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.

Student Perspective: Your Suitcase-Tips for Preparing to Study Abroad

May 5th, 2017

Amanda Sanchez, the NC State Wolfpack Abroad marketing intern, writes: Studying abroad is an exciting and amazing experience! But when traveling, being prepared can be the difference between a good day and a rough one. So, in preparation for your trip, here are some reasons to take preparing seriously; it might make all the difference on your journey!

Some people love to pack, others simply dread it. Knowing what to pack can streamline the process, so be sure to read the AUIP suggested packing lists, and of course, follow them! The items on the list are very important, so take them seriously and be sure to bring them. When traveling in the Southern Hemisphere winter, warm base layers made of polypropylene or other moisture-wicking material are especially crucial. If you need to, invest in key items to ensure you’ll be comfortable every day of your trip. A rain jacket, good hiking shoes (water-resistant/proof), and a comfortable, sturdy backpack are basic essentials.

Traveling frequently and moving often can be stressful, but you can limit your stress by packing lightly. For most people, this can be surprisingly difficult. We want to be prepared for whatever happens! However, during a study abroad experience it is well worth limiting how much you bring. Less is more, meaning that less time organizing and re-packing your suitcase is more time for you to have fun and experience the places you are visiting, often for a very short time. Items that serve multiple purposes, such as 3-in-1 jackets, are especially useful when moving between destinations.

Studying abroad is meant to be an extraordinary experience, so embrace the differences in culture, climate, or lifestyle on your journey. Whether that means leaving a favorite pair of stylish shoes at home or investing in a warm winter jacket, be sure you also leave room to pick up a local item of clothing along the way. It will likely be a souvenir that you will cherish for years to come!

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