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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. 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.


This is a study program. Students must carry a three course, 15-credit load, and are expected to fully participate in all activities. Students will take courses in the History of Australia and New Zealand, Biology of Australia and New Zealand and lntercultural Communication. Dr. Bruce Haulman and Megan Reiser, Green River College faculty members will lead the group. Courses will begin in Australia and continue in New Zealand. Detailed descriptions of the classes can be found on the Green River College website. These courses will give you interesting, valuable and relevant instruction that will expose you to the cultural, history, fauna and geological differences that make Australia and New Zealand unique. Much of your time will be spent learning "hands-on" outside of the classroom and experiencing what you are learning about. The program is also structured to provide ample time for rest, relaxation and personal exploration of the uniqueness that Australia and New Zealand have to offer.

To apply, please fill out and submit this application to the Study Abroad office at Snohomish Hall 301. You will also need to turn in the following documents:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A one page essay
  • Your unofficial Edmonds College transcript

Our office will review your documents and let you know if you have been accepted to the program and how to proceed. Please note that students that have been sanctioned by the college are disqualified from applying to, or participating in an Edmonds College study abroad program.

Set up an appointment with us here if you have any questions!

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.

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, and more. Considers the overview of prevalent theories and practical applications.

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 18 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.

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 for 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.

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. The fees could 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.

In Melbourne, you will stay in a single dorm room at Newman College. These are college dormitories with shared baths and communal eating facilities. Many meals are provided in the Dining Hall. ln New Zealand, you will live in shared apartments near the Unitec campus where you will have fully equipped kitchens to do your own cooking.

Program Fee: $8,230 - Full payment due Oct. 18, 2021

A $450 deposit is required to be paid with your application (non-refundable).

Land only option: $6,730 includes lab fee. Does not include airfare or airport transfers.


  • Airfare, overseas airport transfers, lab fee and airport taxes and surcharges.
  • Housing accommodations at each of the locations. Many meals while at Newman College in Melbourne
  • Kitchen facilities in Auckland
  • Pre-departure and arrival orientations
  • Curriculum Iab fee of $350
  • Welcome BBO lunch in Melbourne and Farewell lunch in Auckland
  • Basic student medical insurance


  • College tuition and books
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Fees for use of some sporting, telephone and lnternet facilities, telephone and internet facilities at other locations
  • Meals not specified
  • Housing accommodations during travel breaks
  • Personal and Entertainment expenses including optional field trips and independent travel and expenses during and after the program.
  • Local transportation
  • Anything not specified as included in the program

For quarter-long WCCCSA programs, WCCCSA awards two $1,000 scholarships to selected program participants. To find out more about this scholarship opportunity and how to apply, contact your WCCCSA Campus Coordinator.

WCCCSA Scholarship Rules:

1. You must have applied to a WCCCSA study abroad program and paid the deposit in order to be eligible to apply for this scholarship.

2. You must write an essay on a topic chosen by the WCCCSA Scholarship Committee. You will find more information about the essay on the WCCCSA Scholarship Application Form. The essay must be typed and submitted by 5pm on or before the application deadline for the program.

3. Scholarship recipients will be announced at the Pre-Departure Orientation.

4. Each scholarship recipient must agree to help WCCCSA promote the study abroad program after they have completed their program. The assignment given to them will require no more than four hours of work and will be a project mutually agreed upon by both the award recipient and the WCCCSA campus representative.

Projects may include (but are not limited to):

  • tasks such as sharing of photos and personal reflections of your program
  • help with orientation of the next program
  • talking with classes on your campus to help promote the program
  • making a video to help promote study abroad
  • visiting other nearby campuses to talk about the program, etc.

Application Deadline: October 18, 2020 - Includes all application materials AND full payment

Tuition Due: Check academic calendar

Program Dates: January 7-March 14, 2022

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To find out more, make an appointment with your study abroad advisor! 

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