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  • Locations: Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia; Wellington, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Summer B-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Summer B-Term
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Program Information:

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Location Wellington, New Zealand; Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia
Academic Term Summer Quarter (B-Term)
July 11- August 11, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $5,550
Credits 6 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Michelle H. Martin; Annette Goldsmith
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Information Sessions Friday, December 1, 6:00 – 7:00 pm Friday, January 12, 12:00 – 1:00 pm - Both in Mary Gates Hall 258

If you cannot make either of the meetings either in person or online (via Zoom), please contact the directors to schedule a time to talk with them about the program.
General This program will explore the children’s and young adult literature of New Zealand and Australia through hands-on experiences in libraries, museums, bookstores and with children from the local areas we will visit. The course will focus on both the Australasian canon of books for young people and diverse texts from different cultures and backgrounds in each country.

Program Description

This program will take place in Wellington, New Zealand and Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. The reason for choosing these locales is that children’s literature traditions are alive and well in Australia and New Zealand, and because the evolution of this literature has been quite different from that of the US and the UK, it is worthy of study. We will visit libraries with substantial, internationally-renowned children’s literature collections--both historical and modern; bookshops with children’s literature programming; children’s book publishers; university archives where we can also study preservation processes in a more in-depth way (and have some hands-on experiences in that area); theatre performances; and we will also visit with one or more children’s/Young Adult authors whose work deals with diverse topics in Australasian Children’s Literature. We will start by attending and participating in the biennial conference of the Australasian Children’s Literature Association for Research, which will take place at Victoria University of Wellington. This conference attracts scholars from around the world and will afford the MLIS students unique opportunities for networking with students, professionals, and academicians from many countries. The conference theme is “Houses of Learning: Education in Children’s Literature and Children’s Literature as Education.” This professional development opportunity will enable students to connect what they know about American children’s literature with wider international literary conversations. Victoria University of Wellington has a Master of Information Studies (MIS) Program as well as a doctoral program in Children’s Literature, and plans are in development for connecting the students from these programs with UW students to exchange ideas and perhaps create some additional professional development as well. Online students are encouraged to apply.



New Zealand


Wellington, New Zealand Melbourne, Australia Sydney, Australia


These hotels are near the sites where we will be, can accommodate 3-4 students per room, have free wifi, cooking facilities and are in safe areas.

1. Ava Lodge, 42-44 Cuba St Petone Lower Hutt 1-866-599-6674 (near Wellington, NZ)
2. Docklands Private Collection of Apartments, New Quay, Shop 7, 198 Harbour Esplanade Docklands VIC 1-866-599-6674 (near Melbourne, Australia)
3. Veriu Camperdown, 84-86 Parramatta Road Camperdown NSW 1-866-599-6674 (near Sydney, Australia)



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Extensive walking and some biking will be a part of the program, so a basic level of physical fitness will be required.


6 UW Credits


INFX 597/INFO 497: MLIS Wellington: A is for Australia, Children's Literature in NZ & Australia (6 Credits)

Explores the historical and contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature of New Zealand and Australia through interaction with libraries, archives, literary sites, bookstores, literacy organizations and professional development programs in Wellington, Melbourne and Sydney.

Today, many MLIS students are learning how to shape reading practices for future generations of children. It is therefore critical to prepare these students with a deeper knowledge of where children’s literature has come from historically and how children’s books and media may be used most effectively to encourage children and teens from diverse backgrounds to engage with literature and story. This will provide students with a broader perspective on the profound difference books and reading can make in the lives of children and teens.

This course will introduce students to Australasian Children’s Literature through hands-on and interactive experiences with children’s literature, libraries, museums, repositories, internationally renowned children’s literature collections, and through face-to-face professional development time with librarians, scholars, writers, and champions of children’s literature, who both study the literature and implement innovative children’s programming. The class will spend time in children’s literature archives at Victoria University of Wellington, the State Library of Victoria, Baillieu Library at University of Melbourne, and the New Zealand National Library, which will give students the rare opportunity to learn about the evolution of the genre through viewing historical and contemporary texts and learning how they have evolved over time. The class will participate in professional development activities and tour some of the most popular children’s literature sites in these two countries. Students will also interact with children and professionals through local service learning projects.

Learning goals include:
Students will gain hands-on experiences with historical and contemporary children’s materials that will enable them to explore the living history of children’s literature in New Zealand and Australia;
Students will engage with diversity through studying mainstream and traditional readings alongside those that focus on diverse populations, by interacting with authors whose work highlights diverse characters, and by reading critically, always asking questions such as “Who is left out?” and others;
Students will gain a broader international perspective regarding diversity and programming in children’s and YA literature and media--through engagement with a variety of texts but also through participating in an international Children’s Literature conference;
Students will gain an appreciation of the art of adapting literature to other forms of media, such as films, theatre, and thematic museum exhibitions, like Wellington’s Lord of the Rings Locations tour;
Students will gain an appreciation for the importance of primary source materials as well as an understanding of current archival and preservation processes through their experiences in the children’s literature archives;
Students will have the opportunity to provide service to local communities through the production and delivery of Read-a-Rama® programs for the public and through a service learning project with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation in Australia.



Michelle H. Martin, Information School, Program Director

Michelle Martin is the Beverly Cleary Professor for Children & Youth Services in the Information School, where she teaches Children's & Young Adult Literature courses in the MLIS program. Committed to research about diverse children’s literature, she is the author of Brown Gold: Milestones of African-American Children’s Picture Books, 1845-2002. For her first UW Exploration Seminar, she taught 15 students in “Wizards, Whangdoodles & Whizzpoppers: Children’s Literature in the UK.”

Annette Goldsmith, Information School, Co-Director

Annette Goldsmith, first guest faculty and now lecturer in the iSchool for a total of seven years, is an international youth literature scholar. She is the lead editor of Reading the World’s Stories: An Annotated Bibliography of International Youth Literature (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), the fifth volume in a series of standard reference books, which includes a substantial section on children’s literature resources in Australia and New Zealand.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5,550

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $2,000)
  • Food (about $30/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 6, 2018

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.