Global Sport Management in New Zealand

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Visit sporting venues, speak to industry professionals, and go "behind the scenes" of the sporting world in New Zealand to explore and compare aspects of the sporting industry across multiple countries and multiple sports.
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Language of Instruction: English
Term: Winter Break
Academic Disciplines: Sport ManagementGraduate Courses
Program Type: Faculty-led
Open to non-KU Students: No
Fulfills KU Core 4.2: No
Fulfills KU Core 5: No

Undergraduate and graduate students in Sport Management will have the opportunity to visit sport facilities and meet with professionals covering a multitude of sports as well as approaches to sport management in Auckland, New Zealand.  From tennis, cricket and rugby to basketball and Americas Cup sailing, students will learn first-hand about the different approaches to sport management across cultures and sports. Unlike other Sport Management study abroad trips at different universities, students will get real-world experience at major events – adding experience to their resumes and connections across the globe. For example, last year students worked alongside event organizers at multiple venues – including spending over multiple hours working with the Operations Director, General Manager, Sponsorship Director of the New Zealand Breakers.

January 5, 2020 - Depart U.S.

January 7, 2020 - Arrive Auckland, New Zealand

January 17, 2020 - Return to the US 

The Sport Management in New Zealand program takes place in Auckland, New Zealand and the surrounding areas.  Auckland is an international city built around a stunning harbor. It is New Zealand's largest urban area with a diverse multi-cultural population and world-class art, music, culture and sporting events and facilities.  

While in New Zealand, students will visit Eden Park, the New Zealand national stadium and the Auckland University Technology campus and training center.  Participants will have the opportunity to work for one day at the ASB Classic, New Zealand’s premier tennis tournament as well at a New Zealand Breakers basketball game.  Lastly, students will explore the sport of cricket through a visit to the Grafton Cricket Club, take part in an Americas Cup sailing experience, and visit the Ponsonby Rugby club to be introduced to the sport, basic play, defense and attack strategies and sport safety.  Throughout the visits, students will meet with executives from professional sports teams and engage in course-related discussions and debriefings.  Outside of the sports-related visits, students will have the opportunity to spend a day touring Waiheke island and at least one free day in Auckland to do activities on their own.

Students will earn three credit hours (undergraduate or graduate) in HSES 598 Special Course: Global Sport Management.  While abroad, students will spend multiple mornings in an academic setting discussing the implications of their experiences on their understanding of the profession. A written reflection on the trip will be due in the weeks after returning from Auckland.

Students will be housed in double, triple, or quadruple-occupancy hotel/apartment suites in Auckland.

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

  • Undergraduate students must have an interest in the Sport Management field and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Graduate students must have an interest in the Sport Management field and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • All students must complete a New Zealand Ministry of Justice Request for Criminal Conviction History form (part of the program application). Students will not be precluded from the Global Sport Management program if they have criminal convictions held on the computer systems of the New Zealand Ministry of Justice; however, such students will not participate in the ASB Classic tennis tournament activities. An alternate activity will be planned for those students.

Jordan R. Bass, Ph.D. is the Associate Department Chair, Sport Management Program Director, and Associate Professor in the Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences Department. Dr. Bass is in his seventh year at the University of Kansas. Dr. Bass has published in journals such as Sport Management Review, Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, the International Journal of Sport Management, the International Sport Coaching Journal, Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies, and the Journal of Applied Sport Management. His current research agenda focuses on the organizational behavior of athletic programs, athletics place in a higher education setting, and social issues in intercollegiate athletics. Dr. Bass also serves as the founder and Co-Editor of the Journal of Amateur Sport and a Research Fellow in the Partnership for the Advancement of Sport Management at Wichita State University.