New World Scholars destination opens in New Zealand
Starting in the fall of 2018, the new class of World Scholars can study halfway across the world at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
World Scholars began in the fall of 2015 when 38 students were sent to Rome, Italy to begin their studies as first-semester freshmen. Since then, students have had the option to study in Italy or Madrid, Spain — but now, a whole new continent is in the works.
Every year, students and parents of World Scholars fill out surveys regarding locations they would like to visit. Of the locations, Auckland was the top voted choice.
Amy Greenwald Foley, associate director for Global Outreach at the Institute for Global Studies (IGS) and one of the program coordinators for the World Scholars, says that New Zealand could be a fun but fast transition.
“The semester will begin in July and it will finish in November, which was a concern of ours,” Foley says. “But students said the ability to study in New Zealand outweighs whatever challenges might arrive from a slightly different calendar.”
Any incoming World Scholar who chooses this location will graduate from high school having already decided the courses they are going to take in their first semester.
Kiersten Harris, a sophomore and international relations, triple language double major, believes that the location will best suit students interested in environmental studies. She also says this trip is perfect for students looking to get as far away from home as possible.
Like Harris, Joe DeMarco, a sophomore scholar studying political science, thinks Auckland will be a great location for those studying nature.
“New Zealand was where they shot Lord of the Rings, so it’s a great place for nature, but it is a little westernized so I think it would be better if we had a location more off the beaten path,” DeMarco says.
Harris also says that New Zealand will be a tricky place to go to. The time difference is extreme – 15 hours from the east coast. The semester schedule, July to November, is also a big adjustment. In the Southern Hemisphere, most schools begin their first semester in January. At the end of the semester, they have a month-long break before resuming for the second semester in July.
Because of these differences, Foley believes this will attract a different kind of student than those that have typically joined the program.
“Because of the natural landscape, the high concentration of geothermal activity and incredible marine life, students with an interest in natural sciences could truly enjoy studying there,” Foley says.