The Geology of New Zealand program begins with a five-week geology field camp that explores the stratigraphy, mountain building, and tectonics of the South Island and the volconology and geothermal geology of the North Island.  Following field camp, students transition to a campus semester at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.

“Frontiers is an excellent program that is improving every year. New Zealand is a fantastic environment for geology students, as it is extremely active, and many diverse geological environments are reasonably accessible. Students have great opportunities to explore more industrial avenues in geology, and gain experience doing research, holding ‘conferences,’ and collaboration on a continuous research project with past and future Frontiers students.” - Molly C. ‘17

Fields of study:

Geology field course, geology, and various university disciplines


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement) Frontiers abroad recommends that students enroll in at least two introductory college geology courses and two upper-level college geology courses prior to participation. The Whitman geology department recommends that students complete GEO 420 Structural Geology plus at least two of the following three courses--GEOL227 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy; GEOL 350 Geomorphology; and GEOL 343 Minerals and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle prior to attending Frontiers Abroad.


Required Courses:
Geology Field Camp (4 credits)

Courses at University of Canterbury
Field-focused Research Methods (4 credits)
One course in Geological Sciences (4 credits)
Two courses of student's choosing (4 credits each)

Credit Conversion:

1 Lafayette credit = 4 Whitman credits


Single room at Ilam Apartment complex and field stations during field methods course.


Students prepare their own meals or purchase their meals at the university or local restaurants 

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


June-November (semester 2), January-June (semester 1)

Program Link:

Frontiers Abroad: Geology of New Zealand