New Zealand
Cultural Immersion & Business Exploration

The 2020 New Zealand Cultural Immersion & Business Exploration (May 20 - June 5) has been postponed due to concerns surrounding the global COVID-19 situation. The new travel dates are December 27, 2020 to January 12, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact us.

BUSI-4770 Pilot Testing

This course prepares students for the Winter Break trip to New Zealand. The travel dates are December 27, 2020 to January 12, 2021. During the semester preparation and the subsequent trip, students will have the opportunity to learn more about business practices in New Zealand while immersing themselves in Kiwi culture. Students will meet with business professionals to learn about business customs and practices abroad. In addition, students will venture though museums, explore historical landmarks, taste the local cuisine, and journey through iconic sites like Hobbiton and the Milford Sound. This adventure will provide a better understanding of New Zealand’s business environment, religious practices, culture, history, art, politics, education system, sports, geography, and ecosystem.


The trip takes place from December 27, 2020 to January 12, 2021. During this time students will:

  • Meet and network with business professionals
  • Visit business schools and meet with faculty
  • Possibly attend a couple of business classes
  • Experience product and franchise adaptations
  • Manage a budget and travel logistics (final few days of the journey)
  • Create a promotional marketing video


Students will spend time in at least three New Zealand cities, as well as plan group trips to cities of their choice.


Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and provides an opportunity to learn about the country's parliamentary system. Students can enjoy the city's rich history, culture, and cuisine. Things to Do


Aukland, New Zealand

Auckland is the hub of New Zealand's commerce. Picture a city where people are serious about business but also have the opportunity to enjoy hiking trails, beaches, and enchanting islands. Things to Do


Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is referred to as the "adventure capital of the world." Outdoor activities include skiing/snowboarding, bungy jumping, horseback riding, sky diving, and more. Things to Do

Team Choice Cities

Hobbiton, New Zealand

Students plan group travel, including time management, logistics/transportation, finance/budgeting, etc. Where do you want to go in New Zealand?

Cost & Registration

1 or 2 Credit Hours: $3,987
Add a third credit for an additional $400 fee

Register for the Program

Registration Deadline: May 31, 2020

  • Flights to and from the USA are not included in the above cost.
  • A $450 deposit is due with your application. This deposit is included in the full program fee.
  • Full payment of all fees is due June 30, 2020.

Included in the Program Cost:

  • Meals
  • Accommodations
  • Transportation within New Zealand
  • Numerous excursions, activities and tours
  • International insurance

NOT Included:

  • Flights to and from the USA
  • Souvenirs and other items not specified in the above included category

Travel Itinerary

  • Departure: December 27, 2020
  • Return: January 12, 2021

This itinerary is subject to change.

Week 1

Day 1
Sun, Dec 27
Travel from USA to Auckland, New Zealand
Day 2
Mon, Dec 28
Travel from USA to Auckland, New Zealand
(Time Zone Change)
Day 3
Tue, Dec 29
Travel from USA to Auckland, New Zealand
North Shore - Devonport, Mount Victoria, Maungauika/North Head Historic Reserve (war tunnels), volcanic rock walk along the ocean (Business, Cuisine, History, Geography)
Day 4
Wed, Dec 30
Hobbiton (Culture, Entertainment Industry, Business)
Day 5
Thu, Dec 31
Auckland Museum and Gardens (Culture, History, Art, Maori People, Ecosystem, Geography)
Day 6
Fri, Jan 1
Maritime Museum and Sailing (Culture, Tradition, History, Sports)
Kayak/Ferry to Rangitoto Volcanic Island (Geography, Ecosystem, History, Wildlife)
Meet with Business Professionals (Business)
Day 7
Sat, Jan 2
Tour Schools - AUT and The University of Auckland (Education System, Business)
Meet with Business Professionals (Business)

Week 2

Day 8
Sun, Jan 3

Church (Religion)
Travel Auckland to Wellington (New Zealand's capital)
New Zealand Parliament (Government, Law, Tradition)

Day 9
Mon, Jan 4
Tour Massey Business School or Victoria University of Wellington (Education System)
Wellington Cable Car (History, Transportation System)
Day 10
Tue, Jan 5
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (national museum) (Culture, History, Art, and Ecosystem)
Meet with Business Professionals
Day 11
Wed, Jan 6
Travel Wellington to Queenstown
Day 12
Thu, Jan 7
Meet with Business Professionals
Day 13
Fri, Jan 8
Milford Sound (Geography, Wildlife, Ecosystem)
Day 14
Sat, Jan 9
Students plan group travel (time management, logistics/transportation, finance/budgeting, etc.)

Week 3

Day 15
Sun, Jan 10

Church (Religion)

Students plan group travel (time management, logistics/transportation, finance/budgeting, etc.)

Day 16
Mon, Jan 11
Students plan group travel (time management, logistics/transportation, finance/budgeting, etc.)
Day 17
Tue, Jan 12
Travel from Auckland, New Zealand to Atchison, Kansas, USA
(Time Zone Change)

BUSI-4770 Pilot Testing

Students may take a Fall 2020 1st Quarter Course and/or a Spring 2021 First Quarter Course in addition to the trip.

  • 1, 2, and 3 credit hour options
  • If you choose 3 credits, then it will satisfy the International Relations requirement for International Business Majors


  • Prior to Travel (Fall 1st Quarter): Complete research, reports, and presentations
  • During Travel (Winter Break): Journals, video blogs, experience New Zealand
  • Post Travel (Spring 1st Quarter): Promotional marketing video

Accompanying Professor

Madeline Rogers, M.B.A., J.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Business

Madeline Rogers

  • Lived in New Zealand for about 2 years
  • Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law
  • M.B.A. with specialization in International Business from AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand
  • B.A. in Business Administration from Benedictine College
  • Served as a marketing consultant for a New Zealand company looking to capture more the of the Australian market
  • Teaches courses in business law and international business
  • Student International Business Council Advisor
  • Coordinated a Benedictine College and University of San Diego Student International Business Council trip to New Zealand