Fall term: Orientation seminar meetings
- Late November: Mini-term begins
- Mid-December: Program ends
For More Information
Students may contact Professor Doug Klein
, Olin 219.