New Zealand- Spring Only
Through the Auckland University of Technology and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, all Annenberg majors can earn up to 16 USC credits per semester while living in Auckland, New Zealand. This program is open to all USC majors who want to earn general elective units. Approval for non-Annenberg major/minor credit is granted by the non-ASCJ major/minor department and is not guaranteed. Journalism and Public Relations majors are also eligible for the program, where they can earn 8 journalism major elective units plus 8 non-journalism elective units.
Located in the North Island, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, representing about a third of the country’s population. With 23 regional parks, two marine reserves, miles of coastline, and a large urban area with entertainment, nightlife, shopping, Auckland offers the best of outdoor and urban lifestyles.
Courses are offered in many fields, including Communication, Public Relations, Journalism, Advertising, and Marketing, among others. Journalism and Public Relations students will pick from a list of preapproved courses specifically chosen for them by the School of Journalism.
Communication students can typically earn between 4 to 12 units of upper-division COMM credit. There is no guaranteed minimum for approved COMM courses offered at AUT during any given semester.
Student Life & Activities
Students will attend AUT through The Education Abroad Network (TEAN). All students attend a mandatory pre-semester orientation, included in the cost of the program, consisting of four days in Fiji and four days in Auckland. Students will be introduced to Pacific Islander culture in Fiji before moving to New Zealand where Maori traditions permeate the culture and society. Throughout the semester TEAN provides cultural events such as admission to a rugby match and hikes. In addition, students may attend optional excursions through TEAN to Thailand, the South Island and Melbourne at an additional cost.
On campus, the International Student Support team and Campus Life organize social events through the year to help students make the most of the AUT experience. These include horseback riding, caving, harbor cruises, barbeques, beach activities, Noho Marae (a weekend in a traditional Maori setting), ski trips, a weekend in Rotorua, as well as day trips and concerts.
TEAN provides students with accommodation in Wellesley Student Apartments on campus. A range of living options are offered to suit most student needs: from single person rooms to six-bedroom, self contained, apartment living.
Students from all majors are eligible to apply. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and minimum sophomore standing as of the commencement of the program. Journalism majors must have completed the School of Journalism Core Curriculum of Newswriting (202, 203), Reporting (302, 303), and Production (306 or 308). Public Relations majors must have completed JOUR 351A.
For Spring 2016, the ESTIMATED cost of the program is $28,300. This includes tuition, housing, health insurance, round-trip airfare, orientation in Fiji and personal expenses (food, entertainment, weekend travel, etc).
TEAN offers several diverse scholarships. Please read about them and apply here. **This year TEAN is celebrating its 20th anniversary; in honor of their anniversary they are offering one $2,500 scholarship to a AUT student for Spring 2016. Read about it here.** In addition, TEAN is offering one full ride scholarship that is open to all of their programs. See details here. Note the deadline for TEAN scholarship applications is October 1, 2015.
Education New Zealand is offering several $2,000 scholarships to fund student's flights. Read about it and apply here.
Gooverseas.com is offering one $15,000 scholarship to study abroad in New Zealand. More details and application here.
Financial aid and tuition remission may be applied.