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Hokies Abroad Australia & New Zealand: Sustainability & Conservation-based Service Learning
Auckland, New Zealand; Queensland, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer Session 1
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Budget Sheets Summer Session 1
Fact Sheet:
Language(s) in which classes are available:
English Max credits offered: 6
Minimum VT Class Status required for admission:
2 Sophomore
Language Experience required for admission:
0 none
Program Type: VT faculty-led
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Areas of Study: Biology, Culture, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Human Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, Natural Resource Conservation, Sciences, Service Learning, Sustainability, Wildlife Science College Sponsor: COS
Program Description:
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Check out this VIDEO produced by a student in the 2015 course (credit: Camron Robertson)!
This course was featured on National Public Radio
Rough budget: 
Hokies Abroad Australia-NZ Rough Budget 2017.pdf
2016 Itinerary (dates will change in 2017):  VT NZ-AUS itinerary 2016 DRAFT.pdf
Syllabus from last year:  2016 NZ-OZ VT-SUNY Syllabus.pdf


1) Use the "Apply Now" button at the bottom of this page to initiate an application.  

2) Submit a statement of purpose (as a "questionnaire") within your online application.

3) Complete all online forms and questionnaires.  Send requests to two people for letters of references.  Letters of reference can come from university professors, academic advisors, high school teachers, employers, coaches, and supervisors (but not a friend or family member). Reference letters should touch on things such as your academic work, personal maturity, time management, and your ability to handle stress and social conflict.

If accepted into the course, you will receive an email notification requesting permission to charge a non-refundable $500 deposit to your account. This deposit is required to hold your spot in the course. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer Session 1 2017 03/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 06/01/2017 06/28/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Limited Walk-in Advising Hours
On the mornings of Tuesday, February 7 and Thursday, February 9, there will be limited walk-in advising hours. Please contact for questions.

State Department issues travel alert for Europe
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe.

Global Travel Policy 1070
In keeping with Virginia Tech’s ongoing efforts to optimize the preparedness and safety of Hokies traveling abroad, President Sands and the University Safety and Security Policy Committee recently approved substantial revisions to the university’s Global Travel Policy 1070.

Weekend Website Maintenance (Feb 3-5)
Please be advised that the Global Education Office website might be unreachable for a few hours over the weekend (Feb 3-5) for maintenance. The site will be back online Monday in advance of the scholarship or program application deadlines. Please reference your applications and download your work if you plan to make progress over the weekend. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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