Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Wellington, New Zealand
- Program Terms: Summer
- Homepage: Click to visit
- Program Sponsor: USAC
The National Expedition and Internship in Wellington is ideal for students studying in one of two tracks of study: Communication & Marketing; Creative Expression and Digital Media; or Disaster Risk & Emergency Management. These unique experiences pair a two-week National Expedition field study (earning 15 Massey credits) with a four-week professional internship placement, also worth 15 Massey credits. By the time this six-week program is finished, you will have earned academic credit, extensively toured both the North and South Islands of New Zealand, learning about the land, people, and culture, and gained hands-on experience relevant to your degree via the professional internship.
Students will spend most of their nights during the National Expedition in YHA Hostels which provides an excellent opportunity to connect with fellow students and other travelers from around the world. Breakfasts will be included during the Expedition but students will be responsible for all other meals. During the internship portion of this program, students are housed in a backpacker-style hostel located in Wellington. Cooking facilities will be available at the hostel and students are responsible for their own meals.
|1USAC Tuition & Housing||See USAC|
|2OIED Program Development Fee||$200|
|Airfare||$1600 - $2200|
|Meals||$300 - $700|
|1Essential Living Expenses||$400 - $800|
|Books and Materials||$0|
|Local Transportation||$70 - $150|
|Visa (for US Citizens)||$0|
|2Appalachian Student Health Insurance||$1110|
|Estimated Total Additional Expenses|
|3Personal Travel and Spending||$300 - $600|
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
USAC offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1000.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
USAC’s partnership with Massey University’s National Expedition and Internship Program allows you to participate in a 2-week focused expedition (field study) throughout New Zealand with the opportunity to explore current issues specific to Communication and Marketing, Creative Expression and Digital Media, or to Disaster Risk and Emergency Management through field visits, case studies, and engagement with local experts. This is followed by a 4-week internship placement that is accompanied by an intensive course of project work, journaling, reflections, and a learning portfolio. Students must be majoring or have an academic focus in Journalism, Media Studies, Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing or Communications for the Communication and Marketing track; Theatre, Screenwriting, Creative Writing, Publishing, Media Studies, or Digital Media for the Creative Expression and Digital Media track, or in Emergency Management, Public Safety, Geography and Planning, Sociology, Health Sciences, or Defense Studies for the Disaster Risk and Emergency Management track, and have completed at least two classes at the 200-level in their major area of study. For more information about course options please visit the USAC Wellington webpage.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.