University of Oregon

Research in Rapa Nui

Program Overview

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.

Academic Details

You will complement assigned readings with daily field excursions around the island. Emphasis will be on seminar-style discussion and daily field excursions around the island to complement assigned readings and seminar topics. There will be a preparatory part of the program to take place on the campus of the University of Oregon prior to departure. You must be enrolled in an Honors College to participate in this program.

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Terry Hunt currently serves as Dean of the Clark Honors College and professor of anthropology at the University of Oregon. He taught for 24 years at University of Hawaii, where he served as the Director of the University of Hawaii Honors Program. Dr. Hunt has conducted archaeological research in the Pacific Islands for more than thirty years, with extensive work in the Hawaiian Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, and Easter Island (Rapa Nui).

Dr. Hunt’s recent book, The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the mystery of Easter Island (Free Press, New York, 2011), co-authored with Carl Lipo, revisits the dramatic story of Rapa Nui’s prehistory. The book won the Society for American Archaeology’s book of the year award (2011) in the public audience category. Dr. Hunt’s research was the focus of a National Geographic Magazine cover story (July, 2012) and a full-length Nova-National Geographic TV documentary that aired on PBS in November 2012.

Housing Description

You will reside with other program participants in a rented house on the island, with access to a kitchen, bathroom, and laundry facility. Additional housing information will be provided during the program’s pre-departure orientation.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineFinal DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer20172/15/20173/15/20176/22/20177/19/2017
Summer 20182/15/20183/15/2018Late JuneMid-July

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.