Anthropology FSP Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

Program At a Glance

Terms Offered



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The Department of Anthropology and the Program in Linguistics offer a joint foreign study program in Auckland, New Zealand, the only Dartmouth off-campus program in the South Pacific. Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, with a culturally diverse population of 1.5 million people.  Classes are held at the University of Auckland in the Departments of Anthropology and Maori Studies. (The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand.) The University of Auckland is an internationally recognized center for the study of Pacific archaeology, cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and linguistics, and is a leading institution in the comparative study of Indigeneity.

The academic program is 9 weeks long (beginning just before or after the new year -Jan. 1- and finishing the first full week of March) and includes the following:

(a) an initial excursion around the Auckland area visiting places relevant to Maori history and culture;
(b) a seven-week intensive summer term at the University of Auckland and an additional two weeks of coursework with the Dartmouth faculty director;
(c) a four-day trip to a Maori meeting house (marae) on the east coast of the North Island for an intensive workshop on kapa haka (Maori chanting, singing, and gesture dancing), including an  overnight stay in Rotorua, a center of Maori woodcarving and art;
(d) a four-day tour of significant Maori and colonial historical sites north of Auckland;
(e) an end-of-program three-day stay at a marae on Waiheke Island at the mouth of Auckland’s harbor;

During this program, students live and study alongside New Zealand students of European, Maori, Pacific Island, and Asian descent, learning about their cultures from personal contacts as well as from classes. Students live on campus for the first half of the program, then move to homestays in Auckland for the second half. Anthropology and Linguistics students take different University of Auckland courses, but otherwise, their participation in the program is identical. As enrolled members of the University's summer school, Dartmouth students have access to all the facilities of a major university, including the student recreation center.




In January, Dartmouth students live at Whittaker Hall, a University of Auckland dormitory and dining complex about a ten minute walk from the center of campus and the city center.  In February, students live in home stays with New Zealand families across the greater Auckland area and commute in to campus on public transportation.

For more information, please see the department website.

Tuition and Fees

The fees charged by the College for a Dartmouth-sponsored off-campus term of study include regular tuition charges for a term at Dartmouth, service fees, as well as the specific costs established for each off-campus study locale. In many programs, the room and board costs tend to be higher than for a term in Hanover. You can view a budget sheet for each program by clicking on the appropriate term. The cost of transportation to and from the site is the responsibility of the student.


Financial Aid

In order that all qualified Dartmouth undergraduate students may have the opportunity to take part in off-campus programs, the College endeavors to adjust its normal financial aid awards for students already receiving aid. Tuition and expected family contribution for Dartmouth's off-campus programs are the same as for an on-campus term. Assistance is available to meet extra costs associated with off-campus programs, including airfare. Half of any extra cost is met with additional Dartmouth scholarship; loan assistance is offered for the other half. Loan assistance is also offered to replace the employment that would normally be included in an on-campus term. Although financial aid recipients are given aid to cover all of the required costs of the program, students are responsible for purchasing their own plane ticket and, on some programs, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition.


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