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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: LMU applicants only
  • Program Costs: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Application Fee: $100 Click here for a definition of this term Financial Aid Applicability: Some Financial Aid (Loans)
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior Minimum GPA: 2.75
Housing Option(s): Hotel Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: LMU Credit & Grades
Credits: 8 Semester Hours Faculty Program Director: Dr. Daniel L. Smith-Christopher
Faculty Program Director Email: Interview with Faculty Program Director or Designee Required: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad 101 Info Session Required: Yes Study Abroad Advisor: Christina Andrick
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Asian and Pacific Studies, Theological Studies Click here for a definition of this term LMU Core Courses Available: Flags: Engaged Learning, Integrations: Faith and Reason
Program Description:
Auckland, New Zealand


After some initial travel to Wellington (the capital city) and smaller Gisborne (a special visit focused on Maori culture), the New Zealand Study program settles into its base in Auckland.  The program consists of an intensive, four-week cross-cultural experience in one of the world’s most beautiful countries. With a strong emphasis on the indigenous Maori culture and encountering New Zealand history, the program introduces students to the multi-faceted history and contemporary context of this exciting country. The program includes weekend excursions to Rotorua, the fabulous Bay of Islands.

LMU Summer in Auckland program runs every other summer in even years, i.e., 2018, 2020.


Classes are held on the Auckland satellite campus of Otago University. The facilities are housed in a beautiful, new building with state-of-the-art classrooms that are only a short walk from the hotel where LMU students stay. The Loyola Marymount University program has its own classroom, including generous and easy access to the Internet. Not far is the University of Auckland, and AUT (Auckland University of Technology) where students can access library facilities, as well as participate in student life in cafes, theater and musical productions, as available. Furthermore, the program is housed near the main city center where shopping, entertainment, and outdoor markets are all available. The Auckland bus and train systems are famously affordable and efficient, allowing students to explore the city and its neighborhoods, including world-class museums, nearby islands, and a great zoo. Students will also explore the famous New Zealand countryside.


THST 3200
Prophecy and Society in New Zealand

Professor Daniel Smith-Christopher
4 Units

*This course satisfies the LMU core requirement for Integrations: Faith and Reason as well as the Flag for Engaged Learning.*

In New Zealand history, the missionary impact on the indigenous people of New Zealand, the Maori, was immense. The Maori adopted Christianity in large numbers in the 19th Century, but began to interpret and live it in their own unique manner. In this course, we will examine the particular impact of the Biblical Prophets of the Old Testament on the Maori. The 19th Century saw the rise of Maori Prophets who became significant indigenous leaders.

ASPA 4998
History and Culture of New Zealand

Professor Daniel Smith-Christopher
4 Units

New Zealand is among the most vibrant countries and cross-cultural societies in the Pacific Rim. A stunning country visually, it is also fascinating culturally, historically, and artistically. In this course, we will survey New Zealand history, New Zealand art and popular culture, and visit major sites in the country, including Te Papa and the Parliament Buildings (Wellington), The Auckland Museum, Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Bay of Islands, KeriKeri and the Stone House, Rotorua, and many more cultural and historical sites. New Zealand guest lecturers will provide most of the exciting content of this course.



The LMU Students in New Zealand are housed in hotels.

The program will supply breakfast and 20 lunch vouchers in a student dining hall, as well as a handful of group dinners.



Four main excursions are included:  The first stop is in Wellington, the capital, for a four-day stay before settling in our accommodations in Auckland.

The second is a visit to the coastal town of Gisborne led by our hosts, Fr. Don Tamihere and the local Maori Anglican community there (with some local field trips).

On the third excursion students will visit the internationally famous Bay of Islands, is a spectacular location that is deeply significant to the history of New Zealand.  Students take a sailing trip on the bay and visit historically important sites including the Treaty of Waitangi grounds -- a national monument -- and the “Stone Store”, one of the first European-built stone buildings in the whole of New Zealand. 

The last excursion is to Rotorua. Students will enjoy a spectacular Maori dinner experience, with music, dance and traditional foods.  Finally, we will have the last Sunday dinner together from the mountain-side restaurant of Sky City overlooking Rotorua and Lake Rotorua.  Students can purchase tickets to “luge” down the mountainside.



Summer 2018: TBD*

Fee Includes:

  • 8 Credit hours total
  • Most breakfasts and lunches
  • 5 special selected dinners
  • 4 weekend excursions
  • All accommodations, including weekend trips
  • Sailing trip in Bay of Islands
  • All admissions to program events
 *All Program Fees are Subject to Change


This program is currently not accepting applications.