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 2016: “Walk a Mile in Another’s Shoes”

July 24th, 2016

the 2016 AUIP Photo Contest

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This year’s theme is “Walk a Mile in Another’s Shoes.”

AUIP’s mission is to “promote international cooperation and understanding by providing opportunities for Americans to experience first-hand the cultures and environments of the Oceania region.”

Studying abroad can be both eye opening and challenging, especially as many AUIP students are leaving the United States for the first time. The phrase “walk a mile in another’s shoes” refers to trying to understand another person’s perspective prior to passing judgment, something important to keep in mind when faced with new experiences.

The full idiom, “Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes,often incorrectly attributed to a Native American saying, is derived from an 1895 poem written by Mary T. Lathrap titled, Judge Softly:

Just walk a mile in his moccasins
before you abuse, criticize and accuse.
If just for one hour, you could find a way
to see through his eyes, instead of your own muse.

(Click the title for the full text.)

A survivor of the American Civil War, Lathrap was ahead of her time in many ways, such as writing for the local papers and sympathizing with people not of her race or socio-economic standing.

Taking her example as inspiration, AUIP encourages program alumni to submit photos in these two categories:

  1. In Another’s Shoes (people)

  2. Walk a Mile (places)

The 2016 AUIP Photo Contest opens August 1, and AUIP encourages all program alumni to enter photos by August 31 in accordance with the contest details and rules as follows:


The 2016 AUIP Photo Contest is open to everyone who has studied abroad on an AUIP program. Alumni who entered previous AUIP photo contests are eligible to enter again this year with new photos never previously submitted for an AUIP contest.


Photo submissions must be the entrant’s original work. Photos must have been taken abroad during an AUIP program. The contest contains two categories: In Another’s Shoes and Walk a Mile. Each entrant is limited to entering one photo in each category (i.e. one photo for In Another’s Shoes and one photo for Walk a Mile). AUIP reserves the right to exclude any photos it deems to be inappropriate. All photos submitted can be used by AUIP in a number of places in the future, including the AUIP website, posters, and slide shows. All photos must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.


Two Categories:

In Another’s Shoes: photographs that feature people, the human experience, or viewing the world through someone else’s lens (NOTE: feet & shoes do not need to be focal points)

Walk a Mile: photographs that feature the landscape of the countries visited via an AUIP program (Antarctica, Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand) (NOTE: roads and feet do not need to be focal points)

Review the contest rules outlined above, and then upload a photo to the AUIP Facebook page (@AUIPStudyAbroad), tweet at AUIP’s Twitter account (@AUIPStudyAbroad), or tag AUIP’s Instagram account (@AUIPStudyAbroad), using the hashtag #AUIPWalkAMile. Where possible (Facebook & Instagram), include a caption with: the category being entered, photo title, your name, AUIP program and year, and your home university.

Caption example: Walk a Mile, Mt. Cook at Sunrise, Jane Smith, New Zealand Sustainability 2016, Frostburg State University.

Judging & Awards

Awards will be given for first, second, and third places, as well as People’s Choice Awards in both categories, In Another’s Shoes and Walk a Mile. For the People’s Choice Awards, the photo in each category with the most “likes” will win the prize. Entrants are encouraged to have friends and family “like” their entered photo(s) to increase the chances of winning this award. The photo contest coordinator will count the total number of “likes” for each photo entered on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EST to determine the People’s Choice winners.

All winners will be announced on Monday, September 12, 2016.

A panel of judges will be appointed by the photo contest coordinator to evaluate photo submissions according to the following criteria: (1) originality, (2) creativity, (3) impact, and (4) artistic merit.


The following prizes will be provided to each category (In Another’s Shoes and Walk a Mile):

First Place: $250USD STA Travel flight voucher donated by Dolphin Encounter in New Zealand, Stonestreets Coaches in Australia, and STA Travel

Second Place: GoPro Hero Session camera (valued at $199USD) donated by Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort in Australia and Pinewood Lodge in New Zealand

Third Place: PRYNT phone case (valued at $150USD) donated by Downunder Farmstays and Lychee Tree Holiday Apartments in Australia

People’s Choice Award: America the Beautiful National Parks pass (valued at $80USD) donated by Hospitality Plus in New Zealand




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