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New Zealand

Discover Yourself and New Zealand

Deadline to apply:  December 8, 2017,  Click here to apply.

For scholarship information click here.

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Discover Yourself and New Zealand

Deadline to apply:  December 8, 2017,  Click here to apply.

For scholarship information click here.




Explore beautiful New Zealand as you write yourself through Composition 1302 and Physical Geography 1301. In these courses, there will be two main writing approaches. First, we will work to answer the following questions that explore our own American identities: Who am I? How do I define myself? What social issues negatively and positively affect cultural identity? Second, we will look to the cultural and physical elements of New Zealand and explore our own understanding of differences and similarities of identity formation of those living in a developed country. Our writings will work to create bridges to understand identity issues between the two countries.



North and South Islands of New Zealand



June 15 to July 1, 2018


 Professor Melinda Zepeda is an Associate Professor of English and has been teaching composition and literature with the Alamo Colleges for 14 years. She has 20 years of teaching experience at the university and college level. Her education includes doctoral-level courses in cultural studies, with focus on race, class and ethnicity, Chicano/a literature, and gender studies. Her international travel experience includes Argentina, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, England, France, Italy, Mexico, Peru and Switzerland. Professor Zepeda led the New Zealand Study Abroad Program in summer 2017. Professor Zepeda will be the lead faculty for summer 2018.  Contact:  

Professor Philip Rodriguez is an instructor of World Regional Geography and Physical Geography. He has a Masters of Applied Geography from Texas State University at San Marcos. Rodriguez has 33 years of teaching experience in the fields of Earth Sciences and World Regional Geography. He has presented at local, state, regional and national geography conferences. Additionally, he has taken middle school, high school, and college level students on educational trips to Europe. His international travel experience includes Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom. Professor Rodriguez led the New Zealand Study Abroad Program in summer 2017.  Contact:  



 Composition II (ENGL 1302) and Physical Geography (GEOG 1301)


Students are required to take two courses and will earn six hours of credit upon successful completion of the program.


*$6,050 Includes airfare, lodging, in-country transportation, some meals, entrance fees. This does NOT include tuition, passport fees, visa fees, books, materials and spending money. Financial aid is available. Summer Momentum Program may be applied towards tuition if applicable.



December 8, 2017 ....(non-refundable).................... $200 due with application 

Once students are accepted into the program,they will follow the scheduled payments:

December 15, 2017 ....(initial deposit).......................... $500

January 19, 2018 ...................................$1,783

February 9, 2018 ................................ $1,783

March 2, 2018...................................... $1,784

Failure to pay by the scheduled deadlines will result in cancellation of participation in the selected Study Abroad program.



June 15, 2018        Depart USA

June 17, 2018       Arrival Auckland: Welcome dinner/rest

June 18, 2018       Auckland: Exploration day; government facilities, as well as museums in the city.

June 19. 2018       Waitomo Glowworm Grotto Caves, Auckland Domain Park and travel to Rotura

June 20, 2018       Rotorua/Tamaki Maori Cultural Village Tour and cultural Performance

June 21, 2018       National Village Park, Taupo to visit Huka Falls, explore Tawhai Falls

June 22, 2018       Visit the iconic Beehive government building and Te Papa National Museum

June 23, 2018       Marlborough Region Vineyards, Kiwi family BBQ and travel to Abel Tasman National Park

June 24, 2018       Visit Abel Tasman National Park

June 25, 2018       Travel to Fox Glacier, visit historic mining town of Hokitika

June 26, 2018       Explore West Coast Fox Glacier and Lake Matheson

June 27, 2018       Nelson Punakaiki blowholes, 

June 28, 2018       Pancake Rocks, and Buller George

June 29, 2018       Wellington walking tour/exploring Wellington

June 30, 2018       Farewell dinner in Wellington

July 1, 2018          Depart New Zealand to San Antonio, Texas 



A valid passport is required to travel. You can visit for additional information.






Maria Rivera-Midence

(210) 485-0084



*Alamo Colleges has taken considerable care in preparing information and materials for specific Study Abroad programs, but this information is subject to change. Although accurate at the time of publication, extended events could result in changes in dates, itinerary, costs and other aspects of a program. Revised information will be provided as soon as it is made available, and participants should check with the faculty leader or the District Office of International Programs for the most recent information. Alamo Colleges will not be held responsible for unintentional misinformation



Contact Information

Maria Rivera
Alamo Colleges District Office
201 W. Sheridan
Building C, Room 7

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