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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand; Palmerston North, New Zealand; Rotorua, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Cornell, Jodi Program Director: Timms, Leo, Wiedenhoeft, Mary
Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging Cumulative GPA: 2
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: English
Sponsor: Iowa State ISU Course: AGRON 496, AN S 496
Program Description:


Cattle in NZ


Program Description: Through visits to farms, industry, and cultural sites, students will study the agricultural systems and exportation market economy of New Zealand, while gaining an appreciation of the history, culture, and geography of the country and its people. Students will explore the animal (dairy, beef, sheep, and goat), crop (pasture and row crop), and horticultural (apple, blueberry, grape, and kiwi fruit) industries, visit with ag researchers, gain an introduction to bio-security issues, and have the chance to visit an ecological reserve, a Maori cultural area, glow worm caves, geothermal fields, and many other exciting sites.

Waterfall in NZ

Tentative Travel Itinerary

Fri, Nov 11   Depart Des Moines

Sun, Nov 13 Arrive in Auckland, Raglan Beach

Mon, Nov 14 Visit dairy farms; DairyNZ, extension and research in Waikato region

Tues, Nov 15 Visit with Pioneer and Ag Research in Waikato region

Wed, Nov 16 Visit veterinarian, fruit production in Waikato region

Thurs, Nov 17 Visit kiwi, apple, and avocado farms in Bay of Plenty

Fri, Nov 18 Visit beef and dairy sheep farms, natural history with nature hike  

Sat, Nov 19 Visit Rotorua, Maori cultural area, visit geothermal fields

Sun, Nov 20 Visit Lake Taupo

Mon, Nov 21 Massey Univ. – research/education; Fonterra in Palmerston North

Tues, Nov 22 Ag Research, sheep and beef farm, wind farm
Wed, Nov 23 Hawkes Bay, apple and grape production, art deco 

Thurs, Nov 24 Wellington, capital, policy, cultural 

Fri, Nov 25 Travel to Hamilton, natural history with nature walk 
Sat, Nov 24 Tour Auckland Harbour, travel to Des Moines

Agronomy, Animal Science: Agron 496, An Sci 496 (3 credits)

Program Directors:  Dr. Timms , Dr. Wiedenhoeft

Program Fee :: $4000 which includes round-trip airfare, on-site transportation, housing, entrance fees, CISI health and emergency insurance, and service providers.
Other Fees - 1) $10 program application fee to the Ag Study Abroad office; 2) $105 study abroad administrative fee charged by Study Abroad Center.

Out of Pocket Personal Cost - 1) passport which costs $135 if you don't already have one;  2) immunizations (varies with your insurance coverage and what you may need, there are no requirements for New Zealand). 3) Incidentals: such as some meals, snacks, souvenirs, etc., generally recommended $100/per week in country - depending on spending habits.

Program fee and the $105 administrative fee will be applied directly to students' Ubill for Fall Semester.

If you are a first time traveler in the CALS and need a passport, contact Jodi at , to find out how you can get the cost of your passport reimbursed.

“Please note that participation on some travel courses require you will be gone from campus for some school days. The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences tries to minimize the number of days missed for this purpose, but in some events, the inflexibility of the travel schedule prevents us from working completely within our breaks. Should you choose to enroll in a travel course that requires missing some class(es) on campus, you will need to contact your instructor directly to inquire whether or not arrangements can be made to make up this class work and/or exams.  The CALS Study Abroad office can provide you with a letter explaining the dates of the trip.  However, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor to determine the potential impact on your grade before signing up for a Study Abroad program.  The instructor is responsible for determining the impact of any absence from class.”

NZ scenery and students

Vineyard in NZ

This program is currently not accepting applications.