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New Zealand

South Island Program- Dunedin 

Study GT coursework at New Zealand’s oldest University: Otago U.

Live in a vibrant city with both strong influences from Scottish & Maori cultures, beautiful architecture and a maze of street art

Explore the Otago Peninsula, known for its dramatic seaside landscape, home to albatross colonies, sea lions, and yellow-eyed penguins. Cycle, hike, or drive to the stunning harbor peninsula views or Oceanside walking tracks. Or head to nearby South Island attractions such as Queenstown (3 hrs).





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.



2019 Courses:

2019 New Zealand Courses (6 Weeks):

Course Number


BIOL 2100

Island Biogeography of New Zealand

COE 3001

Mechanics of Deformable Bodies

LMC 3254 Film History
CHEM 2380 Synthesis Lab
CHEM 2312 / CHEM 2313 Organic Chemistry II / Bioorganic Chemistry

APPH 1050 or APPH 1040

The Scientific Foundations of Health

BIOL 2801 1 hour Special Topics Cultural Competency Course
2019 Australia and Fiji Courses (6 Weeks):

Course Number


BIOL 3100

Ecology and Evolution- An Australian Perspective

PHIL 3127

Science, Technology, & Human Values

HTS 3055

Globalization Modern Era

MSE 2001

Principles & Applications of Engineering Materials

2018 NORTH ISLAND PROGRAM New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji Courses (12 Weeks):

Course Number


BIOL 1520

Introduction to Organismal Biology


*Students may not enroll in both CHEM 2380 & BIOL 1520

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.


2018 Before you go.... 



June 1, 2017 Application opens.  APPLY NOW!
October 2017 Study Abroad Fair
October 15, 2017 Possible Scholarship Deadline (Apply here)
November 15, 2017 First Possible Scholarship Notification
January 2018 Pacific Program 2017 Departure!


2018 Pacific Program Dates



January 2018 Group flight departs USA from IAH (Houston)
January 2018 Arrive in Wellington, New Zealand
TBD Lake Taupo, New Zealand
February 2018 Final Exams for New Zealand Courses
TBD Depart Wellington for Sydney, Australia
TBD Transit to Townsville/Magnetic Island
TBD Transit to HIRS, Australia
TBD Transit to Pacific Harbour, Fiji
TBD Arrive at Pacific Harbour, Fiji
TBD Final Exams for Australia/Fiji Courses
TBD Group flight departs for USA (IAH Airport)