Fascinating Blends of Culture

By The StudyAbroad.com Team
Published August 31, 2012

Found in the Tropical Pacific (think warm breezes and palm trees) region, Oceania is the collective name for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the smaller islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. A relatively young area with regards to colonization, Oceania was settled beginning in the late 18th century and cumulatively remains largely uninhabited due to a considerable expanse of desert found in Australia.

While this being true, Oceania still boasts a population of roughly 378 million. A melting pot of cultures, here you’ll find territories of the U.S., France, U.K., and Chile—influences that add to the uniqueness already provided by the native islanders.

If you enjoy being near the ocean, and want the chance to enjoy a vastly different learning experience, explore the options each country has to offer. Read more below for helpful information on studying abroad in Oceania.

Islands, and Lots of ‘Em

Not sure where to study abroad? Though Oceania is comprised of over 10,000 islands, you’ll be able to choose from a selection of regions guaranteed to make you want to dive right in to your studies.

Study abroad destinations in Oceania include:

Take to the Skies

The easiest way to explore neighboring countries is by plane. Major hubs in Sydney and Auckland connect with smaller islands that have national airlines. While some cities are more easily connected, patience and time is helpful when trying to get to less-frequently-traveled locales. Don’t let that stop you; remember, you’ve come all this way to see the world!

Great Expectations

What can you expect while studying abroad in an Oceania region? It’s a given you’ll enjoy a mild climate and enviable access to the nearest beach, but you may also find a rich hospitality and welcoming communities; people here are well known for their relaxed take on life and respectful natures. A few things to note:

  • The official language of most countries is English, meaning you’ll find many courses taught in English (though you will find many other spoken languages depending where you visit).
  • Whereas higher education used to be contained to the larger areas of Australia and New Zealand, a demand from current and potential students has led to an expansion of programs and degrees being offered throughout the Oceania region… which one will sway you?

If you’re seeking an out-of-this-world, or rather, other-side-of-this-world experience, studying abroad in Oceania is sure to provide just that.