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New Zealand

Discover Yourself and New Zealand

Deadline to Apply: November 18, 2016 Click here to apply.

For scholarship information click here.

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Discover Yourself and New Zealand

Deadline to Apply: November 18, 2016 Click here to apply.

For scholarship information click here.




What better way to explore American identity than to remove one's self from those surroundings? Distance leads perspective, and for writers, new experiences oftentimes provide opportunities to reevaluate what was previously "known". Allowing students to explore their own (United States) to a new one (New Zealand) will serve to encourage their understanding of identity, in the framework of their writing. Composition 1302 will explore our own definitions of identity through a comparison study that includes issues such as gender identity, influences of food and nutrition, and definitions of beauty. For Physical Geography 1301, the best way to understand the importance of the interrelationships between humans and physical systems is to experience it first-hand. The students will have the opportunity of applying geographic thought as they live the culture of the people and study the landforms of this beautiful country. They will accomplish their studies through observations, people-to-people contact, and first-hand experiences.



North and South Islands of New Zealand



June 8 to 22, 2018


 Professor Melinda Zepeda, Associate Professor of English, 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 traveling with an educational tour to England, France, Italy, and Switzerland. Other international travel includes travel to Argentina, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Peru.  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. 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.


*$5,400 Includes airfare, lodging, in-country transportation, some meals, entrance fees. This does NOT include tuition, passport fees, visa fees, books, materials and spending money. Final payments are due March 28, 2016. Financial aid is available.



November 18, 2017 ......................... $200 due with application (non-refundable fee)

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

December 2, 2017 .............................. $500 initial deposit

January 20, 2018 ...................................$1,567

February 10, 2018 ................................ $1,567

March 10, 2018...................................... $1,566

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



June 8        Depart USA

June 10     Arrival Queenstown: Welcome dinner/rest

June 11     Milford Sound Fjordland, Milford Sound, Mitre Peak and Lake Te'Anau

June 12     Queenstown Walking tour/exploring Queenstown

June 13     Fox Glacier Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka, Knight's Point and Thunder Creek Falls

June 14     Hokitika Walking tour/exploring Fox Glacier

June 15     Nelson Punakaiki blowholes, pancake rocks, and Buller Gorge 

June 16     A. Tasman National Park Cruise, Kaiteritieri Beach, Kiwi family dinner

June 17     Wellington Picton seaside town and ferry across Cook Strait to North Island

June 18     Wellington Walking tour/exploring Wellington

June 19     Rotorua Lake Taupo and Tongariro NP-- UNESCO site

June 20     Rotorua/Kiwi Wildlife Park Government Gardens, Kiwi hatchery and Maori Cultural Tour

June 21     Auckland Waitomo Caves, Glowworm Grotto, Domain Park, farewell dinner

June 22     Depart New Zealand 



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



Students receiving a Pell grant are eligible for the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship. If awarded, students may receive up to $5,000. Learn more at




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