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....

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

For full program details, please request the information booklet

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

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.



The Florida Keys:

If you like the feel of the Caribbean and are ready to sit under a palm tree on a white sandy beach listening to Reggae, our Florida Keys Discovery semester is for you! Complete your classwork during the day and join us for sunset sails across the beautiful water nearby. Whether you are the type to snorkel and dive among tropical fish and coral reefs or catch some dinner in the deep sea, the Florida Keys has every way to be on the water. Come join this laid back, music-filled, slow-motion Caribbean style life.


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 location 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!


The Big Island, Hawaii:

Come get that Aloha feel with this incredible domestic semester option! Dive into some incredible culture while enjoying the best of both worlds, forest and beach combined! If you are ready to explore volcanos 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. 


Adirondacks, New York

It’s hard for us to resist the call of the forests, the rush of the rivers, the calm of the dark sky – and we want you along for the ride as a small group of us head into the magic of the Adirondacks! Covering over 6 million acres – yep, 6 MILLION ACRES – the Adirondack Mountains are the largest protected natural area in mainland USA. And for a full semester, we get to call it home as we explore its endless trails and into the depths of its wildness. We’ll live in log cabins, splash around its lakes, have good ol' classic campfires, and maybe come a few inches closer to appreciating the nurture of nature. Oh yeah, and you'll be earning your full semester of college credits along the way! 


Bend, Oregon

Chill town with nearby nature - name a better combo, we'll wait. Right, there isn't one - because the ability to connect with the community and also disconnect when needed is a rare privilege offered to few in this world. Lucky for us, we've partnered up with a historic accommodation right in the heart of downtown Bend, Oregon, where we'll be housed for the duration of Fall college semester. That means that when we're not tuning in to virtual classes and studying for exams, we can wander over to the local coffee shops or along the river promenade. On weekends, we can go mountain biking, rock climbing, white-water rafting - honestly, the options are endless. And we're doing it all with an awesome group of students who want the best of both worlds too!


San Diego, California:

Come hang out in an amazing, young California town. It is warm and sunny and full of beaches and surf. Come spend your days hiking along sandstone cliffs, exploring hidden coves, playing some beach volleyball, or biking to the beach surfboard in hand. The city is perfect for adventure and you can even take a safari through the San Diego Zoo. You know you won’t regret spending some time on that beautiful California Coastline!



Squamish, BC

As they will tell you themselves, at Squamish an adventure awaits around every corner! With world-class trails, rock climbing parks, awesome local wildlife, all while being close to the mountains and rivers make Squamish a sought-after destination for mountain bikers, hikers, rock climbers, kite and windsurfers, kayakers, ski tourers, wildlife lovers! It's a pretty rad spot to spend a semester, and we know the like-minded folk who join us here will make friends for life and have unreal adventures together.



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. 


Isle of Skye, 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.




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!



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. 

Fall Dates 20 Aug - 20 Nov, 2020
Spring Dates 10 Jan - 15 May, 2021
Duration 92 days
(plus independent extension options)

Program Tuition $9,500 USD Estimated Flight Cost $200 USD Cost depends on location, starting from $9,500
Availability Open
Group Size 30 Students Ages 18 - 24 ideal
Optional College Credit No Start/Finish Differs for each location