I really can't say enough how much I loved my time in New Zealand. I met great people, and had some great experiences. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat if I had the chance.

Amanda Williams
Ohio Northern University

Participant in Auckland / Palmerston North / Wellington, New Zealand


New Zealand Study Abroad Programs

  • Capital: Wellington
  • Official Language: English and Maori
  • Currency: New Zealand dollar (NZD)

Conveniently close to Asia, Australia, and the South Pacific, New Zealand itself is truly spectacular: Renowned for its natural resources and breathtaking scenery, the country is also regarded by travelers as particularly safe and welcoming.

From mountains to beaches, New Zealand has it all. 
Photo credit: Joshua Beery

From mountains to beaches, New Zealand has it all.
Photo credit: Joshua Beery

Being located in the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand’s seasons are the reverse of those in the United States. New Zealand’s weather fluctuates; there can be sunshine and rain in the same day. In the summer (Jan-Feb), temperatures range from warm to hot (comfortable for outdoor swimming). Autumn (Mar-May) is typically mild and settled; while winter (Jun-Aug) and spring (Sept– Dec) are cooler, and can be somewhat wet and windy.

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    — Anticipating an extended trip abroad may entail a potluck of emotions and a pile of paperwork that would rather be left alone. Perhaps the anxiety of knowing I will be separated from my dog for too long may be my biggest fear. Nonetheless...

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  • Annalisa Palmer–Getting Ready for Goodbye

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