Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division

Wellington, New Zealand C2013

Term – C 2013

Project Opportunities – IQP

Housing – Fully serviced, shared student apartments

Director – Professors Elmes and Shockey

Preparation – 1/2 unit preparation activity in B 2012

Application Deadline – September 29, 2011 (before 1:00 pm)





Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and the third most populous urban area in New Zealand (metropolitan population around 390,000). It is situated on Wellington Harbour, on the southwestern tip of the North Island, between the Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. It houses Parliament, the head offices of all Government Ministries and Departments as well as most of the foreign diplomatic missions. It is also a cultural center with many museums (including Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand), a vibrant film and theater industry, symphony and ballet companies, and the biennial New Zealand International Arts Festival. It has consistently ranked high on several indices of quality of living. Lonely Planet named Wellington the “coolest little capital in the world” in its Best in Travel 2011 guidebook.




This is a new project center, and we are in the process of identifying sponsors and project opportunities. In general, IQPs in Wellington will involve outreach to government organizations and NGOs in New Zealand on issues or topics related to science, technology and society.  We anticipate a number of strong projects related to environmental issues (including the reconstruction of Christchurch and geothermal power in the Taupo region), museums, Maori development, innovation and entrepreneurship, and social services.


Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses*


NOTE:  In calculating the extra expense to participate in an off-campus project experience, compare this figure to expenses incurred while living on campus (groceries or meal plan, entertainment expenses, transportation, etc.)

Travel to site (RT airfare)


Local transportation from airport to residence

$    40.00


$   450.00

Dining out (7 x term)

$   210.00

Weekend tourist activities & incidentals


Estimated total out-of-pocket expenses


Expenses included on your WPI bill*



Housing and program expenses



Estimated Total expenses


Tuition and on-campus housing not included.

* Subject to change due to fluctuations in exchange rate








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