Global Cafe Study Abroad Display (image courtesy: Lillian Nelson)

The International Student Services hosted their first Global Cafe of the semester on January 25, featuring New Zealand for their Study Abroad Program. In the upcoming months, the International Student Services will also host several more Global Cafe events in the Green Center from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the following dates: February 15 for Ecuador, March 15 for Sweden, and April 12 for Denmark.

“They do fall or spring semesters. [New Zealand’s] calendars are a little different from ours, [and] their fall is typically…just after the fourth of July until just before Thanksgiving, so early July to mid-November would be the fall semester, and the spring semester would be February to late June. The seasons are reversed, our fall semester is their spring season, and the application period is right now for the fall,” said Scott Snyder, Senior Study Abroad Advisor.

Summer programs are also available and registration for the New Zealand trip is open. Students will need to have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible.

As stated by the School of International Engagement, “With a wide range of student activities and a campus located in the heart of the coastal town of Dunedin, Otago Polytechnic offers you the opportunity to make friends while experiencing everything that Kiwi culture has to offer. Major programs include business, communication, environmental management and sustainability, graphic design, informational technology, marketing, and sport management.”

Students can study abroad at any of the advertised locations of their choosing. “We have two different programs. There’s the semester program, and that would be the host university’s semester,” said Snyder.

An alternate program students can look into is the Faculty-Led Program (FLP). The FLP provides students opportunities to study abroad during the duration of spring break. “We have short-term programs called Faculty programs, [which] are typically held over spring break or in May,” said Snyder. When signing up, students need to be aware that vaccine requirements and mask mandates will vary for each country. 

“Any major can study abroad. What’s important when planning study abroad is that your credits and classes you take in New Zealand, for example, have somewhere to transfer to [in] your SNHU degree program,” said Snyder.

Additional information on the Study Abroad program is available at the International Student Services office located in the Green Center. Students can also email or check out their website at