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COUNTRY: Australia & New Zealand

PROGRAM NAME: Australia and New Zealand Green River Community College Study Abroad

SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Green River Community College

PROGRAM DATES: Winter Quarter

PROGRAM FOCUS: Cultural Studies, History, Biology

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Study abroad and earn 15 GRCC credits in sunny Melbourne, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand.

Melbourne is situated in southeastern Australia. It is one of the great livable cities of the world, noted for its diversity, vitality, and sophistication, a center for arts and culture with ready access to the wonders of Australia's natural history. This makes Melbourne a cosmopolitan, harmonious and dynamic city in which to live and study and Newman College is in an ideal location to enjoy all the activities that the city presents.

In Auckland, New Zealand you will experience Maori culture, New Zealand's natural attractions and culture. Auckland is perhaps the most vibrant and bustling multi-cultural city in the world with its urban environment, beautiful beaches, hiking trails and glistening harbors.

This is a study program. Students must carry a 15-credit load and are expected to fully participate in all class activities. In addition to the Humanities: Australian/NZ Life and Culture class, students will take History of Australia/NZ and New Zealand Biology. See detailed course descriptions below.

Courses are scheduled Monday through Friday. The weekends are free. 

Humanities: Peoples of the World-Australian and New Zealand Life and Culture. Australian and New Zealand Faculty - 5 credits
Offers students an introduction to Australian and New Zealand society and culture by examining its major social and political institutions, the cultural values of its people, and the significant contemporary issues these nations confront. Students will engage in critical discussions about the differences between American and Australian/New Zealand cultures, and will address the relation of Australia and New Zealand to the Pacific Rim. This course aims to facilitate student orientation to Australia and New Zealand, and to offer an important socio-cultural framework for other courses they will take.

History: History of Australia and New Zealand
Dr. Bruce Haulman  - 5 credits
Examines the history of Australasian nations of Australia and New Zealand from the first human inhabitants of Australia some 60,000 years ago, and the Maori settlement of New Zealand some 800 years ago, through the long and often difficult processes to become the modern island nations of Australia and New Zealand. Attention is given to the various groups who have migrated to Australasia, the European exploration and colonization of the area, the development of settlements and colonial governments, the move to nationhood in the late 19th century, and the emergence of the modern nations of Australia and New Zealand in the 20th century.

Biology - Natural Science of Australian/New Zealand
Australian and New Zealand Faculty - 5 credits
Focuses on the ecology of Australia and New Zealand, including ecosystems and human impact on ecosystems. The biodiversity, characteristics, and interactions of Australian and New Zealand flora and fauna will also be investigated within various habitats and ecosystems. A significant portion of the course will involve field observations and experiences. This course does not meet the lab distribution requirement. and is designed for the beginning college student. 



Weeks 1-5 will be spent at Newman College, which is part of the University of Melbourne. The campus is centrally located in the heart of Melbourne with easy access to all the city's activities and attractions.

Weeks 6-10 will be spent at in Auckland, New Zealand where you will be studying at Unitec University, one of New Zealand's top educational institutions. Auckland is very popular with students worldwide and a has a large international population.

Accommodations and Meals: 

While at Newman College of the University of Melbourne, students will be accommodated in single rooms. These are college dormitories with shared baths and communal eating facilities.

While studying in New Zealand, students will live in shared student housing near the Unitec University campus.

Many meals are provided in Melbourne.

The cost of living in Australia is similar to that of the United States, however the cost of living in New Zealand is lower than in the United States.


Cultural Activities and Excursions: There will be pre-arranged fully inclusive tours during your stay, which may include:

In Australia:

  • Melbourne Museum: Banjalika Aboriginal Exhibit
  • National Gallery: Aboriginal Art Exhibit
  • Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance
  • National Gallery Australian Art Exhibit
  • Bendigo - Gold Fields
  • Healsville Sanctuary
  • Mount Donna Buang Forests
  • Victoria Parliament
  • Lorne Surf Beache
  • Cape Schanck

In New Zealand:

  • Auckland Museum: Ngati Whatua O Orakei Maori Performance
  • Mount Albert Volcano and The Auckland Volcano Field
  • The Waitakere Range
  • Tiri Tiri Matangi Sanctuary
  • Rangitoto Volcano
  • Auckland Art Gallery  

Additional Activities: Other field trips are optional and may require an additional fee: These may include an overnight excursion to Mangere Marae, Lord of the Rings Tour, and Whale Rider Tour. 

Breaks:  There will also be plenty of opportunity to do your own exploring during program breaks.  Students will have a one week break in Australia and a one week break while in New Zealand.

PROGRAM FEE:  $7,195  (Plus $275 airport taxes/surcharges) 
Land-only option $5,970 (excludes airfare and airport transfers)

A $450 (non-refundable) deposit is required to be paid with your application to hold your place in the program.


  • Round trip group airfare on program dates from Seattle/Melbourne/Auckland/Seattle
  • Group transfers to/from international airports
  • Student housing accommodations while at Newman College, University of Melbourne
  • Student housing accommodations while at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland
  • Some meals at Newman College
  • Tram/Bus/Rail pass for first month of the program
  • Some cultural activities and excursions
  • Pre-departure and arrival orientations
  • Welcome BBQ in Melbourne
  • Student basic medical insurance

Not Included:

  • College tuition and books
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Fees for some sporting, telephone, and internet facilities
  • Telephone and internet facilities at other locations
  • Meals not previously specified
  • Some curriculum activities admissions
  • Personal and entertainment expenses
  • Independent travel and expenses during and after the program
  • US and Australian airport fees and taxes ($275)
  • Anything not specified as included in the program

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