Study Abroad


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This is a study program. Students must carry a three course, 15-credit load. They are also 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 culture, history, fauna, and geology 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.



Melbourne, Australia

Spend 3 weeks living and studying at Newman College. Newman College is a Jesuit school, and belongs to the University of Melbourne's Parkville, Victoria campus.

The campus is centrally located in the heart of Melbourne with easy access to all the city's activities and attractions.

Following your studies, you will have a 5-night travel break to travel and explore Australia independently, or with friends you meet on the program.

This University of Melbourne video gives a nice preview of the overall campus and proximity to downtown. Explore information on the University of Melbourne campus life and support services, including health and wellbeing. And visit Newman College's separate website for more information on what your facilities, housing and dining will look like.

Continue to get a sense of student life in Melbourne on social media: #NewmanCollegeUniMelb, #UniMelb, #CityofMelbourne

Auckland, New Zealand

Spend 3 weeks 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.

Following your studies, enjoy another 5-night travel break.

This Unitec video gives a brief introduction to the international student experience. You will be at Unitec's Mt. Albert neighborhood campus. Explore here for information on campus support services, clubs and facilities

Continue to get a sense of student life in Auckland on social media: #UnitecNZ, #unitecstudents, #VisitAuckland


Application deadline: October 7, 2022
$450 Deposit due with your application (non-refundable)

Program Fee Deadline: October 28, 2022

Tuition Due: Check academic calendar


Eligibility: 2.5 GPA, 17 years old, students under 18 must obtain parent/guardian permission.

Course Prerequisites: None



Our office will review your documents and let you know 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.


This is a study program. Students are expected to carry a 15-credit load and fully participate in all class activities. Students will take history, biology, and intercultural communication. See detailed course descriptions below. These courses will count towards your Winter quarter. 

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, Canada, 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. 

Megan graduated from the University of Washington in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. 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 Washington State University (she's still a Husky!), receiving her Master of Arts in Communication with a focus on political campaigns in 2010. 

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.


Accomodations and meals

Melbourne, Australia: Students will stay in private single rooms on campus. These are college dormitories with shared baths and communal eating facilities. On most days, your lunches and dinners will be provided in Australia. Breakfast will be on your own. There is access to shared facilities to store breakfast foods on campus if you like.

Auckland, New Zealand: Students will live in shared student apartment/suites near the Unitec University campus. You will have 1-3 roommates from the program living in the same apartment with you. Meals are not provided in New Zealand. Students will have full cooking facilities and pots, pans, utensils, etc. available to use in their apartments.

Program Fee: TBA, Due October 28, 2022

  • 2020 Program Fee was $8,260
  • A $450 deposit is required to be paid with your application (non-refundable).
  • Land only option: TBA, 2020 Program Fee was $6,730. Does not include airfare or airport transfers.


  • 6 Weeks Housing Accommodations3 weeks in a Private dorm room at Newman College, University of Melbourne

  • 3 weks in Shared Apartment at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland

  • Transfers to/from Melbourne and Auckland airports

  • Weekly excursions and field trips to museums, field biology sites, etc.

  • Overnight stay in an traditional Maori Marae in Auckland

  • Most lunches and dinners at Newman college in Melbourne

  • Kitchen facilities to cook your own meals in Auckland

  • Pre-departure and arrival orientations

  • Welcome and farewell BBQ/Pizza parties in Melbourne and Auckland

  • Curriculum lab fee of $350

  • Basic student medical insurance


  • IF PAYING LAND OPTION PROGRAM FEE: Airfare, usually $1600-2000

  • College tuition and books

  • Passport fees

  • Meals not specified

  • Housing accommodations during break weeks (5 nights in each country)

  • Local transportation

  • Personal and entertainment expenses

  • Independent travel and expenses during or after the program

  • New Zealand tourist visa (~$30)

  • Australia tourist visa (~$25)

  • Anything not specified as included in the program


Note About Spending Money: You will need to budget for your own housing and meal costs for the break weeks in Australia and New Zealand. Budget options and suggested destinations will be provided at orientation. Costs will vary depending on your personal travel plans, but past students have suggested bringing a total of $2,500-$5,000 to cover ALL spending money for the entire 10 week program.

The exchange rate is favorable to the US dollar, and the average cost of living in Australia and New Zealand is lower than in the United States.



Please consider visiting our "Funding Your Experience" page to know of more ways to fund your study abroad program costs.