Leadership in New Zealand Travel Study

Leadership involves understanding people and helping them reach commonly held goals. Visiting other countries and cultures stretches our awareness of human potential and exposes us to new ways of doing familiar things. The Leadership Education travel study program focuses on Systems Thinking. It is designed to immerse students emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually while providing students with a New Zealand cultural leadership experience. Specifics about global leadership styles and the importance of culture and context in organizational development will be covered.


Travel dates: February 27 - March 12, 2016

Prior Meeting dates: January 27, February 10, and February 17, 2016 and 2 online sessions

Post Meeting date: March 23, 2016

Approximate Cost: $6,400.00

Total Cost Includes: tuition, fees, flights (Minneapolis to Wellington & Queenstown to Minneapolis), travel in New Zealand, accommodations (double room in hostels), most meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners, travel insurance, & activities (see below for activity listing)

Application: All applications and a $500.00 non-refundable deposit for this travel study course are due by November 1, 2015. The remainder of the bill is due on February 1, 2016. The trip opens to other Minnesota State schools on September 1 if seats are available.

The application consists of the following five forms to be turned in to Dr. Theresa Waterbury:

Student Information Form (PDF)
Student Data Privacy Form (PDF)
Background Check Form (PDF)
Student Health Information Form (PDF)
Student Release and Waiver Form (PDF)

Activities included: Te Papa tour, ferry from North Island to South Island, wine tour, Abel Tasman kayaking, Nelson Lakes - water taxi/hike, dolphin encounter, Maori culture show ( buffet and gondola), Milford Sound overnight cruise  Optional activity:  Whitewater Rafting—Kawarau River
Detailed Trip Itinerary (PDF)

Course Titles: EL 612 Systems Thinking (Core course) & EL 692 Leadership Immersion: New Zealand  (elective course)

Number of graduate credits: 6 

Enrollment limit: 10 students (8 minimum)