Natural Resources and the Environment: This embedded course that will travel to New Zealand during winter break 2018/2019.

Course Name

ERM 499B: Natural Resources and the Environment in New Zealand, College of Agricultural Sciences

About the Course

ERM 499B is an "embedded" course, meaning that a travel component has been "embedded into the course curriculum. This course focuses on natural resources, climate and sustainability. Students will also cover other topics including soil, water, entomology, plate tectonics and topography. The course will also cover other agricultural topics including bee keeping, oenology and Maori culture. All Penn State students are welcome to participate.

Students will complete 1 credit of the course in fall semester 2018 where professors at Penn State, that are experts in these areas, will guest lecture to prepare students for their learning that will take place in New Zealand. While in-country students will explore the culture of New Zealand, and study at Lincoln University in New Zealand. The time at Lincoln University lectures and other assignments in spring semester 2019 for 2 credits.

About travel to New Zealand

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New Zealand is an island located in the Pacific Ocean, not far off the coast of Australia. It is home of the beautiful Southern Alps, and Pacific Ocean coastal region. English is the official language of New Zealand easing the travel abroad experience, especially for first time students.

Travel will take place over winter break December 26 through January 6th. The trip will begin with time exploring the city of Christchurch taking time to become acclimated to the area. Highlights of the trip include visiting Queenstown the adventure capital of New Zealand, Rakia Gorge, and Franz Josef glacier that is receding in New Zealand. Lincoln University has an agriculture school where there professors will share their expertise and also conduct a University farm visit. A special trip to Port Lyttleton is schedule for New Year's Eve!

Why Should I Participate?

Students will earn a Communications Selection for the ERM major, INTAG minor course, experience with international travel, and learn about New Zealand Natural Resources, the course is also designated as an IL on the degree audit. The time at Lincoln University, including lectures and assignments upon return will total an earned 2 credits. The fall 2018 course is worth 1 credit.

If you're new to international travel, New Zealand is a great place to experience another culture, while learning about something within your area of study. This trip has an adventure and learning topic for everyone, ERM majors and beyond. Lincoln University will provide excellent resources, and the scenery is second to none. Students will have a chance to decide on some group choice adventures along with free time activities decided by the group or individual including everything from landscape exploration, rafting to glow worm caves.

How do I sign up?

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Interested students should email Tammy Shannon, Academic Advising Coordinator and Course Instructor, Environmental Resource Management at:

Cost and Payment Deadlines

TENTATIVE Estimated Cost (based on 18 students): $5,900

  • Airfare: $2,800
  • Trip: $3,100

This cost includes: the travel to and from the island, around the island, accommodations and most meals. The final total cost is dependent on amount of students signed up, airfare costs, etc. Students will need approximately $250 in spending money to cover the cost of extra meals and possible excursions. More specifics regarding the cost will be available closed to the application deadline.

Payment Schedule

  1. Deposit Deadline: End of April, 2018 $2,800

  2. Final Payment: Early September, 2018 $3,100


  • Students from all colleges and majors at Penn State University are eligible to enroll.
  • Students must be 18 years of age at the time of travel.

  • Student participants must present a valid passport. Students who do not present a passport will not be permitted to travel.

  • Student participants must have the ability to travel internationally. Accommodations for special circumstances will be made whenever possible.

  • All payments must be made on time. Students who do not meet the deadlines will not be permitted to travel.

More Information

Tammy Shannon:

Ag Sciences Global


106 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802

Ag Sciences Global


106 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802