New Zealand Summer Program


Learn about our New Zealand Program

Should Christians care about climate change? Does God actually love non-human creatures and have a plan to redeem them in the consummation of the universe? Should Christians care that pollution disproportionately affects communities of color? Should Christians be concerned that what they eat on a regular basis is one of the leading causes of environmental degradation and ocean pollution? We will explore these questions and more in the setting of the coastal town of Kaikoura in the southern island of New Zealand. Kaikoura is famous for being right on the ocean; it is very common to see pods of dolphins and whales from the shore or from the cliffs around town. Kaikoura is also known for sitting at the base of the 1602m peak of Mount Fyffe, which residents hike often.

Students attending this program need to be comfortable with occasional hiking and ocean adventures as well as being away from urban life. Preference will be given to students enrolled in Seaver's sustainability minor program, but all are welcome to apply for this exciting pilot program.

Program Dates

June 1st - June 30th

The dates listed above are departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX.


Room & Board: $2,168.00

Students must take a minimum of 4 units.

Course Offerings

REL 301 - Christianity and Culture (3)

Prerequisite: REL 101

  • A study of ways in which Christianity shapes such aspects of culture as art, literature, music, medicine, law, secularization, ecology, racial and ethnic issues, and education, and ways in which these, in turn, influence Christian life and faith.

HUM 295 - Enriching the International Experience (1)

  • This course is designed to enrich the student's international experience by providing opportunities to engage more fully with the culture and to reflect more deeply on the experience. It is the goal of this course to help students know how to look at and listen to their new culture and how to give meaning to their international experience (Taught only in International Programs. May be repeated in a different location. Cr/NC grading only).

Required Textbook

"Hope in the Age of Climate Change: Creation Care This Side of the Resurrection" by Chris Doran (ISBN: 9781498297028)


The Visiting Faculty

Dr. Chris Doran

Associate Professor of Religion, Religion and Philosophy Division, Seaver College




Updated: 02.15.18