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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Intersession
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
  • PROGRAM COST: Intersession
  • To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Intersession 2018 05/31/2017
Rolling Admission 01/05/2018 01/25/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
GPA: good academic standing Disciplines offered: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, Undergraduate
Class Standing: Class of 2020 Only Program Advisor: Kira Espiritu -
Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:

Second Year Experience (SYE) Abroad
Discover: South Pacific Past and Present
Intersession 2018
Application Deadline: April 19, 2017 (priority consideration for scholarships and course selection) - applications continued to be accepted until courses are full
Kick-off event: May 2017

Auckland is the world's largest Polynesian city and is a true melting pot of various cultures. Students will have the opportunity to explore the city's traditions through introductions to the rich Maori culture and the various natural beauty throughout the region.

Students will have the opportunity to explore the city through its environment and culture preserved among the cobblestone streets. The Second Year Experience Abroad (SYE Abroad) program is an innovative early college study abroad experience designed specifically for sophomore students at the University of San Diego. The program has two key components:Academic Component- For the academic component, students take one three-unit course in various disciplines taught by USD faculty.  Faculty tailor the course to incorporate the international site and also lead academic site visits around the host city, which complement in-class instruction.

Intercultural Learning Component- The co-curricular intercultural learning component is led by USD student affairs professionals and enhances the cultural experience by guiding students through personal and cultural reflection. Students compose a Intercultural Reflection, where they write a short analysis on the cultural component of their choice.  Students begin the Intercultural Reflection component during the pre-departure fall seminars and complete it on-site prior to the program end date.  Student Affairs professionals help guide the students through the Intercultural Reflection in small group reflections, which are also held in the fall seminars and while abroad.  In the fall 2017 semester, students will participate in three seminars, which include networking opportunities between students, faculty, and student affairs professionals, cultural guest speakers, and general pre-departure information. 

In the fall 2017 semester, students will participate in three seminars, which include networking opportunities between students, faculty, and student affairs professionals, cultural guest speakers, and general pre-departure information. Dates will be announced here. 

Below are the courses offered in the SYE Abroad 2018 program:

CHEM 111 (3 units) - Medicinal Chemistry - Indigenous Medicine to Modern Medicine
Professor: Dr. Mitch Malachowski
Pre-requisites: None
Fulfills: Physical science with lab core requirement
Course Description: Chemistry 111 is a course designed for the non-science major that focuses on the major ideas of modern chemistry and the role that chemistry plays in a technological society. The evolution of our understanding of atomic and molecular structure and chemical reactivity will be examined as examples of the scientific method and the very human nature of the scientific endeavor. The role of modern chemistry in both the creation and the solution of societal problems will also receive considerable attention. We will learn about structure and bonding and molecules and compounds by looking at their applications in medicinal chemistry.  

PHIL 334 (3 units) - Studies in Ethics
Professor: Dr. Lori Watson
Pre-requisites: Must have completed 45 units by January 2018 (beginning of the course)
Fulfills: Ethics core requirement
Course Description: This course will introduce students to some key issues in philosophical ethics using the local context of New Zealand to bring those issues to life in the local setting. Special attention to global learning will be incorporated throughout the course, as we will directly engage with local and global diversity, seek to understand how our actions as U.S. citizens impact the local NZ community, and address important issues of local and global inequality in the NZ context. .  

POLS 494 (3 units) - Indigenous Peoples & The Environment
Professor: Dr. Andrew Tirrell
Pre-requisites: None
Fulfills: Required for POLS and IR majors, fulfills requirement for EOSC major
Course Description:  In this course, students will be challenged to compare the relative positions of Maori and Native American communities within their respective countries. Through class discussion and writing assignments, they will wrestle with issues of diversity and integration, colonialism and post-colonial outcomes, resource allocation, and indigenous rights. In each case study, the course traces the history of how native peoples were impacted by colonizing forces, and discuss the modern challenges and opportunities facing indigenous peoples, with a focus on natural resources and the environment. 

THRS 112 (3 units): Introduction to World Religions 
Professor: Professor Lark Diaz
Pre-requisites: None
Fulfills: Lower division Theology core requirement 
Course Description: THRS 112 Introduction to World Religions will explore the religious diversity that flourishes in New Zealand.  In addition to lecture and discussion, students will visit a number of religious communities in the Auckland area.  The course will explore the religious traditions of the pre-European Maori, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Course activities will be designed to introduce students to these various traditions within various communities in and around Auckland. 

During the three-week SYE Abroad program in Auckland, students will have the opportunity to take advantage of the following:

All course-related activities (varies by course)
Cultural activities including an introduction to Maori Culture and some group meals
Day trip to local farmer's market and beach (to be confirmed)
Overnight excursion to Tauranga and the Kuaka New Zealand Volunteer Project (to be confirmed)

For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. Click on the link which corresponds to the term you plan to study abroad.

All students will be housed in residence halls on the campus of our host university.  Daily breakfast is included.


To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)