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New Zealand Summer

Student Year
Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Courses Offered By
College of Arts and Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, Keough School of Global Affairs, Mendoza College of Business
2022 Program Dates: May 10 - 30

In this study abroad program, students will gain an understanding of the US sports model (a league model) through contrasting it to the New Zealand model (club model), and consider and compare the historical roots (shaped by the wider social and cultural nuances) which led to the different models we see today. It is through this lens, as well as through guest speakers and cultural excursions, that students will be able to identify how sport is used as the focal point to bring “community” together (e.g. local Club in NZ vs College/Pro Team in the US); but also appreciate how sport can be used as a vehicle to heal and unite after tragedy. A cultural competency will be highlighted when considering indigenous people of both countries, their role within sport, and how sport has either been used to empower (Maori in NZ) or disenfranchised indigenous communities (Native American in US) by visiting a traditional Maori meetinghouse (marae). And finally, an analysis of the official (e.g. League Commissioners – Adam Silver) and unofficial leaders (e.g. coaches and athletes – LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick) who have impacted sport, community and social change. Students will also get to learn and try their hand at two sports close to New Zealanders heart - rugby and cricket!

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