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Study Abroad in New Zealand & Australia

**CANCELLED**December 27, 2019 – January 12, 2020

 **Please sign up for one of the below mandatory information sessions prior to contacting the Trulaske Study Abroad team.**

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Important Information:

  •  Due to COVID-19 all dates, activities, and costs are tentative.
  • All students must attend a Trulaske Abroad Info Session before committing to theprogram.
  • Do not purchase your flight without prior approval from the Director of Study Abroad (
  • As of March 1, 2021 the University of Missouri has not posted tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year. 
  • Estimated airfare is based on pre-COVID-19 averages
  • Read more in the detailed  information document.


Program Highlights

  • Note important COVID-19 information

  • Learn about the principles and practices of international business with special focus on New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific Basin while visiting international companies in New Zealand.
  • Gain an appreciation of the indigenous Māori culture and learn about the history of New Zealand.
  • Spend New Year’s Eve in the first time zone to welcome in the New Year!
  • Earn three hours of MU course credit (no prerequisites required).
  • Open to all majorsNote: graduate students must get prior approval from the Graduate Programs Office.


About This Program

Course Overview:

  1. This is an introductory international business course open to students of all backgrounds of study. The emphasis will be on understanding various issues in international business with a focus on the South Pacific and the area’s trading relationships in the global economy.

Undergraduate – MGMT 3901: Special Topics in Management – International Business, New Zealand and Australia

  • 3 credit hours; graded S/U; no prerequisite
  • Business students: this course may be used to satisfy an elective requirement for BSBA graduation requirements. Consult with your academic advisor on how this course would satisfy degree requirements

Graduate – BUS_AD 8730: International Study Abroad – International Business, New Zealand and Australia

  • 3 credit hours; graded S/U; graduate standing required
  • Graduate students will complete additional requirements for the elective credit (this will be explained in pre-departure classes). MBA and Accountancy students – consult your academic advisor on how this course would satisfy degree requirements.
  1. these courses were designed by the Registrar’s Office as spring courses. Educational fees for 3 credit hours are costs you would normally see on your spring bill. Non-resident students will pay the usual non-resident fees. Actual fees for the spring semester are set by the Board of Curators during their April meeting. Let your academic advisor know if these 3 credits will put you over your maximum for spring. All students should check with their academic advisors on how this course would satisfy graduation and/or major area requirements.

The course will be conducted in two parts:

  1. Eight pre-departure classes at MU that will lay the groundwork for principles of international business with some focus on the business strategies and cultural dimensions of New Zealand and Australia, review information on the companies that will be visited, and provide orientation to the host country, travel administration, and safety abroad
  2. An international travel experience which includes additional MU classes, company visits, lectures by NZ professors, and other experiences. The primary emphasis will be on the global business strategies of New Zealand, including the export markets and trading partners in the Pacific, North America, and Europe.

Pre-departure classes at MU:

  • Pre-departure classes will be held beginning in October in Cornell Hall. This is a non-credit course in which you are required to enroll before the first pre-departure class to go on the program. You will not be charged any educational fees for this “course”.
  • Undergraduates: Business Administration (BUS_AD) TBA Class # TBA
  • Graduates: Business Administration (BUS_AD) TBA Class #TBA

Meeting schedule:

  • Tuesdays, October 8 – December 3, 2021
  • 6-8 p.m.; TBA Cornell Hall

Note: You are required to attend every pre-departure class to prepare for the program or you will not be allowed to participate on the program. Special circumstances may allow flexibility on this requirement but must be approved by the program director prior to class absence. If you are dropped from the program due to non-attendance, you will be subject to the penalties listed under the Withdrawal Procedure & Penalties portion of this document

  • You must be in good academic standing and have no current or past disciplinary sanctions.
  • Have a valid passport with an expiration date more than six months after the program return date.
  • Copy of all program passports due to Study Abroad office by October 8
  • Complete the online application process, including all necessary risk and release forms.
  • Meet the minimum health insurance requirements set by the University. As part of the program fee, you are enrolled in the University’s GeoBlue Health plan for the duration of the program. You must visit the GeoBlue website, print your ID card, and familiarize yourself with the plan and procedures for health emergencies.
  • Follow acceptable behavior outlined in the MU Student Conduct Manual and the MU Conditions of Program Participation and Program Acceptance contract through the Trulaske College of Business


New Zealand (10 days)

Your stay in New Zealand will be split between Dunedin (6 days) and Queenstown (4 days). While in Dunedin you will stay in St. Margaret’s College one of the dormitories on the campus of Otago University. In Queenstown you will stay at Pinewood Lodge. Both facilities are within easy walking distance of the city center. The city of Dunedin has played an important role in the history of New Zealand. Inhabited by Māori prior to the arrival of European explorers, the city also boasts a strong Scottish heritage. Like Columbia, the University and Polytechnic are big contributors to this city’s population and activities. Dunedin also hosts a vibrant entrepreneurial community.

Queenstown carries the title as the “Adventure Sports Capital of New Zealand. The following optional activities (at student expense) will be available to you while in Queenstown - walking, hiking, jet boating, white water rafting, canyoning, bungee jumping, skydiving, and others. Please be aware that you could easily spend $300-$800 USD or more, depending on the activities you choose.

Sydney, Australia (4 days)

After your 10 day stay in New Zealand, you will fly to Sydney, Australia and stay at an Amora hotel, a 10-minute walk from the both Sydney and Darling harbors. You’ll have opportunity to explore the Sydney harbor area (opera house and bridge), and beaches galore. Public transportation (bus, ferry and train) in Sydney is excellent and relatively low-cost.

Lodging and Meals

  • Some meals, including social program dinner events and most breakfasts, are included in the program fee. The program itinerary will outline which meals are included and which ones are not. 

December 27, 2019 – January 12, 2020

Itinerary is subject to change








Depart (overnight flights from US to Dunedin, NZ)




In transit




Arrive Dunedin (by 12:00pm) – Otago Polytechnic (OP) bus-pickup at airport

OP Staff meets group – Dorm check-in at St. Margaret’s College, OP Orientation

Lunch in dining hall

Walking tour of City Center and visit to St. Clair Beach; Optional Supermarket excursion

Group Welcome dinner in dining hall with OP Staff




Breakfast in dining hall – morning check-in

Walk to OP Classroom

Otago Polytechnic Lecture #1: The NZ Business Environment

Company Visit to Petridish – Entrepreneur Panel

Lunch at dining hall

Group Assignment – Exploring History & Heritage

Dinner at dining hall




Breakfast at dining hall – morning check-in

Group Research Assignment – Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Global Trade – Prep Time

Otago Polytechnic Lecture #2: NZ Culture – Insights & Influence

Lunch at dining hall

Group Research Assignment Presentations

Pineapple Track hike

Dinner at dining hall

New Year’s Eve in Dunedin!




Brunch at dining hall- morning check-in

Visit Unity Park Lookout, Climb the world’s steepest street, Tunnel Beach

Dinner on your own




Breakfast in dining hall - morning check-in

Monarch Cruise to see albatross colony, fur seals, other wildlife

Travel to Albatross Center. Video and short talk.

Boxed Lunch from St. Margaret’s

Penguin Place

Dinner in dining hall




Breakfast in dining hall - morning check-in

Otago Polytechnic Lecture #3: How Does NZ Compete on the World Stage

Group Research Assignment Presentations

Lunch in dining hall

Company Visit: Speights Brewery

Dinner in dining hall




Breakfast in dining hall - morning check-in

Load bags on bus; Depart for Queenstown

Box Lunch for St. Margaret’s in route

Check into Pinewood/Bella Vista Hotel, Queenstown

Presentation: CEO of Ziptrek Ecotours on Ecotourism

Skyline Gondola and Ecotour Ziptrek experience

Dinner on your own





Breakfast at Pinewood/Bella Vista - morning check-in

Free day – Queenstown

Lunch and Dinner on your own




Breakfast at Pinewood/Bella Vista - morning check-in

Free day – Queenstown; Lunch on your own

NZ Farewell Dinner at Skyline Gondola, followed by Stargazing




Breakfast at Pinewood/Bella Vista - morning check-in

Free morning until 11:30 a.m.

Depart for Walter Peak Sheep Station from wharf (Noon)

Lunch at Walter Peak Sheep Station – Sheep shearing and sheep dog demonstrations

Time for packing

Dinner on your own




Breakfast at Pinewood/Bella Vista - morning check-in

Depart Queenstown for Sydney (flight scheduled for students; included in program fee)

Check in Amora Hotel (11 Jamison St, Sydney NSW 2000)

Lunch and Dinner on your own




Presentation of Australian Business & Culture

Free Afternoon - Sydney

All meals on your own




Free day – Sydney - morning check-in

Breakfast and lunch on your own

Farewell dinner at L’Aqua




Free morning and afternoon – Sydney morning check-in

All meals on your own




Morning check-in

Hotel check-out. Flights can be coordinated to leave Sydney anytime that day.

Program ends by 12:00pm



How to pay for Study Abroad

Student Financial Aid: This 3-credit hour course qualifies for financial aid. Before going to the Financial Aid Office (11 Jesse Hall), visit the Trulaske Study Abroad office (213 Cornell Hall) for the financial aid worksheet. It is highly recommended all students meet with their Financial Aid advisor to discuss paying for study abroad. ScholarshipsTrulaske Study Abroad Scholarship deadline: September 20. For additional scholarship opportunities visit the International Center for a list of available scholarships.

Student Planning Budget


Tuition (resident) (3 credit hours)


Tuition (non-resident) (3 credit hours)


Trulaske Business Course Fee


Technology Fee


Program Fee


MU International Center Study Abroad Fee




Estimated cost for Missouri residents


Estimated cost for non-residents



The educational fees above will be billed to the student account on approximately December 15, 2021. Please note that these are estimates, and actual costs may vary. For withdrawal deadlines please consult


Expenses Included in Program Fee:

  • · Airfare from Queenstown, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia ($400-$600)

    · Lodging for the trip duration ($1600-$2000)

    · Breakfast most days as well as several group meals ($800-$900)

    · All program culture and company visits and program-related ground transportation ($300-$450)

    · Registration for the Australian ETA (visa) ($60)

    · Program Expenses ($205)

    · MU GeoBlue Health Insurance coverage for the program duration ($35)


    • Meals not included in the program fees, as noted on the itinerary
    • Airfare from U.S. to Dunedin, New Zealand and returning to U.S. from Sydney, Australia
    • Educational fees – tuition and fees will be billed the same as a 3-credit hour undergraduate or graduate course taken in Spring 2020
    • Passport application or passport renewal fees
    • MU International Center study abroad fee includes MU support services for student emergencies during program, emergency evacuation and repatriation coordination, and pre-departure orientation
    • Optional personal expenses such as souvenirs, personal items, social outings, activities or excursions such as outdoor adventures or cultural visits, and city transportation to non-program activities (subway, taxi, bus fares). Previous participants have recommended budgeting an extra $500-$1,000 for personal expenses.
    • Additional insurance for trip modification, cancellation, or interruption due to health, safety, or similar concerns.

    There are no withdrawal penalties until September 15, 2021. You must email the Student Service Coordinator ( documenting withdrawal from the program AND return to the online application to change status to "WITHDRAWAL: Declined." The following schedule indicates program withdrawal fees that will be billed to the student account:

    Amount Billed Withdrawal After
    $100 deposit Application Date
    $600 TBA
    $1,500 TBA
    $2,500 TBA
    $3,704 (full program fee) TBA

    The date of withdrawal notification is the date the notification email is sent to the Student Services Coordinator ( Depending on the date you withdraw, the Study Abroad Office may not be able to get a refund from the vendor; your refund will be relative to the costs that can be recovered. If you have not been billed the program fee at the time of your withdrawal, you will be billed for any cancellation fees charged to the program.

    You must have a valid passport with expiration date more than 6 months after program return date.

    • A copy of your passport is due to the Study Abroad office (213 Cornell) by October 8, 2021
    • No visa is required for American citizens to visit New Zealand
    • A visa is required for American citizens to enter Australia (called an ETA)
    • The ETA is equivalent of a visa, but there is no stamp or label in your passport. Applications are submitted and the ETA purchased for you by the travel agent and is included in your program fee

      I understand that in some special circumstances I may not receive full academic credit for the study abroad program for which I have applied. These circumstances include, but are not limited to:

      • Cancellation of the program due to circumstances beyond the control of the University of Missouri
      • A decision by the University, in its sole discretion, that cancellation of the program is appropriate based on health, safety, or similar circumstances
      • My inability to participate in or complete the program due to circumstances beyond the control of the University of Missouri
      • My dismissal from the program

      I understand that in any of these circumstances, I will be refunded only those costs that can be recovered by the University of Missouri or the University’s partner program. If I have not been billed the program fee at the time of my withdrawal, I understand that I will be billed for any cancellation fees charged to the program.

      The itinerary of this program may be modified by the Trulaske College of Business and/or the University of Missouri due to health, safety, or similar concerns. The withdrawal fees listed above will apply to students if this occurs. Transportation change fees and expenses will be the responsibility of the student.



      • Application Deadline: October 8
      • The program will accept up to 50 students.