Summer Study Tour and Internship
Hawke's Bay and Palmerston North, New Zealand
This program is offered through Illinois' partnership with Massey University.
Learn through exploration. Learn by doing. Learn from international leaders in the field. By the time they’ve finished the six week summer national study tour program, students will have extensively toured both the North and South Islands of New Zealand, gained hands-on professional experience relevant to their degree, and earned credit that can be transferred back to UIUC.
Massey's summer National Study Tour kicks off by introducing students to New Zealand and exposing them to the country’s dynamic human and geographic terrain. They’ll walk on a glacier that terminates in temperate rainforest, debate the pros and cons of being the world’s largest dairy producer, and gain understanding of how agricultural and environmental issues shape the everyday lives of Kiwis. Throughout the study tour, students will benefit from on-the-ground expertise provided by Massey’s academic staff and will be prepared to launch into their internships.
More information can be found on Massey's website by CLICKING HERE.
- 2.75 GPA minimum
- Sophomore or above
- Good Academic Standing
- No foreign language requirement for this program
- Passport valid for 6 months after program dates and with at least two blank visa pages
- Visa may be required.
Students must have all courses pre-approved for Illinois credit through the their home college office. Information on the course approval process and a link for the pre-approval database which contains all courses with existing UIUC course equivalents can be found at https://academics.aces.illinois.edu/study-abroad/academic-information.
Students can earn up to 4 credits for an internship (ACES 293) and 4 credits for the "Special Topic: National Expedition" tour course (ACES 298).
All classes in this program will be taught in English.
LAS 291/292 Orientation Course
All accepted students must participate in various orientation meetings and enroll in an 8-week Global Perspectives orientation course: LAS 291. Students are also required to participate in an online Global Perspectives course, LAS 292, which spans the duration of their program and follows up after they return. Some assignments and materials may be due post return. Students earn 1 UIUC credit hour for their successful completion of LAS 291 + 292.
All credit you earn on this program will count as Illinois credit on your Illinois transcript based on the following conversion.
The study tour will end in the Hawke’s Bay, where students will begin their 4 week internship. Part of the application process will involve matching the students’ skills and experiences with the range of opportunities available within the Hawke's Bay region. Internships within family farms, agribusinesses, non-profit environmental organizations, wildlife sanctuaries, and wineries are all possibilities.
The internship involves a 120-160 hour placement and associated project work. Assessment of the 150 learning hours is based on projects (30%), journal and reflections (40%), and a learning portfolio (30%). Students who successfully complete the internship will be able to:
- Demonstrate personal organization and self-motivation by undertaking employment in an agrifood/wildlife management organisation.
- Describe the characteristics of complex problems and apply systems thinking tools and techniques to analyze the nature and context of NZ agrifood, environmental, or wildlife sectors.
- Design an investigative approach to enhance understanding about the purposes and values of the organization in which they are working.
- Analyze, through reflective practice, organizational problems or issues with a view to identifying actions that could lead to improvement in the workplace or context.
- Critically evaluate their experience and present the outcomes of their learning in a format that could be made available to an employer or industry representative.Over the final weekend of the placement, the students will be transported to Massey University’s Manawatu campus in the student city of Palmerston North. They will be housed on campus and spend their last few days wrapping up the academic portion of their internship, reflecting on their experiences, and celebrating their time in New Zealand. This customized study abroad experience is tailored for students studying agriculture, agribusiness, environmental science, and wildlife management.
Most of your nights will be spent in YHA Hostels. New Zealand has an excellent system of hostels.
For the costs associated with this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets” and click on the term during which you want to participate.
Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The applicable amount depends on your financial aid package. For information, please visit https://www.osfa.illinois.edu/process/study-abroad or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Withdraw, Cancellation and Refund Policy
HOW TO APPLY
There is a two-step application process:
Phase 1: The University of Illinois Study Abroad Office Application:
- Click the Apply Now button at the top-right of this page to apply. You may only apply to one program per term. Log in with your UIUC netid and password. Once you start the application you will be charged a non-refundable application fee.
- Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below.
Online materials are due by 11:59 pm (CST) on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 pm (CST) the following business day.
After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program. Application decisions are released two to three weeks after each deadline.
Phase 2: Host University Application
- If you are accepted to participate in this program, you will work with the ACES Study Abroad Office Advisor(s) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
- Once formally accepted by the host university, you will then work with the Study Abroad Advisor at the host university to coordinate all aspects of your stay such as course registration, lodging, and arrival information.
ACES Study Abroad
123 Mumford Hall
1301 West Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380
Walk-in Advising Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-4pm and Wednesdays 9:30-11:30am
Otherwise by appointment; to schedule an appointment please email Oliver Ferguson (email@example.com) or Jessa Barnard (firstname.lastname@example.org)