New Zealand & Australia

Group of students in New Zealand

Join us during winter session as we explore the outstanding landscapes and generous peoples of New Zealand and visit the thriving commercial center of Sydney, Australia. It’s summer down there and one of the best times to visit the mountains, hike on the glaciers, paddle in the sparkling waters, interact with business and governmental leaders, and swim with the dolphins. This 6-credit course offers the chance to visit some extraordinary natural environments, study the sustainable use of local resources, and consider the different cultures that make up modern New Zealand and Australia.

We start with four days in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world (where bungee jumping was invented), learning about sustainability in the adventure tourism industry.  Next we will travel to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and go on several breathtaking hikes to view Mount Cook and the Hooker glacier.  We then visit the garden city of Christchurch, taking in lectures from faculty of the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, spending time learning about sustainable agricultural practices, and doing a service learning project to help with reclamation of the devastating Christchurch earthquake. We will spend time in the beautiful town of Kaikoura, where we learn about sustainable communities and businesses, including sustainable practices in the wine industry and Maori-owned tourism operations. Our Kaikoura visit culminates with a swim with dolphins (weather permitting). 

Our next stop is Motueka where students will stay with host families and get a behind the scenes look at a tourism operation and take a guided kayak tour in Abel Tasman National Park.  We then cross the Cook Strait from Picton to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, by getting an introduction to New Zealand’s business, political and economic environment and by visiting organizations involved in alternative energy projects, carbon emissions trading and the international film/music industry. From Wellington, we fly to Sydney, Australia to learn about the economy of Australia and explore the themes of international business, marketing, event management and sustainability.

This program uses the theme of sustainable development to explore the relationship between people, businesses and their natural environment. The course is suitable for all majors, led by University of Montana business school faculty and counts towards Davidson Honors College requirements.


This Program offers 6 upper division credits in BMGT 493 or PTRM as well as 4 graduate credits in MBA 645 Sustainability: Humans, Business, and the Environment 

Housing & Meals

Program fee covers accommodation at hostels and motels and some meals. 

Cost & Registration Information

The program cost is $5,295, which includes:

  • Tuition for 6 upper-division credits (for spring semester), and
  • A program fee (which covers accommodation at hostels and motels, group activities and excursions, emergency and international health insurance, in-country transportation, and some meals).  The activities include guided hikes, kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park, and swimming with dolphins near Kaikoura.
  • Airfare is not included, but an optional group airfare will be available from Los Angeles.  The deadline for applications is October 15, although we recommend people apply as early as possible.   Apply now


Students will earn six upper division credits by taking the course BGMT 493, PTRM 345X, or NRSM 391.  Graduate students receive four credits in MBA645 Sustainability: Humans, Business, and the Environment.

Program Dates

December 26, 2016-January 19, 2017 (ends in Sydney)

Fast Facts

  • We use an experiential education approach where students spend about 30% of time in the classroom and 70% in the field
  • Learn about New Zealand's business, political, and economic environment and by visiting organizations involved in alternative energy projects, carbon emissions trading, and the international film/music industry
  • Take a guided kayak tour in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Lean about sustainable practices in the wine industry and Maori-owned tourism operations
  • Visit Sydney, Australia to learn about the economy of Australia and explore the themes of international business, marketing, event management, and sustainability
  • No language requirement

About the Instructor

Prof. Shawn Clouse is a professor in the Department of Management Information Systems in the School of Business Administration. He earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Montana State University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Montana, a doctorate in higher education and technology leadership from UM, and completed a post-doc in management information systems at Washington State University. He teaches project management and integrated business simulation and has research publications on information privacy, website usability, utilizing technology for teaching and learning, and using technology for customer service.

Shawn has served on the Missoula Chamber board for five years and is a graduate of Leadership Missoula 28. He was chairman of the board for the Chamber in 2013-2014 and currently serves as past chair, helping lead the Chamber as it strives to advocate for a healthy, responsible and diverse business environment.

Shawn’s project management students work on projects for organizations to create websites, databases, smart phone apps and other information systems applications. He uses contacts in the Chamber, the business community and non-profits to find experiential learning projects for students.  These projects enable students to gain hands-on learning experience in project management as well as the opportunity to serve as ambassadors for UM, SoBA and the MIS program within the community. For more information regarding this program please email him at

New Zealand & Sydney at a Glance

  • For its size, New Zealand is one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world with temperate rainforests, glaciers, golden sand beaches, deep fiords, alpine herb fields, and rugged coastlines. New Zealand provides a perfect location to study the intersections of business, people, and the environment.
  • Sydney, Australia is a global city, highly rated for livability. As the capital of New South Wales (NSW), Sydney is ideally positioned as the gateway to Australia and the Asia Pacific. NSW's economy is larger than that of Hong Kong, Malaysia, or Singapore and accounts for about one-third of Australia’s gross domestic product. More than 600 multinational companies have chosen Sydney as their regional headquarters, benefitting from the city’s well-educated, multi-lingual workforce.


Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia


New Zealand is a small country, similar in size to Great Britain or Japan, with a population of only four million people.


While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10°C (14°F) in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures.

Course name:
BGMT 493, PTRM, or MBA 645 Sustainability: Humans, Business, and the Environment

December 26, 2016 - January 20, 2017 (ends in Sydney)

$5,295 (includes tuition for 6 upper-division credits or 4 graduate credits and a program fee)

Airfare and some meals/activities not included

Information sessions:
Sept. 6, 4 p.m. GBB 119
Sept. 7, 4 p.m. GBB 119
Sept. 8, 4 p.m. GBB 119

Application Deadline:
October 15

Apply now

Interested students, contact the course instructor Prof. Shawn Clouse