New Zealand

This study abroad program is intended to give students experience and exposure to the culture and business environment in New Zealand. The program will visit two areas of New Zealand; the city of Auckland on the North Island, and Queenstown on the South Island. The program will be a mixture of classroom lectures at the University of Auckland, executive speakers from businesses in Asia Pacific, visits to businesses, outdoor adventure activities, and excursions to cultural sites on the islands.

We will fly into Auckland and spend 10 days there, then fly to Queenstown on the South island for 4 days.  We will return to Auckland and fly back to the U.S. from there. It will be summer in New Zealand, but it could be cool in the mountains. Throughout the trip, the group will be visiting businesses and meeting with business leaders to learn how they operate in New Zealand and their leadership style. We will also visit important cultural and ecological sites on the journey.

We will take an overnight cruise to the beautiful Bay of Islands near Auckland, which includes swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking.  We will also enjoy a boat ride and gondola ride in Queenstown. The itinerary includes time for optional canyoning, zip-lining, bungee jumping, hang gliding, sky diving, and other less extreme activities such as visits to the Glow Worm caves or to Hobbiton.

The island nation of New Zealand is known for adventure and eco-tourism, and has gained more fame recently as the location for filming of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy movies. With lots of seacoast and mountains, the natural beauty of the two islands is amazing in this English-speaking country with a heritage similar to the US.

The program has the following components:

  • Business visits to learn about business functions
  • Executive business speakers to learn about leadership philosophies and business styles in New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region
  • Cultural visits to areas of interest in New Zealand
  • New Zealand history, geography, and economics

Undergraduates will receive credit for MGT 3954 and graduate students for MGT 5954 Study Abroad. This course can also be substituted for the Area 7 requirement. These credits count as elective credits and help to complete the requirements of Pamplin’s International Business Minor.

Students must keep a journal and record their observations on cultural differences between New Zealand and the US. Students must write a 5-page reflection paper on their experiences after the trip. Participation in all activities of the program is required.

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Cost Summary (estimated)

 

 

Pre-trip Personal Costs:

In-State

 Out-of-State

VT GEO Application fee

$50

$50

VT GEO Participation fee

$50

$50

Passport

$145

$145

 

$245

$245

 

 

 

Pamplin billing:

$6,500

$6,500

Airfare

Included

Included

Lodging

Included

Included

Books and materials

Included

Included

Required Group Travel

Included

Included

Medical Insurance

Included

Included

 

 

 

VT tuition & fees-estimated based on 2018 rates

$1,206

$2,998

 

 

 

Funds required during program:

 

 

Personal Expenses

$100

$100

Meals not provided

$400

$400

 

 

 

Total Estimated Costs

$8,451

$10,243

Note: Virginia Tech reserves the right to make cancellations, date and cost adjustments, and other necessary changes in the program. Prices may change due to global economic conditions.

Financial Aid and Scholarships:  Your financial aid eligibility can apply to this program. You must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the University Financial Aid Office.  In addition, you must submit the study abroad cost documentation form to the Global Education Office at the International Afffairs building, 526 Prices Fork Road, room 131.  The form can be found on the Global Education Financial Aid page.

Due to prepayment on items such as air and lodging, billing may not be in sync with financial aid payouts. Please be prepared to pay costs in advance, and be reimbursed with any payouts later.

There are up to 20 seats available for the program.  The application deadline is October 1, 2019. 

ELIGIBILITY

  • Freshmen through Seniors, and Graduate Students
  • Minimum GPA: 2.3 (We will use mid-term grades for freshmen to determine eligibility).
  • Non-business students and graduate students are also welcome to participate, and will receive 3 credits.
  • Priority is given to business students.