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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand; Christchurch, New Zealand; Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand; Queenstown, New Zealand; Rotorua, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand; Westport, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Interim/J-Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Bethel Faculty-Led Program Minimum GPA: 2.2
Eligibility by Grade Level: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior Open to all majors: Yes
Gen Ed Tags: K - Science, Technology, & Society, Z-tag Cross-Cultural Experience
Program Description:

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Course: GES317KZ , 3 credits

Course description:

This course will explore the historical development of science and technology in New Zealand, including current challenges. Topics include inventions and inventors, health care, unique technologies, native and invasive species, sea life, earthquakes, hot springs, and volcanic activity in the context of historical Maori and British colonial cultures leading to the present day. 

Other academic focuses will be: 
•The cultural histories and current relationships of New Zealand society
•The relationship of faith with science and technology in New Zealand

• Laboratory Science “D” course
• Mathematics “M” course

• General education: "K" Science, Technology, & Society
• General education: "Z" Cross-cultural Experience
• Elective in the Human Kinetics & Applied Health Science department

Course leaders 
Trey Maddox,
Kenneth Rohly,

Enrollment 30 students (applicant selection will be done by the professors) 
Where: Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Westport, Franz Josef Glacier, and Queenstown

Tentative Dates: Approx. Dates:  January 2- January 27, 2023
Jan 2           Depart MSP
Jan 4-6       Auckland
Jan 7-8       Rotorua
Jan 9-12     Wellington
Jan 13-15   Kaikoura
Jan 16-18   Christchurch
Jan 19-20   Westport
Jan 21-22   Franz Josef
Jan 23-26  Queenstown
Jan 27         Return to MSP
Estimated program fee: $5,700 (excluding tuition*) includes: round-trip airfare from MSP, intra-country transportation, course-related excursions, room, meals, and CISI travel medical insurance. Students are responsible for optional entertainment and transportation expenses, passport, immunizations, telephone, and other personal expenses. 

Students will pay in three separate payments for their interim course starting in the fall semester. Students can also use loans by checking with the financial aid office.

*See policies for more information

• After this date, you will receive notice of your application status (tentative approval, wait list, conditional, etc).
• Non-Bethel students may be considered for course participation after the priority deadline.


PLEASE NOTE: Final acceptance is contingent upon approval from Bethel’s Business Office in the fall. Students with account balances over $2000 in early September will not receive final approval or be allowed to participate in the program.


• Once a course reaches its maximum enrollment students may be placed on a wait list. Students must submit all application materials to be on the course wait list.
• A non-refundable confirmation deposit will not be required until a cancellation occurs and wait list student moves to accepted status. 


• The cost of interim tuition is covered for students who are full-time both fall and spring semesters. Students who are not full-time both semesters will need to pay the appropriate interim tuition costs in addition to the stated program fee.
• Students should review individual course descriptions and consult faculty to know exactly what is and what is not included in the program fee.
• Costs listed in spring promotional material are approximate and are based on a minimum of 15 students per course. Every effort is made to operate the program at the stated price. However, the OIS reserves the right to adjust fees due to dollar devaluation, fuel surcharges and general inflation. Final course costs will be set in September.
• Students will receive a payment schedule for their course in the fall. The program fee will be divided into three payments due September 13, October 11, and November 8. (Students taking out additional loans for their program will not be expected to meet those payment deadlines.)

An accepted student must submit an Intent to Withdraw cancellation form to the study abroad office to avoid further penalty beyond the loss of their $38 application processing charge. Withdrawal forms are available in the Study Abroad Office (CC320A).

Decisions as to whether courses with low enrollment will be offered will be made on or before September 17th. If a course is not offered due to low enrollment students may transfer to another open course or receive a full refund (excluding unrecoverable expenses, if any).

If an accepted student withdraws after considerable payments have been made, they will not only forfeit their $38 application processing charge, but also all unrecoverable costs the University paid on their behalf. After the Priority Deadline, course instructors and/or the study abroad office begin making payments to reserve airfare, room, board, etc. Even if the student has not made additional payments, money may have been spent to hold their position and there may be unrecoverable costs. Depending on the date of cancellation, the entire course fee may be forfeited.

- All travelers must be able to move independently for up to 5 miles per day.

- All travelers must be able to act independently and responsibly with limited supervision.

- All travelers must be available for class activities on any day of the week, including those on evenings and weekends

- All travelers must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months following dates of travel

- All travelers must download the NZeTA app and obtain the travel visa.

- All travelers must obtain the recommended vaccinations/medications according to the Centers for Disease Control website.

- All travelers must be good travel citizens and ambassadors by being respectful, kind, and professional in interactions with various community members and organizations with whom we meet.

- All travelers must be able to fly and travel via trains, boats, trams, and buses
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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.