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New Zealand Earth Systems

The New Zealand Earth Systems Programme (Earth Systems) is an interdisciplinary programme integrating geology, marine and coastal ecology, environmental science, policy,...

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Maori, Science and the Environment

Frontiers Abroad Maori, Science and the Environment summer program focuses on analyzing the Cook Island and New Zealand earth system through Maori and scientific world views....

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Sustainable Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship

Frontiers Abroad Sustainable Economics, Business, and Entrepreneurship program is a unique study abroad program designed specifically for economics, finance, and business...

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Geology of New Zealand

The Geology of New Zealand Program is a unique study abroad program that incorporates a 6-week field camp with a campus semester at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch....

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I am a current Frontiers Abroad student studying...

I am a current Frontiers Abroad student studying at the University of Auckland after an amazing five weeks of field camp! I couldn't be more impressed with Frontiers Abroad. The field camp they organized was beyond anything I anticipated. The amount of stuff that we fit into five weeks was incredible. I learned as much (if not more) in that time than I have in any of my semester long college courses. Dan, Max and Darren are all great, as well as the numerous visiting professors and other assorted experts we spent time with throughout field camp. In my opinion, one of the best things about field camp was how many different topics we covered. Whether your major is Geology, Chemistry, Engineering, etc. etc., the knowledge you gain will be relevant and you'll learn a lot. And it's not all work- we had plenty of time to enjoy snorkeling, hiking and finding swimming spots :)
I would strongly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in any aspect of environmental science. I'm only a few weeks into the actual semester here in Auckland, but I love it so far! Choosing to come to NZ with Frontiers Abroad has been one of the best experiences of my life. If you're considering applying, stop thinking and do it already! You won't regret it.

p.s. I'd be happy to talk to anyone about my experience so far, so feel free to email me any questions!

Program: New Zealand Earth Systems

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Frontiers Abroad was a fantastic experience....

Frontiers Abroad was a fantastic experience. The month-long field camp portion before the start of semester holds so many great memories for me, and gave me the opportunity to really get to know my peers before jumping into University life. Our intelligent, youthful instructors and my fellow abroad-ers made my time in New Zealand unforgettable. I learned so much about NZ indigenous culture and the fascinating natural processes that govern our planet--all in a beautiful foreign country, spending 100% our time in the great outdoors.
The FA field camp provided a seamless transition to a semester at the University. Our FA instructors were there for us in Auckland during the entire semester, not only as teachers, but also as a friendly resource for advice. New Zealand is full of beautiful scenery, an island lifestyle, a rich culture, and many warm, pleasant people. I would recommend FA to anyone interested in Earth Science with a desire to see an incredible country!!!

Program: New Zealand Earth Systems

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Let's face it: You want to go to New Zealand....

Let's face it: You want to go to New Zealand. It's got the most beautiful, diverse, and fascinating natural environment on the planet. It's so different from what you're used to that it will change the way you look at your field of study. Plus the people there have awesome accents, they're super chill, and express approval with words like "Beaut!" and "Cheddah!"

So we've established, unequivocally, that you want to go to New Zealand. Now here's why you want to go with Frontiers Abroad: It is quite possibly the most perfect combination of rigorous academic work and mind-blowing fun/leisure you'll find in an abroad program. Seriously.

First of all, it's hard not to enjoy yourself in New Zealand. Whether you're stationed in Christchurch or Auckland, there are absolutely gorgeous places all around you, ripe for the visiting. (I prefer Auckland, but they're both swell.) The FA crew makes sure you have fun (they're Kiwis and SoCal boys--it's what they were born to do), but they are also brilliant scientists and exceptional thinkers. They're all so easy to get along with, you'll sometimes slander one of their mothers before remembering that's a PhD whose mom you just slammed.

I think the structure of Field Camp followed by a semester at Uni is ideal. It allows you to really get the lay of the land (and see the sights!) before getting into the more theoretical stuff in the classroom. If you haven't done extended field research before, it's a bit taxing--but totally worth it. By the end of it you'll feel like you know the NZ environment better than most Kiwis, which you probably will.

In my experience, despite the relatively large class sizes at Auckland Uni (which I wasn't used to), all of the professors knew Dan and Darren so well and had been so well informed about how the FA program works that I got the same personal attention as I would have in a class of twenty. The British-styled educational system takes some getting used to if you haven't experienced it before, but it definitely has a lot of pros.

I ended up writing my senior thesis on the work I did with FA, and that experience has opened more doors for me since then than I can even count.

You should go. You can live in Europe or South America when you're older.

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I swear Darren and Dan didn't pay me to write this.

Program: New Zealand Earth Systems

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While in New Zealand on this program, I had...

While in New Zealand on this program, I had many of the best experiences of my life. Whether it was snorkeling in the beautiful water off one of the many many beaches or climbing to the top of one of the mountainous volcanoes, I was having a great time with great people and never regretted a minute of it.

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Kia Ora! The Frontiers Abroad ESCAPE program...

Kia Ora!

The Frontiers Abroad ESCAPE program was an amazing opportunity to experience New Zealand and develop my skills as an environmental scientist. The educational experience was impressive - a truly successful combination of course-based materials and the opportunity to apply those skills in exciting field applications. The support of the FA stuff created a truly unforgettable six month experience and the knowledge I gained and the friendships I develop are ensured to stay with me forever.

As Masters of Science candidate in The Pennsylvania State University's Energy and Mineral Engineering program, I am directly applying what I learned during the FA program. My ESCAPE research related to a water quality survey along the Tarawera River in the Bay of Plenty. The Tarawera River flows through three distinct ecosystems: native brush in the upper catchment, plantation forest in the middle catchment, and agricultural fields in the lower catchment. Additionally, the river flows across an area of intense geothermal activity and is used for waste disposal by the Norske Skog Pulp and Paper Plant. Flow from essentially pristine environments to areas of increased anthropogenic land-use offers a great opportunity to understand the changing chemistry of Tarawera waters during the river's course.

I am applying these data collection and analysis skill sets to my current research related to a risk assessment study of long-term geologic carbon sequestration projects. Within the broad concept of Carbon Capture and Storage, carbon dioxide produced at a point source (ex. coal fired power plant) is removed from a burn waste stream, compressed and transported to a site for storage. CCS projects are designed to reduce carbon emissions by capturing carbon before it is otherwise released into the environment. My research is related to the migration of carbon dioxide out of porous, underground formations (ex. sandstone aquifer) and its [carbon dioxide] interaction with groundwater. I am conducting a series of experiments to assess how carbon dioxide will induce pH changes in groundwater and potentially mobilize certain constituents like lead, chromium, arsenic, or cadmium out of the background mineralogy. This mobilization of these elements into groundwater can pose a threat to human and environmental health.

The similarities between my ESCAPE and graduate school research are abundant and it is clear that skills and interests I developed during my Frontiers Abroad semester continue to influence my current development as professional scientist. I appreciate everything the people at Frontiers Abroad offered me and I guarantee that the experiences of any prospective students will be equally beneficial and enjoyable. Feel free to get in touch with me and my best to all FA-ers!

Cheers,

Evan

Program: New Zealand Earth Systems