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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.75
Program Features: Academic Program, Internship Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Program Housing
Departmental Approval: American Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dance, English, Environmental Studies and Sciences, Geosciences, Health & Exercise Sciences, History, International Affairs, Mathematics, Media & Film Studies
Program Description:

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Skidmore in New Zealand is a semester long program that allows students to direct enroll in at the University of Canterbury. In addition to taking classes at the university, students can choose to focus their semester with one of two field & research tracks. All field & research tracks will begin with a  5-week field camp experience leading up to the university semester. These students will also take a research methods course based upon data collected in field camp. 
  • University of Canterbury (2.75 GPA)
    • New Zealand Earth Systems track 
    • Geology of New Zealand
Skidmore in New Zealand is run in partnership with Frontiers Abroad, is a mission-driven educational organization that provides distinct science-focused academic opportunities through field curricula and study abroad opportunities for US students in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.


University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
Christchurch brings a mix of old and new. This South Island city, once known for its neo-gothic architecture and gardens, is charged with the energy of change and re-growth after the earthquakes of 2011. Amongst the historic buildings that are still standing, you’ll find pop-up shops and “food forests”. Located adjacent to the Port Hills (rock climbing and mountain biking) and the beach (surfing) and close to the t Southern Alps - Christchurch is a NZ adventure capital!

The University of Canterbury has a student body of just under 15,000 students. university with 50 departments accessible by study abroad students. Students not taking the Field & Research component will enroll in 5 classes at the University

Choosing the right track for you

Direct Enroll only – This track allows students to choose the courses that best fit their academic needs and interests. Both universities are much larger than Skidmore and good for an independent student.

Field & Research – This track of Skidmore in New Zealand is designed for students that want to take their learning outside of the classroom. It is a mostly set curriculum that includes a five-week field camp before the campus semester starts. The field camp can be physically and academically rigorous at times and the data you collect will help shape your research when you start your semester at the university.
  • Earth Systems track: An emphasis is placed on learning biological (marine and terrestrial) and environmental science field techniques. In addition, the program explores how both indigenous knowledge and western science are utilized to manage New Zealand’s natural resources.
  • Geology of New Zealand track: The Geology of New Zealand Program is designed specifically for Geology majors and consists of the field camp, coupled with a semester of study at the University of Canterbury. The field camp curriculum explores the stratigraphy, mountain building, and tectonics of the South Island, and the volcanology and geothermal geology of the North Island.

Unique Characteristics of Skidmore in New Zealand

  • Direct enrollment in New Zealand university classes
  • Broad range of curricular choices
  • STEM focused curriculum
  • Research & Internship opportunities
  • Field camp experience


In either location, Students will live in university apartments with local students and other international students. You can read more about housing here:

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 10/01/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.