Study Abroad

Australia/New Zealand

5 weeks in Melbourne, Australia
5 weeks in Auckland, New Zealand
Winter Quarter
January 3 - March 11, 2017

15 college credits

Remember winter here is summer down-under!

Student Blogs

Read Viktoria Funke's blog for winter 2017 - My Time Abroad.

Read Giel van Weezel's blog for winter 2016 - Adventures in Australia and New Zealand.

Study abroad and earn 15 Green River credits in sunny Melbourne, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand.

Melbourne is situated in southeastern Australia. It is one of the great livable cities of the world, noted for its diversity, vitality, and sophistication, a center for arts and culture with ready access to the wonders of Australia's natural history. This makes Melbourne a cosmopolitan, harmonious and dynamic city in which to live and study and Newman College is in an ideal location to enjoy all the activities that the city presents.

In Auckland, New Zealand you will experience Maori culture, New Zealand's natural attractions and culture. Auckland is perhaps the most vibrant and bustling multi-cultural city in the world with it's urban environment, beautiful beaches, hiking trails and glistening harbors.

Australia and New Zealand Photos

Australia and New Zealand Brochure

Contact: Cindy Card at or (253) 833-9111 ext. 2160



Academic Program:
This is a study program. Students must carry a 15-credit load and are expected to fully participate in all class activities. In addition to the Humanities: Australian/NZ Life and Culture class, students will take History of Australia/NZ and New Zealand Biology. See detailed course descriptions below.

Courses are scheduled Monday through Friday. The weekends are free. 

Course Descriptions:

Humanities: Peoples of the World-Australian and New Zealand Life and Culture
Australian and New Zealand Faculty - 5 credits
Offers students an introduction to Australian and New Zealand society and culture by examining its major social and political institutions, the cultural values of its people, and the significant contemporary issues these nations confront. Students will engage in critical discussions about the differences between American and Australian/New Zealand cultures, and will address the relation of Australia and New Zealand to the Pacific Rim. This course aims to facilitate student orientation to Australia and New Zealand, and to offer an important socio-cultural framework for other courses they will take.

History: History of Australia and New Zealand
Dr. Bruce Haulman  - 5 credits
Examines the history of Australasian nations of Australia and New Zealand from the first human inhabitants of Australia some 60,000 years ago, and the Maori settlement of New Zealand some 800 years ago, through the long and often difficult processes to become the modern island nations of Australia and New Zealand. Attention is given to the various groups who have migrated to Australasia, the European exploration and colonization of the area, the development of settlements and colonial governments, the move to nationhood in the late 19th century, and the emergence of the modern nations of Australia and New Zealand in the 20th century.

Biology - Natural Science of Australian/New Zealand
Australian and New Zealand Faculty - 5 credits
Focuses on the ecology of Australia and New Zealand, including ecosystems and human impact on ecosystems. The biodiversity, characteristics, and interactions of Australian and New Zealand flora and fauna will also be investigated within various habitats and ecosystems. A significant portion of the course will involve field observations and experiences. This course does not meet the lab distribution requirement. and is designed for the beginning college student. 


Dr. Bruce Haulman
Dr. Bruce Haulman teaches history at Green River Community College. He has his B.A. in American Studies from Stetson University, his M.A. in Political Science from Florida State University and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Washington. At Green River College, he teaches Film History, Pacific Northwest History and Modern History. He has also led student groups to study the history and ecology of Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island, Canada. He taught in London in 1993, 1996 and 2000, and Australia study abroad 2001- 2013, and is an experienced leader of study abroad programs.

Courses will also be taught by highly qualified Australian and New Zealand faculty.


Campus Locations:

Weeks 1-5 will be spent at Newman College, which is part of the University of Melbourne. The campus is centrally located in the heart of Melbourne with easy access to all the city's activities and attractions.

Weeks 6-10 will be spent at in Auckland, New Zealand where you will be studying at Unitec University, one of New Zealand's top educational institutions. Auckland is very popular with students worldwide and a has a large international population.


Accommodations and Meals: 

While at Newman College of the University of Melbourne, students will be accommodated in single rooms. These are college dormitories with shared baths and communal eating facilities.

While studying in New Zealand, students will live in shared student housing near the Unitec University campus.

Many lunches are provided in Melbourne.

The cost of living in Australia and New Zealand is lower than in the United States.


Cultural Activities and Excursions: There will be pre-arranged fully inclusive tours during your stay, which may include:

In Australia:

  • Melbourne Museum: Banjalika Aboriginal Exhibit
  • National Gallery: Aboriginal Art Exhibit
  • Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance
  • National Gallery Australian Art Exhibit
  • Bendigo - Gold Fields
  • Healsville Sanctuary
  • Mount Donna Buang Forests
  • Victoria Parliament
  • Lorne Surf Beache
  • Cape Schanck

In New Zealand:

  • Auckland Museum: Ngati Whatua O Orakei Maori Performance
  • Mount Albert Volcano and The Auckland Volcano Field
  • The Waitakere Range
  • Tiri Tiri Matangi Sanctuary
  • Rangitoto Volcano
  • Auckland Art Gallery

Additional Activities: Other field trips are optional and may require an additional fee: These may include an overnight excursion to Mangere Marae, Lord of the Rings Tour, and Whale Rider Tour. 

Breaks:  There will also be plenty of opportunity to do your own exploring during program breaks.  Students will have a one week break in Australia and a one week break while in New Zealand.

Program Fees

PROGRAM FEE:  $7,820 
Program Costs include Airfare To/From International Airport, Lab fee of $350 and Airline Taxes/Surcharges of $275 
Land-only option $6,320  Includes Lab fee of $350. Excludes airfare and airport transfers.

A $450 (non-refundable) deposit is required to be paid with your application to hold your place in the program. This deposit is part of the program fee.


  • Round trip group airfare on program dates from Seattle/Melbourne/Auckland/Seattle
  • Group transfers to/from international airports
  • Student housing accommodations at Newman College, University of Melbourne (except break week)
  • Student housing accommodations at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland (except break week)
  • Many lunches at Newman College
  • Kitchen facilities in Auckland
  • Lab fee ($350)
  • Airport taxes, fees and surcharges ($275)
  • Some cultural activities and excursions
  • Pre-departure and arrival orientations
  • Welcome BBQ in Melbourne and farewell dinner in Auckland
  • Student basic medical insurance

Not Included:

  • College tuition and books
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Meals not previously specified
  • Housing accommodations during break weeks
  • Local transportation
  • Some curriculum activities admissions
  • Fees for some sporting, telephone, and internet facilities
  • Personal and entertainment expenses
  • Independent travel and expenses during and after the program
  • Anything not specified as included in the program

Financial Aid:
If you are a Green River College student or a student at a sponsoring Washington State Community College, you may be able to use financial aid to pay program fees. Students wishing to use financial aid must be able to register through their home college for these classes. Please check with your Study Abroad Coordinator to determine if you are attending a participating school.

If you are applying for financial aid to pay for your program, you must indicate this on your application form. Your application form must be accompanied by a deposit of $450 (non-refundable). Financial aid tudents are required to pay a minimum of 30% of the program fee by the October 23, 2014 deadline, accompanied by an award letter from their Financial Aid office. Any balances not covered by financial aid are also due by the October 23, 2014 deadline. All remaining balances must be received no later than November 13, 2014.

Application Process

Application Requirements:
Students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to apply. Transcripts are required. Minimum age is 18 (17 with permission).

You do not need to be a current Green River College student to participate in this program.

Program Limit:
There is a capacity limit of 38 students on this program. This is on a "first-come, first-serve" basis and there are no guarantees that a student will be able to participate if the program is full. APPLY EARLY TO HOLD YOUR SPACE.

Program Application:
Complete and sign the following forms: Program Application , Agreement and Release, Medical History and Medical Authorization. Participants under the age of 18 must also have their parents/guardians sign the application and accompanying forms. Submit all forms along with a $450 non-refundable deposit to Cindy Card, Study Abroad Programs, Green River College, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn, WA, 98092. Checks should be made payable to "Green River". Incomplete or illegible application packets will not be processed.

Note: Green River students and students receiving credit at other sponsoring Washington State community colleges may need approval through their institution to apply for this program. Please check with your college's Study Abroad Coordinator to see if a preliminary application is required.

Land-only Option: Participants wishing to make their own travel arrangements separate from the group must request these arrangements at the time of application, or no later than the October 21, 2016 deadline. Airport transfers are not included in the land-only option. Students must arrive in Melbourne, Australia on January 4, 2016.

For more information or to request an application packet please contact:

Cindy Card,
Program Coordinator
Green River College
Phone: 9253) 833-9111, ext. 2160
Fax: (253) 288-3419