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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand; Christchurch, New Zealand; Queenstown, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Area of Study: Art
Faculty-led: Yes
Program Description:

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Made from Mountains: The Landscape & Arts of New Zealand | Faculty-led Program

The most recent Made from Mountains faculty-led program took place in summer 2018. The program was going to be offered in summer 2021 but was cancelled due to COVID-19. This faculty-led program may be offered again in summer 2023 or summer 2024.

The Made from Mountains faculty-led program explores the majestic landscapes of New Zealand, from beaches to alpine passes, while examining how these wild areas so deeply influenced and shaped New Zealand culture. We will travel through the South and North Islands, hike in national parks, cook meals by wild beaches, spend time in Queenstown, the adventure sports capital of the world, explore New Zealand's vibrant cities, and engage with native Maori culture. Along the way, we will be viewing New Zealand art and film, reading New Zealand literature, and exploring how the physical landscape itself so profoundly shaped ideas of what it meant to be from these remote, South Pacific islands. The major topics and themes of this faculty-led program include:
  • New Zealand history, both Maori (13th century to present), and Pakeha (17th-century to present).
  • Maori culture (including what we would now term "art").
  • New Zealand art, from the early 19th century to present.
  • The Treaty of Waitangi (New Zealand's founding document).
  • New Zealand's unique flora and fauna.
  • Basic, foundational knowledge about New Zealand's parliament and laws (including the legal framework of biculturalism).
  • Students' personal and creative response to the experiences of being in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Students need the ability to walk 5-7 miles per day across moderate terrain.

PLEASE NOTE: A valid passport is required for participation in this faculty-led program. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of travel. If you do not have a valid passport, you can apply for a passport on campus at WSU through the Study Abroad office.

21-26 days in May-June

  • Christchurch
  • Mt. Cook
  • Queenstown
  • Arthur's Pass
  • Wellington
  • Rotorua
  • Auckland

ART 313 (3 credits)
  • Counts for GEP Goal areas 6B and 8

  • Art and Design students
  • Open to all students

  • The typical cost range for this program is between $5,200 - $6,000 depending on enrollment min/max. 
  • The program cost includes: WSU tuition/fees for 3 credits for ART 313, roundtrip airfare, transportation throughout the duration of the program, most meals, all lodging, admission & event fees for group educational experiences, New Zealand eTA visa, international health insurance for the duration of the time in New Zealand, and the Study Abroad Administrative Fee. 
  • The $500 deposit required as part of the program application is applied toward the final program cost. 

Dr. Adrian Barr (

Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.