Program Dates

16 - 30 January 2024 

Application Deadline & Fee

               October 1, 2023; $75                  Application fee is non-refundable.

Program Details


 Students in the College of Health and Public Services (CJ/Law Enforcement, Emergency Services, Forensic Science, Community Health, and Nursing) have an exciting opportunity for a study abroad and international collaboration. We are traveling to Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, New Zealand to study emergency management, natural and man-made disasters, and effects of recent devastating earthquakes. We have room for 20+ students on a first-come-first-serve basis. The course(s) will be a credit-bearing (3 credit-hours) offering. The faculty, staff and other personnel from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch Public Services and various Emergency Management teams will provide instruction along with faculty from UVU.

Program Sites:

  • Christchurch (Canterbury)

Although priority is given to College of Health and Public Services majors, all other majors will be considered.

Anticipated Curriculum

ESMG 489R Special Topics in Emergency Mgmt - Advanced Seminar
(Prerequisite - *University Advanced Standing)


ESMG 445G Human Factors in Emergency Management

(Prerequisite - *University Advanced Standing)


MPS 679R Special Topics in Public Service (Graduate Course)
(Prerequisite - Acceptance into the Masters of Public Services Program)


HLTH 490R Special Topics - Public Health and Disasters

(Prerequisite - *University Advanced Standing)

*University Advanced Standing - 24 credits completed, GPA 2.0 or higher MAT 1030 and ENGL 2010 or equivalent.

Program Requirements*

 Must be 18 years of age at the time of departure

Minimum G.P.A.: 2.0

Physical requirements: Significant amount of walking* and long flight times.

Each international destination has its own Covid-19 rules and it is the traveler's responsibility to find out what is required. UVU will not be responsible for covering the cost of hotel quarantine or COVID testing in foreign destinations. Students may be required to test negative for COVID at their own expense by host countries as a condition for entry.

*Accessibility services vary from country to country. Contact the Office of Education Abroad if you require such services. Students with significant physical or mental health needs should discuss their suitability for study abroad travel with their medical professional, UVU Student Health Services, UVU Accessibility Services, and/or family before making the decision to apply.

Estimated Program Fee*

Fee covers foreign institution costs, in-country transportation, lodging, some meals, some excursions.


*This cost is tentative and based on the current exchange rate and program plans. This cost may be updated due to exchange-rate fluctuations or program changes. Fee may change depending on the number of students that enroll.

Additional Estimated Costs

The student is responsible for these additional costs:

  • UVU Undergraduate tuition: see UVU tuition schedule (may be no extra charge if already taking at least 12 credit hours)
  • Graduate students pay standard graduate tuition rates
  • International Flight (approx $1300-$2000+)
  • Meals not included with housing (approx $200)
  • Discretionary spending (approx $100 - $500 based on personal spending needs)
  • Passport (approx $165)
  • New Zealand NZeTA ($40)

Students over the age of 73 at the time of travel may be required to purchase a supplemental international health and evacuation insurance plan through GeoBlue (approx $200-$500+)

Students should be prepared to pay out-of-pocket for travel disruptions including lost luggage, possible COVID tests or quarantine stays if required by the host country for entry or exit, missed flights, etc.

All students are required to pay a $75 non-refundable application fee .

*UVU study abroad tuition is charged as an additional study abroad fee in your student account. It is separate from the study abroad program fee and regular UVU summer tuition. It is not factored into the "equal payment" calculation of the UVU Tuition Table. Study Abroad students are advised to only take study abroad courses during the block of their study abroad program.


There are some scholarship opportunities that are available from UVU and nationally. These scholarships are competitive and have varying application dates. Please click here for more information.

Financial Aid & Employee Tuition Waivers

Pell Grants and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to the program, based on eligibility. Speak to a Financial Aid Advisor for more information (BA 105). 


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Travel Report

Students are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department’s country information webpage for the most up-to-date information on travel advisories, entry, exit, and visa requirements, safety, security, health, and other important travel factors.