Study Abroad

Australia/New Zealand

Baby Kangaroo5 weeks in Melbourne, Australia
5 weeks in Auckland, New Zealand
Winter Quarter
January 3 - March 10, 2018

15 college credits

Remember winter here is summer down-under!

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


Student Blogs

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

Watch Viktoria Funke's testimonial of her Australia/NZ Gap Year eperience -

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

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. Students will take History, Biology and Intercultural Communication. See detailed course descriptions below.

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

Course Descriptions:

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. 

Communication Studies - Intercultural Communication
Megan Riser - 5 credits
Looks at communication across cultures on the interpersonal and intergroup levels.  Investigates the components of culture that work to affect the communication of members in and across cultures. Examines different aspects of the communication process as they relate to intercultural communication, including perception, language, nonverbal communication, etc.  Eonsiders the overview of prevalent theories and practical applications.


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Dr. Bruce Haulman
Dr. Bruce Haulman is an experienced leader of study abroad programs, and has directed the Green River College Australia-New Zealand Study Abroad Program for eighteen years.  Over 500 students have been part of this program and have experienced studying abroad in Australia and New Zealand.  Bruce is a professor of History at Green River College, has taught abroad in England and Canada, as well as Australia and New Zealand, and has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia.  He is the author of two books on the history of Vashon Island, where he lives with his wife Pam, and writes regularly for the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber.

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Megan Riser
Megan Reiser is a newly tenured instructor at Green River College, teaching Communication Studies.  She has been a Gator for six years now and is very excited to take her teaching down under! Megan currently teaches Intercultural Communication, Persuasion and Propaganda, Interpersonal Communication, and Public Speaking.  She is also working on developing Advanced Interpersonal Communication: Modern Love.  While Megan loves taching in the classroom, she is also passionate about students with personal tutoring at the Public Speaking Center where she acts as a coach and Director.

Megan has a huge passion for travel.  She graduated from the University of Washington in 2008 getting her Pachelor of Arts in Communication, with a minor in Law, Societies, and Justice.  While at UW she participated in the Rome Study Abroad Program for three months.  She knows firsthand the anxiety and culture shock that comes with studying abroad--but she also knows the benefits outweigh the nerves!  After UW, Megan attended graduate school at Washinton State University (she's still a Husky!), receiving her Master of Arts in Communication with a focus on political campaigns in 2010.  Since graduating, Megan has been traveling to Arusha, Tanzania the past three summers for leisure and volunteering at Blessed Orphanage.  Megan works with over 30 children providing food, shelter, school supplies, and medical supplies.

When Megan is not teaching or traveling she enjoys staying very active.  She loves Crossfit, hiking, and hot yoga.  She also has a Disney obsession and love for animals, including her fat white and orange cat Popple!

Lectures will also be provided by highly qualified Australian and New Zealand faculty.



Campus Locations:

Melbourne, Australia
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.

Auckland, New Zealand
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 meals are provided in Melbourne.  Students will have cooking facilities in New Zealand.

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 meals 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 pizza party 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 students are required to pay a minimum of 30% of the program fee by the October 20, 2017 deadline, accompanied by an award letter from their Financial Aid office. Any balances not covered by financial aid are also due by the October 20, 2017 deadline. All remaining balances must be received no later than November 10, 2017.

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 parental 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 Report and Medical Release Authorization, Release of Information. 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, 98092-3622. Checks should be made payable to "Green River College". 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 20, 2017 deadline. Airport transfers are not included in the land-only option. Students must arrive in Melbourne, Australia on January 5, 2018.

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