Programs

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.

About

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.

Alumni

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.

Faculty

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.

Parents

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.

Students

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.



About AUIP



Programs: Australia

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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:

Programs: Fiji

Fiji Study Abroad Get ready for stunning white sand beaches, colorful and bustling towns, coral inlets, rugged mountains and tropical waterfalls, remote villages, and ancient archeological sites of Fiji. After introductory lectures, a field study includes exploring pristine coral reefs of the offshore islands, a homestay at a traditional Fijian village, and kayaking through the highland rainforests. Program Available:

Why AUIP?



Programs

Our programs combine travel, a sense of adventure, and academic credit to provide a truly unique study abroad experience. You will travel throughout the country with a group of approximately 15 to 30 students on faculty-led programs that are 30 percent classroom and 70 percent field-based. Programs operate in summer or between semesters in winter and last 10 to 30 days, depending on destination.

Credits

By receiving credit from your home university for study abroad programs occurring during the summer or winter months, you can enjoy all the benefits of international education while also graduating on time or even earlier.

Quality

We strive to provide the most academically rewarding, personally enriching, and cost-effective programs possible. Our students often comment that this was the single-most influential experience of their university careers.

Employment opportunities

Study abroad is an investment in your future. Today's companies are seeking to employ people with cross-cultural communication, global views, and problem-solving skills. Not only do our programs introduce you to potential employers for internship and/or career opportunities, but they encourage the development of lifelong learning skills that help you compete for positions in an increasingly diverse and international workplace.

First time abroad?

Our faculty-led, group participation approach is ideal for students with limited or no international travel experience. Past students often comment on the new friendships they develop, how easy and smooth the programs operate, and the positive relationships that are nurtured with faculty and staff. Furthermore, Oceania is a relatively safe travel destination, meaning that our programs are particularly suitable for students traveling abroad for the very first time. However, the diversity and breadth of activities and educational travel also means that even seasoned travelers will experience something new.

Programs: Australia

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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:

Programs: Fiji

Fiji Study Abroad Get ready for stunning white sand beaches, colorful and bustling towns, coral inlets, rugged mountains and tropical waterfalls, remote villages, and ancient archeological sites of Fiji. After introductory lectures, a field study includes exploring pristine coral reefs of the offshore islands, a homestay at a traditional Fijian village, and kayaking through the highland rainforests. Program Available:

FAQ





This section provides answers to many questions we are frequently asked by prospective students. Please use the following links to jump to the sub-section of interest:

Credits and Courses

All of the our programs are accredited by at least one (and usually several) universities in the U.S. Please refer to the APPLY page to find out which universities accredit the program that interests you. Note that different sessions are accredited by different institutions, so the accreditation options will depend on which dates you would like to attend.


Students who are enrolled at the accrediting university can enroll in the program and receive credit directly from their home institution with no hassle of transferring credits. All other students will receive a transcript from the accrediting university and then can transfer these credits back to their home school. Because all of our programs are accredited by U.S. universities, the process of transferring credit is very easy.


Before applying for a program, you should ensure that your home school will accept the transferring credit. The first step in this process is to take a copy of the course syllabus to your Office of International Education and/or Study Abroad adviser. We will assist you through this process so you can be assured you will receive the transferring credit.


The majority of our programs are open to students of ALL majors! Please check with the accrediting university for your program to determine which credits you can receive.


Financial Aid

Financial aid policies vary among universities, so you will need to contact your financial aid or study abroad officer as soon as possible to determine your institution’s guidelines. The U.S. Department of Education advises that the Perkins Loans, SSIG Grant Program, Pell Grants, FSEOG Grants, Stafford Loans, SLS Loans, PLUS Loans, and Consolidation Loans can be used for study abroad. Scholarships and other financial support received from your home university may or may not be transferable.


AUIP currently does not offer its own financial aid or scholarships. However, scholarships may be available at the university through which you are applying. You are encouraged to directly contact your institution’s financial aid or study abroad officer.


Here are some other sources of information on financial aid for study abroad that you might want to consider:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program
Provides awards of up to $5,000 for undergraduate students at two- and four-year institutions to pursue study abroad programs of up to one academic year. To be eligible students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application.

Study in Australia Scholarships

http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/global/australian-education/scholarships/scholarships-to-study-in-australia

Directories of Financial Aid and Scholarships for Study Abroad

Study Abroad Funding: http://www.studyabroadfunding.org/

Fastweb: www.fastweb.com
FinAid: www.finaid.org
StudyAbroad.com financial aid info: www.studyabroad.com/forum/financial_aid.html
GoAbroad.com scholarship search: www.studyabroaddirectory.com/scholarship/index.cfm
International Scholarships Online: www.internationalscholarships.com

General Financial Aid Information
U.S. Department of Education: www.studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): www.fafsa.ed.gov


Program Dates and Costs

The inclusions vary for each of our programs, but in general programs include in-country transport, local guides, group activities and lectures listed on the itinerary, many meals, and accommodation. Some of our partner universities list their tuition and fees separately, while others include these within the program fee, so check carefully with your university on what their fee includes.

Additional costs that students are responsible for generally include:

Round trip airfare
Passport and visa if applicable
Course reading pack
Personal expenses (e.g. laundry, phone, internet, souvenirs) and some meals
Travel insurance


Please consult the Apply page for the program you are interested in.


Generally our programs are offered every year. However, some of our university partners only offer certain programs every other year, so check with the accrediting university for your program to be sure if it will be offered the year you wish to attend.


Applying for a Program

Some of our programs can be very popular, and we can never be quite sure which ones will fill quickly in any given year! So you are always better off to apply as early as possible. Final application deadlines are determined by the accrediting university, so please check with the university about the final deadline.


For most of our programs, there are no prerequisites and students with a major in any field can apply. All students must be in good standing at their home institution and usually have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or 3.0 (this varies by university). See your university’s apply page to determine if they have any other minimum requirements.


Program Arrangements

Each group will have at least one faculty member and in many cases a teaching assistant from the accrediting university. You will also be taught by field guides and contributing lecturers from the host country.


Our programs use a range of accommodation, from comfortable hostels to hotels/motels in the larger cities. All accommodation is safe, secure and clean, but you should be comfortable sharing rooms with other students. Occasionally, you might camp or stay in more rustic accommodations for a night or two. Many of our programs also have one or two nights with homestay families.


Some meals are provided, but you will be responsible for the remainder of meals. The exact proportion varies depending on the program. Whenever we don’t provide meals, there are always kitchens and/or restaurants available for you to either cook or buy your own meals.


The packing list can be found in the AUIP Program Handbook.


Yes, once you are accepted you will be asked to fill in a form that includes a question about whether you are traveling with anyone. Please list your friend’s name and be sure to return the form to your Faculty Leader before the deadline, and we’ll make sure you have a room together wherever possible.


Group Flights

We partner with STA Travel to offer an optional group flight for many of our programs. Group flights typically depart from Los Angeles, San Francisco or Houston for the South Pacific destinations, and from Miami for the Antarctica program.

Group fares and individual tickets can be purchased directly from STA Travel. Your faculty leader or university will email you instructions for booking the group flight. STA can also book domestic flights to the departure point, and they are often able to tailor your itinerary if you wish to stay overseas longer however to qualify as a group flight all passengers must depart the USA together on the same long haul flight.

Please note: It is your responsibility to book your own ticket directly with STA.


STA Travel arranges and books the group flights for our study abroad programs. STA is a completely independent and separate company from AUIP. Group flights are optional and AUIP bears no responsibility for group flight arrangements.


Being on the group flight allows you to travel with others in your program group.
Ground transportation (from the airport to the accommodation) is included for students that opt for the group flight. If you are not on a group flight you are responsible for finding your own way from the airport to the accommodation.
STA can also process your ETA Visa (if traveling to Australia), and you would have access to a 24/7 assistance phone number while traveling.


Follow the booking instructions provided by your faculty leader or university. Alternatively, you can also find instructions under the “Before Departure” section of this website.


Stopovers are generally allowed for an additional fee on the homebound leg post program, but restrictions may apply. To customize your flight itinerary please contact STA.


Airfares vary depending on the time of year and destination. Check with your faculty leader, who receives pricing information 6 to 9 months prior to departure.


The cost to change your ticket will vary depending on the airline and ticket type. Please contact STA Travel for a quote to change your ticket.


The cancellation policy for your group ticket will be posted on the STA online booking portal for your program, which will be provided by your faculty leader or university coordinator.


We very strongly recommend that you take out trip protection insurance, in addition to your travel medical insurance, which is required. If you have an emergency that forces you to cancel your travel plans after the cancellation deadline, trip cancellation insurance will cover non-refundable expenses.


Other Questions

The majority of students usually come from one of the universities accrediting the program, but most of our programs are open to students from other schools. Some universities even offer in-state tuition for out-of-state students to study abroad.


We are happy to forward your email address to former students. However, for privacy reasons we cannot give out our former students’ email addresses. AUIP has a Facebook page that can be used to ask former students questions as well as to connect with students that are going to be on the program.


The cost of tuition depends on which school is accrediting the program. Check with your Study Abroad adviser for more information.


We usually accept somewhere between 15-30 students for each program.


You should visit the Centers for Disease Control website for the most detailed and up-to-date information on recommended immunizations.


The easiest and most efficient way to get money while in another country is with your ATM/debit card. Most cities have ATM machines and banks. Be sure to contact your bank and let them know that you will be travelling so that they do not block your card once you use it overseas. We recommend that you do not use your credit card for cash advances because these transactions carry high interest and service charges.


Once you are overseas, it will always be much easier for you to reach your family than for them to reach you, particularly since the programs generally involve lots of traveling. A list of in-country contacts can be found in your Course Reading Packet. In all large cities, internet cafes and phone services are readily available. However, internet is usually more expensive in the South Pacific than in the U.S.


All of the dates on our website are departure dates and return dates to and from the U.S. Note that if you are travelling across the International Dateline, you may either lose or gain a day while traveling.


Programs: Australia

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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:

Programs: Fiji

Fiji Study Abroad Get ready for stunning white sand beaches, colorful and bustling towns, coral inlets, rugged mountains and tropical waterfalls, remote villages, and ancient archeological sites of Fiji. After introductory lectures, a field study includes exploring pristine coral reefs of the offshore islands, a homestay at a traditional Fijian village, and kayaking through the highland rainforests. Program Available:

Eligibility & Apply



Eligibility

  • Students must be 18 years old by the program's start date.
  • Students should have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (some programs have higher GPA requirements – be sure to check with your home institution before applying) and be in good standing at their home university. Students applying with a GPA below the requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis and should contact their home institution.
  • Students from all majors are encouraged to apply, as we take an interdisciplinary perspective to examine each program topic.

Apply

  • For all programs, students apply directly to the university offering credit. Please click on the university link below to be redirected to the programs available.
  • Students are encouraged to apply early. At many partner universities, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Thus, the program may fill prior to the official application deadline.
Partner Universities

Programs: Australia

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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:

Programs: Fiji

Fiji Study Abroad Get ready for stunning white sand beaches, colorful and bustling towns, coral inlets, rugged mountains and tropical waterfalls, remote villages, and ancient archeological sites of Fiji. After introductory lectures, a field study includes exploring pristine coral reefs of the offshore islands, a homestay at a traditional Fijian village, and kayaking through the highland rainforests. Program Available:

Marketing Interns



Former AUIP program participants serve as marketing interns at our partner universities to represent the programs on campus and speak with you about their experiences and answer any questions you have. You will see our marketing interns across campus staffing a table at the study abroad fair, presenting to classes and student organizations, and hosting information sessions. Talk with our marketing intern at your home institution to learn all about their study abroad adventure.

Current AUIP Marketing Interns

Connect with the marketing intern on your campus or our social media sites, to which they regularly share content. In particular, marketing interns write frequent blogs on our AUIP Blog with their study abroad memories and recommendations. To be connected via email to the relevant marketing intern or if you don’t see a marketing intern at your home institution, email us at marketing@auip.com and we will put you in touch with one. Please note that while we encourage potential students to speak with our marketing interns, we recommend a Study Abroad Advisor on your campus confirm all financial and logistical specifics.

Apply for AUIP Marketing Internship

Are you eager to share your study abroad experience with others? Consider applying for the AUIP Marketing Internship upon returning from overseas. Candidates are reviewed in mid-summer with interns appointed in early August to serve for one academic year. For more information and the application, visit AUIP Marketing Internship.

Programs: Australia

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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:

Programs: Fiji

Fiji Study Abroad Get ready for stunning white sand beaches, colorful and bustling towns, coral inlets, rugged mountains and tropical waterfalls, remote villages, and ancient archeological sites of Fiji. After introductory lectures, a field study includes exploring pristine coral reefs of the offshore islands, a homestay at a traditional Fijian village, and kayaking through the highland rainforests. Program Available:

Before Departure



We are pleased that you will be joining us on an AUIP affiliated study abroad program this year. This purpose of this section is to provide you with the resources you need to get ready for your study abroad experience. We have outlined the tasks you need to complete: Please note that some of these materials are password protected. The username and password will be emailed to you. You can also email AUIP (info@auip.com) for this information at any time.

Immediately

Program Handbook

The AUIP Program Handbook is designed to provide you with information you need to successfully and safely complete your study abroad experience. Information contained within the Handbook includes:
  • Pre-departure checklist
  • What to expect
  • Making travel arrangements
  • Important health and safety information
  • Packing list
  • Entry requirements (such as visas)
  • Academic and conduct policies

Forms

Please complete, sign and return to your Faculty Leader: Note: Students cannot be officially accepted on the program unless they have signed Form 1 (all students) and Form 2 (Fiji students).

Special Accommodations or Requirements

Please inform your Faculty Leader in writing if:
  1. You need special accommodation(s) because of a documented disability.
  2. You have any special dietary or other requirements.
  3. You have any medical conditions that might affect your participation in some part of the program. All activities are optional and we can make alternative arrangements if you are unable to participate in certain parts of the program.

Passport

Make sure that your passport is valid for travel to the country or countries that you will be visiting. Consult the U.S. Department of State Consular Information Sheets for details. Note that students who are not U.S. citizens may have additional visa requirements and should ensure they leave plenty of time to apply for these.

Social Media

Social media outlets have been established to both help you prepare for your trip and to keep you connected with your new friends at the conclusion of your program. Click on the social media icons at the top or bottom right of our website to follow us on the various outlets to gain more information.  

Eight Weeks Before Departure

Pre-Departure Orientation

All students enrolled on a program must view the online AUIP Pre-Departure Orientation prior to departure.

Medical and Dental Check-ups

Obtain medical and dental check-ups, and order sufficient prescription medications for the entire program.

Group Flights

If your university is offering a group flight for your program, this flight can be booked online or over the phone with STA Travel. There are many advantages to booking the group flight, including traveling with the group, taking the group transportation to the accommodation upon arrival, processing your ETA Visa (if traveling to Australia), and having access to a 24/7 assistance number while traveling. STA can also assist with booking your domestic flights and provide alternative options for flights if you wish to pursue independent travels outside of the program dates. To book your flights, please follow this procedure:
  1. Online: Click on the STA group flight portal link provided by your faculty leader and review the group flight itinerary and information. Click “Request a Quote” to access the reservation form. Please note that submitting this form does not finalise your booking; STA will contact you within 24 hours to confirm pricing and collect payment information.
  2. By phone: Alternatively, you can call STA at 877-777-8717 Monday to Saturday between 6am-7pm and Sunday 8am-7pm Pacific Standard Time to make the booking over the phone. Be sure to identify yourself as going on an ‘AUIP Program’ as well as your university, program dates, and country where you will be traveling to ensure they locate the correct group flight. Please have your payment and passport information ready, as they can book the ticket while you are on the phone.
  3. STA Travel offers two payment options. You may either pay in full at the time of booking, or pay a deposit and then a final payment before their final deadline. If you choose the deposit option, it is your responsibility to contact STA before the final payment deadline to arrange final payment.
Flights are subjects to availability, so it is recommended that you book as early as possible, as some flights could book out prior to the deadline. Deposits must be paid by the date listed on the STA website to secure a seat. If you decide to make independent travel arrangements, you will need to ensure that your arrival and departure times coincide with the program itinerary. Note that AUIP arranges ground transportation for students who book the on the group flight only. If you are traveling to Australia, you need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa in advance. Non-US citizens may require additional visa documentation for the locations of travel, and must work with their local consulate or authority to obtain any required visas in advance of the program.

Four Weeks Before Departure

U.S. Department of State Travel Registration

Register online with the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Registration Program (STEP). Registration allows you to record information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can assist you in case of an emergency. When registering, in the form fields where it asks for local contact information, insert the following information: American Universities International Programs, Ltd. P.O. Box 3771 Christchurch 8140 New Zealand Phone: +64.3.377.4644 Email: info@auip.com

Consular Information Sheets

All students are required to review the U.S. Department of State Consular Information Sheets for the country or countries they are due to visit. Consular information sheets contain entry/exit requirements, health and safety information, important political announcements, threat of terrorism, and any travel warnings of which you should be aware. Please click on the link for the country or countries you will be visiting. Consular Information Sheets are updated regularly so please check these links on a regular basis.

Course Reading Packets

When informed by your Faculty Leader that your Course Reading Packet(s) are ready to order, please follow these instructions:
  1. Click here to visit the Bel-Jean website.
  2. Indicate the course reading packet(s) you require (e.g., AUIP New Zealand and AUIP Fiji) by ticking the box(es) beside the programs you will be attending.
  3. After you have placed your order, you will receive an electronic invoice via PayPal.
  4. Once your payment is confirmed, your packet will go out via regular United States Postal Service unless you request otherwise.
  5. You should also receive a compact travel version of the Program Handbook with your Course Reading Packet(s), which you should bring with you on your program.

Pre-Departure Lectures

All students enrolled in a Fiji program should view these lectures before the start of the program. Pre-Departure Lectures - Fiji

Pre-Departure Culture and Geography Quiz

Prior to departing the U.S., you must complete the Pre-Departure Culture and Geography Quiz (found in the Course Reading Packet) for each program you will attend. The quiz is typically due on day 1 of the program, unless your Faculty Leader has informed you otherwise. Note: Students traveling to Fiji must watch the three one-hour pre-departure lectures (see above) to complete the Fiji Pre-Departure Culture and Geography Quiz.

Packing Your Suitcase

These forms contain a checklist of items to pack for each program. Suggested Packing Lists:  

Programs: Australia

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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:

Programs: Fiji

Fiji Study Abroad Get ready for stunning white sand beaches, colorful and bustling towns, coral inlets, rugged mountains and tropical waterfalls, remote villages, and ancient archeological sites of Fiji. After introductory lectures, a field study includes exploring pristine coral reefs of the offshore islands, a homestay at a traditional Fijian village, and kayaking through the highland rainforests. Program Available:

Orientation



All students enrolled on an AUIP program must view the pre-departure orientation prior to departure.

AUIP Pre-Departure Orientation

Additional pre-departure orientation for students going to Fiji

Important Notice: New Zealand Programs

Depending on your  itinerary in New Zealand, you may stay at one or two accommodations that do not provide bed linens free of charge. Check with your faculty leader to see if your program is staying at places where bed linens are not included. If you are on such a program, you will need to choose one of the following options:

  • Bring a sleeping bag (with a temperature rating for cool climates); OR
  • Pay for linen at a cost of approximately $35. (This fee is not covered in your program cost so you will need to pay portions of this $35. directly to each of the accommodations that do not provide linen free of charge.) 

Optional Preparation

Health and Safety Abroad

Dr. Frank Gillingham, medical director for HTH Worldwide compiled a YouTube video series to help study abroad students prepare for their experience. The series covers how to address, avoid or manage a number of issues, including: prescription drugs, mental illness and jet lag. For more information please visit:

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Dr.+Frank+Gillingham+HTH&aq=f 

Sara's Wish Foundation

The aim of this video is to make you aware that having good information is key to your having a safe journey.

To find out more about Sara's Wish Foundation please visit: www.saraswish.org 

Programs: Australia

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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:

Programs: Fiji

Fiji Study Abroad Get ready for stunning white sand beaches, colorful and bustling towns, coral inlets, rugged mountains and tropical waterfalls, remote villages, and ancient archeological sites of Fiji. After introductory lectures, a field study includes exploring pristine coral reefs of the offshore islands, a homestay at a traditional Fijian village, and kayaking through the highland rainforests. Program Available:

Media Opportunities



All the writing, photographing, and videography you do whilst overseas create invaluable keepsakes for cherishing your adventures. Everything you capture can also help you show your personal and academic achievements to family, friends, and even potential employers or graduate schools. Thus, AUIP offers multiple media opportunities for you to showcase these works. Please use the following links to jump to the sub-section of interest:

Student Blogger Program

Do you have a passion for writing, photography, or videography? Do you want to share your overseas experience with a diverse audience meanwhile receiving professional guidance and feedback? If so, we encourage you to apply for the AUIP’s Student Blogger Program to have your work featured on the AUIP Blog, which has been honored as a “Blog of the Week” by GoAbroad.com.
Benefits
  • Significant resume builder
  • Professional blogging experience with a public audience of thousands
  • International educational industry connections
  • Potential for earning gift cards or freebies
  • Stronger chance to serve as AUIP Marketing Intern
Commitment
  • Blog at least one time pre-departure and then one time per week for the duration of your study abroad program
  • Create a video blog upon returning home
Application process
  1. Complete a Student Blog Application 
  2. Sign the Student Blog Contract
  3. Submit your application and signed contract by the relevant deadline. Submit the documents as attached Microsoft Word or PDF documents to marketing@auip.com
Application deadlines
  • Winter (Dec/Jan) programs: December 9
  • Summer (May-Aug) programs: May 8

Guest Blogger

Have you returned from your study abroad experience with insight, tips, or general memories you want to share with the extended AUIP community? AUIP welcomes creative individuals to share content with us at any time. To contribute a guest blog, please email marketing@auip.com.

AUIP Alumni Photo Contest

Do you have thousands of photos from your study abroad program? Well, time to pick the best ones because AUIP annually hosts the AUIP Photo Contest as a chance for alumni to share photos and be entered to win prizes.
Details
  • AUIP hosts the contest in August/September each year.
  • All AUIP alumni are eligible to enter.
  • The contest is hosted on our Facebook page. To view previous entries, like our Facebook page and check back for this year’s contest updates and instructions.

Programs: Australia

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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:

Programs: Fiji

Fiji Study Abroad Get ready for stunning white sand beaches, colorful and bustling towns, coral inlets, rugged mountains and tropical waterfalls, remote villages, and ancient archeological sites of Fiji. After introductory lectures, a field study includes exploring pristine coral reefs of the offshore islands, a homestay at a traditional Fijian village, and kayaking through the highland rainforests. Program Available:

Programs: Australia

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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:

Programs: Fiji

Fiji Study Abroad Get ready for stunning white sand beaches, colorful and bustling towns, coral inlets, rugged mountains and tropical waterfalls, remote villages, and ancient archeological sites of Fiji. After introductory lectures, a field study includes exploring pristine coral reefs of the offshore islands, a homestay at a traditional Fijian village, and kayaking through the highland rainforests. Program Available:

AUIP in the News

Various news outlets highlight AUIP programs and students from time to time. Here is recent coverage:

Programs: Australia

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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:

Programs: Fiji

Fiji Study Abroad Get ready for stunning white sand beaches, colorful and bustling towns, coral inlets, rugged mountains and tropical waterfalls, remote villages, and ancient archeological sites of Fiji. After introductory lectures, a field study includes exploring pristine coral reefs of the offshore islands, a homestay at a traditional Fijian village, and kayaking through the highland rainforests. Program Available:

Meet the Team

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Kevin Arscott

Director

Email: kevin@auip.com

Phone: +64.3.359.1491

Cell: +64.27.226.1851

Biography:

Kevin is a qualified charted accountant and member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has been involved in various industries ranging from manufacturing to media and tourism. Kevin became a Director of AUIP in 2008 after seeing the unique educational study abroad opportunities AUIP offers to students. Kevin has a passion for exploring new educational adventures and activities which provide life-changing, cultural, academic and extracurricular activities for students. His passion has grown to such an extent that you will often see Kevin experiencing AUIP's study abroad programs - and often asking more questions than the students! Kevin also lectures on our business programs.

Personal Information:

Favorite travel destination: Italy

Favorite program activity: tbd

Top travel tip: Don't be late for the bus!

Favorite outdoor activity: Swimming in tropical (warm!) waters

Education:

Chartered Accountant (CA), New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Otago, Accounting and Information Systems

Expertise:

Accounting
Contracts
Insurance

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Mary Ogburn

International Programs and Development Director

Email: mary@auip.com

Phone: +64 3 377 4644

Cell: +64 27 584 3872

Biography:

Originally from Southwestern Virginia, Mary has earned a bachelor’s degree in French and a master’s in Higher Education Administration, studying abroad several times along the way in France, Italy, and Germany. After a year of teaching English in the French Alps, Mary began working in study abroad in 2008 at Virginia Tech, where she helped facilitate AUIP faculty-led programs to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Antarctica. She has since worked with international programs at Boston College, Wellesley College, and Boston University, and has been an active member of the Boston Area Study Abroad Association.

Personal Information:

Favourite travel destination: Anywhere with mountains, from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, and now to the Southern Alps of New Zealand!

Favourite program activity: Swimming with hundreds of Dusky dolphins.

Top Travel tip: Pack your bags, and then take out half!

Favourite outdoor activity: Backpacking or hut-to-hut hiking

Education:

B.A., College of William and Mary, French
M.A., Boston College Lynch School of Education, Higher Education Administration

Expertise:

International education leadership
Program development
Institutional relations
Assessment

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Helen Beumelburg

Operations and Programs Manager

Email: helen@auip.com

Phone: +64.3.377.4644

Cell: +64.21.029.40805

Biography:

Helen is a native New Zealander who started her career as a qualified Food Technologist. After 2.5 years backpacking through Australia, South East Asia and Europe, and teaching in Japan, she developed a passion for travel, cultural diversity and international education. After returning to New Zealand, Helen gained 15 years experience in education program management and development. Helen’s life-changing international experiences have driven her to facilitate these experiences for others. Her other passion is competitive table tennis.

Personal Information:

Favorite travel destination: Juara Beach, Tioman Island (especially after trekking through
the jungle)

Favorite program activity: Yet to be discovered!

Top travel tip: Pack a cake of laundry soap, a twisted elastic washing line and some quick-dry
clothing and you’ll always have something clean to wear.

Favorite outdoor activities: Mountain biking, running, caravanning, hula hooping

Education:

B.Tech., Massey University, Food Technology majoring in Marketing and Product
Development

Expertise:

Academic liaison
Program management
Relationship building and communication
New program development
Continuous improvement

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Dr. Mandala White, Ph.D.

Academic Manager

Email: mandala@auip.com

Phone: +64 3 377 4644

Biography:

Mandala was born in Santa Barbara, California, but immigrated to New Zealand with her family at the age of 6. After finishing high school, she spent a number of years working random jobs to finance her globetrotting, a pursuit which took her to places as diverse as Poland, Canada, India, Russia and Hungary. She returned to education as an adult student and obtained a BA in English and Education, and an MA in English, both from the University of Canterbury. In 2008, she moved to the UK to do her PhD in English at the University of Leeds. She has worked in various capacities in the tertiary sector for 12 years, including tutor, researcher, editor and lecturer. Alongside her job at AUIP, she lectures in English at the University of Canterbury, acts as a private consultant for writers, and works on her own writing projects (both academic and creative). The rest of her time is devoted to growing her two beautiful children, Nadia, age 6, and Nila, age 2.

Personal Information:

Favourite travel destination: Split, Croatia; Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Favourite outdoor activity: Swimming at the beach with my kids; sitting in the shade on a Norwest day with a good book.

Education:

BA (English and Education), University of Canterbury
MA (English), University of Canterbury
PhD (English), University of Leeds

Expertise:

Academic facilitation

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Brigitte Schuhmacher

Program Coordinator

Email: brigitte@auip.com

Phone: +64.3.377.4644

Biography:

Brigitte was born in Germany but has lived in New Zealand for over 23 years. She loves to travel around the country, especially the northern part of the South Island (Marlborough Sounds, Nelson, and Abel Tasman). Brigitte has worked in international and domestic education for the past 14 years and has previously worked in the hospitality industry in New Zealand and Canada. She arranges logistics for the in-country programs.

Personal Information:

Favorite travel destination: Grožnjan, a small Istrian town in Croatia, a truly artistic beehive. It lives and breathes art with a labyrinth of little streets.

Favorite program activity: Abel Tasman National Park (kayak and walk) - the best of everything in the finest coastal National Park in New Zealand

Top travel tip: Wear sunscreen every day, in all weather and in every season. It should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.

Favorite outdoor activity: Mountain biking and walking along the beach

Expertise:

Logistics
Customer care

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Karla Kaijser

Program Coordinator & Marketing Designer

Email: karla@auip.com

Phone: +64.3.377.4644

Biography:

Karla is a graduate of the University of Southern California and a Colorado native. Her passion for international travel and discovering/exploring new cultures began while working on her undergraduate degree and having the opportunity to study abroad for two semesters in New Zealand and The Netherlands. Her other interests include surfing, water skiing, hiking and photography.

After relocating from the United States to Christchurch, Karla is has enjoyed working with AUIP to inspire and assist all students in discovering and creating their own study abroad travel experience!

Personal Information:

Favorite travel destination: Camel trekking through the Sahara

Top travel tip: Bring the best walking shoes possible. Your feet will thank you later. And keep a copy of important documents and extra cash separate from the originals in case anything gets lost or stolen

Favorite outdoor activity: Black water rafting in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Education:

A.A., Academy of Art University, Interior Architecture & Design
B.A., University of Southern California, Communication

Expertise:

Marketing
Logistics
Customer Care
Communication

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Kirsty Hole

Program Coordinator

Email: kirsty@auip.com

Phone: +64.3.377.4644

Biography:

Kirsty is a native Kiwi and a graduate of the University of Auckland. For the past 15 years she has traveled the world working in the ski industry and has recently moved to Christchurch. She has a real passion for the outdoors and loves skiing, mountain biking and the ocean. Kirsty is excited to start her career at AUIP in order to assist with their vision to promote global sustainability. She will be working with the logistics team.

Personal Information:

Favorite travel destination: The small coastal towns of Vietnam.

Favorite program activity: Yet to be discovered!

Top travel tip: Always have a plan, and always be ready to change it.

Favorite outdoor activity: Scuba diving

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Samantha Low

Program Coordinator

Email: samantha@auip.com

Phone: +64 3 377 4644

Biography:

A local Cantabrian, Sam joined the AUIP team in 2016 and assists the Logistics team with coordinating the study abroad programs and provides crucial office support for the entire team. A former travel agent, she is an avid equestrian who can be found at horse events on the weekends.

Personal Information:

Favorite travel destination: New York City

Favorite program activity: Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Top travel tip: Those socks and underwear that you wash in the bathroom sink dry a lot faster if you wring them out, lay them flat on a bath towel, roll it up into a sausage, and dance a jig on top

Favorite outdoor activity: Horse riding and BBQing with friends

Expertise:

Travel Logistics
Office Administration

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Amy Goodbehere

Program Coordinator

Email: amy@auip.com

Phone: +64.3.377.4644

Biography:

Originally from Palmerston North, NZ, Amy moved to the big cities of Australia and the UK for 8 years to travel, meet weird and wonderful people, and advance her Finance and Events careers before moving back to her home country in 2013. Growing up, she shared her home and family with exchange students from all over the world, and more recently, lived in both the crazy scene of Queenstown and the tiny village of Aoraki/Mt Cook, where she was working as an Event Coordinator for a big hotel. She has developed a passion for sharing the amazing parts of our world with people from all walks of life. She loves to organise EVERYTHING and see everyone having a great time, so is looking forward to seeing the smiling happy faces of those coming to experience Australia and New Zealand in the near future.

Personal Information:

Favourite Travel Destination: There are so many! City of Budapest in the winter; beaches of the Far North of NZ in the summer.

Favourite Program Activity: Hobbiton.

Top Travel Tip: Leave at least one day free to wander, some of the best adventures are unplanned.

Favourite Outdoor Activity: Kayaking on clear calm waters.

Education:

B.A. Classical Studies and Philosophy, Massey University
Certificates in Tourism & Hospitality and Visual Arts

Expertise:

Event Management
Customer Care
Communication and Relationship Building
Finance

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Wendy Preston

Logistics Coordinator

Email: wendy@auip.com

Phone: +64.3.377.4644

Biography:

Wendy grew up in England where travelling to Europe on holidays as a child fuelled her passion for travel. After graduating from the University of Wales Wendy spent the next few years working in Canada, the U.S. and South Africa, eventually settling in New Zealand with her husband in 2003. She has worked within the travel industry for 20 years in various roles and joins AUIP in the logistics team.

Personal Information:

Favourite Travel Destination: Northwest US and Canada. Tokyo, Nagano and the Japanese Alps. Beijing. Jurassic Coast, England.

Favourite Program Activity: Abel Tasman.

Top Travel Tip: Always have travel insurance.

Favourite Outdoor Activity: Camping with the kids on Banks Peninsula.

Education:

BA History and Archaeology. University of Wales, Lampeter.

Expertise:

Travel logistics
Finance
Customer Care

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Stephen Astor

Director

Email: stephenastor@hotmail.com

Phone: +64.3.323.5001

Biography:

Stephen, a father of two, is originally from New York but has lived in Christchurch, New Zealand for the last 18 years. As well as being a Director of AUIP, he is also a U.S. Certified Public Accountant and Portfolio Manager. Stephen also lectures for AUIP business programs.

Personal Information:

Favorite travel destination: Australia’s Sunshine Coast

Favorite program activity: Fox Glacier hike

Top travel tip: Travel light and stick to the airline luggage restrictions

Favorite outdoor activity: Golf and relaxing in hot pools

Education:

C.P.A., The City College of New York, Accounting
B.A., The City College of New York, History

Business Interests:

Stephen Astor CPA Limited
STUDY PROGRAMS ABROAD LIMITED

Expertise:

Charted Accountant
Contracts
Insurance

Programs: Australia

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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:

Programs: Fiji

Fiji Study Abroad Get ready for stunning white sand beaches, colorful and bustling towns, coral inlets, rugged mountains and tropical waterfalls, remote villages, and ancient archeological sites of Fiji. After introductory lectures, a field study includes exploring pristine coral reefs of the offshore islands, a homestay at a traditional Fijian village, and kayaking through the highland rainforests. Program Available:

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