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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


New Zealand Hobbiton

   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


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, a Tamaki cultural performance, 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. Breakfasts are included at each of the accommodations.


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

New Zealand LOTR Group


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2019 is $6,880.

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 2019 03/10/2019
Rolling Admission 07/01/2019 07/21/2019
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until Study Abroad Office contacts you to do so.

** 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.