Where to Learn

Study full time at one of our seven global campuses or at your own pace through GIA Distance Education.

On-Campus Education

Study full time and earn your professional qualification in six months or less. All GIA campuses and locations feature classrooms equipped with the latest tools and equipment, small classes conducive to personalised instruction and attentive staff dedicated to your success. You’ll learn by doing, working with expert instructors ready to provide guidance and answer questions, and you’ll collaborate with fellow students who share your passion for gems and jewellery.

Distance Education

Study the same curriculum as on-campus students but with more flexibility to meet your family and job commitments. GIA Distance Education programmes are a combination of eLearning courses through our Online Campus and hands-on lab classes at a GIA campus location. The method may differ from on-campus study, but the result is the same—a professional qualification valued and recognised throughout the industry.

Global Campus Locations

Located in many of the world’s top gem trading and jewellery-making centres, each of GIA’s seven global campuses offers students a respected education with a unique perspective on the industry.

Online Campus

Fulfil the online course requirements for your GIA gemmology diploma via our Online Campus. Distance Education students will benefit from a media-rich eLearning experience that will bring gemmology to life. Submit assignments and take exams through our easy-to-use online eLearning platform. Students are sent essential course materials, such as gemstones, so that they can benefit from hands-on learning and examination. Instructors are also available by email or phone to provide guidance and expertise.

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GIA in Bangkok is surrounded by high-end jewellers and located in one of the largest coloured gemstone trading centres in the world.

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GIA World Headquarters and our largest campus features the broadest offerings of programmes and is home to GIA’s internationally recognised museum.

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Hong Kong

GIA is in the middle of the excitement of Central District – also home to Rolex, Coach, Omega and other prestigious brands. The city also hosts some of the world’s largest gem and jewellery fairs.

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GIA is located in central London adjacent to the Hatton Garden jewellery district. Fine jewellery houses and prestigious auction houses are just a few streets away from campus.

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New York

GIA in New York is located in the heart of the Diamond District, a sector that funnels 90% of all diamonds imported into the US.

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GIA is at the hub of India’s gem and jewellery industry, located close to the famed Bharat Diamond Bourse -- the world's largest diamond trading hub.

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Taipei is the centre of Taiwan’s commercial and cultural activity. Known for its bustling nightlife, Taipei also offers world-class entertainment and shopping.

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Other Locations


Surat has long been a commercial hub in India and is now an international diamond cutting and polishing centre. Surat’s booming economy offers exciting opportunities for students who attend GIA.

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China offers a large and diverse marketplace for gems and jewellery from around the world. GIA On Campus and Distance Education programmes are available in China through cooperation with select universities.