Study Anthropology in Aotearoa/New Zealand
If you are coming to study for more than three months, you will need to apply for a student visa from Immigration New Zealand. Visas are issued on an annual basis, meaning you will need to re-apply each year. A medical and police check is required once every three years.
Courses in anthropology are available at seven universities throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand. Each university has its own areas of anthropological expertise and speciality.
Massey University specialises in Social Anthropology. Topics covered include politics, globalisation, inequality, human-environmental relations, human rights, visual culture, systems of healing, food, gender, and religion.
University of Canterbury
The University of Canterbury specialises in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Topics covered include identity, ritual, power, human evolution, food and eating, kinship, environment, development, disaster, ethnicity, history, and multispecies anthropology.
University of Waikato
The University of Waikato specialises in sociocultural anthropology with a strong focus on the Pacific region. Topics covered include ethnicity and identity, Polynesia and its peoples, food, culture, power, the anthropology of livelihood, and Māori heritage management.
University of Otago
There are three broad areas of Anthropology at Otago: archaeology, biological anthropology and social anthropology. Topics covered include contemporary Pacific cultures, Pacific archaeology, anthropology of money, medical anthropology, death, grief, ritual, development, and archaeological methods and practice.
Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria University of Wellington specialises in Cultural Anthropology. Topics covered include medical anthropology, visual anthropology, development and humanitarianism, environmental and economic anthropology, ritual, conflict and reconciliation, inequality, migration, identity, kinship, material culture, and Pacific history.
Doing Research in Aotearoa/New Zealand
Anthropologists planning to conduct research in Aotearoa/New Zealand will need to obtain a research visa.
Please note that this information is provided only as a general guideline. It is not intended as and does not substitute for immigration advice.
Special visitor visa (for short-term visits)
Academics undertaking activities of a pedagogical, educational, professional management or research nature may be granted a three-month special visitor visa. If you are from the United Kingdom, you may be granted a six-month visitor visa. You will need a letter of invitation from the institute or institutes at which you plan to work. Visit Immigration New Zealand for more information.
Work visa (for visits of more than three months)
You must apply for a work visa before travelling to New Zealand if you wish to stay for longer than three months, make multiple visits with a total duration of more than three months in any calendar year, or undertake any work that falls outside the scope of the Visiting academic category. Immigration New Zealand has more information about applying for temporary work visas.
Work visas are issued on an annual basis, meaning you will need to re-apply each year. A medical and police check is required once every three years. In some circumstances, where the research project is longer term and you need to be in New Zealand for three or more years, you might be eligible for a 3-year visa instead of one year at a time. Contact Immigration New Zealand for more information.