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* International Media Studies in New Zealand and Australia
Auckland, New Zealand; Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia; Wellington, New Zealand (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Break
Budget Sheets Winter Break
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Recommended Programs: Journalism and Media Communications
Grade Point Average:
Language(s) of Instruction:
Program Coordinator:
Emily Garner
Program Type: CSU Short Term Program
Areas of Study:
Business, Interdisciplinary, Liberal Arts
Program Description:

International Media Studies

in New Zealand & Australia

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This 21 day winter break program will explore multiple national cultures and investigate how new media technologies enhance communication in New Zealand and Australia.  Site visits to television studios, PR firms, magazine publishers, and other media outlets will allow students to gain an international perspective on the field by working with local professionals.  Students will also participate in excursions to cultural heritage museums and sites including the Hobbiton film location, Te Papa National Museum, and the Australia Centre for Moving image. 


Program At-a-Glance

WHEN: December 28-January 14, 2018 (Depart the U.S. on December 26 to arrive in New Zealand on December 28).

CREDITS: All committed students will be registered for JTC 454B: International Media Studies (3 credits) through CSU's Division of Continuing Education. All tuition and program charges will be billed at the start of the spring term.

COST: See Budget Sheet for details. The program fee includes tuition and fees for 3 credit hours, accommodation in double or triple occupancy hostel or hotel rooms including daily breakfast, Auckland-Melbourne airfare, Melbourne-Sydney airfare, local ground transportation, program excursions and company visits, international health and evacuation insurance, and on-site support, orientation, and education abroad administration. NOT INCLUDED: International Airfare (Denver to Wellington, NZ and Sydney to Denver), most meals, passport and fees, and personal expenses 

SCHOLARSHIPS: Applicants for this program are eligible for scholarships through the Office of International Programs.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Dr. Pete Seel, Professor, Department of Journalism and Technical Communication.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 2.5 GPA. Instructor Approval. Good disciplinary standing. 

Academic Overview

The International Media Studies in New Zealand/Australia program is designed for students with an interest in communication, journalism, film/television production, public relations/advertising, new media technologies, and related disciplines. All students on this program will register for JTC 482 International Media Studies – Australia/New Zealand (3 credits). This course will explore multiple national cultures in each country and investigate how new media technologies enhance communication in New Zealand and Australia.
During visits to television studios, PR firms, magazine publishers, radio broadcasters, advertising agencies, newspapers, and other media outlets, students will have an opportunity to meet with working professionals in each field. Excursions to cultural heritage museums at each of the four major cities visited are a key part of the course. The group will also meet with professors from Massey University in New Zealand, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, and Macquarie University and the University of Sydney for talks about the media systems in their respective nations. A special stop in Matamata in New Zealand will feature a visit to the Hobbiton film location used in the making of The Lord of the Ring and The Hobbit film series and the group will also visit the Weta Workshop in Wellington where special effects for the films were created. Each student will document in text, photos, and video the unique cultural factors that affect interpersonal and mass communication in each country. On return to the U.S., the course will culminate in the creation by each student of an online media site (Web or blog) documenting their experiences abroad and their new understanding of comparative media systems in New Zealand and Australia.


New Zealand and Australia, two of the major nations of Oceania (“down under”), are geographically isolated from North American and Europe, but share many cultural links with the United Kingdom, as they were both part of British Empire until achieving independence in the late 20th Century. Both countries have large indigenous populations (the Maori in New Zealand and aboriginal cultures in Australia) and have struggled to integrate these citizens into their national cultures and economies. Both nations have been heavily influenced by U.S. media, especially imported motion pictures and television programs, which are popular with audiences down under.
Students in the program will travel to Wellington, Matamata, and Auckland in New Zealand and Melbourne and Sydney in Australia over a 3 week period during CSU’s winter break.

Housing and Meals

Students on the International Media Studies in Australia-New Zealand program will be housed in double or triple occupancy hotel rooms centrally located in each of the cities to be visited.  Breakfast will be included in all accommodation.  Most lunch and dinners are not included in the cost.  


Electronic Travel Authority (Visa Information): Click the link and follow the directions to get your tourist visa for New Zealand and Australia.
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