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Study abroad trip to New Zealand and Australia set for Summer 2017
By Courtney Mendenhall
Following a successful study abroad trip to London this past summer, the School of Communication’s next exciting destination is New Zealand and Australia.
The New Zealand and Australia study abroad trip is scheduled for May 13, 2017.
Students will spend one week each in Auckland, Wellington and Rotorua. They will also spend five days in Australia and a weekend in Queenstown. There will also be an optional six-week internship in Australia available, which will run from June 8 through July 17, 2017.
The courses that are included in the study abroad package are: Media and Society (COMS 335), Intercultural and International Communication (COMS 451), Independent Study (COMS 498), Internship (COMS 499), and Graduate Directed Study (COMS 698).
Dr. Matthew Turner, who is leading the trip says, “We have built into the program some fun stuff too, like a trip to OGO (a zorbing park in Rotorua). You basically get into a giant inflatable ball and roll down a hill. We are going black water rafting, which is like intertubing, but you do it inside a cave.”
Turner notes that students will get to visit production studios, newsrooms, and even Hobbiton and other filming locations from “The Lord of The Rings.” The trip will also give students the opportunity to learn about the indigenous Maori culture through traditional ceremonies, food, songs and language. There will also be opportunities to learn about New Zealand’s history and government.
As far as living arrangements go, students will stay in international hostels. The study abroad trip is open to students of all majors. The application deadline for interested students is Oct. 31.