Program:  Australia: Intercultural Experiences
Credit Hours: 3
Dates:  June 5th to June 20th

Locations:  

Sydney, Cairns, Port Douglas, Mossman

Informational Sessions

  • Monday January 23rd – 4:00 pm - CAC 1022
  • Tuesday January 24th – 4:00 pm - CAC 1022

Video

Description

Australia offer 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 3911 - International Studies I
  • COMM 4911 - International Studies II

Graduate 

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

Planned Activities

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 

Optional Activities

Green Island, Whale Watching,  Sydney Opera House Tour, Camberra 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 June 6th

International Date Line - Lose a Day

Sydney (June 6th to June 10th - 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 - June 11th - Sydney to Cairns

Cairns (May 11th and 14th - four days)

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

 

 

Port Douglas (June 15th to June 17th - Three 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 (June 18th)

  • Optional activities include
    • Kuranda
    • Atherton Tablelands

 

June 19th Return Home

Itinerary and costs subject to change

 

  Date Updated: 8/24/16    
  14 Days      
 

 

Payments

Deposit  $300
Feb 1     $2,000
Feb 28   $2,000

 

     
  Travel Expenses Required Subtotals  
  Program Cost      
  Airfare*  $2,200.00    
  Group Transportation*  $130.00    
  Accomodation*  $640.00    
  Food* $320.00    
  Activities*1 $800.00    
  Insurance*  $60.00    
  Faculty Cell Phone*  $12.00  $4,163.00  
   Contingency $ 240.00    
  Visa  $35.00  $35.00  
  Photo and Passport  $155.00  $155.00  
         
  Tuition and Fees      
  Tuition (3 credits)  $522.00    
  VSU Fees  $295.00  $817.00  
         
  Optional Expenses      
  Optional Activities2  $250.00    
  Personal Expenses  $500.00  $750.00  
         
  Total      $6,022.00  
         
         
  1. All required activites including trip to 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 
  2.. Althernative Barrier Reef trip - $90 budgeted for Green Island
Whale Watching,  Sydney Opera House Tour, Camberra Trip
  * Included in Fee charged for program    

Prices subject to change base dupon enrollment and exchange rates

 

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