New Zealand CCSP

Creation Care Study Program

The CCSP New Zealand program makes its home under the South Island’s snow capped Kaikoura range and less than two miles to the ocean.  Kaikoura lies two and a half hours north of Christchurch and two hours south of Picton, on the east coast.  Participants and staff live together in "The Old Convent," a former convent and Catholic school, about 1.5 miles from Kaikoura town, in a rural area.  

Program of Study
Students take the following classes during the semester.  The Berry requirements these classes fulfill are indicated in parentheses, and requests for other substitutions can be made.

  • Introduction to Sustainable Community Development – 2 weeks (ENV 400 level)
  • New Zealand Ecosystems (ENV 400) – 3 weeks (1 week on western coast to study native forest/terrestrial, 2 weeks in Kaikoura for marine)
  • God and Nature – 2 weeks (REL 326)
  • Environmental Literature – 2 weeks (ENG gen ed)
  • Te Reo Maori (Maori language)

Living Arrangements
All students are housed at The Old Convent. They are not permitted to live off campus.

Students pay Berry College tuition.  In spring 2016, housing & meals cost $4,580.  See estimated budget in sidebar, noting that prices are subject to change.

Following Berry College approval, students submit an application, 2 essays and 3 references.  Students should also have a minimum 2.75 GPA.