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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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!
The next issue you will need to think about is where you would like to run your program. Factors to consider include:
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.
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:
“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
“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
“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
"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
“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
"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
“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
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.
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
Chartered Accountant (CA), New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Otago, Accounting and Information Systems
Phone: +64 3 377 4644
Cell: +64 27 584 3872
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.
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
B.A., College of William and Mary, French
M.A., Boston College Lynch School of Education, Higher Education Administration
International education leadership
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.
Favorite travel destination: Juara Beach, Tioman Island (especially after trekking through
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
B.Tech., Massey University, Food Technology majoring in Marketing and Product
Relationship building and communication
New program development
Phone: +64 3 377 4644
Mandala was born in Santa Barbara, California, but immigrated to New Zealand with her family at the age of 6. After finishing high school, she spent a number of years working random jobs to finance her globetrotting, a pursuit which took her to places as diverse as Poland, Canada, India, Russia and Hungary. She returned to education as an adult student and obtained a BA in English and Education, and an MA in English, both from the University of Canterbury. In 2008, she moved to the UK to do her PhD in English at the University of Leeds. She has worked in various capacities in the tertiary sector for 12 years, including tutor, researcher, editor and lecturer. Alongside her job at AUIP, she lectures in English at the University of Canterbury, acts as a private consultant for writers, and works on her own writing projects (both academic and creative). The rest of her time is devoted to growing her two beautiful children, Nadia, age 6, and Nila, age 2.
Favourite travel destination: Split, Croatia; Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Favourite outdoor activity: Swimming at the beach with my kids; sitting in the shade on a Norwest day with a good book.
BA (English and Education), University of Canterbury
MA (English), University of Canterbury
PhD (English), University of Leeds
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.
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
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 relocating from the United States to Christchurch, Karla is has enjoyed working with AUIP to inspire and assist all students in discovering and creating their own study abroad travel experience!
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
A.A., Academy of Art University, Interior Architecture & Design
B.A., University of Southern California, Communication
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.
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
Phone: +64 3 377 4644
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.
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
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.
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.
B.A. Classical Studies and Philosophy, Massey University
Certificates in Tourism & Hospitality and Visual Arts
Communication and Relationship Building
Wendy grew up in England where travelling to Europe on holidays as a child fuelled her passion for travel. After graduating from the University of Wales Wendy spent the next few years working in Canada, the U.S. and South Africa, eventually settling in New Zealand with her husband in 2003. She has worked within the travel industry for 20 years in various roles and joins AUIP in the logistics team.
Favourite Travel Destination: Northwest US and Canada. Tokyo, Nagano and the Japanese Alps. Beijing. Jurassic Coast, England.
Favourite Program Activity: Abel Tasman.
Top Travel Tip: Always have travel insurance.
Favourite Outdoor Activity: Camping with the kids on Banks Peninsula.
BA History and Archaeology. University of Wales, Lampeter.
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.
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
C.P.A., The City College of New York, Accounting
B.A., The City College of New York, History
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