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The Pacific Program is a 12 week long Georgia Tech faculty-led study abroad program that takes place during the spring semester.  The program travels to countries throughout the Pacific Ocean, spending the first 6 weeks in New Zealand and the remaining 6 weeks in various parts of Australia. This once in a lifetime experience allows students to be immersed in multiple different cultures while earning 12 class credits.Loading...

New Zealand

The first six weeks of the Pacific Program are based out of Dunedin, New Zealand. Dunedin is the second largest city in the South Island and lies on the South Island's east coast. Dunedin is the city to visit, serving as your basecamp for exploration of the diverse and vibrant Canterbury and West Coast regions.     

Dunedin is one of the world’s most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.

While in Dunedin, lectures are held Monday-Thursday. On the long weekends, students are welcome to explore New Zealand on their own. Almost one-third of New Zealand is set aside for conservation, making this verdant nation the perfect place to connect with nature, go on hikes, and see natural wonders like you've never seen before.


Townsville, Australia

Study in a coastal city in northeastern Queensland known for being home of Reef HQ, a rescue aquarium of all types of marine species. Offshore, a 25 minute ferry ride takes you to Magnetic Island. Magnetic Island is a national park that is full of wildlife, including a beautiful population of wild koalas.

Live in a mountainous island in Cleveland Bay with easy access to secluded beaches, rugged nature, and historical structures from WWII. Townsville, in contrast, offers a more urban environment without compromising access to the ocean.  

Explore nearby beaches, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and the numerous hiking trails through the national park. Magnetic Island is covered with eucalypt woodlands with several notable bays. Be able to see wildlife up close through guided hikes and conservation parks (you might even get to hold a koala)! 

Heron Island, Australia

Study at Heron Island Research Station, with a flexible schedule to allow for plenty of time to explore the Great Barrier Reef and all the beauty it has to offer. Class days and free days will be determined at Heron Island and will be scheduled based on the weather. 

Live on an island that is surrounded by 24-square kilometers of reef and is the home to several nesting spots for green and loggerhead turtles. You will living be with researchers from the University of Queensland, who have an expansive knowledge of all of the species in the area. Among the music of seabirds, tracks of turtles and schools of multi-colored fish, Heron Island is nature at its best!

Explore the expansive stretch of protected reef land with provided snorkeling equipment. You will no doubt get caught up in the timeless evolution of the world’s largest living thing- the Great Barrier Reef! Heron Island boasts some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the world.



Brisbane, Australia

Study in the capital of Queensland, a strong cultural center to learn about Australian and Aboriginal history. Attend classes Monday-Thursday at a local university and use your weekends to explore Brisbane to its fullest or visit any of the surrounding destinations, such as the Gold Coast.

Live in a hotel or apartment-style venue with your classmates right in the middle of the city. Surrounded by public transportation, you will have the city at your fingertips.

Explore a city known for its beautiful weather and prime central location to visit numerous tourist destinations in Queensland. Explore local gardens and parks, see popular surfing beaches, go whale watching, go shopping, eat amazing food, snorkel around 15 sunken shipwrecks, go sledding down sand dunes… the list is endless! There is no shortage of things to do in Brisbane! 




Spring 2023 Pacific Program Dates

Note that these dates are tentative and may be changed


Administrative Deadlines



June 15, 2022 Application opens.  APPLY NOW! Seats still open!  
Oct 4, 2022 Study Abroad Fair
Oct 15, 2022 1st  OIE Scholarship Deadline (Apply here)
Oct 25, 2022 Online student meeting #1
Nov 3, 2022 Online student meeting #2
Nov 4, 2022 First Program Charge Deadline
Nov 7, 2022 Group Airfare Payment Deposit Deadline
Nov 14, 2022 Group Airfare Final Payment Due
Nov 14, 2022 Phase I Registration Begins
Nov 21, 2022 Second Program Charge Deadline
Dec 1, 2022 In person student meeting #3
Jan 5, 2023 Pacific Program Departure!


Travel Dates



Jan 5, 2023 Group flight departs USA (LAX)
Jan 8, 2023 Arrive in Dunedin (DUD), New Zealand
Feb 17, 2023 Depart New Zealand (ZQN) for Brisbane (BNE), Australia
March 13, 2023 Transit from Brisbane (BNE) to Heron Island (GLT), Australia
March 20, 2023 Depart Heron Island (GLT) for Townsville (TSV)
April 2, 2023 Group flight departs Townsville (TSV) for USA (LAX)


2023 New Zealand Courses :  NEW COURSE

Course Number


CHEM 2312

Organic Chemistry II​

CS 4001

Computing & Society

CHEM 2380

Synthesis Laboratory I

BIOS 4699*

Undergraduate Research

CS 2701/COE 2701/MGT 4803

Startup Lab

PUBP 2012

Foundations of Public Policy

BIOS 4401*

Experimental Design & Statistical Methods

2023 Australia Courses:

Course Number


COE 3001

Mechanics of Deformable Bodies

LMC 3226

Major Authors

BIOS 4471*

Behavioral Biology

APPH 1040

Scientific Foundations of Health

BIOS 3801*

Special Topics in Biological Sciences

*Prerequisite override provided with permission of instructor. 

Courses: Students in the Pacific Program enroll in at least 12 credit hours.   Your course load must be evenly distributed over the course of the program.  For example, a student cannot take all courses in the New Zealand or Australia portion.