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.

Fields of study:

Geology field course, Geology, and various university disciplines


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement)

Semesters Offered:



January - June


Required Courses:
Geology Field Camp (4 credits)

Courses at University of Canterbury
Geologic Field Research Methods and Independent Study (4 credits)
One course in Geological Sciences (3-4 credits)
Two courses of student's choosing (3-4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 Lafayette credit = 4 Whitman credits


Single room at Ilam Apartment complex or a single room in the FA House and field stations during field methods course.


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

Program Link:

Frontiers Abroad: Geology of New Zealand