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This is the program brochure page.
  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand; Queenstown, New Zealand; Rotorua, New Zealand; Tongariro National Park, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.


New Zealand Hobbiton

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   Quick Facts

  • Travel to four different cities in New Zealand: Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, and Queenstown
  • Academic Visits include the New Zealand Film Archive, Hobbiton and Lord of the Rings filming locations
  • Exposure to the indigenous Maori culture
  • Earn 6 credits
  • Program Dates are July 5 - July 25, 2020

This program focuses on New Zealand history and Maori culture, New Zealand cinema, Indigenous media production, and the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, (which were shot in New Zealand). Students will engage these subjects in critical, creative, and practical ways. This program will include lectures at major universities by professors; site visits to museums; archives; national parks; and Maori Cultural Sites. 



map of New Zealand

Location Details

The program will be grounded in several field trips, lectures by New Zealand university professors, and discussions by ASU professors. The program will visit Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, and Queenstown, with tours including the Matamata Hobbiton tour, Te Papa Museum, Rover Lord of the Rings tour, and Lord of the Rings Country and Southern Lakes tour.


Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to all students, including non-ASU students and non-degree seeking students.  Non-ASU students should consult these instructions for information on how to apply.


Students enroll in 6 credits:

FMS 441: Global Cinema (3) General Studies: HU, G.
FMS 450: Technology, Culture and Media (3) General Studies: HU, L.

New Zealand LOTR 2Wellington (credit: Rob Suisted)


Faculty Director

Michelle Martinez
Lecturer, Department of English


LOTR New Zealand 1
Glenorchy, Queenstown (credit: Chris Sisarich)


New Zealand Hobbit 2

Program Housing

Students will be housed in shared rooms at centrally-located hotels and/or hostels in the destination cities for the duration of the program in New Zealand. Students will be responsible for lunch and dinner meals with the exception of some group meals. Most breakfasts are included.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. In New Zealand, most facilities have wheelchair access, but many locations pre-date the law mandating access. Some buses are equipped to provide transportation to individuals with disabilities, but most public transport is not.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $7,595.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for 6 credits, lodging, some meals, group activities & cultural events, transportation to and from the airport, ground transportation through New Zealand, domestic flight from Wellington to Queenstown, and International Health Insurance. Not included: ASU student fees, airfare arriving to Auckland and leaving from Queenstown, passport & visa fees, additional meals and incidentals, books, and personal travel expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 04/01/2020
Rolling Admission 07/05/2020 07/25/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.