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Skidmore College
Skidmore in New Zealand

Orientation and Activities

Pre-semester orientation is designed for students to get acquainted with other participants, explore the culture and landscape of New Zealand, and introduce students to academic life at the University. For students participating on the direct enroll program only, this will happen when you arrive in New Zealand. For students on the field & research component, this will happen after field camp but before the campus semester begins. 

In Auckland, students spend three days exploring the greater Auckland area including beaches (learning to surf) and forests while being introduced to the culture and history of New Zealand. 

In Christchurch, students spend three days exploring the greater Christchurch area and Banks Peninsula while being introduced to the culture and history of New Zealand.

Following orientation, students participate in the the University international orientation. The program introduces students to the University and helps transition to life on campus. Students are introduced to campus sports, recreational clubs and ways to explore New Zealand. 

Semester Activities & Excursion roadtrip

Along with our rigorous geology and environmental studies field and research "streams," on-site staff offer bi-weekly yoga, mindfulness and reflection sessions. Combining these opportunities with several weekend hiking, skiing and outdoor trips, our goal is to give you time to focus on your well-being as well as your academics. 

In addition to weekend excursions, there will be one weeklong trip planned for over break. These trips are optional.  The program provides transportation and housing while students will provide their own food. 

Examples of semester excursion for Auckland students:

  • Weekend: Waitomo Caves Marea Stay
  • Weekend: Orewa Surf Adventure
  • Spring Break: 5-day Northland Forest and Beach Camping Trip

Examples of semester excursions for Christchurch students:

  • Weekend: Castle Hills Hiking Trip
  • Weekend:Banks Peninsula Hiking
  • Spring Break: 5-day Northland Forest and Beach Camping Trip