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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Semester Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Academic Area/Focus: Special Topics (Varies According to Faculty Director)
Program Description:

New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland is New Zealand's largest city with a population of 1.8 million, is the country’s main economic and commercial center. Sometimes called the “City of Sails”, Auckland is the home port of more boats per capita than any other city in the world. Spread out across an isthmus outlined by the Pacific Ocean, Waitemata and Manukua Harbours, Auckland is very much defined by its neighborhoods, each with a distinctive character and tempo.

With large Polynesian and Asian populations, Auckland is also a multicultural showpiece. Kiwis (New Zealanders) are blessed with a land rich in natural beauty, and even though Auckland is the largest city in the archipelago, it still offers easy access to nature, be it the forests that circle the city or the many islands in the surrounding waters. 

About the Program
Courses & Academic Focus
Money Matters
Application Information
Program Handbook


About the Program

Hobart and William Smith Colleges offer a program in Auckland, New Zealand in cooperation with the University of Auckland. The program will alternate between a focus on Education in odd-numbered years and a "special topics" focus in even-numbered years, depending on the expertise and interests of the faculty director. The Fall 2018 program includes courses that will appeal to students in a variety of academic areas (Media and Society, Studio Art, English, Arts and Education, Urban Studies, Critical Social Studies, among others) who are interested in the concept of "place" - how to learn about a place and how to connect to a place.

Courses & Academic Focus

Students participating in this program will take two courses taught by University of Auckland faculty and two courses offered by the HWS Faculty Director.

Fall 2018 Director's Seminar: You Are Here: Mapping a Sense of Place (1 credit)
Many thinkers agree that we use a rich mixture of history, cultural heritage, science, and art to construct our sense of a place. One important way we describe and communicate about place is through the practice of mapping. In this analytical and hands-on course, we will use Auckland and New Zealand as a laboratory in which to explore and understand how different approaches to mapping can describe physical geography, encode power relationships and cultural values, express subjective experience, and help us expand what a place can mean.

Maori Life and Culture (1 credit)
The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. Students in this course receive a broad overview of contemporary Maori society, an introduction to history that informs current issues, basic Maori language skills, and first-hand experience with the marae as a special place.

New Zealand Film Since the Mid-1980s (1 credit)
This course examines the history of filmmaking in New Zealand from the mid-1980s to the present. Topics include the country's (post)colonial connections with Britain and the US; the struggle to create a bicultural nation; gender and sexuality; the film industry's relationship with Hollywood and the production of "blockbusters"; fourth cinema; and digital filmmaking.

Internship (1 credit)
Students will complete an internship related to their area(s) of academic interest arranged in collaboration with the University of Auckland. In addition to weekly meetings in which students will share insights and reflections on their internship experiences and work, students will produce a research paper to contextualize their experience within their field. (pending COAA approval)

This program will be of particular interest to students in Media and Society, Studio Art, English, Arts and Education, Urban Studies, Critical Social Studies, and those interested in issues of multiculturalism and ethnic minorities. In addition, the program includes an internship placement designed to provide students the opportunity to engage with the local community.


This program is open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic and social standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Due to the challenging nature of study abroad, student academic and disciplinary records will be carefully screened.


Students will be placed in homestays while in Auckland, arranged through the University of Auckland, and will stay in a variety of accommodation types while on excursions, including student hostels, hotels, or cabins.
New Zealand


The program includes a variety of excursions integrated with the academic coursework. In addition to sites in and around Auckland, excursion destinations may include Rotorua and the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Wellington, and various locations on the South Island.

Money Matters

Students will be charged standard HWS tuition and room fees, a 2/3 board fee, and a $600 administrative fee. This will cover credit for a four-credit semester, health insurance, course-related excursions and homestay with partial board. Students should bring the remaining 1/3 board fee (about $950) to cover meals not included. Additional expenses not covered include airfare, books and other course materials, and personal expenses (laundry, entertainment, ground transportation and independent travel). We estimate airfare for this program at $1800 from the East Coast.

It is difficult to give an accurate estimate of personal expenses because student spending habits differ considerably. We would suggest a minimum of $1500 above and beyond meal expenses. However, students on a tight budget should be able to manage with less. If you are concerned about finances, we strongly encourage you to talk to the CGE staff who can offer information and advice based on your specific situation. 

Application Information

HWS students must complete all components of the Global Education application in order to be considered for admission to this program.

  • The Auckland program is offered every Fall semester. In odd years the academic focus will be Education and in even years it will vary depending upon the expertise of the faculty director.

  • All components of the application must be submitted online by the published deadline. Specific deadline dates are set each semester and will be in October (for Fall programs) and March (for Spring programs).

Program Handbook

IMPORTANT: The handbook(s) below is/are the most recent handbook(s) published for this program. A new version, with updated information, will be made available each semester. Program participants will receive their updated handbook approximately 2-3 months prior to their program’s start date.


Please DO NOT MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS until you have received final confirmation of the program start/finish dates for the specific semester you are attending. Dates included in versions of the program handbook intended for previous semesters do not necessarily apply to future programs.

NOTE: The information above is subject to change. Please see the CGE for more information.               

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.