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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand; Matamata, New Zealand; Queenstown, New Zealand; Raglan, New Zealand; Rotorua, New Zealand; Waitomo, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: WKU applicants only
  • Program Cost:: Winter
Program Dates:
Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2020 10/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/05/2020 01/20/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Study Abroad Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: Good Academic Standing with WKU
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Credits: 3 Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: WKU Credit
Class Eligibility: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate Click here for a definition of this term Field of Study: RECREATION
Click here for a definition of this term Program Category: WKU Faculty Led Click here for a definition of this term Faculty/Program Leader(s): Lewis, Clinton, Poff, Raymond
Click here for a definition of this term Colonnade Credit: NO Prerequisites/Special Requirements: No Prerequisites--Open to All Majors, Physical Requirements--See Contract of Acceptance
Program Description:
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On this educational adventure, students will explore the world’s largest industry (leisure/travel) in one of the world’s most amazing places: New Zealand. Prior to departure, students will participate in learning activities and assignments to become familiar with the leisure/travel industry and prepare for the out-of-country program.

New Zealand FLSA

Dr. Raymond Poff -
Mr. Clinton Lewis -


REC 480*/482G: New Zealand: Recreation & Tourism in Middle-earth

*This course is an elective for the Recreation Administration major, a key option in the Tourism minor (REC 480 or REC 493) and an elective in the Facilities and Event minor. There are no prerequisites for the course.

Through in-country experiential learning (and other modes), students will be immersed in the “Recreation, Event, and Tourism industry model.” Course destinations, learning activities, and local experts will help teach content while providing a unique chance to experience, firsthand, the innovative aspects of the New Zealand leisure/travel industry and connect academic knowledge to professional practice.

Planned recreational and tourism activities for this program may include: surfing, sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, ‘blackwater rafting’ and cave exploration, visiting a geothermal site, experiencing Maori cultural tourism, visiting filming locations such as Hobbiton film, behind the scenes tour at WETA Cave, New Zealand national museum, jet boat ride, Milford Sound tour, and hiking.


Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the commercial recreation and tourism industries through course assignments and quizzes.
  • Apply an understanding of the interrelationships of commercial recreation and tourism (as proposed in the “Recreation, event, and tourism industry model”) through course assignments.
  • Develop an understanding of the diversity in New Zealand in terms of culture, natural resources, geography, and leisure/tourism opportunities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the broad array of employment opportunities available in commercial recreation and tourism.
  • Discuss challenges related to providing leisure/travel opportunities while minimizing natural resource and cultural disturbances.
  • Explain the differences and similarities in the leisure/travel opportunities between the USA and New Zealand.

Milford Sound - New Zealand


Program leaders may determine stricter eligibility requirements, but at a minimum, all applicants earning credit in a program would meet these requirements:
  • Current WKU student eligible to register for WKU courses may apply. Students from outside WKU may participate as non-degree seeking students.
  • Good academic standing as defined in the Undergraduate Catalog or Graduate Catalog.
  • For those younger than 18 at time of departure: Must be registered in a WKU course for credit, Must be a part of an established WKU program, and no guarantee of acceptance due to different program design and location.
  • No current disciplinary sanctions as verified by the WKU Office of Student Conduct:
    • Students who become ineligible to attend the program after applying due to disciplinary sanctions will be subject to standard program cost penalty rates. Students are responsible for notifying the SAGL when they become aware of this ineligibility. For eligibility questions pertaining to disciplinary sanctions, students should contact the WKU Office of Student Conduct.
  • Students must complete the Study Abroad & Global Learning application process prior to being registered for this course.
  • Students must possess passport valid for at least six (6) months after return date.
  • Students must complete all pre-departure orientations.
  • Full payment prior to departure is required.
  • Permission of instructor(s) is required.
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