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Hawke's Bay Courses – 2020 Agriculture & Environment: Jun – Jul

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Academic Structure

USAC’s partnership with Massey University’s National Expedition and Internship Program allows you to participate in a 2-week focused "expedition" throughout New Zealand with the opportunity to explore current issues specific to Agirculture and Environment through field visits, case studies, and engagement with local experts. This is followed by a 4-week internship placement that is accompanied by an intensive course of project work, journaling, reflections, and a learning portfolio. Students must be majoring in Agribusiness, Agriculture, Environmental Science, or Wildlife Management and complete both portions of the program.


You will enroll in two courses, each worth 15 Massey credits (approx. 3-4 US semester credits). Courses are subject to minor changes resulting from on-going curricular review, faculty assignments, and program revisions.

  • National Expedition Field Study: New Zealand Agriculture and Environment (15 Massey credits)
  • New Zealand Internship Experience (15 Massey credits)

National Expedition Field Study: Agriculture and Environment

Massey's' National Expedition Field Study takes place during the first two weeks of the program and provides students with the opportunity to explore current agricultural, environmental, conservation, and wildlife management issues while extensively traveling through the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Through field visits, case studies, and engagement with local experts, you will gain an understanding of the intricate relationships between agricultural and environmental issues in New Zealand, and how these issues shape the everyday lives of Kiwis and the country as a whole. Throughout the expedition, you will benefit from on-the-ground expertise and guidance provided by Massey staff and will experience the laid-back and unique New Zealand culture, try new foods, and see parts of the country only open to locals.

The field study course consists of 150 learning hours and students will explore topics such as:

  • Environmental implications of high country farming
  • Eco and adventure tourism industries
  • Impact of climate change on glaciers
  • Viticulture and intensive farming
  • Governance of agriculture and the Primary sector in New Zealand
  • Flora and fauna of the volcanic region
  • Maori culture and mythology
  • Genetics and livestock improvement
  • Environmental factors of the dairy industry
  • Geothermal energy and natural hot pools

Assessment of the field study course is done on an ongoing basis through group discussions, activities, and online written assignments.

New Zealand Internship Experience

The final 4-week portion of this program involves a 120-160 hour internship placement that is accompanied by an intensive course of project work, journaling, reflections, and a learning portfolio. All students are guaranteed an internship placement within the Hawke's Bay region. Internships within family farms, agribusinesses, non-profit environmental organizations, wildlife sanctuaries, regional land management authorities, governmental departments, and wineries are all possibilities. Placement is based on a match between student skills and experiences and the needs of the internship provider.

Sample placements include organizations such as:

  • Arataki Honey
  • Hawke's Bay Tourism
  • New Zealand Game Birds
  • Department of Conservation
  • Hohepa Hawke's Bay
  • Pipfruit New Zealand
  • Food Hawke's Bay
  • Lawsons Organic Farms
  • Showgrounds Hawke's Bay
  • Havelock North Fruit Company Ltd
  • Napier City Council
  • Sileni Estates
  • Hawke's Bay Regional Council

Over the final days of the internship course students will live in on-campus accommodation at Massey University's Manawatu campus in Palmerston North. There, students will have the opportunity to complete their academic work, share their internship presentations, and reflect on their experiences in New Zealand.

Course Descriptions

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Quick Details

2021 App. Cycle

Agriculture & Environment

Summer: Opens 9/1


Minimum GPA: 2.75

Minimum class standing: Sophomore

Completed at least two courses at the 200-level in a related major

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Program Capacity

15 students



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