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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