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Summer Internships in New Zealand - Travel

Environment, Green Tech, and Sustainability

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State DealThe U.S. Department of State advances the interests of the American people, their safety and economic prosperity, by leading America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance. Visit the U.S. Department of State website for country-specific travel information.

Program Orientation

Pre-Departure Orientation
There will be a program-specific orientation with the instructor and/or program provider at UC Davis. This orientation addresses travel, packing, academics, health and safety, and more. It also provides to you the opportunity to meet with others on your program. Prior to orientation, you will receive a Program Specific Guide that will further support program preparation.

On-Site Orientation
Soon after arrival to the program destination, you will have an on-site orientation. The on-site orientation serves to introduce you to the new environment, as well as to provide on-site resources and support.

Travel Arrangements

You will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements to the program site. Detailed instructions for making flight arrangements are sent to enrolled students via email once the program is confirmed. Wait to purchase plane tickets until you receive this email. ISA will provide transportation from the airport to your accommodations if you arrive during designated hours.

If you intend to participate in another study, intern or travel program beforehand or afterward, you will be responsible for your visa situation. Study Abroad can provide a verification of enrollment letter when requested. 

On Site Transportation

You should expect up to a one-hour door-to-door commute, which is not atypical for locals in New Zealand’s major cities. Transportation to/from your internship site is not included in the program fee. The estimated personal expenses in the program budget include an estimated amount for on-site transportation (review the Program Specific Guide for the specific amount).

Upon arrival you will receive a public transportation pass with a small amount of money pre-loaded onto the card to be utilized during the first week of the program. Once that pre-loaded amount is gone, you will need to add money to cover the cost of daily transport.

Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

A valid passport is required for this program.

U.S. passport holders will need to apply for a Student and Trainee Work Visa prior to departure. Visa processing usually takes 6-8 weeks. Applicants must be current university students under the age of 30. If you are a non-traditional student above 30, please contact the Program Coordinator. ISA will provide instructions for the visa process to all enrolled students.

Entry Requirements for Non-U.S. Citizens

A valid passport is required for this program. Non-U.S. citizens should check for visa and other entry requirements via the consulate of their travel destination(s): New Zealand Consulate-General in Los Angeles.

You are responsible for obtaining your own visa. Study Abroad will supply a verification of enrollment or other necessary documents for non-U.S. citizens upon request.

International students in the United States on an F-1 or J-1 visa interested in studying abroad should ensure the U.S. visa in their passport has at least 90 days validity remaining whenever they travel abroad. If the U.S. visa expires or is about to expire (even if the I-20 is current), students may be required to apply for the visa to their study abroad country in their home country.

Non-U.S. citizens unable to gain access to the study abroad country will be subject to cancellation fees as shown in the cancellation schedule. For this reason, international students are highly encouraged to research entry to their destination country well in advance, and before enrolling in the program.


Participants are enrolled in GeoBlue Global Health Insurance and UC Traveler Insurance for the duration of the program and will be provided with specific coverage information. More details about coverage is available in the Health & Accident Insurance section of our Health and Safety Resources.

LGBTQIA+ Travelers

You are encouraged to learn more about the country and host culture prior to departure. Resources: Equaldex—LGBT Rights in New Zealand, ILGA World Maps, and ILGA World Database. Please contact the program coordinator for further support and resources.