Program:  Australia and New Zealand: Intercultural Experiences

Credit Hours: 6

Dates:  May 16th to June 19th


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



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. 


  • 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

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