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Lebanon Valley College students visit Hobbiton in New Zealand

The University of Waikato is located in the city of Hamilton, New Zealand's fourth largest city in the north-central region of the North Island, only 90 minutes south of Auckland. The Waikato area offers a wide range of recreational activities with many of New Zealand's major lifestyle just a short drive from the University. These include excellent surfing and swimming beaches, forest parks, lakes, thermal hot pools, and limestone caves.

There is a mandatory set of pre-departure orientations at LVC for all students planning to participate in the program. Students attend an on-site orientation at the University of Waikato.

Program Details

Housing and Meals

Students will live in an on-campus residence hall and will eat all meals in an on-campus dining hall. 


Other than meeting the stated prerequisites, LVC students will individually select four courses from the university. 


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  • LVC tuition and fees 
  • LVC room and board charges 

Travel and personal expenses are NOT included in these fees. Fees subject to change. Expect to spend about $1,500* for round-trip airfare. 

* LVC will provide a $400 airfare subsidy for all students attending the New Zealand program.

Financial Aid Policy

Most LVC students will receive his/her financial aid in full for all semester-long study abroad and study away programs. Exceptions: Allwein scholars will receive 50% of their full tuition scholarship for semester-long study abroad and study away programs. The $2,500/year stipend may be used to supplement the reduction in scholarship. Tuition Exchange and Tuition Remission recipients will receive the value of the Mary A. Weiss Scholarship for semester-long study abroad programs. The value will be equivalent to the value awarded to the same year’s incoming class. For example, if the student will be studying abroad in spring 2020, the Mary A. Weiss Scholarship will be the same value that was awarded to the incoming class for 2019-2020 academic year.


Fall Semester

  • Applications should be received by March 15
  • $25 deposit is due with application*
  • Accepted students will owe a $475 program deposit by the application deadline*
  • Packet of forms is due by April 1
  • Length of stay: Early July to mid-November
  • Approximately 16 credits

Spring Semester

  • Applications should be received by October 15
  • $25 deposit is due with application*
  • Accepted students will owe a $475 program deposit by the application deadline*
  • Packet of forms is due by November 15
  • Length of stay: Mid-February to early July
  • Approximately 16 credits

* The $500 program deposit will be credited to the student's account in the Business Office for the start of the off-campus semester. The $500 deposit will be forfeited on student withdrawal from the program. 

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Eligibility Requirements

Students from any major who are in good standing (2.5 GPA) may apply. 

Recommended Excursions

  • Waitomo - Tubing through Gloworm Caves
  • Rotorua - Tamaki Village; Thermal Wonderlands
  • Taupo - Huka Falls; Tongariro Crossing
  • Mount Maunganui - white sand beaches
  • Napier - wine tasting; Wildlife Centre

Semester Break (one to two weeks)

Students will enjoy a one to two week, mid-semester break, a perfect opportunity to travel around New Zealand and the South Pacific. Australia, for instance, is only about three hours away by plane.