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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: W&M applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:
This winter, make the most of your time off by joining the new Winter program in Auckland, New Zealand, where students will participate in a unique academic and cultural experience that introduces them to important topics in Indigenous Studies and Sustainability. Known to the Māori people as Aotearoa, New Zealand is home to one of the world's most vibrant Indigenous cultures, making it an ideal place for the interdisciplinary study of subjects such as Indigenous language, material culture, media representation, history, politics, decolonization, economic development, environmental sustainability, and the performing arts. This three-week winter study abroad experience will partner with the University of Auckland, a leader in undergraduate/graduate Indigenous Studies and Māori Studies. Excursions on the North Island will give students the chance to learn about Māori culture and history firsthand, from the people themselves in the places that they live and work, with particular attention to environmental issues and sustainability.

About W&M Winter Programs:
W&M Winter programs are led by W&M faculty and students will receive W&M credits. All courses must be taken for a grade, which will be calculated into their GPA. Students will participate in a 1 credit pre-course. The pre-course will run as a remote course during the fall semester starting after acceptances are announce and ending before fall exams. This course is required for participation in the program. For the in country course, all course work will be completed before the start of the spring semester. Students will automatically receive COLL300 for courses taken abroad.

All information regarding Winter 24-25 programs is subject to change. Anything below listed as "TBD" will be updated as information is fully confirmed - students who open applications with information listed as "TBD" will be sent an email once that information is updated and confirmed.

Area of Study:
Open to all majors

Course Information:
INTR 299: W&M Winter Auckland Pre-Course (1 credit)

HIST 212: Indigenous Sovereignty and Sustainability in Aotearoa (3 credits)
Selected Readings from: Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney, and Aroha Harris, Tangata Whenua: A History (Bridget Williams Books, 2015, 1st edition) and other texts

ANTH 465: Māori Studies (taught by local faculty at University of Auckland) (1 credit)

Instructor Information:
Andy Fisher, PhD (
Department of History

Program Dates:
Arrival: 12/31/24
Departure: 1/18/25
*please keep in mind arrival dates will require a departure from the US earlier than this date.
*arrival date into Auckland subject to change

Important Dates:
Application Due ($75): September 9, 2024
Deposit Due ($700): October 4, 2024
Balance Due: November 1, 2024
*A $75 application fee applies. Please note that the deposit fees are non-refundable.

Application fee information:
The application fee ($75) is due by the deadline and should be paid online at the GEO Marketplace Store. Whoever is making the payment will need student 93#, email, and phone number. The application fee is refundable in the event that you are not accepted into the program or the program is canceled by W&M. ​

Program Fees:
Program Cost: $TBD
Includes: Excursions, accommodations, in country transportation, all meals, course fees, international health insurance. 
Does not include: Flights, personal expenses, US transportation, required texts.
For more information on the breakdown of program fees please visit our budget sheet (coming soon). 

Scholarship for this program is available. Please apply to the Reves Winter Scholarship by the September 9 deadline.
Please open a scholarship application AFTER opening a program application to avoid technical difficulties
Funding will be awarded based on financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. 

  • Students must be an active W&M undergraduate student in good standing, not on academic or disciplinary probation during time abroad, and eligible to take classes at the W&M Williamsburg campus to study abroad. 
  •  Students currently on-campus must successfully complete 1 credit fall course. 
  • For more information about eligibility, please visit our Policies that Affect You page.
Please contact Lisa Roney, Study Abroad advisor (

W&M Winter Program Handbook 2024

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Approximate Decision Date (Subject To Change) Start Date End Date
Winter 2024-2025 09/09/2024 09/23/2024 12/31/2024 01/18/2025