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January Term: UVA in Australia and New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand; Melbourne, Australia; Rotorua, New Zealand; Sydney, Australia (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: January
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets January
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year, Graduate student Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Apartment, Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Kathleen McLaren-Hawking
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Program Description:
Sydney House

UVA in Australia & New Zealand


With prime Asia-Pacific locations, educated workforces, an abundance of natural resources, and friendly people, Australia and New Zealand offer unique business environments to study. Australia, the world’s 13th-largest economy, has now recorded 103 quarters without two straight quarters of negative economic growth, which is regarded as the longest stretch of any developed nation. With such solid fundamentals – as well as low interest rates, a strong banking sector, and financial liquidity – Australia has attracted a tremendous number of multinational and U.S.-based companies in recent years. Across the Tasman Sea, the island-country of New Zealand is heavily dependent on international trade, particularly agricultural products and tourism. With its varied topography and sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, New Zealand is world-renowned for its unparalleled beauty and as the setting for both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit!

This course offers an intensive survey of the cultural, economic, and geographic characteristics of Australia and New Zealand. Our focus will be on the interdependence among these factors, and analyzing what implications they have for doing business in this part of the world. A primary area of emphasis will be on the application of business strategy and systems concepts, business modeling techniques, and design thinking. Through classroom discussions, business meetings, and cultural experiences, students will develop professional competencies needed to conduct business in an international context.


Location IconLocation

The program will begin in Auckland, visit parts of the North Island, travel to Sydney, and conclude in Melbourne.Students will visit a variety of businesses in key industries located in the North Island of New Zealand and the areas surrounding Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. Students who want to combine this course with travel to other parts of Australia (e.g., the Great Barrier Reef) and/or New Zealand (e.g., South Island) are encouraged to do so before the course begins on January 1st.

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Courses IconCourses

Global Commerce Immersion:
Doing Business Down Under
(COMM 4529; 3 credits)

Course Objectives

  • To analyze the implications of regional and national context for business opportunities and management practices.
  • To develop knowledge and skills necessary to perform strategic and systems analysis through experiential learning within an international context.
  • To expose students to a variety of industries that are important to the economies of Australia and New Zealand, with a special emphasis on the wine industry.

Course and Credit
While this course is open to all UVA students with instructor’s permission, it is primarily targeted toward 3rd and 4th year students with a knowledge of Strategy and Systems (focus of COMM 3010). Students who successfully complete COMM 4529 will earn three credits in the McIntire School. Students in the Commerce School can apply these credits toward the IT concentration, the Global Commerce Track, or as a Commerce elective.

Students need to have successfully completed COMM 3010 or have equivalent experience.

Faculty IconFaculty

Sherri Moore |
Professor Moore teaches the Commercial Law courses at the McIntire School. She also teaches An Introduction to Business Law at the Darden School of Business. Professor Moore has led study abroad classes to South Africa and Europe.

Ryan Nelson |
Professor Nelson is active in the undergraduate, graduate, executive education, and global programs at the McIntire School of Commerce. He has been on the faculty of the McIntire School for 26 years and currently serves as the Associate Dean for McIntire’s Undergraduate Program and as the Director of the Center for the Management of Information Technology. Professor Nelson has led study abroad classes to five of the world’s seven continents; including international programs to Europe, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa as well as domestic programs to Silicon Valley. In 2014, he received an All-University Teaching Award from the University of Virginia.


Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

The group will be housed in hotels and/or serviced apartments in Auckland, Rotorua, Sydney, and Melbourne.

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid.


Accessibility IconAccessibility

The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


Passport IconPassport and Visa

All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. All students must consult and for information about visa and other entry requirements. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.

This program is currently not accepting applications.