Program:  Australia and New Zealand: Intercultural Experiences

Credit Hours: 3-6

Dates:  TBA


Auckland, Rotorua, Sydney, Cairns, Port Douglas




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 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 4911 - Communication Study Abroad I
  • COMM 4912 - Communication Study Abroad II

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


  • MAIC 6200 - Intercultural Communication
  • MAIC 7400 - Directed Study

Planned Activities

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

New Zealand - Auckland Museum, Mitai, Waitomo Cave, Te Puia, Polynesian Spa, Agradome

Optional Activities

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

New Zealand -  Wine Tour, Hobbiton, Lord of the Rings Tour, Luging, Zorbing, Hiking

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