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.

Student Perspective: Learning to Love Your Budget

December 20th, 2016

Kate Mayfield, the University of Montana’s Sustainability in New Zealand and Australia student blogger, writes:

While raising enough money to go on your trip abroad may be difficult, travelers often struggle to stay on budget once they are in country as well. In my own experiences abroad, I have found that when I did not plan my budget well, I spent a lot more money than I originally planned for. Through my own trial and error, I have come up with some tips to help travelers stay on budget.



  • Know your schedule.
    Knowing when and where you are going to be throughout your trip will help you determine where you want to spend your money. Knowing what locations offer more expensive foods or have more adventure opportunities will help you determine where you should save and where you can spend.


  • Know what you like and don’t like.
    This is entirely up to you! If you love gourmet restaurants, budget for food. If you are an adrenaline junkie, plan for outdoor adventure activities. Thinking about what you like to spend on money on ahead of time is important so you aren’t swayed to waste money on something you aren’t sure you will even like.


  • Share Meals/Lodging.
    If you travel with an AUIP-sponsored program, all of your lodging will be taken care of as part of the fee you pay for the trip. However, if you are traveling alone, it is wise to try and share lodging when you can. Youth hostels offer multiple beds per room and are often great places to create lasting friends or travel partners. When it comes to food, splitting meals either at a restaurant or splitting the price of groceries can really help cut down costs throughout your travel experience (items like pasta and rice are cheap and when paired with the right sides can make for a delicious meal).


  • Think souvenirs through.
    While you may think that you have to have a Kiwi stuffed animal to commemorate your experience in New Zealand, it is helpful to thoroughly explore your options for souvenirs before deciding what to buy. If you like something, take the time to walk around to different shops and compare prices before you buy it. It is also worth noting that you do not need to buy something for everyone in your family and all of your friends. While I was in New Zealand, I only purchased items that reminded me of a certain person and who I knew would really appreciate it. For example, my mom uses honey in her tea every morning. I came across a sample package of six different local honey flavors and thought it would be perfect. It was inexpensive, easy to pack, and she loved it.


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