Course Offerings | API Study Abroad
Course Offerings


  • Classes taught in English
  • Top business accreditations (AACSB, EQUIS)
  • One of the world’s best oceanography programs (#1 in 2011)
  • New Zealand’s oldest university


  • 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • Official transcript
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Entry requirements: valid passport

Dates & Fees

Jun 22, 2018 - Jul 14, 2018


Mar 15, 2018
Apr 1, 2018

Course Offerings


Courses in New Zealand are commonly referred to as “papers.” Introductory papers are called 100-level papers; subsequent years or semesters are considered 200 and 300-level papers. 400-level papers are considered at the graduate level. Summer papers are worth 12 points (or approximately 6 ECTS / 3 U.S. semester credits).

Students will enroll in 1 paper during the 3-week summer term for approximately 3 U.S. semester credits. Students can expect to be in classes and on field trips most of the day (except for meal breaks) during the three-week intensive block. Weekends will generally be free, depending on the final field trip schedules. Students will be assigned readings in advance of their coursework to put them on a more level footing with their Kiwi counterparts.

If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Coordinator.


Landscape Development and Environmental Change in South Island, New Zealand (3)

This paper introduces students to the geological and structural development of the Southern Alps, the key drivers of landscape development, the impact of people on the environment and the current state of the environment.

Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on understanding the temporal and spatial dimensions of change and developing an ability to read landscapes and understand the causes and consequences of environmental change.

Lecture topics also include processes of alpine erosion, glaciation and the physical and biological landscapes, the arrival of Polynesian and European peoples to New Zealand, and the agricultural economy of the Waitaki Valley.

Students will traverse the Waitaki Valley and make their way to Aoraki Mount Cook for a three-day field trip. The field study will focus on reviewing the evidence of landscape change spanning geological to human time scales. There are also laboratory sessions during the on-campus period, where students investigate uplift and erosion, study aerial photography and satellite imagery in relation to landscape development, and map cultural change.

Assessment is based on laboratory program (40%), assignments (30%), and a field report (30%).