About Brockport's Australia and New Zealand, Summer Program: Kiwis, Koalas and Corals Down Under
The College at Brockport, in cooperation with American Universities International Programs (AUIP) and Virginia Tech invites you to participate in a unique study abroad program in New Zealand and Tropical Northeast Queensland, Australia.
Explore dynamic cultures and natural environments by traveling extensively as a group and local field experts in Australia and New Zealand. This program is open to students of all backgrounds and majors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The main content of this program is environmental sustainability and service learning. It is recommend that students have taken one or two courses related to environmental sciences before participating on this program.
You will learn about and do many exciting things, including:
- Interactions of humans (Maori, Aboriginals, Europeans), in the past and present, with the environments of New Zealand and Australia and each other,
- Marine life and ecosystem management issues on the Great Barrier Reef, including two days at sea during which you will snorkel among some of the most spectacular coral reefs in the world,
- Temperate and tropical forests, their incredible biodiversity, and human interactions with and impacts on them,
- The interdependence of tropical forests, mangroves and reefs for ecological sustenance and health,
- Conservation and restoration of native species threatened with extinction by invasive species using traditional and modern ecological knowledge,
- Service learning projects to help local communities restore natural habitats and native species that are applicable to similar problems in the U.S.,
- The conflict between modern human activities and long-term sustainability of our planetary life support system,
- Home-stays in a Maori marae and Aboriginal community and cultural life in several Australian cities.
- Understand the impacts of human actions on natural systems, and human responses to those changes,
- Understand conservation actions and restoration approaches used in Australia and New Zealand that are applicable in the U.S.,
- Identify important groups of marine and terrestrial organisms and learn about threats to their existence and how to conserve and restore them,
- Design, conduct and report on simple research projects as part of a group,
- Help local communities address environmental problems with service learning activities such as planting trees and gathering biomonitoring data,
- Write concise essays linking course readings and activities and keep a daily journal,
- Write a reflective essay about your experiences and a research paper on a threatened or endangered species,
- Interact with people from other cultures and universities and learn about human values through interactions,
- Enhance intellectual and personal maturity and self-confidence through cross-cultural understanding, self-reliance, and identifying personal strengths and areas for improvement.
Check out the group video from Summer 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrCwo2MgdgY&feature=youtu.be
For more information and to view a presentation on the Australia & New Zealand: Kiwis, Koalas and Corals Down Under- Summer 2015 Program, click here: 2015 Brockport_AUIP NZ-AU 2015 Presentation_083114.ppt
Housing & Orientation
All accommodation costs are included in the program fee.
Fees for The Australia & New Zealand: Kiwis, Koalas and Corals Down Under Summer Program
Undergraduate Summer 2017 Program Cost: $5,807.83 (Estimated)
Does Not Include:
- Program Acceptance Fee
- Pre-departure orientation materials
- Accommodations (mostly hostels and motels)
- In-country program transportation
- Some meals
- Group activities and excursions
- Virginia Tech Faculty-leader
- Brockport's Study Abroad Office Services including the presence of a Virginia Tech. Faculty Director
- Health Insurance**
- Various campus-specific fees * (College Fee, Technology Fee, etc.)
- Roundtrip Airfare to Australia/New Zealand
- One day layover between Australia & New Zealand
- Additional meals
- Australian Electronic Travel Authority
- New Zealand Exit Fee
- AUIP Course Pack
- Personal expenses
Additional Expenses: $3,450.00
The actual amount that you will spend depends heavily on your style of living, and will vary with each individual's personal spending habits, entertainment preferences and travel choices.
Financial aid applies towards fees.
*Varies depending on the SUNY campus at which the participant pays tuition.
**The SUNY International Health Insurance is mandatory and will be included on the student's Brockport invoice.
The cost (and items included in the cost) as listed on the website are subject to change and should be considered estimates. Final budget sheets will be mailed to the student prior to departure and usually upon acceptance.
None, but one previous field or lab science course and junior or senior status is strongly preferred.
This is a 24-day field course in New Zealand and northeast Queensland, Australia. By participating in hands-on service learning projects, we will learn about sustainability, ecological restoration and resource conservation in New Zealand and Australia. Students will learn through classroom lectures & field work and then use their knowledge to assist community groups with long-term ecological research & conservation projects. Students will travel with a faculty-leader from Virginia Tech along with students from several other U.S. institutions. SUNY Brockport and Virginia Tech are partnered together for this program. Please review below syllabus for more course information.
6 Credits for the program.
2015 NZ-AU Course Presentation: 2015 Brockport_AUIP NZ-AU 2015 Presentation_083114.ppt
Summer 2017 Syllabus: 2017 NZ-OZ VT-SUNY Syllabus.pdf
May 26: Travel from home to Los Angeles (LAX) individually and from Sydney, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand on the group flight. Arrive in Auckland on May 28.
June 4: Fly from Auckland to Brisbane, Australia.
June 5-20: Engage in course activities in Magnetic Island, Bungalow Bay, Hidden Valley, Mission Beach, Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas and Cairns.
June 21: Fly from Cairns to Los Angeles and home.
Sample itinerary for Summer 2017 (subject to change): 2017 Sample Itinerary.pdf
For more information about this program, please contact faculty leader Dr. Lori Blanc Lblanc@vt.edu
See what Brockport senior Grace Davis has to say about this incredible summer program: "The Australia and New Zealand study abroad program is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the unique wildlife, participate in the rich culture, work with the indigenous people, and form life-long friendships all while learning about the beautifully diverse environments of the areas."
To learn more about Grace's adventure or for more motivation to start your own, you can email Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for studying with us Grace!
May 31st, 2018 - June 28th, 2018