College of Human Sciences Sustainability in Action

During the first 10 days of the program, students will travel to New Zealand where they will explore sustainability, tourism, culture and ecological preservation methods. The group will begin their travels in Wellington and travel southward from the northern island to the southern island, where the study tour will end in Queenstown. From there, students will travel to Fiji where they will spend the last 4 weeks of this course will embeded in local Fijian culture in a one of a kind, life-changing experience. Perceived as a Hawaiian-like destination, local culture and mass poverty can be often be over-looked by tourists seeking an island get-away. However, Fiji offers a rich history filled with local tribal and village traditions as well as an emerging eco-tourism industry. Students will see and experience authentic island life, cuisine, and culture; the poverty of local villages; the beauty of one of the world’s largest barrier reefs; the emergence of eco-tourism through an extended sustainability in action experience on the island of Vorovoro and in the towns of Labasa and Savusavu; engage with local Fijians in a collaborative community project; and compare and contrast the wealth of tourists vs. the life of an average Fijian.

This program will be beneficial to Auburn students because it will expose them to sustainable practices in the developed and developing world. In addition to this, during the Fiji portion of the program, students will be fully immersed in Fijian culture. They will also be able to see and experiences several levels of development from nearly primitive living all the way to world-class lodging and everything in between, all while surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the South Pacific. This program will stretch their perspectives on sustainability, globalization, economic development, climate change, and consumerism.



  • Application due: March 9
  • First payment due: March 20
  • Final Payment due: April 3
  • Depart for New Zealand: May 15, 2018
  • Return to United States: June 22, 2018


All courses are taught in English.
Undergraduates will be registered for HUSC 5940 (9 credit hours)
Graduate students will be registered for HUSC 6940 (9 credit hours)
Faculty Directors: Kate Thornton and Wayde Morse


Estimated cost for this program is $9500.

Included in Program Costs: Tuition, lodging, some meals, Auburn University International Insurance (provided by United Healthcare Global), in-country transportation, class excursions, trip cancellation insurance.

Not Included in Program Costs: Auburn Aboard Placeholder Course Fee ($638), International Airfare (Approximately $2,500), meals not included in program fee, personal expenses (Approximately $500), miscellaneous expenses, and U.S. Passport and related fees.

$1000 non-refundable deposit (required with application)
*note this is a competitive program, if not accepted your deposit will be refunded.


If you do not have a passport: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Application for a United States passport should be made at least 120 days in advance of your departure date. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as you know you are participating in the program. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.

Visa Notice: Visa regulations are being reviewed and updated constantly. Please check with the Faculty Director of Program Provider regarding Visa requirements.



P: 334-844-3748