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.


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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.


Visual Arts in Sydney

Program Description

This two and a half-week study abroad program will examine the cultural representations and social issues expressed in art. Based in Sydney, the largest metropolis in Australia, students will learn to explore ideas and think differently about their personal encounters with public art. Through a variety of excursions the course will focus on Aboriginal history and culture, colonization, and persisting social issues as expressed in commissioned public art, community activism and cultural expression in public art installations.

Program Highlights

  • Explore some of Australia’s most well-known icons such as the Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge.
  • Learn about Aboriginal culture and it’s 50,000 – 80,000 year history – the world’s oldest surviving culture.
  • Discover the natural environment of the Blue Mountains.
  • Visit numerous galleries and installations throughout the city.


Program Itinerary

Check out a sample itinerary for this program.


Eligibility & Apply

For all programs, students apply directly to the university offering credit. Please click on the university link for the program that you wish to attend.

Pennsylvania State University School of Visual Arts



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Programs: Australia


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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