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 credential in six months or less. All GIA campuses and locations feature classrooms equipped with the latest tools and equipment, small classes conducive to personalized 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 jewelry.

Distance Education

Study the same curriculum as on-campus students but with more flexibility to meet your family and job commitments. GIA Distance Education programs 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 credential valued and recognized throughout the industry.

Global Campus Locations

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

Online Campus

Fulfill the online course requirements for your GIA gemology diploma via our Online Campus. Distance Education students will benefit from a media-rich eLearning experience that will bring gemology to life. Submit assignments and take exams through our easy-to-use online eLearning platform. eLearning courses begin every week and offer generous completion times. 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 jewelers and located in one of the largest colored gemstone trading centers in the world.

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

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a fashion hotspot home to the world’s largest gem and jewelry fair. Situated in the fashionable Central District, GIA in Hong Kong is neighbors to the likes of Rolex and Coach.

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

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

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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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Taipei is Taiwan’s center of commercial and cultural activity. Known for its bustling nightlife, Taipei is home to renowned jewelry designer Cindy Chao.

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Other Locations


Surat has long been a commercial hub in India and is now an international diamond cutting and polishing center. 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 jewelry from around the world. GIA On Campus and Distance Education programs are available in China through cooperative programs with select universities.