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.

“Field camp was an incredible experience. During field camp, we chose topics to research for the duration of the semester. I studied lava benches and planezes (geomorphic features) and produced a volvanic reconstruction of Banks Peninsula and an analysis of volcanic growth in Banks Peninsula. The professors are awesome.” - Jessie B. ‘18

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