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Students in New Zealand

Students in New Zealand

Study geography all over the world

The Department of Geography offers winter term opportunities in New Zealand and Antarctica. Both programs offer three credit hours for participating students. Planning and registration take place the year prior to departure.

Check out the upcoming options below. You can search for additional options by location, major, and other criteria through the Global Education Office.

Participants in the Antarctic expedition

The VT crew who went to Antarctica

Study in Antarctica

Students enrolled in this two-part fall course will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the Antarctic Peninsula via the gateway city of Ushuaia, Argentina. The six-credit course has a Fall lecture component that prepares students academically and logistically for an expected 10-day excursion to Antarctica over the winter session. While abroad, students work collaboratively on field projects focused on the cryosphere, sustainable tourism, phytoplankton, or sea birds.

Collage of pics from Antarctica

Experience New Zealand

Study resource conservation issues, sustainability, physical and cultural landscapes, and the amazing natural history of New Zealand’s South Island during this three-week, six-credit course led by Virginia Tech faculty and New Zealand-based experts.

Group in a valley of New Zealand

Group of students in a river valley

Collage of images from New Zealand

Collage of imagers from New Zealand

Spend a semester in Scotland at the University of Dundee

Garden party at U of Dundee

Garden party at U of Dundee

Spend a semester at the University of Dundee, an 800-year-old institution in eastern Scotland. Students who spend a semester at the University of Dundee will fulfill the Department of Geography field experience requirement. Additionally, students have an option to  participate in field study classes with excursions to Iceland and Spain. Geography and environmental science courses will easily transfer to meet major elective requirements.

The Dean’s International Study Scholarship provides assistance for students who plan to study overseas. There is one application period for winter/spring programs (October 1 to November 1) and one for summer/fall programs (February 1 to March 1). Global Education Scholarships are also available.