Program:  New Zealand: Intercultural Experiences
Credit Hours: 3
Dates:  May 16th to June 5th


Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Nelson, Franz Josef, Queenstown, Dunedin

Informational Sessions

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



New Zealand offers 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.       

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


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


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

Planned Activities

Auckland Museum, Mitai, Waitomo Cave, Te Puia, Polynesian Spa, Agradome, Te Papa, Glacier Walk, Eco-tour, Otago Museum

Optional Activities

 Wine Tour, Hobbiton, Lord of the Rings Tour, Glacier Helitrek, Skiing, Bunge Jumping

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)

Wellington -  YHA Wellington City Central Hostel (2007 Best Hosel in Oceania, 5-star Qualmark, Gold Enviro-Award)

Nelson - YHA Nelson (5Plus Backpacker, Silver Qualmark Enviro-award) 

Franz Josef - YHA Franz Josef Glacier Hostel (5plus star Qualmark, Silver Qualmark Enviro-award)

Queenstown - YHA Queenstown Lakefront Hostel (Silver Qualmark Enviro-award)

Dunedin - Hogwartz (Lonely Planet recommended)


May 16th - Travel day(s) - Atlanta to Auckland

May17th - Cross the International Date Line 

Auckland (May 18th - May 19th)

  • Planned Activities
    • Auckland Museum
    • The Domain
  • Optional activities include:
    • Rugby Match
    • Shopping
    • Wine Tour
    • K Road
    • Rangitoto Island








May 20th - Travel Day - Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Cave

Rotorua (May 21st to May 23rd - three days)

  • Planned Activities
    • Wiatomo Caves
    • Te Puia
    • Mitai
    • Polynesian Spa
    • Agridome
  • Optional activities include
    • Hobbitton (home of the hobbits)
    • Zorbing
    • white water rafting
    • Wai-o-Tapu
    • Skyline Rotura
    • Whakarewarewa Forest
    • Hiking



May 24th - Travel Day - Rotorua to Wellington

Wellington (May 25th and 26th - two days)

  • Planned Activities
    • Te Papa
  • Optional activities:
    • Lord of the Rings Tours
    • Shopping
    • Botanical garden and Cable car
    • Weta Cave
    • Welly Walks



Travel Day - May 27th - Wellington to Nelson
Travel Day - May 28th - Nelson to Franz Josef

Franz Josef (May 29th - May 30th - two days)

  • Planned Activities
    • Glacier walk
    • Rainforest walk
    • Hot Pools
  • Optional activities include:
    • Wedges and sweet chili sauce



Travel Day - May 31st - Franz Josef to Queenstown

Queenstown (June 1st to June 2nd) - open city

  • Optional activities include:
    • Fergburgers
    • Adrenaline junky heaven (not all recommended)
      • bungee jumping,
      • canyon swinging
      • jet boating
      • sky diving
      • parasailing
      • four-wheeling
      • hiking
      • luge
      • Wine Tasting
      • fishing
      • boating
      • Shopping
      • Zero Degree Bar



Travel Day - June 3rd - Queenstown to Dunedin

Dunedin (June 4th and 5th - two days)

  • Planned Activities
    • Eco tour
    • Otago Museum
  • Optional activities include:
    • Worlds steepest residential street
    • Shopping
    • Taieri Gorge Railroad



Return Home June 6th

Itinerary and costs subject to change



Date Updated: 13-Jun-15    
21 Days      


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


Travel Expenses Required Subtotals  
Program Cost      
Airfare*  $2,300.00    
Group Transportation*  $340.00    
Accomodation*  $550.00    
Food*  $550.00    
Activities*1  $400.00    
Insurance*  $50.00    
Admin Fee*  $50.00    
Faaculty Cell Phone*  $10.00  $4,250.00  
Photo and Passport  $155.00  $155.00  
Tuition and Fees      
Tuition (6 credits)  $522.00    
VSU Fees  $295.00  $817.00  
Optional Expenses      
Optional Activities2  $650.00    
Personal Expenses  $500.00  $1,150.00  
Total      $6,372.00  
1. All required activities including Auckland Museum, Mitai, Waitomo Cave, Te Puia, Polynesian Spa, Agradome, Te Papa, Glacier Walk, Eco-tour, Otago Museum
2. Priced assuming a paid activity on each open day including Wine Tour, Hobbiton,
Lord of the Rings Tour, Glacier Helitrek, Skiing, Bunge Jumping - Cost may change depending upon the activity chosen.  
*Included in Fee charged for program    

Price subject to change based upon number of students and exchange rates 

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