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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand; Dunedin, New Zealand; Queensland, New Zealand; Rotorua, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: May Experience
  • Restrictions: Furman applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: May Experience
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Experience 2019 10/29/2018 11/14/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Areas of Study: All majors welcome, Communication Studies
Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Brandon Inabinet - Communication Studies, John Armstrong - Communication Studies Applicable Financial Aid: Study Away Scholarship
Prerequisites: No Type of Course Credit: Furman course credit
Credit Hours Per Term: 2 credits Housing: Hostel, Hotel
Program Description:

Program-Specific Info Sessions:
Monday, October 23rd at 5:30pm in Johns 101
Thursday, November 2nd at 5:30pm in Johns 101

Communication, Culture and Identity in New Zealand


New Zealand 2011  NZ scenery


Students will spend 17 days travelling to major cities such as Auckland, Wellington, and Dunedin and to cultural sites on both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. They will gain first hand knowledge of New Zealand’s media and cultural institutions, and the people who work in them. There will be presentations from prominent scholars in the study of media, diversity, and identity in New Zealand. Students will also experience the natural beauty of New Zealand, with visits to Milford Sound (including a boat trip on the Sound), the alpine resort city of Queenstown, Peter Jackson’s Weta Studio in Wellington, and the thermal vents and geysers at Rotorua.

To learn more academic, environmental, physical and health expectations for this program view our New Zealand Program Inventory.


Course Title: Community, Culture, and Identity in New Zealand
Course Number: MXP 433
Course Description: Travel study course to New Zealand that examines the role of mass media in shaping and reviving the identity of its inhabitants as Maori, Pakeha, and New Zealanders. Assigned readings will help students understand the historical context for the emergence of these identities. Students will visit museums, education centers, and Maori cultural sites, as well as radio and television stations in Auckland, Wellington, Rotorua, and Dunedin. They will also meet with prominent scholars and with media policy makers. These contacts, along with the assigned readings, will prepare students for writing assignments in which they analyze the impact of media institutions and practices on the creation of identity. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits (Communication Studies credits).


May Experience programs are open to Furman University students of all majors, subject to any course prerequisites. Successful applicants will demonstrate a marked academic, vocational, or personal interest in the topic of the course. The faculty directors of this program will read all applications and admit the most qualified individuals. All things being equal, preference is given to upperclassmen who have not participated in a study away program previously.


The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education reviews all study away programs on an annual basis, and more frequently as needed, to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the health and safety of participants while traveling. In this day and age, nothing is risk-free. Students and faculty are instructed to remain vigilant and cautious at all times and will receive additional instructions during a pre-departure orientation session and on-site orientation programming. When students commit to a study away program, they are asked to self-disclose personal information - which may include allergies, medications, disabilities, mental health conditions, medical concerns, and past medical histories. This information is shared with the faculty directors and study away staff for use during medical emergencies, and in an effort to be aware of and plan for situations that may arise or accommodations that are needed while students are away from Furman's campus resources. It is extremely important for students to be transparent and forthcoming about their concerns, needs, and medical histories prior to the start of the program as well as during the program. Furman University contracts with Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA) to provide medical and emergency services to students while traveling abroad on Furman study away programs. Students participating in study away programs in the United States are required to show proof of medical insurance. 


To confirm participation in a study away program, a non-refundable $500 deposit is due two weeks after acceptance. The final payment deadline is in early to mid-March and will be specified in the Financial Agreement associated with the program.

Study Away Need-Based Scholarships
Need-based study away scholarships are available. Priority is given to students who have not previously participated in a study away program. Students who apply by the May Experience scholarship deadline will receive a scholarship amount estimate ahead of the program deposit deadline. Townes, Duke, and Hollingsworth Scholars should alert the Rinker Center for Study Away to apply their one-time study away stipend to their study away program.

May Experience Study Away Program Fee Inclusions
        Roundtrip airfare from a designated city (for international destinations)
        Transportation for domestic study away programs varies by program
Tourist visas (if required)
Lodging for the duration of the program
Ground transportation for program-related activities/events
Entrance fees to programmed activities/events/venues
Tours included in the study away program
Group meals (students will know ahead of time how many group meals will be provided)
Emergency Medical Insurance (on international programs)

Program Fee Exclusions
Transportation to the designated departure city (for international programs)
Transportation for domestic study away programs varies by program
Meals not included in program fee (will vary by program)
Required books/materials/supplies/equipment/gear
Passport fees

Optional Program Expenses
Site-seeing during free time
International cell phone plan
Trip cancellation or interruption insurance 
Personal expenses and souvenirs

Please see May Experience Budget Sheet at the top of this page for estimated program costs.