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  • Locations: Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Restrictions: UNCW applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Language of Instruction: English Program Type: Study Abroad
Provider: Direct Partner Field of Study: Geography, Politics, Public Health, Public Relations, Sociology, Urban Design
Minimum GPA: 2.75 High Impact Experiences: Internship
Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Advisor: Katrena Henderson
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Disaster Risk and Emergency Management with Internship

Program Description

Program Overview
Travel through some of the planet’s most spectacular scenery, immerse yourself in Kiwi culture, and see parts of New Zealand open only to locals, all while earning university credit over your summer break. The National Expedition and Internship will take you across the North and South Islands and place you in an internship where you’ll work on real world problems relevant to your degree.

The six week study abroad program includes a two week national expedition throughout New Zealand starting in May or June followed by a four week internship.

Disaster Risk and Emergency Management with Internship
You’ll explore New Zealand’s varied hazardscape, debate the pros and cons of the world’s responses to significant hazards and emergencies, and work with local experts and community groups to understand the context, consequences, and management of risks. You will gain an understanding of the intricate relationships between risks, risk reduction/mitigation, resilience, readiness, response, and recovery.


  • Degree-seeking student
  • At least sophomore standing at time of participation
  • Good judicial standing
  • 2.75+ GPA at time of application
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation

Academic Details

Each National Expedition and Internship track has a unique focus, with various dates and itineraries. However, the fees and basic entry requirements are the same for all tracks. Explore New Zealand scholarships are available for each track. 

The Disaster Risk and Emergency Management program is designed for Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Public Safety, Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Public Policy, Sociology, Geography, and Health Sciences majors. Students can potentially earn credit for both the expedition and internship portions of the program. Please make an appointment with the education abroad advisor for New Zealand to discuss this program and the credit transfer process.   

Financial Details

Program Cost
This program is available as Study Abroad. This means you pay a program fee to Massey University, which includes accommodations, program tuition, and costs for course related field trips.
There will be additional costs for meals, international airfare, passport, health insurance, and local transportation. Please meet with the education abroad advisor for New Zealand to discuss your program budget. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding. 

UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at

Next Steps and More Information

This program is currently not accepting applications.