Program:  Australia and New Zealand: Intercultural Experiences

Credit Hours: 3-6

Dates:  May 10th to May 30th


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

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)


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)

Depart May 10th

International Date Line - Lose a Day

Auckland - May 12 to May 14th



Travel Day - May 15th  - Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Cave

Rotorua - May 16th - May 18th 



Travel Day - May 19th -  - Rotorua to Sydney

Sydney - May 20th - May 22nd

Travel Day - May 23rd - Sydney to Cairns

Cairns - May 24th  and 25th


Travel day - May 26 - Cairns to Port Douglas

Port Douglas - May 27 - May 28



Travel Day - May 29 - Port Douglas to Cairns


Travel Day - May 30 - Cairns to Atlanta


Itinerary and costs subject to change

Date Updated: 10/31/17    




    Deposit  $300
Feb 1 payment  $2,350
Feb 28 payment $2.350
Travel Expenses Required Subtotals  
Program Cost  $5000.00    
VSU Tuition 533.10    
Inst Fee  147.50    
Passport Fee 135.00    
Visa  $35.00  $6,245.60  
Optional Expenses      
Optional Activities2  $250    
Personal Expenses  $500.00  $750.00  
Total      $6,995.60  
1. Australia: Canberra, Blue Mountains, Sheep Station (Outback) Tjapaki, Rainforest, Barrer Reef (Green Island), Walker Brothers, Janbel gallery  
New Zealand: Auckland Museum, Mitai, Waitomo Cabe, Te Puia, Polynesian Spa, Agradome, 
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


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