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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand; Christchurch, New Zealand; Dunedin, New Zealand; Mt. Cook, New Zealand; Queenstown, New Zealand; Sydney, Australia; Te Anau, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Faculty-Led
Academic Area:
Agriculture and Life Sciences
Academic College: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Academic Department: Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Sciences
Minimum GPA:
Language of instruction:
Program Leader:
Gerard Kyle
Program Advisor:
Patrick Moore
Open to non-majors:
Classification: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

A&M Australia and New Zealand Natural Resources

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Gerald Kyle
Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences
Dr. Dan Richmond
Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences

Study Abroad Advisor

Patrick Moore

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Winterbreak 2017-18
December 26 - January 15, 2018
New Zealand and Australia

This course uses two distinct contexts to explore issues of sustainability, conservation, and biodiversity. Beginning on the South Island of New Zealand, we explore topics related to sustainable development (sustaining human societies and the natural environment) through educational travel, field trips, active participation, lecture presentations and seminars, and coursework exercises. The goal of the New Zealand Program is integrate different perspectives drawn from the natural, biological, and social sciences to improve understanding of relationships between human societies and the natural environment. Click here to view a student video from the 2016/17 program. In Sydney, the program’s focus moves from the remote natural environments of New Zealand’s South Island to an urbanized, human-influenced context. The Sydney program focuses on urban sustainability in/around the metropolis of Sydney, a city that is home to nearly a quarter of Australia's population. Topics include urban sustainability (including energy use, carbon emissions, and global climate change), conservation of natural resources for human use (tourism/ recreation, agriculture, and preservation), and urban planning (land use and transportation).  

Student Video from 2016-17

All students are required to take a total of 6 credit hours to participate on this program.
  • RENR 400 : Study Abroad in Natural Resources ( 6 cr.)   
  • Open to ALL majors with a 2.5 GPA preferred; minimum 2.0 GPA and instructor approval
  • Completed at least one semester at TAMU at the time of application  
  • Students must attend all Study Abroad program-specific meeting(s)
Estimated Program Fee (subject to change) - billed to University Account $5,400
Lodging and some meals $3,700  
Excursions and Cultural Site Visits $450  
In-Country Transportation $300  
Study Abroad Admin Fee $400  
Misc $220  
Insurance $30  
Faculty Expenses $300  
Estimated Additional Expensese - not included in Program Fee $3,765
Tuition and fees (in-state resident for 17 hours)* Included in Spring tuition & fees  
International Airfare $3,100  
Travel Documents (passport and visa - if needed) $165  
Meals (those not included in Program Fee) $500+  
Textbooks and Supplies Included in Program Fee  
Personal Spending varies  
Total Estimated Cost $9,465+
*Tuition & Fee rates vary depending on course load and residency status.

Additional Information 

Program Courses

Students should meet with their academic advisors to ensure they meet eligibility requirements and that the courses are degree applicable.


Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Programs Office website here: or visit for walk-in advising. 

College Station Students Only: The Scholarships and Financial Aid office offers scholarship programs.  These scholarships are based on merit and/or financial need. For more information and to access the application, visit:

Financial Aid
Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of TAMU study abroad programs. Students can contact the program's respective study abroad advisor (listed above) to obtain a copy of the program-specific Financial Aid Request Form.  Students should schedule a meeting with a financial aid advisor to discuss their award package and disbursement of financial aid as it relates to the courses and the program fee due dates.  Link to the Scholarship & Financial Aid Office:

Program Payment

Please plan accordingly as the Program Fee listed on the brochure will be due in full the terms prior to program departure (e.g. fall and spring for summer programs). The Program Fee is billed by the Study Abroad Programs Office in 3 payments: 
  1. $400 non-refundable Confirmation Payment
  2. $500 Program Deposit
  3. Remaining Program Balance
Note: additional expenses are due the terms prior to program departure (e.g. international airfare and travel documents).  

This program is currently not accepting applications.