HHS 350 – New Zealand

Want to explore the beautiful city of Christchurch, New Zealand and visit the Tram and Botanic Gardens? Apply in the New Zealand section of HHS 350 and experience it firsthand! HHS 350, New Zealand section, is a 3-unit course that fulfills the CHHS International Experience Requirement, SDSU GE Explorations Area B (Social and Behavioral Sciences), Cultural Diversity, and includes a 9-day instructor-led international experience in Christchurch, New Zealand!

Lectures from SDSU faculty during the ONLINE course will include the following topics:

  • historical aspects of international health and human services
  • economic development and health and social science
  • nutrition in a developing country
  • globalization, health, and HIV/AIDS


  • ONLINE course during the Spring 2020 semester
  • Students who have been accepted must attend 2 mandatory, in-person pre-departure meetings on the SDSU campus: 
    • Mandatory Pre-departure meetings:
      • Friday, November 8, 2019; 1:00pm-3:00pm, GMCS 310
      • Friday, November 22, 2019; 1:00pm-3:00pm, GMCS 310
  • 9-day instructor-led international field experience:
    • Dates: Saturday, January 11, 2020 – Sunday, January 19, 2020 (students depart the U.S. on Thursday, January 9, 2020)

Field Experience 

9-day instructor-led field experience in Christchurch, New Zealand (Please note: major-specific program offerings are not tailored for all majors):

Housing & Meals

Housing: Triple and quadruple shared rooms at YMCA Christchurch hotel (3-4 students of same gender per room, separate beds), bathroom(s) dispersed on each floor. The rooms do not have their own private bathrooms. 

Meals: Daily breakfast, group welcome and farewell meals 


HHS 350 Spring 2020: 3 units of SDSU resident credit.  This course satisfies SDSU’s GE Explorations Area B (Social and Behavioral Sciences), Cultural Diversity and CHHS International Experience requirements. ONLINE course throughout Spring 2020 semester. 


Estimated Program Fee for Spring 2020 (Winter break 2019-2020 travel) will be approximately $1,945-$2,065. Fee will be based on final student enrollment. 

  • Program fee includes accommodation, some meals, in-country transportation, and activities
  • Program fee excludes airfare, SDSU tuition, mandatory international health insurance (approximately $60), and personal expenses

Non-refundable program fee due in full in order to hold your space in the class. 

NOTE:  Payment options include credit card (with an added convenience fee) or electronic check.

New Zealand Winter Break 2019-2020 Budget Sheet


  • Application required. More details can be found HERE
  • Majors outside of CHHS are welcome to apply, however priority is given to graduating seniors in the following CHHS majors;
    • Exercise & Nutritional Sciences
      • Athletic Training
      • Kinesiology
      • Foods & Nutrition
    • Nursing
    • Public Health
    • Social Work
      • Social Work
      • Gerontology
    • Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences

FAQs for the Spring 2020 (Travel Winter Break 2019-2020) Instructor-Led HHS 350 program

Group Leaders for HHS 350 – New Zealand: 

Claire Norberg

Claire Norberg has been a staff member in the College of Health and Human Services Dean’s Office for more than 10 years and this will be her seventh time leading students abroad for HHS 350. Formerly she was a group leader in the Spain, Ireland, Bali, and Japan programs. Claire has worked extensively with students in her support roles for the Health and Human Services College Council and the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. As part of her own study abroad experience at SDSU, Claire visited two cities in India – Mumbai and Bhubaneswar – to conduct an environmental air quality study on particulate matter. Claire is passionate about the outdoors and enjoys camping, hiking, backpacking, and going for motorcycle rides. Though she is a San Diego native who loves her home town, she is thrilled to explore new places, meet new people, and experience new cultures, landscapes, and foods. Claire loves adventure in all forms!

Jason Ramirez, M.A.

Jason serves as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, as well as the Advisor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator for School of Nursing’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.  He is a trained academic counselor with over 10 years of experience in public education formerly serving as an advisor for the School of Social Work at CSU San Bernardino, high school counselor for GEAR UP Inland Empire, and academic counselor and mentor for students in foster youth.  Jason’s professional interests include preparing students for admission to post-secondary education, providing guidance during the transition process to university life, and assisting students to degree completion.  He thrives off of helping students maximize their potential in academics and in future professions.  Jason is in the final stages of completing his doctoral education at the University of Southern California where he is studying Educational Leadership and concentrating on higher education administration.  During his free time Jason is a total foodie and can be found at San Diego’s many eateries, snapping photographs of nature and friends, and napping.  New Zealand is the twelfth HHS 350 program Jason will lead and he’s as excited as ever to explore the beautiful city of  Christchurch with CHHS students.

Phil Hoog, M.A.

Phil serves as an Advisor in the Faculty-Led Study Abroad office in the College of Extended Studies. He is also a part-time instructor for the Anthropology Department within the College of Arts and Letters. Phil has over five years of experience advising for study abroad programs at SDSU, having worked both at the International Student Center as well as his current role in Faculty-Led Study Abroad. In his tenure at SDSU, he has helped thousands of SDSU students prepare for their study abroad programs, assisting them with everything from discovering what study abroad is to navigating through the application and study abroad process. Phil most enjoys teaching students about cultural norms and adjustments as well as life in another culture. He holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and has over 10 years of experience working at museums, including the San Diego Museum of Man where he served as Curator and Exhibits Manager. He’s worked with Native American tribes across the U.S. dealing with issues of repatriation, cultural heritage, and general education through exhibits and pubic events. In his free time, Phil enjoys being out in nature, relaxing at the beach, exercising at the ARC, traveling, and hanging out with friends. He’s excited to co-lead the HHS 350 program in New Zealand!