Program:  Australia and New Zealand: Intercultural Experiences

Credit Hours: 6

Dates:  May 16th to June 19th

Locations:  

Sydney, Cairns, Port Douglas, Mossman, Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Nelson, Franz Josef, Queenstown, Dunedin

Information Sessions: 

  • Monday January 23rd – 4:00 pm - CAC 1022
  • Tuesday January 24th – 4:00 pm - CAC 1022

Video

Description

New Zealand and Australia offer a unique opportunity to study differences in how a native culture and a modern culture co-exist.    In the case of New Zealand the cultures appear to co-exist as as relative equals and have merged to form a co-culture. Australia, spent years attempting to marginalize the aboriginal culture, and it has only been in the past few decades begun to recognize the relative importance of the native culture to Australia. 

The program also provides students with the opportunity to study how their academic specialization is lived in another culture.  The social, cultural, and legal rules that govern relationships, organizations, values, and one's place are sufficiently different as to provide the ability to develop insights into intercultural, interpersonal, organizational, mass communication and public relations contexts.

Course Options

Undergraduate (open to all majors):

  • COMM 3911 - International Studies I
  • COMM 4911 - International Studies II

These courses are place holders.  The courses can be used as substitutions for other courses. 

Graduate:

  • MAIC 6200 - Advanced Intercultural Communication
  • MAIC 7000 - Environmental Communication
  • MAIC 7400 - Directed Study

Planned Activities

Australia - Blue Mountains, Sheep Station (Outback), Tjapaki, Rainforest, Barrer Reef (Green Island), Cooya Beach spear fishing, Janbel Gallery, River Cruise (Croc Photo hunting), Cape Tribulation, Aboriginal Painting 

New Zealand - Auckland Museum, Mitai, Waitomo Cave, Te Puia, Polynesian Spa, Agradome, Te Papa, Glacier Walk, Eco-tour, Otago Museum

Optional Activities

Australia - Outer Barrier Reef, Whale Watching,  Sydney Opera House Tour, Camberra Trip

New Zealand -  Wine Tour, Hobbiton, Lord of the Rings Tour, Glacier Helitrek, Skiing, Bunge Jumping

Other Information

Orientation to Hostels

New Zealand

Auckland - YHA Auckland International Hostel (4plus Star Qualmark, Qualmark Enviro-Silver Award)

Rotorua - YHA Rotorua Treks Hostel (2008 Best Hostel on Oceania, 5-star Qualmark, Silver Qualmark Enviro-award)

Wellington -  YHA Wellington City Central Hostel (2007 Best Hosel in Oceania, 5-star Qualmark, Gold Enviro-Award)

Nelson - YHA Nelson (5Plus Backpacker, Silver Qualmark Enviro-award) 

Franz Josef - YHA Franz Josef Glacier Hostel (5plus star Qualmark, Silver Qualmark Enviro-award)

Queenstown - YHA Queenstown Lakefront Hostel (Silver Qualmark Enviro-award)

Dunedin - Hogwartz (Lonely Planet recommended)

Australia

Sydney - YHA Sydney Central (2007 - 2011 Australian Tourism Award -Top Hostel)

Cairns - YHA Central Backpackers Hostel (2013 Queensland Tourism Gold Backpacker Award)

Port Douglas - Port O'Call Hostel (2006 Tourism Award - Finalist, 4 Green Stars Enrironment Friendly AAA Australia)

Executive Producer(Produced, directed and edited by Tasha Brown)

  • University of Otago
  • Studying Abroad
  • Studying in New Zealand and Australia  Massey University
  • Central Queensland University                                    
  • Griffith University
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  • 2011 Study Abroad Program: Intercultural Communication and Co-cultural Experiences (2010) Length: 4:15. 
  • 2013 Study Abroad Program: Intercultural Communication and Co-cultural Experiences (2011) Length: 4:57.
  • 2016 Study Abroad Program: Intercultural Communication and Co-cultural Experiences (2011) Length: 6:54.
  • 2017  Study Abroad Program: Intercultural Communication and Co-cultural Experiences (2011) Length: 5:46.

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Date Updated: 8/24/16    

 

 

 

    Deposit  $300
Feb 1 payment  $3,100
Feb 28 payment $3,100
Travel Expenses Required Subtotals  
Program Cost      
Airfare*  $2,600.00    
Group Transportation*  $360.00    
Accommodation*  $1,200.00    
Food*  $620.00    
Activities*1  $1,200.00    
Insurance*  $50.00    
Cell Phone  $10.00    
 contingency  $460.00  $6,500.00  
Visa  $35.00    
Photo and Passport  $155.00  $155.00  
       
       
Tuition and Fees      
Tuition (6 credits)  $1050.00    
VSU Fees  $295.00  $1345.00  
       
       
Optional Expenses      
Optional Activities2  $1,300.00    
Personal Expenses  $500.00  $1,800.00  
       
Total      $9,795.20  
       
1. Australia: Camberra, Blue Mountains, Sheep Station (Outback) Tjapaki, Rainforest, Barrer Reef (Green Island), Walker Brothers, Janbel gallery  
New Zealand: Auckland Museum, Mitai Waitomo Cabe, Te Puia, Plynesian Spa, Agradome, Te Papa, Glacier Walk, Eco-tour, Otago Museum
2. Alternative Barrier Reef trips cost more - $70 budgeted for Green Island, Whale Watching - Sydney - Opera House Tour, Wine Tour, Hobbiton, Lord of the Rings Tour, Glacier Helitrek, Jet Boating, Bunge Jumping in New Zealand
* Included in Fee charged for program

 

How to fund study abroad

Valdosta State University
New Zealand and Australia Program:
Intercultural and Co-cultural Experiences

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Welcome to the website for the New Zealand and Australia Study Abroad trip sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies at Eastern Illinois University. The travel portion of the course takes place between approximately May 30th to  and July 1st.  For more information, please use the navigation links below.  

 

The countries of New Zealand and Australia offer a unique opportunity to study differences in how a native culture and a modern culture co-exist.  In the case of New Zealand the cultures appear to co-exist as as relative equals and have merged to form a co-culture.  Australia, on the other hand, spent years attempting to marginalize the aboriginal culture, and it has only been in the past few decades begun to recognize the relative of the importance of the native culture to Australia.

The program also provides students with the opportunity to study how their academic specialization is lived in another culture.  The social, cultural, and legal rules that govern relationships, organizations, values, and one's place are sufficiently different as to provide the ability to develop insights into intercultural,  interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication as well as public relations contexts.

This program will provide students with six semester hours credit componsed of COMM 4610 Environmental Communication and COMM 3600 Directed Research.  

The links below provide additional information on the program.  

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