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.


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New Zealand & Australia


Program Description

This three week experiential program combines a shortened version of our South Island, New Zealand Sustainability program with a week in Sydney focusing on urban sustainability. The program begins in either Christchurch, which is one of Lonely Planet’s Top 40 places to see in 2014 due to its innovative rebuild after a series of devastating earthquake, or Dunedin, a quaint university town with a vibrant arts and music scene, to gain an introduction to New Zealand’s history, culture, and environment. The program then heads out on a circular route around the South Island, stopping at a diversity of ecosystems along the way. The wild West Coast and Queenstown, “the adventure capital of the world,” provide rugged landscapes to learn about glaciology and recreational tourism. Field studies along the coastal areas of Kaikoura, where you can swim with a pod of wild dusky dolphins, and Abel Tasman National Park, where you will kayak and hike along golden sand beaches, offer lessons about the effects of tourism on the natural environment.

Next, you will travel to Sydney, a vibrant commercial hub that is home to nearly a quarter of Australia’s population. We explore the cultural diversity of this metropolis, the management and conservation of protected areas for nature-based recreation and tourism, and the impact of humans on an urban environment, including topics such as energy conservation, carbon emissions and climate change, and water conservation. You will also travel to the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area as well as Royal National Park, the second oldest national park in the world, to learn about impacts of cities on protected natural areas and implications for creating a sustainable future for the rural-urban interface.

Program Highlights

  • Whether you are at home in the mountains, by the ocean or in the middle of a bustling city, this program has something for you. You will travel from rugged mountainous landscapes with no one else in site to Australia’s largest city.
  • Give something back by helping with a service learning project that will contribute to the rebuilding of one of Christchurch’s badly damaged communities.
  • You have the chance to swim with wild dolphins, kayak through turquoise waters along golden beaches, and hike through surreal “The Lord of the Rings” scenery.
  • See a performance in the world-famous Sydney Opera House and visit the historic Rocks district, site of Australia’s first colony.

Program Itinerary

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