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Screening New Zealand: Cinema, Globalization, and CAT

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Faculty Leader

Phoebe Bronstein

Prof. Pheobe Bronstein wearing sunglassesDr. Bronstein is the Director of Academic Programs in Sixth College and an Associate Teaching Professor in the Culture, Art, and Technology Program. She most often teaches classes on media history, race, and gender and her research focuses on intersections of race, gender, and motherhood in American TV.  Even though she studies American TV, she is an avid watcher of New Zealand murder mysteries and has been waiting for an excuse to teach about and travel in New Zealand. When not teaching or watching TV (obviously for work), you might find her walking and hiking all over San Diego and/or hanging out with her family and dog. She has lived all over the US and loves to travel and when she was in college, she studied abroad for a year in England through UCEAP.




Why you should go

This Global Seminar will be centered in Wellington, New Zealand. The program combines two courses: CAT 125 (Travel Writing) and LIT 172GS (Filming Aotearoa/New Zealand: National Cinema & Post-Coloniality) in Summer Session 1 2024. Wellington is an exciting city, full of cultural history, and a hub of film culture, eco-tourism, and a meeting point of diverse stories of travel from around the world. As part of the course, we visit wine country in the Marlborough region (South Island), and learn about Māori history and storytelling. We will also get to visit an eco preserve, ride ferries, and take hikes. We will spend ample time walking and wandering around Wellington and learning about topics ranging from Maori filmmaking and how film history is made and preserved, to understanding the ins and outs of environmental tourism. If you love to hike, talk about travel, watch movies, and have ever wanted to check out New Zealand, then you should join us!

Who should go

This Global Seminar is for those interested in engaging with media studies and national media cultures, travel writing, hiking, and wanting to fulfill their Sixth College GEs. Lovers of movies (and Wellington P.D.) and anyone curious about global Hollywood industries should join us!

Information Sessions

  • Tuesday, Jan. 23, 3:00 - 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2:00 - 3:30pm
  • Register here for the live Zoom link, and/or to get the post-session recording.
  • Information session presentation (pdf)

See the Info Session Calendar


Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 29, 2024
Arrival: Sun., June 30, 2024
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., July 1, 2024
First Day of Class: Mon., July 1, 2024
Last Day of Class: Fri., August 2, 2024
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., August 3, 2024

Flight Information

  • You will be responsible for purchasing your own airplane tickets, and your program coordinator will provide guidelines and resources during the pre-departure process to help you find an appropriate flight.
  • Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed. All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program has reached minimum enrollment.

Global Seminar Fees

All fees subject to change. See for current tuition and campus-based fees.

  UCSD Other UC Non-UC
Program Cost:
(includes $500 administrative fee)
$5,263.77 $5,263.77 $5,263.77
Estimated Tuition and Campus-Based Fees:
$2,514.43 $2,564.43 $3,454.43
(not including airfare or personal expenses)
$7,778.2 $7,828.2 $8,718.2

Budget Sheet

Funding Options

See the funding options page to learn how financial aid and scholarships can help you pay for this program.

Local Site Visits

Overnight Excursions to Picton, Malborough
Region in the South Island (3 days/2 nights)

  • Wine Trail Cycle Tour and Vineyard for lunch including wine tasting
  • Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
  • Half day hike on one of local walking trails
  • Motuara Island Sanctuary and Dolphin WatchingTour

Guest Speakers

  •  There will be guest speakers throughout program speaking on topics such as film, academics or on a subject related to an exursion.

Excursions are subject to change without prior notice. No refunds are possible.


  • Housing will be at the YHA in Wellington and there will be two people per room.
  • Linens will be provided.
  • Bathrooms are shared.
  • There is a large communal kitchen and dining area at the hostel for preparing self-catered meals.
  • Wireless internet is included.
  • The hotel is centrally located and within walking distance of the classroom space.
  • Housing arrangements are subject to change based on local circumstances without prior notice. No price adjustments are possible.

Included Meals

  • Welcome dinner upon arrival
  • Lunch at the Wine Cycle Trail Tour
  • Farewell dinner at end of program

Classroom and Computer Access

  • Classroom facilities will be located at a designated meeting center in central Wellington.
  • There is no computer lab available - plan to bring a laptop.
  • Wireless access may be intermittent due to local conditions. No refunds or price adjustments are possible.


  • Transportation by private bus to and from City Airport to the student housing is included in the program. Two different pick-up times will be arranged based on the most common flight arrival times.
  • Wellington is a walkable city with classrooms and accommodation very centrally located. Where the
    excursion is not within walking distance private charter transport has been included in the program
  • The local partner will provide everyone with a public transport card preloaded with 20 NZD credit. If students wish to travel further than the central city, the local partner will advise you about the best transport options.
  • Transportation for all out of town excursions


  • Information about how to obtain a local SIM card will be provided at the pre-departure orientation.
  • Students will be responsible to purchase their own calling time/minutes.

Insurance, Health, and Safety

  • Comprehensive insurance package with Company
  • An in-depth orientation will be given on the morning after arrival, including health and safety procedures.
  • Program partner staff will be available by telephone after hours.
  • All students will be registered for UC travel insurance This is free coverage, but registration is required prior to departure.