A practical and exciting solution for students deciding what to do with their upcoming College plans

Here we are mid-way through 2020 and COVID-19 has brought our world to a standstill. So many of us have faced challenges. Many feel huge disappointment as plans have to be changed or cancelled. Maybe the end of your high school year ended in a fizz rather than a triumphant celebration. Maybe you did not even get to have graduation. And what comes next?

Your upcoming freshman or sophomore year of college might not be looking anything like you dreamed it would. If your college campus looks to be closed this Fall, you will be planning to study online at home. This is not the most exciting plan though on the back of lockdown if you are already bored and your family is driving each other a little crazy. Or your College campus is open, but social distancing means the social, fun event-filled calendar you had planned will not be happening. Maybe you were planning an epic global Gap Year adventure, but that too is looking difficult. It’s all a bit unbelievable, isn’t it?

What if we told you there was another option- a really great one? What if you can keep your college education on track AND be based somewhere beautiful with freedom to explore, study, and be surrounded with awesome like-minded people? It does actually exist in 2020! It is time to introduce you to an option we believe will give you the best Fall 2020 Semester you never knew you could have....


Get a quick overview or watch the most recent webinar, with our Admissions Director, for a comprehensive information session: 


What we do

Discovery Campus runs campus programs around the world, for students who want to live and study in different regions of their own country, or in different countries & cultures in the world, without having to compromise their college study.

Why we do it

We believe todays student needs more from traditional college education. Life experience, purpose, passion, global citizenship, and skills for the real world outside of academic life.

How it works

Simply choose to do more, learn more, and grow more than everyone else. Then select a campus program and a campus co-curricular elective. Once studying, you can optionally participate in the excursion & activity schedule at the time.


Complete your own degree, at your own college, online. We will provide a remote workspace, resources, and dedicated teaching staff to support you individually.


What we do


Core Curriculum

Core curriculum


Activity & Excursion Program

Pacific Discovery excels at providing engaging and exciting activities and excursions that allow for people to enjoy fun new experiences, but also immersive challenges that encourage self-reflection and personal growth. On Discovery Campus, the weekend and semester break activities will widen their perspective on the world, teach them about looking after our environment, and give them a well-needed break from study life with their campus friends.

 Throughout semester


Watch the Discovery Campus Webinar here!

What are the main benefits of a Discovery Campus?

  • Travel, culture and adventure
  • Small class and campus sizes - 12-36 students
  • Life skills and independence
  • Exciting core co-curricular programs
  • Dedicated study support to help with your studies
  • Become part of a social, fun community of students
  • A chance to explore a beautiful region while simultaneously studying at your College
  • A better way to complete your online degree

Who is Discovery Campus for?

who is it for

  • Students who are enrolled to study online for the upcoming semester
  • Students who are enrolled in a college that will be closed in person for the Fall Semester
  • Summer school students, who are enrolled, and their college is closed for the Summer
  • Students who have concerns about returning to the normal college environment when COVID-19 makes large gatherings concerning
  • Students seeking a greater emphasis on development in non-academic areas
  • Students looking for an interesting campus experience in their own country, or perhaps if travel allows in other countries, whilst still maintaining their original college plans
  • Any student, seeking culture, service, adventure, and travel – without giving up their studies and chosen college
  • Students looking for a tight-knit community of friends and meaningful relationships while studying
  • Something a little less ordinary from college life, and totally unparalleled by the average semester exchange

  What’s included?

• Comprehensive orientation & cultural induction
• Accommodation
• Meals - self-catered, class-catered or provided
• Dedicated & supported study time
• Internet, study resources, workspace
• Core syllabus based on personal development
• Elective co-curricular programs
• Optional activity & excursion program
• 24/7 Pastoral care & Support
          * Teaching assistant
          * Experiential educator
          * Campus hosts
• 24/7 Emergency assistance


Watch the Discovery Campus Webinar here!

Our selected Discovery Campus locations have been chosen by our Senior Management team based on their unique settings, as well as access to locations for Core syllabus, elective and excursions programs. Our locations are not urban areas or large centers. This allows for a more focused learning environment, as well as a safe haven from the stress of our modern world.

We have carefully chosen options that do not require air travel for our students. We hope this allows people who do not wish to travel by air, or cannot travel by air, to still have the opportunity for a life-changing experience. Many of us around the globe are guilty of not exploring the beautiful areas in our own backyard, this certainly is a chance to do so in a constructive and tailored scenario.

Our international options are for students looking for an exciting start to 2021!



Click on the links below to learn about each of our awesome Discovery Campus locations!


Newland, North Carolina:

Do you wish you could get out into some woods, far away from hustle and bustle? Go as remote as you can and take over a summer camp while you complete your college courses online. Enjoy ropes courses and ziplines or push yourself further with rock climbing and hiking the 750 acres of beautiful Appalachian nature you can have all to yourself. Our North Carolina Campus has multiple mountain peaks and natural trails perfect for stargazing, nature photography and camping. You'll also have access to local fishing, caving, mountain bike riding and other mountain adventures. Don’t worry, it still has great WIFI so you can complete your classes!

North Carolina Campus Dates & Fees (all prices in USD)
Full Semester: 26th Aug - 20th Nov 2020 : $6,550
Quarter Credit Semester: 13th Sept - 20th Nov 2020 : $5,850
Catered food option:
Full Semester: $2,350
Quarter Credit Semester: $1,850
Includes healthy and nutritious self catered breakfasts, and catered lunches and dinners in accommodation hall
Self-catered logistics:
Campus staff have access to vans to do food runs with students once or twice a week. Supermarkets approx 15 - 30
minute drive away.
Activity package:
Full Semester: Approx $1,000
Quarter Credit Semester: Approx $750
Includes rocking climbing, ropes courses, caving, white water rafting, SkyPark, 2 x overnight hikes, 4 x guided hikes, camping, visit to the Georgia Equestrian Program.

Click here to learn more about our North Carolina Campus

The Big Island, Hawaii:

Come get that Aloha feel with this incredible domestic semester option! On our Hawaii Campus, you'll dive into some incredible culture while enjoying the best of both worlds, forest and beach combined! If you are ready to explore volcanoes and lava fields, hike to massive waterfalls in the tropical forest, and end the day with sunsets on the beach, this is for you! Maybe you want to pick up surfing, snorkeling, diving and never had the chance to stay long enough to master the skill. Why not learn the history of the Polynesian journey or how-to Hula dance. Come enjoy the waves, the sun, and marine wildlife while also maintaining your college grades. 

Hawaii Campus Dates & Fees (all prices in USD)
Full Semester : 26th August - 20th November 2020 : $8,050
Quarter Credit Semester: 13th Sept - 20th Nov 2020 : $6,800
Catered food option:
Full Semester : $3,500
Quarter Credit Semester : $2,700
Instructors will bring students groceries each week accommodating any dietary needs. Students then self-cook in their kitchens.
Self-catered logistics:
If you want to take care of your own food, no problem. Local supermarkets are about 10-15 minutes away.
Full Semester approx $1,600
Quarter Credit Semester : approx $1,200
Includes Mauna Kea Summit Sunset Tour, Crater hike and Rainbow Falls, Eruption Encounter, Local Food Tour, Valleys and Waterfalls Tour, 4 x beach days incl. transport and gear rental, and everyday bike hire


Colorado Springs, Colorado:

At the eastern foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is a gateway for hiking iconic mountain trails, rock climbing, river rafting, arts and culture - it’s a breathtaking place with Pikes Peak hanging over the city, the sandstone towers of the Garden of the Gods, and warm inviting neighbourhoods. If you’re an outdoor lover, our
Colorado Campus will be at the top of your list!
Colorado Springs Campus Dates & Fees (all prices in USD)
Full Semester: 26th Aug - 20th Nov 2020 : $6,350
Quarter Credit Semester: 13th Sept - 20th Nov 2020 : $5,500
Catered food option:
Full Semester : $2,650
Quarter Credit Semester : $2,050
Instructors will purchase healthy and nutritious food and help the students to learn to cook their own meals.
Self-catered logistics:
Students to buy food or eat out. The campus is located very close to grocery stores and resturants/take-aways.
Activity package:
Full Semester approx $1,800
Quarter Credit Semester : approx $1,500
Includes 4 x overnight hikes, all camping and hiking equipment, rafting, horse riding, rock climbing, ziplining, Royal Gorge Railroad pass and canyoning


Click here to learn more about Colorado Campus



Lake District, England

The beautiful Lake District has so much to offer for outdoor activities - hiking, climbing, biking.. all great stress-busting activities to help balance your college study life. 
Available Jan 2021 


The Highlands, Scotland

Mysterious moors, jagged mountain peaks, deep lochs, and towering sea cliffs set the scene. Fishing villages dot the countryside and medieval castles are waiting to be explored. Remote and beautiful, you'll be far from the craziness of our world so studying will be focused, but your downtime filled with magic shots for your 'gram.
Available Jan 2021 




Widely known as the adventure capital of the world, the home of bungy jumping brings adventurers from all over the world. Mountains, rivers, chilled locals and a great local vibe around town. There is nowhere better in NZ to hang and take in the beautiful scenery. This is our home town and we can't wait to show you our favourite spots!
Available Jan 2021 



Byron Bay

Ancient rainforests, bush-covered mountains, white sand beaches and laid back chilled beachtown vibes - Byron Bay and surrounds are renown for music-loving hippies live alongside surfers and locals stopped McDonald's from setting up its golden arches. It's gotten busier over the years, but COVID-19 means this beautiful town is ready to welcome you and offer space and charm in spades. An iconic Aussie beach location for you to enjoy your campus experience. 
Available Jan 2021 


Khotso, Lesotho

Mysterious, fascinating Africa. Maybe it was the sultry tones of David Attenborough's storytelling or Simba and his mates who convinced you, or the appeal of visiting the home of humanity - Africa is an incomparable destination. Our Khotso Campus is based at a horse trekking ranch in a beautiful area bordering on the inspiring Drakensburg mountains. There will be interactions with native wildlife, horse trekking and plenty to learn about and explore in the weekends.

 Available Jan 2021 


Watch the Discovery Campus Webinar here!


Fall Dates 26 Aug - 20 Nov, 2020
13 Sep - 20 Nov, 2020
Spring Dates 18 Jan - 23 Apr, 2021
Duration 86 days
(plus independent extension options)

Program Tuition $13,150 USD Estimated Flight Cost $700 USD Cost depends on location, starting from $9,500
Availability Open
Group Size 31 Students Ages 18 - 24 ideal
Optional College Credit No Start/Finish Differs for each location