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New Zealand


Wellington, New Zealand

The first six weeks of the Pacific Program are based out of Wellington, New Zealand. Wellington, located on the southern tip of the North Island, is the capital of New Zealand and home to almost 400,000 residents. While in Wellington, Georgia Tech has the privilege of studying and living on campus at Victoria University of Wellington. The university sits atop the city on a high ridge and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the cityscape and Wellington Harbor.

While in Wellington, lectures are held Monday-Thursday, providing students with long weekends to pursue their own interests while exploring New Zealand. Transportation to the South Island is available via the local airport or ferry terminal. Almost one-third of New Zealand is set aside for conservation making this verdant nation the perfect place to discover wide-open spaces.

Taupo, New Zealand

Also, every year the Pacific Program spends one long weekend traveling to and staying in Lake Taupo, a volcanic region situated on the North Island of New Zealand.  While there, students have the opportunity to explore the rivers, lakes, volcanoes and hiking trails that cover the area. 
At the conclusion of the first six weeks, students take final exams for their New Zealand courses, pack their bags and a board a plane to head to Australia.




Study in Sydney, the most populous city in Australia, is nicknamed “the Harbor City” and is famous for its beautiful beaches, iconic opera house, and towering Harbor Bridge.  Attend classes held Monday-Thursday in a classroom at a local university.

Live in hotel/hostel type accommodations.  Venture out to the several distinct neighborhoods of Sydney using the public transit.  Opal (transit) cards are given to each student to allow for easy travel around the city.  

Explore a city surrounded by national parks with majestic mountain ranges as well as bays, rivers and inlets. Between the museums, shops, dining, harbor cruises, botanical gardens, beaches and historic sights- activities are plentiful in Sydney.  


Townsville/Magnetic Island 

Study in a coastal city in northeastern Queensland, Australia know for being home of the Reef HQ.  Offshore, a 25 minute ferry ride takes you to Magnetic Island.  Magnetic Island has coral reefs and a national park full of wildlife.

Live in a mountainous island in Cleveland Bay with easy access to secluded beaches, rugged nature, and abundant wildlife.  Townsville, though close by, offers an urban environment without compromising access to the water.  

Explore nearby beaches, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, or distinct landscape on the island.  Magnetic Island is covered with eucalypt woodlands with several notable bays. 


Heron Island

Study Coursework will continue on  Heron Island Research Station, however it will be on island time, so be prepared to be flexible to adjust to the changes.  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. Among the music of seabirds, tracks of turtles and schools of multi-colored fish, Heron Island is nature at its best!

Explore 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.





Fiji- Pacific Harbor

Live in Pacific Harbor, a stunning beach front resort. With the beach just outside your door and the jungle only steps away, there's no shortage of stunning views or adventure in Fiji. Students can take the bus into Suva to visit the colorful local markets or embark on a guided jungle tour.

Study Just as on Heron Island, class times and days have been changed to accommodate the group’s travel schedule. Class and free days will be scheduled upon arrival.

Explore Students will also have opportunities to interact with and serve some of the locals of this beautiful country.  The Georgia Tech Pacific Program is dedicated to local interaction & community service, and has established a relationship with the neighboring community of Deuba.  Projects such as painting and repairing the local school help to maintain this relationship.


2020 Courses


2020 New Zealand Courses (6 Weeks):

Course Number


CHEM 2312/2313

Organic Chemistry II​

CHEM 2380*

Synthesis Lab​

COE 3001

Mechanics of Deformable Bodies

EAS 2600*

Earth Processes​

COE 2701/ CS 2701 

Startup Lab

(Entrepreneur Research Project)​

HTS 3046

Science & Political Culture

APPH 3753

Human Anatomy

2020 Australia and Fiji Courses (6 Weeks):

Course Number


BIOL 3100

Ecology and Evolution- An Australian Perspective

CS 4001**

Computing, Society & Professionalism

(Ethics Requirement)

CEE 2300

Environmental Engineering Principles

APPH 1040

Scientific Foundations of Health

LMC 3226

Major Authors

2020 New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji Courses (12 Weeks):

Course Number


BIOL 2801

Environmental & Cultural Experiences Abroad


*Students may not enroll in both CHEM 2380 & EAS 2600

** This class counts as the ethics requirement for most majors. You do not have to be a CS major to take this course.

Students in the Pacific Program enroll in at least 12 credit hours (no more than 13 hours). One course is offered for the duration of the 12-week period.  Other courses are offered over a 6 week period.  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 Australian/Fiji portion.
Georgia Tech reserves the right to alter (including a change to program fees) or cancel this program due to low enrollment, unavailability of a professor to teach a planned course, or other unforeseen circumstances. If Georgia Tech cancels the entire program before departure for reasons within its control, all fees paid by participants will be refunded. If Georgia Tech cancels the program before departure or while the program is in progress for reasons beyond its control, such as political unrest or danger to participants’ safety, only those fees that Georgia Tech is able to have refunded by service providers will be returned to participants.


2020 Before you go.... 



June 3, 2019 Application opens.  APPLY NOW!
October 2019 Study Abroad Fair
October 15, 2019 Scholarship Deadline (Apply here)
November 8, 2019 *Tentative* Group Airfare Payment Deadline
November 15, 2019 First Possible Scholarship Notification
November 15, 2019 First Payment Deadline
November 30, 2019 Second Payment Deadline 
January 2020 Pacific Program 2020 Departure!


**Cancellation Policy**

Students canceling before November 4th Will lose program deposit already paid 
Students canceling after November 4th Must pay 25% of program charge 
Students canceling after November 14th Must pay 50% of program charge 
Students canceling after November 22nd  Must pay 100% of program charge


2020 Pacific Program Dates

*This is a tentative schedule*



January 2, 2020 Group flight departs USA
January 4, 2020 Arrive in Wellington, New Zealand
January 16-19, 2020 Lake Taupo, New Zealand
February 2020 Final Exams for New Zealand Courses
February 15, 2020 Depart Wellington for Sydney, Australia
February 29, 2020 Transit to Townsville/Magnetic Island
March 9, 2020 Transit to HIRS, Australia
March 16, 2020 Transit to Pacific Harbour, Fiji
March 2020 Final Exams for Australia/Fiji Courses
March 29, 2020 Group flight departs for USA

Please click on the following links to see the specific itinerary while in the program. You will also be able to see the meals that will be provided and the meals that are not included. Please use these documents as a guide to budget the extra funds that you will need to take on the study abroad program. 

*Note: this itinerary is subject to change based on unanticipated events*

Flight Itinerary Details 

 Pacific 2020 - Flight Itinerary