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Subject Areas
Cultural Studies History Humanities

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level


Starting Price
$5,000 USD
Oct 03, 2017
Sep 25, 2016

About Program

In this special study abroad program you will travel to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) for a combined seminar-style intensive course and grand “field trip” to witness the island’s most remarkable archaeology. The course is offered by leading Rapa Nui expert, Dr. Terry Hunt, whose work has been featured in a National Geographic cover story (July 2012), on Nova-National Geographic TV, and in his award-winning book with Carl Lipo, The Statues that Walked (2011). Dr. Hunt has also published his Rapa Nui research in prestigious journals such as Science, American Scientist, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Journal of Archaeological Science, and many others.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Rapa Nui 2016

A truly unique and incredible experience! Being one of the most isolated places on Earth, arriving on Rapa Nui is almost like stepping foot on another planet. Exploring the striking landscapes, culture, and archaeology with the two leading archaeologists, and having the chance to conduct my own research while on the island was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Nearly every inch of Rapa Nui is an archaeological site, and you can't go far without finding something amazing. If you have the chance to visit Rapa Nui, this is the trip to take. You will not find anyone more knowledgeable about the island than Dr. Hunt, and he provides an in-depth, educationally immersive experience you won't get anywhere else. This was one of the first years this trip was offered, and as amazing as my experience was, I know the trip will only improve in quality every year as the kinks get worked out!

What would you improve about this program?
I would have preferred more structured daily activities, and communication between group members and faculty could be improved.
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Research In Rapa Nui 2016

This experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. The study abroad program was lead by one of the world's leading Rapa Nui experts and we got access to more of the island than almost anyone else could. This program was fantastic overall, if a bit disorganized. Even with the problems with organization, we still got to see all of the island and do everything on the island in the two weeks we were there, except for hiking one of the volcanoes. In addition, for anyone who likes stars or the night sky, my program was there during a new moon, resulting in some of the best Milky Way and night sky views I have ever seen, complimented by the moai statues that dotted the island. I highly recommend this experience, I learned a lot about archeology, Pacific islands, and especially Rapa Nui all while seeing some of the most incredible sights I have ever seen.

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