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  • Locations: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: Agribusiness, Agronomy, Animal Science, Environmental Studies, Food Science & Technology, Forestry, Natural Resources Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel, Residence Hall
Language of Instruction: English Number of Credits: 3 Credit Hours
Courses Offered: AGRI310 Course Credit: UNL Credit
UNL Sponsor(s): Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Experience Type: study abroad
Program Type: Faculty-Led Program Leader(s) or Contact(s): Steve Jones, Thomas Burkey
Academic Level: 01 - Freshman, 02 - Sophomore, 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior, 05 - Graduate or Professional Student, Visiting Student UNL Faculty-Led - Offered in academic year(s): 2015-2016, 2017-2018
Program Description:


Program Highlights

  • Gain knowledge of the agricultural industry in New Zealand and various commodities they export and New Zealand’s role in the global agricultural market.
  • Discover how current issues such as energy, climate change, global economic policies and environmental issues impact New Zealand and learn how the country is dealing with them.
  • Experience New Zealand and all it has to offer from traditional cuisine, historical monuments and native culture.
  • Visit sites such as the Port of Lyttelton, the Botanical Gardens of Christchurch, Unique Geological features of New Zealand such as:  glaciers, fjords, extinct volcanoes, and many other features of the diverse land.


Course of Study

The three week program which will be planned for the Winter Break of 2017 & 2018 will allow participants an exclusive look and first hand experience of the agriculture on the South Island.  The program will also allow participants to observe cultural sites and varying landscapes. As part of the program participants will be asked to write a paper on a topic specific to New Zealand that will include aspects such as history, geology, agriculture, environment and culture. Also Participants will need to keep an electric journal, which will detail the different experiences and field trips while in New Zealand that will includes wine tasting, farmer entrepreneurship, and visit to dairy farms.

Course Credit

You can register for AGRI 310, 3 Cr: Study tours in International Agriculture in Spring 2018. This course will fulfill the ACE 9 requirement (Global Awareness and Human Diversity). The study tour can also fulfill the experiential learning experience requirement in Animal Science (ASCI 395 A). Credit in other international courses can be arranged through Dr. Steve Jones. Graduate credit can be obtained only by previous arrangement with the Graduate College.



This program is open to undergraduate and graduate UNL students in good academic standing (GPA: 2.25 or above) and presently not on probation.

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Steven J. Jones is a professor of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Jones teaches courses on animal products and growth biology. His research focuses on improving muscle growth in meat animals. He lived several years in New Zealand and previously led study groups to both New Zealand and Australia.

Office: A213 ANSC
Work Phone: (402)472-5566

Dr. Tom Burkey is an Associate Professor of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Burkey teaches graduate courses on veterinary nutrition (as part of the UNL/ISU Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine) and protein/amino acid nutrition. Dr. Burkey's research focuses on interactions between nutrition, gut microbes and animal health in monogastric animals.

Office: C206F ANSC
Work Phone: (402)472-6423

Tommi Foy Jones is a Research Lab Manager and Distance Education Assistant in the Animal Science Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is married to Dr. Steve Jones and has been an advisor on the New Zealand Study Abroad Trip since 2011.

Office: A204 ANSC
Work Phone: (402)472-6459

Accommodations and Other Arrangements

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: Students will fly together as a group to and from Los Angeles CA to New Zealand.

LODGING in COUNTRY: For the majority of the program, participants will be staying in single rooms in dormitory housing on the campus of Lincoln University. The rooms are provided with linens and towels (although you might want to bring a big beach towel). There are communal laundry and TV areas. The recreation center and the pool are also open to UNL students at no additional charge. The computer center is a short walk from the dorms. The dormitory is close to the dining hall. When traveling away from Lincoln University on overnight trips, students will be housed in motels or youth hostels with anywhere from 2-6 per room.

MEALS in COUNTRY: The majority of their meals (75%) will be covered in the program fee. There will be a few meals that students will be asked to cover when we are away from the University.

TRANSPORTATION in COUNTRY: The majority of local transportation will be by motor coaches.

ACCESS to LAUNDRY FACILITIES:While at the University, students will have access to laundry facilities, and some also there will be laundry facilities will be available at the accommodations away from the university. dorms.

COMMUNICATION & CONNECTIVITY: Students will have unlimited access to Wi-Fi at Lincoln University and some of the lodgings away from the University. However, there will be a cost associated with this service in some places.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED for TRAVEL: All U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to participate ion the program. Non-U.S. citizens need to research entry requirements specific to the country of destination at the time of applying to the program. Deadline to upload passport to MyWorld: September 15, 2017. No visas are required for U.S. citizens to enter New Zealand.

HEALTH AND MOBILITY: Students are expected to walk through sometimes rugged and uneven terrain. While it is technically summer in New Zealand during the program dates, the average temperature will only become slightly higher than 70 F. Meanwhile, the overnight low temperature can still be crisp so a light jacket is advised. Students should also bring a raincoat or umbrella as there is a high chance of rain this time of year.


See the budget sheet (COMING SOON) and the Fund your Experience page on the Education Abroad website.


To assure your place on the program you will need to deposit $500 after your application is approved. This deposit is refundable and is strictly a placeholder before the final deposit. A final deposit will be requested to pay for the ticket for the international airline flight, the date is to be determined. The deposits will be applied to the final program cost balance. If a participant withdraws from the program after the final deposit, the participant will be responsible for any irrecoverable costs associated with the program at the time of withdrawal. The final program cost balance will appear on the participant's MyRED student account in Spring 2018.

**If you do not make payments at the specified times (presented later), you will be moved to the waiting list and another student will fill your spot. The total number of student places on the tour is forty.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.

Additional Resources

Below you will find links to resources for travel, health, and safety:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

US Department of State

New Zealand Travel Guide

*UNL Education Abroad does not officially endorse, administer, or monitor the content of these links.


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.