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  • Locations: Edwardsville, United States; Wellington, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: SIUE applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty Led
Program Description:
NZ CoastlineOn this Study Abroad program to Wellington, New Zealand, students will learn about Nature and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, specifically in early childhood settings. Students will partner with Childspace, tour their facilities as well as other early childhood and education facilities in the country.

STEM and Nature are key pieces to an early childhood experience.  From a report published by Council for a Strong America, "A growing body of research suggest that developing STEM proficiency starts much earlier than high school, middle school or even elementary school. Instead, data show the importance of teaching math in preschool and kindergarten."



Child's chair and table setCourse Offering

This program offers one course, which students can take for up to six credits. If you plan to apply for financial aid for this program, you will need to be registered for at least 6 credits for the summer term. That can be any combination of online, on-campus, or study abroad courses.
CI 495 Travel- Study 1 to 6 credits

The course will build off of other education courses. However students outside of the education department are encouraged to apply and will be provided supplemental materials. The early childhood courses that this experience will build from include the undergraduate courses of CIED 319A and B, along with the graduate course titled "Nature and the Young Child"

This is a hybrid program with face-to-face time on the SIUE campus in one meeting prior to departure, as well as one meeting after returning from New Zealand. The program includes a required online portion to be completed by students prior to and after the portion in New Zealand.


Expected Cost $4560

ChildSpace exterior

Included in the program cost:
  • Airfare St. Louis to Wellington, New Zealand, round trip
  • Lodging in New Zealand
  • Some meals only
  • Ground transportation for program events
  • International Health Insurance
Not included in the price above:
  • Meals (budget $375)
  • Books and materials (budget $200)
  • SIUE tuition for credit earned (check your tuition rate)
  • SIUE technology fee (budget $50)
  • SIUE Study Abroad fee ($75)
  • Passport ($135 for new passport)
  • Personal expenses
The above price is based on a minimum of 10 students participating.  If fewer students enroll, the price may be adjusted.



Anni ReinkingAnni Reinking, EdD
Assistant Professor - 618.650.2139 (FH-1131)
Expertise: Early Childhood Education
Multicultural Educations
Professional Development Partnerships/Schools
Service Learning

For questions about the application process, contact the Study Abroad Office


July 1, 2018 (week of) Class meeting on SIUE campus
July 7 Flight St. Louis to Denver to San Francisco to Wellington
July 8 Arrive Wellington, New Zealand, transfer to hotel
July 9 Meet hosts at ChildSpace, begin New Zealand tours
July 16 Work at ChildSpace shadowing early childhood teachers
July 22 Return to St. Louis (Wellington to Auckland, to LA to Denver to St. Louis
This itinerary is subject to change. Final itinerary information will be provided to participants by the program leader.

Participants must be prepared to encounter cultural and social situations that require a high level of mature independence and respond appropriately to such situations.  Participants must be able successfully navigate transportation systems (air, train, bus, car) to the travel study destination(s) following all rules and laws pertaining to international travel and destinations.  Participants must be able to independently and collectively travel as a coherent group and maintain emotional maturity as warranted by the trip and its variety of educational experiences.  Participants must be prepared to independently walk long distances; carry personal luggage and groceries; walk up and down stairs; and navigate entrances and exits to public transportation, buildings, and cultural sites.   Participants must be prepared to encounter environments different from the United States which can include cigarette/cigar smoke, automobile exhaust, loud noise, congested streets and crowded public areas and a variety of other environments which may not be known except upon encountering them.  If you have any physical or emotional limitations, consider your health and capabilities carefully in consultation with your doctor before undertaking this trip. 


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 07/05/2018 07/16/2018

** Indicates rolling consideration for SIUE approval to study abroad. Upon completing all initial SIUE requirements, applicants will be notified (usually within 3 or 4 days) of SIUE approval (or rejection) to study abroad.