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 Photo Contest 2017: “A Single Step”

August 21st, 2017

Announcing the
2017 AUIP Photo Contest
“A Single Step”



AUIP’s programs encourage participants, academic faculty, local suppliers, and its 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 to understand home cultures.

This year’s theme is “A Single Step” which refers to a study abroad experience being only the beginning a journey toward a rewarding yet conscientious life path.

The full quote goes: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu.

Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher, is the supposed author of the Tao Te Ching (Book of the Way), from which this quote is taken. It is a sacred Chinese text which encourages its student to return to a ‘natural’ state which is in harmony with Tao. The word Tao translates to ‘way’, ‘path’, ‘route’, or ‘key’, and it can be thought of as the essence or pattern behind the natural world that keeps the Universe balanced and ordered.

A study abroad experience could be thought of as a collection of small steps, or one giant one, but either way it is now part of the participant’s greater journey. It is with this step that they embark on a life-changing experience and here at AUIP, we hope they take home what is learned to make a difference for the environment and in the lives of others. Often, it takes just one small change to make a big difference.


Terms & Conditions
This photo contest is open to all AUIP program alumni as well as AUIP university faculty and staff who have attended AUIP programs. Photo submissions must be the entrant’s original work and must have been taken abroad during an AUIP program in Antarctica, Australia, Fiji, or New Zealand.

Alumni who entered previous AUIP photo contests are eligible to enter again this year with new photos never previously submitted for an AUIP contest.

To enter, photos should be uploaded to the AUIP Photo Contest (via the Photo Contest App on the /AUIPStudyAbroad Facebook Page, or via Instagram using #AUIPaSingleStep) with the following details:

  • Photographer’s name
  • Photographer’s university
  • Which AUIP program the photographer was on (including the year)
  • The location of the photo
  • A brief explanation on how the photo fits the theme or represents the photographer’s efforts to make a difference in their environment or in the lives of others.

All photos will be submitted via social media (Facebook and Instagram as above) between 12:00 a.m. EST on Monday, August 21, 2017 and 12:00 a.m. EST on Monday, September 11, 2017, at which time voting will also close.

Entrants should encourage family and friends to vote for their photo/s during this time.

By entering this contest, participants agree to the use of their name/s and photo/s supplied by AUIP for marketing and advertising purposes during the contest, and photo/s supplied in future digital and print marketing material.

AUIP reserves the right to remove photos of an innapropriate nature or which do not aptly fit the theme.

By entering this contest, participants agree to the above terms and conditions.

AUIP reserves the right to change or modify the above terms and conditions and any such changes will be applicable once published on the AUIP Study Abroad facebook page. AUIP also reserves the right to cancel the contest if circumstances arise outside of its control.


Judging & Awards
Awards and prizes will be given for First, Second and Third Place as voted by the public via Facebook, as well as 3 x Spot Prize winners (excluding first, second and third place winners) which will be selected at random by the AUIP team. The winner will be notified by Direct Message on Facebook or Instagram, as per their entry platform. Should the winner not supply full details for delivery of the prize within a reasonable timeframe, AUIP reserves the right to redraw.

All winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 and prizes will be sent to winners shortly after.



First Place: Prize Pack including: Mafia Tour Backpack, US$130 WeWood Gift Card & House of Marley Headphones, thanks to Cape Trib Beach House


Second Place: Prize Pack including: Mafia Sail Backpack, US$100 Proof Eyewear Gift Card & a US$50 Travel Voucher thanks to YMCA Christchurch


Third Place: US$200 Travel Voucher thanks to STA Travel


3 x Spot Prizes: 2 x US$50 Travel Vouchers & a House of Marley Portable Speaker thanks to Hospitality Plus

Thank you to all of the sponsors for the AUIP 2017 Photo Contest!

AUIP supports suppliers and producers using sustainable or recycled materials and with ethical company practices, where possible, to purchase prizes for the photo contest.



About AUIP: For over 40 years, AUIP has been providing programs that combine rigorous academic study with opportunities for experiential learning outside of the classroom. By combining study 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.





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