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Program Information:
Program Format, Topics, & Values: The Pacific Program is a 12 week study abroad program conducted in the Spring Semester. The first 6 weeks are conducted at University College in Dunedin, New Zealand. The second six weeks are conducted in various sites in Australia (4 weeks) and Fiji (2 weeks). The 2020 Pacific Program will accept a maximum of 70 students, who will all be a part of one group traveling together throughout the duration of the program. Students will enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours. While the Pacific Program is designed for all majors, there is a primary academic emphasis on the sciences due to program locations’ conduciveness to scientific field work and experiential learning. The program also emphasizes interdisciplinary learning. For example, students in a biology course may participate in the same field excursion as students in a philosophy or engineering course with differing assignments or learning outcomes. At the same time, some courses may require more traditional lecture time than other courses, while other courses may require a higher level of field work. All courses will meet the required number of contact hours. Lastly, intercultural development is an important aspect of the Pacific Program, thus, all participants will enroll in a one credit hour cultural context course. 

Application Instructions & Policies:
Application Submission:
A completed application for the 2020 Pacific Program includes submission of the following:

  • General Study Abroad Application Questionnaire and the Pacific Program Specific Application Questionnaire via
  • Payment of $500 program deposit
  • Letter of Recommendation via (exact instructions to be listed in application) 
  • Responsibilities of Participation e-signature document via
  • Submission of the Emergency Contact Questionnaire via

Dates & Deadlines

The 2020 Pacific Program application will open on June 3rd, 2019 at 9:00AM. There will be two review/decision application cycles:

  • The priority review date will be June 20th with a decision notification date of July 11th. All applicants who wish to be considered in the first round of applications should complete their applications by June 20th.
  • The final review date will be July 5th with a decision notification date of July 25th. Any applicants who apply by the priority deadline but are not selected to participate during the first review will be automatically considered during the final review.
  • Please note: it is possible that the spaces could fill during the priority review period. Applications will not be considered on a first come, first served basis, so all applications submitted by the listed deadline will be considered equally based on application selection criteria.

Applicant Selection Criteria

The 2020 Pacific Program application selection will not be first come, first served. Rather, it will be a competitive application process. Up to 70 students will be selected. Students' applications will be evaluated based upon the following factors:

  • Basic Eligibility (completed application, good academic standing, good disciplinary standing)
  • Level of Maturity (determined by short answers, essays, and letter of recommendation)
  • Academic Program of Study & Extracurricular Activities (based on relatability to program topics and values)

Application Short Answer/Essay Questions & Additional Requirements:

General Study Abroad Application Questionnaire:

  • Please list extracurricular groups of which you are a member or activities in which you participate. These can include, but are not limited to: fraternities, sororities, academic or athletic clubs/teams, volunteer organizations, other social or professional groups.
  • Have you traveled or lived outside of the U.S.? If so, where, for how long, and for what purpose?
  • Please include a brief, single-spaced, essay not to exceed 2000 characters. You should address why you chose this particular program, elaborating on how this programs fits into your academic, personal, and future plans.

Pacific Program Specific Questionnaire:

  • How do you foresee your courses on the Pacific Program differing from courses taken in Atlanta?
  • In what ways will the Pacific Program benefit you personally and professionally?
  • Choose your 1st and 2nd choices for courses in New Zealand.*
  • Choose your 1st and 2nd choices for courses in Australia.*
  • * Note: You are not guaranteed to get into the courses you put down as your 1st and 2nd choices, and course offerings are subject to change.

Recommendation Referral: Please submit one recommendation referral as part of your application. Your recommender must be an academic or professional contact, preferably from Georgia Tech and cannot be a peer or personal reference. Good examples include a past professor, current or previous supervisor, or academic advisor. You will complete your recommender's information by inputting their email & contact info as one of the application steps in Then, your recommender will receive a link to submit a recommendation questionnaire (not a free form letter) on your behalf.