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Devan Crane, the Pirates Abroad marketing intern, writes:

ECU/Clemson 2013Many people know a few common phrases from the long lists of Australian lingo, such as “G’day” meaning “hello,” but you may not realize how different some phrases really are. After being immersed into the lingo during my North Queensland program, I picked up some vocabulary that I heard frequently and tried bringing it back to the States. Most people are very confused when I try to use these words, but it is one fun thing I brought back from my trip to Australia and keeps the memory alive. Here are a few of my favorites. Test your knowledge and see how many you might know!

Brekky: breakfast

Bushie: someone who lives in the Bush (Outback)

Chemist: drug store

Dunny: outside lavatory

Fair go: a chance (“give a bloke a fair go”)

Joey: baby kangaroo

Jumper: pull-over sweater

Kangaroos loose in the top paddock: intellectually inadequate (“he’s got kangaroos loose in the top paddock”)

Macca’s: McDonald’s

Mate: buddy, friend

Mozzie: mosquito

No worries: no problem

Pie: meat pot pie on the go…it is delicious

Sunnies: sunglasses

Ta: thanks

Tea: dinner

Thongs: cheap rubber flip-flops

Uni: university

Even though there was no language barrier, learning the lingo made me feel more incorporated into the local culture. Plus, Australians love to listen to Americans, or any other visitors for that matter, try to use their lingo. While I was in Cairns at the program’s end, I met people from all over the world. Sitting down and talking to them helped me realize that the world is a much bigger place than I’d imagined and that there are millions and millions of people out there that I haven’t met yet. Many more lingos await my international travels!

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Michaela Mills, the Tigers Abroad marketing intern, writes:

As a business major, I often hear classmates in my major saying studying abroad is not beneficial for them or maybe not even possible. However in reality, these days more and more employers, especially in the business arena, are searching for prospects with a global viewpoint, international experience and even the understanding of other cultures.

Michaela, a business major, having fun whilst learning in Australia

Michaela, a business major, having fun whilst learning in Australia

When you study abroad, you immerse yourself into another country’s culture and learn how to adapt to living in that different culture. This is helpful for business majors because you are going to be dealing with so many different types of people. No matter what sort of business you work in, you will have to learn to adapt to your clients and what they need from you to have a successful experience. You experience this through studying abroad more than when you just travel because you are living and working with different people constantly. A great example is the farmstay; you are actually living with Australians and experiencing their daily routines.

Another obvious bonus of studying abroad is academic credit. Even though it might be difficult to find programs with business course credits you need for graduation, there is almost always a way to transfer credits for another requirement. Business majors usually need an international study credit or electives from studying abroad. The AUIP programs are great for this purpose because they are hands-on experiences and already in your school’s course credits making for easy course substitution.

Studying abroad also helps you break out of your academic routine. Taking a full semester of only business courses can become monotonous and boring. However with these programs, learning becomes fun again because you’re constantly interactively learning, not sitting in a classroom and listening to lectures like most on-campus courses.

Most AUIP programs occur over the summer, an ideal time so as to not spend an entire semester abroad and potentially reduce some of your semester course load without affecting your graduation date. Many business majors feel the need to spend summers interning somewhere. Thankfully with AUIP’s short-term programs, you still have a nice chunk of your summer remaining and you can find a business that will accommodate your internship start date.

There is always a way for any major to study aboard and it is beneficial for everyone. It’s a great experience that helps you and your resume grow. Just research your program and credit options, talk to your academic advisor, find the program that works for you and be on your way abroad.

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Have you recently returned from your AUIP study abroad to Australia, New Zealand or Fiji? Do you find yourself talking to everyone about your amazing international experience? Wish you could turn all that talking into an internship? Well, you can!

Don't be lazy. Apply now!

Don’t be lazy. Apply now!

Applications for the 2013-14 marketing internship program are now available. AUIP marketing interns provide faculty, staff and potential students vital assistance in the study abroad program selection and pre-departure preparation process.

One intern will be selected at each of our partner universities. The only stipulations are that candidates must have completed an AUIP program, currently be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral program at an AUIP partner university, and be in good academic and judicial standing.

You must obtain a copy of the job application and contract from your study abroad lead faculty and submit these completed items to AUIP by July 19, 2013 at 5 p.m. EST. We look forward to receiving applications and having another successful group of marketing interns!

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For a third year running, Australia has secured the title of the world’s happiest country. Based upon criteria of income, jobs, housing and health, the land down under beat out number two Sweden and number three Canada for the top honor from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

The OECD statistics show more than 73 percent of people aged 15 to 64 in Australia have a paid job, above the OECD average of 66 percent and life expectancy at birth in Australia is almost 82 years, two years higher than the OECD average.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Australians also work fewer hours each year than their OECD peers. The average Australian works 1693 hours in contrast with most people in the OECD working 1776 hours a year.

Plus, we recently read in a separate study that Australia provides workers with nearly the most paid vacation days and holidays amongst countries with advanced economies.

So, congrats to all the Aussies living happy lives! We’re sure our students currently in Australia are observing the jubilant lifestyle of the local people.

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Tiffany Kascak, the Lions Abroad marketing intern, writes:

While being abroad, your schedule might be more hectic than usual. Throughout your travels, you’ll encounter new, interesting things to do and people to get to know. Thus, incorporating exercise into your time overseas sometimes can be a challenge.

Most likely you will not be going to the nearest gym to work out or packing your dumbbells in your suitcase, so creativity is key in staying fit. These are some ideas for exercise when you’re constantly traveling:

Run, run, run: Some of my roommates would go for a jog around the local neighborhood. They enjoyed this activity because they were able to familiarize themselves with the surrounding area along with getting exercise. Just don’t run so far that you could get lost!

PSU students hiking on Magnetic Island

PSU students hiking on Magnetic Island

Hit the trail: Another way to accomplish exercise is to go for a high-paced hike. One day, some classmates and I went on an extremely invigorating one that was pretty much all uphill. The hike proved strenuous, yet rewarding because when we reached the top we had a beautiful view. It was a fun activity for all of us because we got to talk and know each other better during the hike. Plus, when you’re chatting away, you’re distracted from the intensity of the hike.

Let’s play ball: Playing group sports is another method of staying fit. By group sports, I don’t mean a football game or ice hockey tournament, but rather more realistic ones like ultimate Frisbee (Frisbees pack easily in a suitcase!) or soccer (local parks often have fields you can use). Or, you can always pack a ball of some sort to throw around on the beach or outside your accommodation.

Water, water everywhere: Many of the AUIP programs are located near oceans, rivers or lakes. If you’re a water person, then check into options for kayaking, swimming and snorkeling. Australia students can certainly take advantage of the nearby Pacific Ocean. Meanwhile, Fiji students can just step out of their accommodation in many places for a quick swim or snorkel. Do remember to have a buddy when doing any water activity, so someone is there in case of an emergency.

Exercising while overseas often takes place outside, so the opportunities will heavily depend on your surroundings and the recent weather. Regardless of these factors, you’ll surely we be able to find something to suit your workout style.

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Annalise Kelleher, the Buckeyes Abroad marketing intern, writes:

Before I left for Australia, I knew the program’s general theme but didn’t know many details about the subject of “Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment.” I had never considered myself an environmentalist, and I never thought much about my natural surroundings. I knew that I was going to learn the basics, but I ended up learning so much more about myself during my time abroad.

Australians are very conscious about their environment. Stressing the concept of interconnectivity, our field guides pointed out the environment is all connected and relies on its counterparts for survival. For example, water runoff from farms and agricultural work near the coast can bring additional sediment into the ocean, thus in turn potentially hurting wildlife and the Great Barrier Reef. This all made sense in my mind but seeing the damage in real life truly opened my eyes. I realized how seemingly daily actions can seriously hurt something else.

Ohio State students Ashley and Annalise snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef

Ohio State students Ashley and Annalise snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef

I took these ideas back home with me post-program. Then, I began recycling at my apartment, convinced my friends to recycle and stop littering, and began using less water at home. These may seem like small environmental contributions, but I know each conservation method helps. By teaching others, I’ve learned that I can learn more environmentally friendly techniques.

In my reflection, I realized we seem to have worse problems with conservation and environmental protection in America than in Australia and many other countries. For students planning to study in Australia, keep an open mind and an open heart. You will learn several important lessons that, if approached correctly, could begin to change our home and protect the beautiful environment around all of us. So, take plenty of notes, because you’ll want to remember those changes to implement upon returning home.

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Ali Johnson, the Tigers Abroad marketing intern, writes:

As you begin making your summer plans, fellow students, make sure study abroad is on that list. Studying abroad is one of the best experiences I have ever done. After having done so, one of the questions that I have been asked over and over again is: “Why Australia?” I have probably been asked this question several hundred times now since the program and especially now whilst being an intern for AUIP.

Immediately after my Australia program, I would answer the question by saying, “Why not? It’s beautiful!” But after having a whole semester to reflect on the question, my answer has now expanded from “it’s beautiful” to a million different reasons why I think Australia is the best place to study abroad. Here are a few of my main reasons:

1. Visit World Heritage sites: Australia currently has 19 World Heritage sites and a lot of them are in danger. Australia is also home to the Great Barrier Reef and the world’s oldest rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest. The Great Barrier Reef is home to the world’s largest coral reef system! Australia’s World Heritage sites are also under an act of law to protect them, which in fact has raised tourism in Australia because their sites are now being preserved more than ever and helping them survive longer.  Even though the act is preserving World Heritage sites, human impact is also a huge threat that could cause them to disappear in the future.

Ali and study abroad friends snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef

Ali and friends snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef

2. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef: One of my main reasons to study abroad in Australia was to see the Great Barrier Reef. I have dreamed of snorkeling and scuba diving in the vast ocean and seeing all of the amazing colors and shapes of the coral reef. But how long will the Great Barrier Reef be like that? I didn’t want to miss my opportunity. The Great Barrier Reef is something I will never forget and will be one of my favorite memories for the rest of my life!

3. See unique species: Another reason why I wanted to go to Australia was because how cool would it be to see kangaroos and koalas? So cool, right? Well, I wanted to be able to say that I have seen them in the wild and not just at the zoo. Australia is home to so many unique species that the Unites States doesn’t have. Besides roos and koalas, there are countless reptiles and other creatures that we have never been exposed to before!

4. Swim beneath waterfalls: Australia has so many waterfalls too! How cool would it be to swim underneath a waterfall and look up and see drops of water fall down on you in slow motion? Well, I have experienced that and it’s way cool. While in Australia I swam under five different waterfalls, and I’ve only seen six in my life!

5. Be a celebrity: If those reasons haven’t sold you yet then how would you like to feel like a celebrity for four weeks? Everywhere we went, people would ask us about being American and where we were from and they would ask our opinions on everything. Australians have amazing accents and can be mesmerizing, but they were also so intrigued with us. No matter where we went, everyone was so nice and wanted to strike up a conversation about anything just to talk to us. This was great and really exposed us to their culture.

Australia has so many wonders and reasons to visit! Those were just some of my favorite reasons to study abroad in Australia and after you go, I’m sure you will have some to add on!

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