Program:  Australia: Intercultural Experiences
Credit Hours: 3
Dates:  May 10th to May  27th

Locations:  

Sydney, Cairns, Port Douglas, Mossman

Informational Sessions

  • TBA

Video

Forthcoming

Description

Australia offers a unique opportunity to study differences in how a native culture and a modern culture co-exist.   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

  • COMM 4911 - International Studies I
  • COMM 4912 - International Studies II

Graduate 

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

Planned Activities

The 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 

Optional Activities

Green Island, Whale Watching,  Sydney Opera House Tour, Canberra Trip

Other Information

Orientation to Hostels

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)

Depart May 6th

International Date Line - Lose a Day

Sydney (May 12th to May 16th - four days)

  • Planned Activities
    • Australian Museum
    • Blue Mountains
    • Sheep Station
  • Optional activities include
    • Rugby match
    • Opera house
    • Harbor bridge
    • Harbor tour
    • Camberra
    • iMax theater
    • The Rocks
    • Darling Harbor
    • Bondi Beach

 

 

Travel Day - May 17th - Sydney to Cairns

Cairns (May 18th and 20th - three days)

  • Planned Activities
    • Tjapaki
    • Barrier Reef
  • Optional activities include
    • Kuranda
    • Atherton Tablelands
    • Fitzroy Island
    • Green Island
    • Great Barrier Reef

 

 

Port Douglas (May 21st to May 25th - Five days)

  • Planned Activities
    • Daintree Rainforest
    • Tropical Ice Cream Parlor
    • Crocodile Tour
    • Cape Tribulation Beach Tour
    • Aboriginal Beach Walk (Walker Brothers)
    • Aboriginal Art (Janbel Gallery)
  • Optional activities include
    • Great Barrier Reef
    • Green Island
    • Outer Reef
    • Inner Reef
    • Fitzroy Island

 

 

Travel Day Cairns (May 26th)

  • Optional activities include
    • Kuranda
    • Atherton Tablelands

 

May 27th Return Home

Itinerary and costs subject to change

 

  Date Updated: 10/24/18    
  17 Days      
 

 

Payments

Deposit  $300
Feb 1     $1,550
Feb 28   $1,550

 

     
  Travel Expenses Required Subtotals  
  Program Cost      
  Airfare*  $1,300    
  Group Transportation*  $200    
  Accomodation*  $550    
  Food* $200    
  Activities*1 $850    
  Insurance*  $39    
  Faculty Cell Phone*  $5    
  Contingency $456  $3,400  
         
  Visa $35    
   Photo and Passport $135 $170  
         
  Tuition and Fees      
  uition (3 credits) $533.01    
   VSU Fees  $147.50  $680.51  
         
  Optional Expenses      
  Optional Activities2 $250.00    
   Personal Expenses   $500.00   $750.00  
           
  Total     $5,000.51  
         
  1. All required activities including a trip to the 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 
  2.. Alternative Barrier Reef trip, Whale Watching,  Sydney Opera House Tour, Canberra Trip
  * Included in Fee charged for the program    

Prices subject to change base upon enrollment and exchange rates

 

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