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Program:  New Zealand: Intercultural Experiences
Credit Hours: 3
Dates:  December 10th to December 27th


Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Queenstown, Dunedin

Informational Sessions

  • TBA




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 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, Eco-tour, Otago Museum, Hobbiton, Lord of the Rings Tour

Optional Activities

 Wine Tour, Bunge Jumping, jet boating horseback riding, 4-wheeling, walking, Milford Sound

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)


December 10th - Travel day(s) - Atlanta to Auckland

December 11th - Cross the International Date Line 

December 12th - Auckland to Dunedin

December 13thDecember 14th - Dunedin

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




December 15th - Fly to Queenstown

December 16thDecember 17th - Queenstown

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




December 18th - Fly to Wellington

December 19thDecember 20th - Wellington

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




December 21st - Fly to Rotorua

December 22ndDecember 23rd - Rotorua

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




December  2th - Travel Day - Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Cave

December 21st to December 26th - Auckland

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








Return Home December 27th

Itinerary and costs subject to change



Date Updated: 25-Oct-18    
17 Days      


Deposit   $300
Feb 1 payment     $1,950
Feb 28 payment   $1,950


Travel Expenses Required Subtotals  
Program Cost      
Airfare*  $1,625    
Group Transportation*  $200    
Accomodation*  $400    
Food*  $200    
Activities*1  $500    
Insurance*  $39    
Admin Fee*  $50    
Faculty Cell Phone*  $5    
Contingency Fee  $381  $3,400.00  Curency Fluxuation
Photo and Passport  $135    
 Tourist Fee  $35  $170.00  
Tuition and Fees      
Tuition (3 credits)  $533.01    
VSU Fees  $147.50  $680.51  
Optional Expenses      
Optional Activities2  $500    
Personal Expenses  $300  $800  
Total      $  
1. All required activities including Auckland Museum, Mitai, Waitomo Cave, Te Puia, Polynesian Spa, Agradome, Te Papa, Eco-tour, Otago Museum, Lor of the Rings Tour, Hobbiton
2. Priced assuming a paid activity on each open day. Cost may change depending upon the activity chosen.  
*Included in Fee charged for program    

Price subject to change based on the number of students and exchange rates