Creation Care Study ProgramProgram Overview
Through the Creation Care Study Program (CCSP), students live nestled beneath the mighty Kaikoura mountain range, yet only one mile from the Pacific Ocean. By exploring New Zealand's unique culture, beautiful forests, mountain glaciers and abundant marine life (includling sperm whales, dolphins, and seals), CCSP students gain new and exciting perspectives on the nexus of biblical faith, ecology and justice in leading sustainable lifestyles.
The courses offered include:
New Zealand Ecosystems
God and Nature
Introduction to Sustainable Community Development
Each course experience is enriched with field trips. Through ecological field studies, homestays, and participation in a diversity of cultural activities students explore the ecological and cultural diversity of New Zealand. Learning to sustainably care for both non-human creation and human communities tops off an academically rigorous and spiritually transformative semester.
The student will fill out two applications:
• George Fox off-campus application form (obtained from the Center for Study Abroad; or downloaded here).
• Creation Care Study Program application (to be completed online here). An application fee must accompany your application.
*The CCSP application should only be completed after being informed from the Director of Study Abroad that you are accepted for an off-campus study semester.
Students must be full-time undergraduates with junior or senior status, holding a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply. There is NO language requirement.
Because students remain enrolled at George Fox University while participating at CCSP, academic credit is awarded by George Fox. Recommended credit is 15 credit hours. Students will be required to attend two pre-departure meetings, complete an online course evaluation, and attend a re-entry meeting upon their return. Students must see the transfer credit specialist in the Registrars office BEFORE they begin their semester off-campus.
While in New Zealand, students will primarily live on the CCSP campus, which is a turn-of-the-century convent turned bed and breakfast turned CCSP campus. Students will also have enriching immersion experiences in indigenous Maori and Polynesian communities and local homestays.
The student pays George Fox's standard tuition, room and board, and student fees and an additional fee for the New Zealand Creation Care Program. Participants continue to receive financial aid, including scholarships, since they are officially George Fox students. Round trip airfare is additional.