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Wellbeing Throughout New Zealand and The Lived Experience in Australia

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Multiple cities, New Zealand, Australia
Course # SA 10203
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2018 05/14/18 to 06/26/18

Program Leader

Name Kristofer Chang Alexander

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed
Applications for this program have been closed.

Program Description
Enrollment is now closed and the partipcants have been selected for 2018.

The program will return in 2020.  

This is a combined study abroad program connecting both the New Zealand and Australia Study Abroad Programs.

There is an intimate connection between culture, health, and wellbeing. As people, we view health and wellness differently depending on where we live in the world. Nowhere is this relationship demonstrated more greatly than in New Zealand. We often consider New Zealand to be an English-speaking nation, but it is actually a dual-language nation – English and Maori. This dual-language nation is also a dual culture. New Zealand might be small geographically, but within this mighty land we witness two cultures whom view and experience health, wellness, healing, suffering and ways of knowing differently. On this trip, you will see and experience these differences.

Unlike New Zealand, Australia is a vast continent filled with hundreds of indigenous tribes. While these Australian tribes do not share a common language, what they do share are similar health challenges. These tribes also share some of the same views and experiences regarding health, wellness, healing, suffering and ways of knowing. These views and experiences can be vastly different than how the majority/mainstream Australian experience health and wellbeing. On this trip, you will have a chance to further explore the similarities and differences seen in New Zealand, Australia along with the North American experience of health and wellness.


Academic Credit

12 Credits (You Will Choose 4 Course Titles From The Options Below)

  • CSR 390 - Culture + Health
  • CSR 390 - Aboriginal Health
  • CSR 390 - Maori Health
  • CSR 390 - Native American Health
  • CSR 390 - International Health

In addition, students MUST

enroll for a Spring Course that meets on Sundays from 10:30-1:30pm.

The 2-credit hour course is 8-weeks long and is required in order to do the summer study abroad.

We will meet on the following Sundays - January 21st & 28th, February 11th, 18th, & 25th; March 25th; April 8th, and 15th.

Once students are accepted into the program they receive permission to add the course to their schedules.


All Purdue University students are eligible to apply.

Program Cost

Final cost is $8,134.40 (with the $2,000 Move scholarship).

Students who have not received a MOVE Scholarship before can qualify by applying for the scholarship. This scholarship requires students to submit a FAFSA form and the family income under $250,000. FAFSAs can only be filled out by students with a social security number.


Please note: You must be a US student to qualify for a MOVE Scholarship.

Cost includes:

6 credit hours of courses

Travel within the country

Classroom supplies (journals and pens)

all housing

all excursions

daily breakfasts

daily dinners (excluding the days off)

Travel from NZ to Australia

Cost excludes:

Travel to New Zealand/Australia (expect cost form Z to Australia is covered in the costs).

Any activités outside the course.

Coffee addictions :)


Passport (if do not currently have passport)

Application Deadline

Deadline is November 1st

$500 deposit due December 1st..

Country map courtesy of The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin