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  • Locations: All, Australia; All, New Zealand; Auckland, New Zealand; Brisbane, Australia; Melbourne, Australia; Queenstown, New Zealand; Sydney, Australia
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Auburn applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program College/School: College of Architecture, Design and Construction
Department: Building Science Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Dorm, Hotel
Click here for a definition of this term AU Faculty Leader(s): Alan Bugg,, Anoop Sattenini,, Jeff Kim,, Keith Rahn,, Salman Azhar, Majors Eligible: Building Science Majors
Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 2.25 (Undergraduates), 3.0 (Graduates) Applicant Requirement: Only BSCI students may apply
Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required Physical/Environmental Considerations: Ability to walk 5 miles per day
Program Description:

Building Science Down Under


The purpose of this 8 week (57 days) study abroad program is to explore works of the built environment in Australia & New Zealand.  Students will be exposed to some of the world’s most modern works of Architecture, Engineering and Construction within the cultural context of Australia & New Zealand. Our aim is to sample a variety of construction materials, methods, and technologies commonly used in the Australian continent.  Students will experience both the rich cultural past of these countries and witness their drive for future construction innovation. The learning objectives of this study abroad program are as follows:

To expose students to:


  • Monumental and historic architecture, engineering and construction.
  • Different cultures, currencies, transportation systems.
  • World-class performing arts, fine arts, and sporting events.
  • Companies, projects, practices, and construction management professionals beyond the United States.
  • Construction methods, materials, tools, equipment, labor practices, and project delivery methods different than those at home.
  • Professional project management practices in international construction.
  • Unique aspects of historic preservation and restoration projects.
  • Issues abroad relating to construction craft labor.
  • To expand students’ academic, professional, and personal views from a regional to a global perspective.

Participants should be able to navigate bus and train transportation, extensive walking, and stairs.


  • Undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted into the Building Science Professional Program
  • Applicant should demonstrate:
  • Academic success - undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, graduate students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Physical and mental stamina to travel long distances – we will walk at least 5 miles/day.
  • Maturity – applicants should demonstrate openness and respect for fellow travelers and a desire to experience other cultures.
  • Applicant must be highly motivated to learn all they can from the travel experiences.


Spring 2020:

  • 16 January 2020: Meet in Sydney, Australia at 2:00pm
  • 11 March 2020: Concludes in Sydney, Australia at 8:00am
  • 20 March 2020: Students meet for classes in Auburn, AL
  • 9-13 March 2020: Spring Break
  • 24 April 2020: Classes end, last day of Spring semester


  1. BSCI 4850 Construction Law and Risk Management (3 credits)
  2. BSCI 4990 Building Science Thesis (4 credits)
  3. BSCI 5830 Global Construction Management (3 credits)
  4. BSCI 5960 Special Problems in Construction - Journey Abroad (2 credits)


  • Students are encouraged to apply as soon as they know that they can participate in this program.
  • Once the Auburn Abroad Application is completed, students must wait for the confirmation from the Program Director.
  • Upon admission to the program, all participants will be responsible for full payment of all fees and costs by deadlines indicated.
  • Students will complete additional application requirements once accepted into program.

Please contact the program director for specific program cost information. All prices are approximate and subject to change:
Please note that the figures above include $2,160 professional fee as required by CADC for the BSCI 4990 class.

BSCI Down Under 2

Included: Tuition (instruction, use of classrooms, computer labs and library), air travel within Australia & New Zealand, Sydney Harbor Cruise, tickets to most of the museums, cell phone for Australia & New Zealand, public transportation passes within each city, and international health insurance.

Not included: Airfare to Australia & back, independent travel, meals, passport & visa cost (approximately $200), drawing supplies, and personal expenses.

Refund Policy:
Please review program fees and refund policy carefully - upon admission to the program, you will be responsible for payment of these fees.  Refunds will be made based on the withdrawal and cancellation dates listed below.

Payment schedule:
  • August 2019: $5,000 due to Bursar
  • October 2019: $5,500 due to Bursar
  • January 2020: $2,160 due to Bursar

Refund Policy
Students suspended or dismissed from the program for disciplinary or academic reasons after the start of the program are not eligible for any refund of fees. Students can withdraw till 1-Dec-19 but are liable for expenses already incurred such as flight tickets etc.



Students will be housed either in a dormitory or a hotel, depending on capacity, availability and the particular city.


Total duration of this program will be 57 days.  The following cities will be visited.
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Bisbane, Australia
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Queenstown, New Zealand

Many world famous landmarks related to construction and architecture will be visited during this trip including:

  • Sydney Harbor Bridge
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Olympic Park
  • The Blue Mountains
  • Melbourne Victoria Market
  • Melbourne Federation Square
  • Melbourne Convention Center
  • Frasier Island
  • Story Bridge
  • Waitemata Harbour
  • Auckland Sky Tower
  • Much more!


If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check Travel.State.Gov for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. 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.


  • U.S. Citizens need an electronic visa for Australia & no visa is needed for New Zealand.
  • Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact lead instructor:
Anoop Sattineni
Tel: (334) 844-5385
Office: 330 Miller Gorrie Center, 270 W Samford Ave

This program is currently not accepting applications.