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.



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Faculty-Led Programs

AUIP provides both consortium and customized programs to best meet the needs of partner universities and faculty. AUIP's goal is to manage the workload associated with study abroad, so that faculty can focus on students and maximizing their learning experience.

Click here to view a copy of our Faculty-Led Programs Brochure.

We are now scheduling campus visits to meet with interested individuals regarding your Oceania study abroad program. Please email eleanor@auip.com to start developing your faculty-led program.

 

Why AUIP?



AUIP assists universities with developing and implementing their own short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs. The goal is to provide faculty and international office staff with everything that is needed to run successful programs, from concept development and student recruitment to faculty and student preparation and in-country logistics.

Benefits for faculty

  1. AUIP provides all in-country service needs and logistics, as well as supporting student recruitment efforts. This means faculty can focus on academics and student learning outcomes, rather than logistics or marketing.
  2. Faculty maintain control of the academic rigor of the programs, ensuring that students' experiences match or exceed your expectations for the course.
  3. AUIP helps faculty prepare, develop, and run programs that are tailored to your own individual academic interests and needs.
  4. AUIP helps faculty access an established network of contacts in the host country that can provide opportunities for new research and teaching partnerships and grant opportunities.
  5. Faculty do not have to create your own set of logistical and risk management procedures, as AUIP has already developed these through years of experience.

Benefits for your department or school

  1. Your department or school will retain credit hours and associated tuition revenue.
  2. The program can help promote your department or school to other students on campus, raising its profile and potentially increasing enrollment in your campus courses as well.
  3. You can promote and feature your students, faculty, and programs as ways that you are helping to internationalize the campus, a goal increasingly pursued by most universities.

Work on your own or with a consortium

If you have already have a specific academic program in mind, AUIP can help you develop your course content and make your syllabus come to life through a unique and tailored itinerary. If this sounds like your type of program, please visit Customized Faculty-Led.

In addition, we provide the opportunity to join with another university or universities in a consortium model if you wish. Each university offers their own course credit but students and faculty travel as a single group during the program. We currently have consortia that focus on Sustainability (Antarctica, Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand), Journalism (Australia), and Sustainable Business (Australia and New Zealand). The advantages of such as model include:

  1. Program fees for students are minimized because fixed costs such as coach transportation and guest lectures can be spread out across a higher number of students (i.e., by working as a collective, more cost-effective student group sizes can be ensured).
  2. The potential for long-term growth and sustainability of the programs increases, because individual universities can continue to offer the course even during times of low enrollment.
  3. The programs offer a conduit for institutional and faculty collaboration, including opportunities for team-teaching and research with colleagues from other consortia universities.

AUIP Services

AUIP's goal is to relieve faculty of as much as possible of the workload associated with study abroad, so that you can focus on your students and maximizing their learning experience. AUIP provides all in-country logistics and the delivery of services such as accommodations, transportation, field excursions and activities, and classroom and field instruction. But our services extend well beyond logistics, and we can also provide:

  • Syllabi templates, suggested course readings, and assessment models that faculty can adapt to develop their own curriculum 
  • Faculty Handbook and pre-departure orientation, including health and safety training
  • Risk management materials including a recommended Emergency Action Plan
  • Marketing materials such as a dedicated website for your program, high quality publicity materials, and on-campus recruitment
  • Student pre-departure preparation including Program Handbook and orientation
  • A recommended in-country orientation, including a health and safety briefing

 

Faculty-Led Programs

AUIP provides both consortium and customized programs to best meet the needs of partner universities and faculty. AUIP's goal is to manage the workload associated with study abroad, so that faculty can focus on students and maximizing their learning experience.

Click here to view a copy of our Faculty-Led Programs Brochure.

We are now scheduling campus visits to meet with interested individuals regarding your Oceania study abroad program. Please email eleanor@auip.com to start developing your faculty-led program.

 

Customized Faculty-Led



If you have already have a specific academic program in mind, AUIP can help you develop your course content and make your syllabus come to life through a unique and tailored itinerary. The first step in this process is for us to thoroughly understand your learning objectives and educational goals for the course. If you have a sample syllabus or course materials for a similar class that you have taught on-campus, these materials will be valuable to us as we help prepare your program overseas.

Here is a sample of academic themes that programs have focused on in the past. If any of these areas interest you, there may be opportunities to work with other partner schools or to join an existing consortium, which means you can skip the program development stage altogether!

  • Sustainability: Humans and the natural environment
  • Global health / health and diversity
  • Travel writing / multimedia
  • Environmental reporting
  • Sustainable business
  • Adventure recreation and tourism
  • Ethnicity, race, and immigration
  • Cross-cultural learning and communication
  • Biology / ecology
  • Geology
  • Indigenous culture and history
  • Service learning

The next issue you will need to think about is where you would like to run your program. Factors to consider include: 

  • Would you prefer urban or rural locations (or a mixture)?
  • Are there any special activities that you would like to include (e.g., hiking, museums, kayaking, cultural visits, universities, etc.)?
  • What will the weather be like?
  • What is your budget? (Big cities and remote locations tend to be more expensive.)
  • How much do you want to travel? Would you rather see as much as possible in the time you have, or have longer stays in each location?
  • Would you be comfortable running a program in a developing country?

 

Below are some Oceania locations AUIP currently uses. You can Google these locations to find out more, or just ask us for more details. Of course we can design a program for you anywhere in the Oceania region, but for those who don’t already have ideas in mind, this list may provide some inspiration.

  • North Queensland, Australia (Magnetic Island, Townsville, Paluma National Park, Atherton Tablelands, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas, Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation)
  • South Queensland, Australia (Brisbane, Lady Elliott Island, Carnarvon Gorge, Lamington National Park, Noosa, Gold Coast)
  • Sydney and Melbourne, Australia (Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor, Blue Mountains, Royal National Park, Phillip Island, Mornington Peninsula, Great Ocean Road)
  • South and Central Australia (Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Flinders Ranges, Uluru/Ayers Rock, Alice Springs)
  • Northern Territory, Australia (Darwin, Kakadu, Arnhem Land)
  • Fiji (Nadi, Mamanuca Islands, Yasawa Islands, Coral Coast, Taveuni, Ovalau)
  • South Island, New Zealand (Dunedin, Queenstown, Aoraki/Mount Cook, Milford Sound, Fox Glacier, Hokitika, Punakaiki, Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson Lakes National Park, Kaikoura, Christchurch)
  • North Island, New Zealand (Wellington, Tongariro National Park, Napier, Rotorua, Tauranga, Waitomo Caves, Auckland, Paihia, Waitangi Treaty Grounds)
  • Ushuaia, Argentina, and the Antarctic Peninsula

Faculty-Led Programs

AUIP provides both consortium and customized programs to best meet the needs of partner universities and faculty. AUIP's goal is to manage the workload associated with study abroad, so that faculty can focus on students and maximizing their learning experience.

Click here to view a copy of our Faculty-Led Programs Brochure.

We are now scheduling campus visits to meet with interested individuals regarding your Oceania study abroad program. Please email eleanor@auip.com to start developing your faculty-led program.

 

Testimonials



AUIP highly values each and every relationship with our program faculty. These testimonials provide a direct account of working with AUIP and our programs. Please select the destination(s) for which you would like a testimonial:

Antarctica

“Looking back on my experience as academic leader of the Oregon State University Study Abroad Antarctica Program, I couldn’t have been more fortunate—fortunate to be part of post-secondary education of the future. By this, I mean educational experiences that are experiential, transformational and truly global in scope, where instructors both impart knowledge and learn through participation.

If you asked our students whether it was worth it, the answer would be a resounding yes. To see whales swimming amongst icebergs, to watch an Antarctic sunset (or was that sunrise?) at 2 a.m. on Christmas morning, to cruise among the ice flows of the Antarctic ocean in small zodiacs, are all unforgettable and irreplaceable experiences. Nevertheless, there is also a serious side.

The effects of climate change, and the impacts of human activity such as research and eco-tourism were never far from our minds. With 100,000 Adélie penguins in a colony does it really matter if that momentary distraction of a nesting bird by a tourist led to the theft of its egg or chick by a hungry skua? How does the international movement of vessels and people increase the chance of the introduction of invasive species to remote isolated ecosystems and does this make the invasive species issue an economic or ecological one? Is sustainable development a 21st century chimera and eco-tourism merely a marketing device?”

-Dr. Michael Harte, Oregon State University

 

Antarctica, Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand

“I have worked with AUIP annually for the past seven years, and have led study abroad programs to Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. AUIP provides invaluable service, ranging from scheduling, marketing, and logistics, to risk management and academic planning. From an academic perspective, I appreciate AUIP’s flexibility in working with me to custom-design academically rigorous study abroad courses that meet my vision of a high-quality, transformative student experience. From an administrative perspective, it is incredibly helpful that we can pay for the entire program using a single invoice from AUIP, instead of dealing with payments or reimbursement for hundreds of receipts. Finally, from a personal perspective, I find AUIP’s staff to be genuinely friendly and helpful. Indeed, they treat me (and my students!) like family. There is no way I could, or would, lead study abroad courses without AUIP’s professional partnership."

-Dr. Lori Blanc, Virginia Tech

 

Australia and Fiji

“You are the most organized educational travel group that I have been associated with, from the recruiting of participants to well-planned travel agendas to coordination of meaningful events. I could never have done it alone, yet you made the travel experience seem easy. Your staff are very professional and rewarding to work with, making a long-time working relationship desirable.”

-Dr. Bill Hammitt, Clemson University

 

“As an ecologist, I appreciate AUIP's focus on the natural environment and sustainability as part of our summer course in northern Australia. They line up knowledgeable guest lectures and guides and the logistics are superb. They respond quickly and professionally when I've asked for changes. Their assistance in recruiting and advertising the program is also quite helpful. This is the sixth year I've partnered with AUIP in offering a superb summer program for our students, both for academics and broader experiences."

-Dr. Robert Browne, Wake Forest University

 

Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand

"This program is a highly successful one that offers terrific academic outcomes with great value for money. Students report excitement and enthusiasm for the program, and very high levels of satisfaction. They leave with good insights and appreciation for the culture and ecology of the country, and a newfound respect for travel and the exploration of other lands.

Working with AUIP has always been a pleasure—you are incredibly responsive, super attentive to safety and risk management concerns, and genuinely concerned for the learning and welfare of our participants. Since the directors have doctorates, they understand the academic environment with all its expectations, challenges, and concerns.”

-Dr. Bill Borrie, University of Montana

 

"I have worked with AUIP since 2007 and have led programs in Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. From the first year, I saw how valuable these programs are for student development. The field- based experiential approach challenges students to step outside of their comfort zones in a range of ways including academics, in physical activities, and of course in adapting to life in another country. Students frequently tell me that the programs have “been the best experience of their lives!” I have had students who have gone on to study in a sustainability-related field in graduate school. For others exposure to international travel and the world outside the U.S. is a significant outcome. Students gain confidence, knowledge, and experience so many new places, many of which are off limits to the regular tourist."

-Dr. Heather Gibson, University of Florida

 

"The AUIP study abroad programs in the South Pacific are academically rigorous and socially intense. Students are introduced to a biological world as unique and ancient as any on earth, and they will study cultures that have developed, independently of our Euro-centered societies, for thousands of years. Indeed, these South Pacific venues are ideal for studying the critical questions surrounding the concept of sustainability, for ecosystems and societies."

The programs are organized and run by a cadre of knowledgeable, fun-loving, and friendly staff dedicated to providing a safe, informative, and entertaining educational experience."

-Dr. Nicholas Wheeler, Oregon State University

 

Australia and New Zealand

“I recently completed my fourth program with AUIP and am very happy to be able to partner with them. From logistics through academic content, they offer the needed support to develop successful study abroad experiences.”

-Dr. Eric Toman, Ohio State University

 

Fiji

"The programs you offer are of the highest quality. No detail is left out; from excellent itineraries that provide the utmost in educational and experiential opportunities to guest speakers with expert knowledge of local areas and a professional staff that ensures safety, academic rigor, and fun!"

-Dr. Keith Bosak, University of Montana

 

New Zealand

“The logistics and general support provided were extremely efficient which highly facilitated the overall success of the programs. Working with you has been very beneficial and we look forward to continuing our partnership.”

-Dr. Brijesh Thapa, University of Florida

 

Faculty-Led Programs

AUIP provides both consortium and customized programs to best meet the needs of partner universities and faculty. AUIP's goal is to manage the workload associated with study abroad, so that faculty can focus on students and maximizing their learning experience.

Click here to view a copy of our Faculty-Led Programs Brochure.

We are now scheduling campus visits to meet with interested individuals regarding your Oceania study abroad program. Please email eleanor@auip.com to start developing your faculty-led program.

 

Advisory Council



The role of the AUIP Faculty Advisory Council is to advise and make recommendations to the AUIP Board of Directors on academic programming, faculty concerns, strategic direction, and program development. The Council is AUIP’s “eyes and ears” for addressing the issues most salient to faculty. Importantly, we would like the Council to bring not only varied expertise in issues critical to study abroad (i.e., new institutional contacts, risk management, academic rigor, and student well-being) but also bring energy, fun, and enthusiasm to encourage AUIP to expand and develop in new directions related to our core mission. The Advisory Council is comprised of four faculty members appointed by the Board. Each member serves a two-year term. The Faculty Advisory Council assists AUIP in the following areas:
I. Academic rigor and faculty concerns
The primary role of the Faculty Advisory Council is to advise the Board on academic programming to ensure that all programs maintain academic rigor and meet the requirements of accrediting institutions. The Council will annually review the program content and assessment and make specific recommendations for improvement. In addition, the Council will also discuss other faculty concerns and share experiences to suggest ways that AUIP can better support faculty.
II. Growth and Changes in Strategic Direction
The Advisory Council will also advise and make recommendations to the AUIP Board on program growth and the development of new strategic directions for the company. The Council will consider new institutions, programs, and other opportunities carefully, ensuring that they are consistent with AUIP’s core mission and values. They will ensure that the growth is in the best interests of AUIP’s reputation and image, and that shareholders, students, faculty, and universities will all benefit from the growth. In particular, the members will use their individual expertise to ensure that the new directions and growth utilize established best practices in their field.

Faculty-Led Programs

AUIP provides both consortium and customized programs to best meet the needs of partner universities and faculty. AUIP's goal is to manage the workload associated with study abroad, so that faculty can focus on students and maximizing their learning experience.

Click here to view a copy of our Faculty-Led Programs Brochure.

We are now scheduling campus visits to meet with interested individuals regarding your Oceania study abroad program. Please email eleanor@auip.com to start developing your faculty-led program.

 

Before Departure



The purpose of this section is to provide you with the resources you need to prepare for your study abroad program. We have outlined the tasks you need to complete: This section also contains: Please note that some of these materials are password protected. The username and password will be emailed to you. You can also ask Dr. Caralyn Purvis (caralyn@auip.com) for this information at any time.

Immediately

Faculty Handbook

All faculty and teaching assistants should read the AUIP Faculty Handbook thoroughly. A travel-sized version of this Handbook will be sent to you along with the Course Reading Packet.

Course Reading Packet

Please email our Academic Affairs and Student Safety Manager, Dr. Caralyn Purvis (caralyn@auip.com) your approval or suggested revisions of the Course Reading Packet, comprised of the quiz, modules, and readings. If AUIP does not receive your approval and/or your revisions by the requested time frame, we will assume that all material on file with AUIP is correct and ready for publication.

Syllabus

Please email AUIP (caralyn@auip.com) a copy of your syllabus, including course prefix and number, course title, number of credits, and faculty/instructor name and contact details.

Eight Weeks before Departure

Program Handbook

All participants, including students, faculty, and other staff, should familiarize themselves with the AUIP Program Handbook before departing the U.S. Please ask your students to read this document thoroughly, too. A travel-sized version of the Program Handbook will be sent to participants with their Course Reading Packet.

Forms

All program participants, including students, faculty, staff, and spouses, must complete, sign, and return to you the following forms from the AUIP Program Handbook: Note: Students cannot be officially accepted on the program unless they have signed Form 1 (all students) and Form 2 (Fiji participants).

Student and Faculty Emergency Information Kit (EIK)

The AUIP University Liaison will inform you of the deadline for returning your Emergency Information Kit (EIK) to AUIP. Faculty should also bring a copy of the EIK with them on the program. The EIK is comprised of:
  • Emergency Action Plan (Form C from the AUIP Faculty Handbook)
  • Copies of Form 1 - Waiver of Liability, Covenant Not to Sue and Indemnity (the relevant form - faculty, student, and accompanying individual - signed by all program participants) and Form 2 - Fiji Village Homestay Waiver and Assumption of Risk (signed by all Fiji students and faculty/staff) from the AUIP Program Handbook
  • Form A (Faculty Expectations and Responsibilities Form) from the AUIP Faculty Handbook
  • If applicable, Form B (Accompanying Partner or Individual Agreement Form) from the AUIP Faculty Handbook
Note: Please be mindful of the deadline for your EIK, as after this date, all program fees become non-refundable, and any student cancelling after this date will incur the full program fee. Bookings cannot be finalized until we receive this information. Any special requirements sent after this date may not be accommodated.

Health and Safety Case Scenarios

All faculty and teaching assistants should review this PowerPoint of Case scenarios of health and safety incidents for faculty and staff on study abroad. This is a great way to practice what you should do in case of an emergency.

Group Flights

AUIP offers faculty the service of arranging a group flight for your program through STA Travel. This group flight offers many conveniences, including locking in a competitive fare that you can provide for students as they are looking at the budget for the program, and helping the group’s travels go as smoothly as possible at the start of the program. While it is not mandatory that students book the group flight, please note that a minimum of 10 people must book the group flight in order for the group flight and fare to go forward. Also, note that any seats not booked by the STA deposit deadline will be released, so it is important to remind your students of the deadline. Please do not hesitate to contact AUIP if you have any questions about the group flight option. If you have opted for a group flight for your program, you will receive an email from AUIP with a link to the STA online form specific to your group and a “How to Book” PDF outlining the reservation process with STA Travel. Please share this information with all admitted students, encouraging them to consider booking the group flight and reminding them as needed of the deadline. STA will arrange for the ETA visa (if traveling to Australia) and can also assist with booking students’ domestic flights or alternate return dates if students wish to pursue independent travel. The following instructions are also available on the “Students” section of the AUIP website:
  1. Online: Click on the STA group flight portal link provided by your faculty leader and review the group flight itinerary and information. Click “Request a Quote” to access the reservation form. Please note that submitting this form does not finalise your booking; STA will contact you within 24 hours to confirm pricing and collect payment information.
  2. By phone: Alternatively, you can call STA at 877-777-8717 Monday to Saturday between 6am-7pm and Sunday 8am-7pm Pacific Standard Time to make the booking over the phone. Be sure to identify yourself as going on an ‘AUIP Program’ as well as your university, program dates, and country where you will be traveling to ensure they locate the correct group flight. Please have your payment and passport information ready, as they can book the ticket while you are on the phone.
  3. STA Travel offers two payment options. You may either pay in full at the time of booking, or pay a deposit and then a final payment before their final deadline. If you choose the deposit option, it is your responsibility to contact STA before the final payment deadline to arrange final payment.
Flights are subjects to availability, so it is recommended that you book as early as possible, as some flights could book out prior to the deadline. Deposits must be paid by the date listed on the STA website to secure a seat.

Four Weeks Before Departure

U.S. Department of State Travel Registration

Inform your students that they are required to register online with the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Registration Program (STEP). Registration allows you to record information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can use assist you in case of an emergency. You should also be sure to register your own details on the STEP website. When registering, in the form fields where it asks for local contact information, insert the following information: American Universities International Programs, Ltd. P.O. Box 3771 Christchurch 8140 New Zealand Phone: +64.3.377.4644 Email: info@auip.com

Consular Information Sheets

All students are required to review the U.S. Department of State Consular Information Sheets for the country or countries they will visit. Consular information sheets contain entry/exit requirements, health and safety information, important political announcements, threat of terrorism, and any travel warnings for the region. Links to the consular information sheets can be found on the Students Before Departure. Please forward the website to your students.

Course Reading Packets

When notified by AUIP, please order your Course Reading Packet(s) from Bel-Jean in Athens, Georgia. Ensure that Bel-Jean know that you are a faculty member and they will provide your packet gratis. Faculty should receive:
  1. Course Reading Packet(s)
  2. Program Handbook (in travel-sized format)
  3. Faculty Handbook (in travel-sized format)
Please email your students the following set of instructions for ordering their Course Reading Packet(s):
  1. Click here to visit the Bel-Jean website.
  2. Indicate the course reading packet(s) you require (e.g., AUIP New Zealand and AUIP Fiji) by ticking the box(es) beside the programs you will be attending.
  3. After you have placed your order, you will receive an electronic invoice via PayPal.
  4. Once your payment is confirmed, your packet will go out via regular United States Postal Service unless you request otherwise.
  5. You should also receive a compact travel version of the Program Handbook with your Course Reading Packet(s), which you should bring with you on your program.
Please note that the course packets do NOT include the program syllabus. Please email a copy of your syllabus to your students and ask that they print a copy BEFORE leaving the U.S. Other options for Course Reading Packets are available if you would prefer to print the packets yourself or use digital rather than hard copies. Please email AUIP (helen@auip.com) to discuss these options.

Pre-Departure Lectures

All students that will attend a Fiji program should view three one-hour online lectures before the start of the program. Links to the pre-departure lectures can be found on the Students Before Departure. Please forward the web address to your students.

Pre-Departure Culture and Geography Quiz

If you are including the Pre-Departure Culture and Geography Quiz as part of the assessment for your course, be sure to inform AUIP that you would like to have it included in the Course Reading Packet and inform your students that they should complete it prior to departing the U.S. Most faculty make the quiz due on the first day of the program. Note: Students traveling to Fiji must watch the three one-hour pre-departure lectures (see above) to complete the Fiji Pre-Departure Culture and Geography Quiz.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please follow the Frequently Asked Questions link for the answers to many questions that we are frequently asked by prospective students. Please remember that if you have any questions that are not answered here, the AUIP team is always happy to help in any way possible. Please email AUIP (info@auip.com) for assistance.

Faculty-Led Programs

AUIP provides both consortium and customized programs to best meet the needs of partner universities and faculty. AUIP's goal is to manage the workload associated with study abroad, so that faculty can focus on students and maximizing their learning experience.

Click here to view a copy of our Faculty-Led Programs Brochure.

We are now scheduling campus visits to meet with interested individuals regarding your Oceania study abroad program. Please email eleanor@auip.com to start developing your faculty-led program.

 

Faculty-Led Programs

AUIP provides both consortium and customized programs to best meet the needs of partner universities and faculty. AUIP's goal is to manage the workload associated with study abroad, so that faculty can focus on students and maximizing their learning experience.

Click here to view a copy of our Faculty-Led Programs Brochure.

We are now scheduling campus visits to meet with interested individuals regarding your Oceania study abroad program. Please email eleanor@auip.com to start developing your faculty-led program.

 

AUIP in the News

Various news outlets highlight AUIP programs and students from time to time. Here is recent coverage:

Faculty-Led Programs

AUIP provides both consortium and customized programs to best meet the needs of partner universities and faculty. AUIP's goal is to manage the workload associated with study abroad, so that faculty can focus on students and maximizing their learning experience.

Click here to view a copy of our Faculty-Led Programs Brochure.

We are now scheduling campus visits to meet with interested individuals regarding your Oceania study abroad program. Please email eleanor@auip.com to start developing your faculty-led program.

 

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

Faculty-Led Programs

AUIP provides both consortium and customized programs to best meet the needs of partner universities and faculty. AUIP's goal is to manage the workload associated with study abroad, so that faculty can focus on students and maximizing their learning experience.

Click here to view a copy of our Faculty-Led Programs Brochure.

We are now scheduling campus visits to meet with interested individuals regarding your Oceania study abroad program. Please email eleanor@auip.com to start developing your faculty-led program.

 

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