Courses in Australia & New Zealand

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 Reiser - 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. Considers the overview of prevalent theories and practical applications.


Meet the Green River College faculty.

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

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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 Reiser

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 teaching 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 Bachelor 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!

Contact Us

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Cindy Card

Program Coordinator
Phone: 253-833-9111, ext. 2160
Fax: 253-288-3419

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Megan Swanson
Location: IVD 116
Phone: 253-833-9111 ext. 4892

Detailed brochures and applications are available for each program. Information meetings are arranged as needed. Group orientation sessions are scheduled prior to departure.


McIntyre International Village D (IVD) 115


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