Programs

Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Engaging with Fijian kava ceremonies. Exploring the startling beauty of New Zealand's Milford Sound. Stepping to the edge of the world in Antarctica. This is why many alumni call our programs the single most influential experience of their university careers.

About

For over 40 years, AUIP has been providing programs that combine rigorous academic study with opportunities for experiential learning. Learn about our passionate team, our unwavering commitment to international education, and our long-term partner universities nationwide.

Alumni

Upon returning home, you've joined a special community of individuals committed to international cooperation and understanding with an increased respect and appreciation for other cultures and environments. We want to stay in touch with you and help you continue making the most of your international experience.

Faculty

Whether you’re new to international education or have led dozens of programs abroad, our team can support you in your faculty-led endeavors. From assisting with the development of a customized program to providing you with pre-departure tools, we handle the full scope of your needs.

Parents

As a parent, we know you are concerned about your student going abroad. We are here to help you obtain the necessary information and reassure you with your student’s decision to study abroad. Study abroad advisors at your student's campus can provide university-specific details in relation to their AUIP programs.

Students

Studying abroad is a major, life-changing opportunity, but endless questions exist in the process of heading overseas. Understand the benefits of studying abroad with us, prepare for your international experience, and ensure your dream becomes a reality.



About AUIP



AUIP assists faculty and universities with developing and implementing their own faculty-led, short-term study abroad programs in the Oceania region. AUIP specializes in creating programs that combine rigorous academic study with opportunities for experiential learning. By combining lectures at prestigious universities around the world with field and community based activities, AUIP offers students unique ways to explore the culture and natural environments of the country they are visiting. AUIP offers an ideal combination of outstanding academic quality, true cultural immersion, extensive extracurricular and leisure activities, and the social opportunities of a university environment.

AUIP’s strength is in blending rigorous academics with seamless logistics. The benefits of working with AUIP are:

  • We help faculty prepare, develop, and run their own programs. We tailor programs to faculty’s individual interests and needs.
  • Universities generate their own credits and tuition revenue even with low enrollment.
  • Faculty and universities maintain control of the academic rigor of the programs.
  • Students receive a rich academic international experience while gaining credits at their home university.

Mission

The mission of AUIP is to promote international cooperation and understanding by providing opportunities for Americans to experience first-hand the cultures and environments of the Oceania region. Our programs provide experiential learning through classroom-based and field activities. Our programs encourage participants, academic faculty, local suppliers, and our employees to engage in cross-cultural dialogue and interaction that will result in an increased respect and appreciation for other cultures and environments, as well as helping them understand their home culture.

Our programs will have impacts on participants for the rest of their lives. Our goal is to foster global citizens by challenging participants to use their travel experiences to actively promote intercultural understanding and cooperation, overcoming cultural and national barriers and forging international partnerships once they return home. This may be as simple as students talking to their friends and family about their overseas experiences, or as far-reaching as faculty forming international collaborations and research initiatives.

Our specific focus is on the Oceania region, because these are the cultures and environments we know best. We believe that the Oceania region provides a safe and relatively easy environment for Americans to learn about other cultures and environments, and that it will encourage Americans who would otherwise be unlikely to travel overseas to gain a new thirst for travel and international experiences.

Programs: Australia

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From lush rainforests to desolate Outback, Australia is a land of extremes. However, the friendly people and stunning sights remain constant throughout the country. With some typical program activities including cuddling a koala, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, enjoying a farmstay with real Aussies, and touring the Sydney Opera House, studying abroad Down Under is an easy decision. Programs Available:

Programs: Australia

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From lush rainforests to desolate Outback, Australia is a land of extremes. However, the friendly people and stunning sights remain constant throughout the country. With some typical program activities including cuddling a koala, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, enjoying a farmstay with real Aussies, and touring the Sydney Opera House, studying abroad Down Under is an easy decision. Programs Available:

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Programs: Australia

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From lush rainforests to desolate Outback, Australia is a land of extremes. However, the friendly people and stunning sights remain constant throughout the country. With some typical program activities including cuddling a koala, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, enjoying a farmstay with real Aussies, and touring the Sydney Opera House, studying abroad Down Under is an easy decision. Programs Available:

Meet the Team

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Kevin Arscott

Director

Email: kevin@auip.com

Phone: +64.3.359.1491

Cell: +64.27.226.1851

Biography:

Kevin is a qualified charted accountant and member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has been involved in various industries ranging from manufacturing to media and tourism. Kevin became a Director of AUIP in 2008 after seeing the unique educational study abroad opportunities AUIP offers to students. Kevin has a passion for exploring new educational adventures and activities which provide life-changing, cultural, academic and extracurricular activities for students. His passion has grown to such an extent that you will often see Kevin experiencing AUIP's study abroad programs - and often asking more questions than the students! Kevin also lectures on our business programs.

Personal Information:

Favorite travel destination: Italy

Favorite program activity: tbd

Top travel tip: Don't be late for the bus!

Favorite outdoor activity: Swimming in tropical (warm!) waters

Education:

Chartered Accountant (CA), New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Otago, Accounting and Information Systems

Expertise:

Accounting
Contracts
Insurance

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Mary Ogburn

International Programs and Development Director

Email: mary@auip.com

Phone: +64 3 377 4644

Cell: +64 27 584 3872

Biography:

Originally from Southwestern Virginia, Mary has earned a bachelor’s degree in French and a master’s in Higher Education Administration, studying abroad several times along the way in France, Italy, and Germany. After a year of teaching English in the French Alps, Mary began working in study abroad in 2008 at Virginia Tech, where she helped facilitate AUIP faculty-led programs to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Antarctica. She has since worked with international programs at Boston College, Wellesley College, and Boston University, and has been an active member of the Boston Area Study Abroad Association.

Personal Information:

Favourite travel destination: Anywhere with mountains, from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, and now to the Southern Alps of New Zealand!

Favourite program activity: Swimming with hundreds of Dusky dolphins.

Top Travel tip: Pack your bags, and then take out half!

Favourite outdoor activity: Backpacking or hut-to-hut hiking

Education:

B.A., College of William and Mary, French
M.A., Boston College Lynch School of Education, Higher Education Administration

Expertise:

International education leadership
Program development
Institutional relations
Assessment

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Helen Beumelburg

Operations and Programs Manager

Email: helen@auip.com

Phone: +64.3.377.4644

Cell: +64.21.029.40805

Biography:

Helen is a native New Zealander who started her career as a qualified Food Technologist. After 2.5 years backpacking through Australia, South East Asia and Europe, and teaching in Japan, she developed a passion for travel, cultural diversity and international education. After returning to New Zealand, Helen gained 15 years experience in education program management and development. Helen’s life-changing international experiences have driven her to facilitate these experiences for others. Her other passion is competitive table tennis.

Personal Information:

Favorite travel destination: Juara Beach, Tioman Island (especially after trekking through
the jungle)

Favorite program activity: Yet to be discovered!

Top travel tip: Pack a cake of laundry soap, a twisted elastic washing line and some quick-dry
clothing and you’ll always have something clean to wear.

Favorite outdoor activities: Mountain biking, running, caravanning, hula hooping

Education:

B.Tech., Massey University, Food Technology majoring in Marketing and Product
Development

Expertise:

Academic liaison
Program management
Relationship building and communication
New program development
Continuous improvement

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Joseph Fletcher

Risk Management and Student Safety Coordinator

Email: joe@auip.com

Phone: +64 3 377 4644

Cell: +64 21 246 2177

Biography:

Born and raised in Nelson, New Zealand, Joe has lived in Canterbury for the last twelve years and has raised two young kids in Christchurch. They take most of his time outside of work! Joe has worked in safety-oriented roles since 2012 and is currently completing a graduate diploma in Occupational Safety and Health.

Personal Information:

Favourite travel destination: Battambang, Cambodia.

Favourite program activity: DOC service-learning program.

Top Travel tip: Take your AUIP Emergency Card wherever you go!

Favourite outdoor activity: Going on adventures with my two toddlers.

Education:

B.A. and M.Sc. University of Canterbury, Psychology

Expertise:

Risk Management
Health & Safety

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Caralyn Purvis, Ph.D.

Academic Affairs Manager

Email: caralyn@auip.com

Phone: +64 3 377 4644

Biography:

Originally from the North East of England, Caralyn traveled to New Zealand to discover her family heritage. One there, she was hooked on the beauty of the South Island and the wonderful people, resulting in a permanent move! Caralyn completed her undergraduate study in the UK, qualifying as a Speech Pathologist, and went on to complete her doctoral studies in New Zealand. Her research has allowed her to travel extensively, most recently undertaking a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Canada. Caralyn also spent multiple summers working at a performing arts camp in Massachusetts where she oversaw all aspects of waterfront safety and instruction. Caralyn has a passion for education and the outdoors, and is thrilled to be working with AUIP in combining both.

Personal Information:

Favourite travel destination: The mountains of the Canadian Rockies - in summer or winter they are always stunning.

Favourite program activity: Yet to be determined.

Top travel tip: Push yourself out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in culture and surroundings of the country you're visiting. Even if you're travelling as a group take the opportunity to speak to the locals, and gain some local knowledge.

Favourite outdoor activity: Trail running in the hills and mountains.

Education:

B.Med.Sci. (Hons), University of Sheffield, Speech Science
Ph.D., University of Canterbury, Education

Expertise:

Academic facilitation
Applied and pure research
Communication
Risk management
Project management

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Brigitte Schuhmacher

Program Coordinator

Email: brigitte@auip.com

Phone: +64.3.377.4644

Biography:

Brigitte was born in Germany but has lived in New Zealand for over 23 years. She loves to travel around the country, especially the northern part of the South Island (Marlborough Sounds, Nelson, and Abel Tasman). Brigitte has worked in international and domestic education for the past 14 years and has previously worked in the hospitality industry in New Zealand and Canada. She arranges logistics for the in-country programs.

Personal Information:

Favorite travel destination: Grožnjan, a small Istrian town in Croatia, a truly artistic beehive. It lives and breathes art with a labyrinth of little streets.

Favorite program activity: Abel Tasman National Park (kayak and walk) - the best of everything in the finest coastal National Park in New Zealand

Top travel tip: Wear sunscreen every day, in all weather and in every season. It should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.

Favorite outdoor activity: Mountain biking and walking along the beach

Expertise:

Logistics
Customer care

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Karla Holloway

Program Coordinator & Marketing Designer

Email: karla@auip.com

Phone: +64.3.377.4644

Biography:

Karla is a graduate of the University of Southern California and a Colorado native. Her passion for international travel and discovering/exploring new cultures began while working on her undergraduate degree and having the opportunity to study abroad for two semesters in New Zealand and The Netherlands. Her other interests include surfing, water skiing, hiking and photography.

After a recent relocation from the United States to Christchurch, Karla is excited to begin her career journey with AUIP and inspire and assist all students in discovering and creating their own study abroad travel experience!

Personal Information:

Favorite travel destination: Camel trekking through the Sahara

Top travel tip: Bring the best walking shoes possible. Your feet will thank you later. And keep a copy of important documents and extra cash separate from the originals in case anything gets lost or stolen

Favorite outdoor activity: Black water rafting in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Education:

A.A., Academy of Art University, Interior Architecture & Design
B.A., University of Southern California, Communication

Expertise:

Marketing
Logistics
Customer Care
Communication

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Kirsty Hole

Program Coordinator

Email: kirsty@auip.com

Phone: +64.3.377.4644

Biography:

Kirsty is a native Kiwi and a graduate of the University of Auckland. For the past 15 years she has traveled the world working in the ski industry and has recently moved to Christchurch. She has a real passion for the outdoors and loves skiing, mountain biking and the ocean. Kirsty is excited to start her career at AUIP in order to assist with their vision to promote global sustainability. She will be working with the logistics team.

Personal Information:

Favorite travel destination: The small coastal towns of Vietnam.

Favorite program activity: Yet to be discovered!

Top travel tip: Always have a plan, and always be ready to change it.

Favorite outdoor activity: Scuba diving

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Samantha Low

Program Coordinator

Email: samantha@auip.com

Phone: +64 3 377 4644

Biography:

A local Cantabrian, Sam joined the AUIP team in 2016 and assists the Logistics team with coordinating the study abroad programs and provides crucial office support for the entire team. A former travel agent, she is an avid equestrian who can be found at horse events on the weekends.

Personal Information:

Favorite travel destination: New York City

Favorite program activity: Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Top travel tip: Those socks and underwear that you wash in the bathroom sink dry a lot faster if you wring them out, lay them flat on a bath towel, roll it up into a sausage, and dance a jig on top

Favorite outdoor activity: Horse riding and BBQing with friends

Expertise:

Travel Logistics
Office Administration

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Amy Goodbehere

Program Coordinator

Email: amy@auip.com

Phone: +64.3.377.4644

Biography:

Originally from Palmerston North, NZ, Amy moved to the big cities of Australia and the UK for 8 years to travel, meet weird and wonderful people, and advance her Finance and Events careers before moving back to her home country in 2013. Growing up, she shared her home and family with exchange students from all over the world, and more recently, lived in both the crazy scene of Queenstown and the tiny village of Aoraki/Mt Cook, where she was working as an Event Coordinator for a big hotel. She has developed a passion for sharing the amazing parts of our world with people from all walks of life. She loves to organise EVERYTHING and see everyone having a great time, so is looking forward to seeing the smiling happy faces of those coming to experience Australia and New Zealand in the near future.

Personal Information:

Favourite Travel Destination: There are so many! City of Budapest in the winter; beaches of the Far North of NZ in the summer.

Favourite Program Activity: Hobbiton.

Top Travel Tip: Leave at least one day free to wander, some of the best adventures are unplanned.

Favourite Outdoor Activity: Kayaking on clear calm waters.

Education:

B.A. Classical Studies and Philosophy, Massey University
Certificates in Tourism & Hospitality and Visual Arts

Expertise:

Event Management
Customer Care
Communication and Relationship Building
Finance

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Stephen Astor

Director

Email: stephenastor@hotmail.com

Phone: +64.3.323.5001

Biography:

Stephen, a father of two, is originally from New York but has lived in Christchurch, New Zealand for the last 18 years. As well as being a Director of AUIP, he is also a U.S. Certified Public Accountant and Portfolio Manager. Stephen also lectures for AUIP business programs.

Personal Information:

Favorite travel destination: Australia’s Sunshine Coast

Favorite program activity: Fox Glacier hike

Top travel tip: Travel light and stick to the airline luggage restrictions

Favorite outdoor activity: Golf and relaxing in hot pools

Education:

C.P.A., The City College of New York, Accounting
B.A., The City College of New York, History

Business Interests:

Stephen Astor CPA Limited
STUDY PROGRAMS ABROAD LIMITED

Expertise:

Charted Accountant
Contracts
Insurance

Programs: Australia

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From lush rainforests to desolate Outback, Australia is a land of extremes. However, the friendly people and stunning sights remain constant throughout the country. With some typical program activities including cuddling a koala, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, enjoying a farmstay with real Aussies, and touring the Sydney Opera House, studying abroad Down Under is an easy decision. Programs Available:

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