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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand; Western Samoa, South Pacific
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/01/2017
06/03/2017 07/07/2017

** Some programs accept students on a rolling admission basis. Students may be notified prior to this date of acceptance into the program.

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Program Type:
Emory approved, Emory Faculty-Led
Home-stay, Research
Program Advisor:
Kate Dawson
Program Description:
To learn more and ask questions about Summer Study abroad opportunities please attend the Summer Study Abroad Fair, in Cox Hall Ballroom, on November 14, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please be advised that the application process for Summer 2018 will open on December 15, 2017.

Hosted by: Department of Psychology

Academic Focus: Infant and Child Development

Eligibility Requirements: Introductory course in psychology or anthropology or equivalent; Minimum 2.5 GPA; good academic standing; at least 18 years of age; completion of a full year of college; and currently enrolled in a college/university.

Because this is an unusual program requiring a certain resilience to challenging living conditions, prior to signing up, students must contact professor Philippe Rochat to schedule an interview, and write a short, maximum one page essay explaining why they want to participate to the program. Please send your essay and email professor Rochat for an interview appointment at

Program Dates: June 3 - July 7, 2017 (The official program dates are the arrival and departure dates for the program)

Application Deadlines: Applications will be accepted starting December 15. The deadline to submit an application is February 22.  Emory College Study Abroad encourages students to submit their applications as early as possible because some programs fill up before the deadline.

Program Information: The Department of Psychology is offering a five-week program in remote islands of the South Pacific. This is a unique opportunity for students to study and live in what is considered as two of the three major South Pacific Island cultural and geographical contexts in Polynesia. Based on community living and home stays, students will immerse themselves in intensive writing about their experience as well as participate in a collective research project pertaining to infant and child development. To provide students with the opportunity for subtle comparative insights and cultural contrasts, the trip will be divided into four major segments of various lengths. The first segment (7 days) will be in the city of Auckland in New Zealand where students will have to attend lectures in preparation of their research in Samoa. Lectures will focus on cross-cultural behavioral research, social cognitive development and Samoan culture in general. The second segment (21 days) will be on the island of Savaii in Western Samoa for research and home stay in a traditional village. The third segment (5 days) will be again in Auckland, New Zealand, where students will analyze and present the data they collected in Samoa. At all locations students will participate in nature and cultural tours.

Students will live in traditional ways with island families. Students should be willing, at time, to live in rough, “sub” US standard conditions. Although the islands are postcard beautiful, it is not Club Med. Students will be introduced to the family environment and specific educational issues and will be provided with an extensive introduction to the physical and cultural ecology by native scholars from local universities. In addition, over the five-week program, students will have regular research seminars and an on-going supervision regarding their field note-keeping and extensive personal writing, as well as on their data collection as part of the collective child psychology and developmental research project.

Courses: All program participants take two courses worth eight Emory credit hours.

PSYCH 388  “Child Development in the South Pacific” (3 credits)
The lecture course of the South Pacific Summer Study Abroad program introducing participating students to topics of child development relevant to their research in Samoa prior to homestays. (Philippe Rochat, instructor)

PSYCH 494  “Directed research for study abroad” (5 credits)
The second course of the South Pacific Summer Study Abroad program introducing participating students doing supervised developmental research in Samoa during home stays. Description: 5 credit hours. (Philippe Rochat, instructor)

Costs: A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheet.
Psych in the SP

Financial Aid/Scholarships: Emory College students who qualify are considered by the Office of Financial Aid for a summer aid award after registration in summer study abroad classes. The amount of the award depends on the number of credits and current financial aid package. Students currently receiving financial aid from Emory are typically eligible. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for information about specific awards. Emory Scholars are informed separately about the procedures for Scholars Summer Study Abroad awards. Emory University Employee Courtesy Scholarships may be applied to the academic fee portion of the summer study abroad program's cost. For more information, please see Summer Study Abroad Scholarships.

Application Process: This program is open to both Emory students and to visiting students from other institutions. For questions or assistance please contact Kate Dawson, Summer Study Abroad Advisor, to schedule a meeting or to inquire about the application process. Student must apply online to the program via the on-line application system. Click on the Apply Now link on this page. Emory students will need their Emory login ID and password. Visiting students from other institutions will create a username (current email address) and password through the online system.

Program Resources: Each summer study abroad program will have a mandatory pre-departure orientation session and/or other pre-departure activities for accepted program participants. The Program Director will contact program participants with details.  Emory College Study Abroad will also offer a general pre-departure orientation in mid-April.

Summer Study Abroad Refund Policy

Summer Study Abroad Information for Visiting Students


Philippe Rochat, Program Director, Psychology Department,

Emory College Study Abroad, Summer Study Abroad Advisor, Kate Dawson, 404-727-2240,

This program is currently not accepting applications.