University of the South Pacific
The Fiji Study Center program at the University of the South Pacific is designed to provide students with a unique living and learning experience. The Center is the premier institution of higher education in the Pacific Region and an international center of excellence for teaching, research, and consulting on all aspects of Pacific life. It is comprised of a vibrant and culturally diverse community of staff and students from its 12 Member Countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Island, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tubalu, and Vanuatu, as well as many other countries worldwide. The Center offers internationally recognized undergraduate and postgraduate study programs in a wide variety of disciplines. An on-site program coordinator arranges excursions and provides academic advising to program participants.
The semester begins with a three to five day orientation outside of Suva and ends with a "farewell reception" for students, their host families, and the USP faculty and staff. Educational excursions are an integral part of the Pacific Islands Studies Program. Possible excursions include: Fijian village stay, Abaca, Indo-Fijian settlement, Fiji Museum, Suva, Visit to Oceania Fine Arts Centre, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Tavuni Hill Fort and Sigatoka Sand Dunes, Tuvata (gold mine): development sites, Hikes to Savuione Waterfall, Mt. Batilamu, and Koroyanitu National Heritage Park, Vatukoula "rock of gold" gold mine, Colo-I-Suva park and reserve, Nakavu, and a selective logging site near Navua.
This program is sponsored through UW-Platteville.
Location: This South Pacific Island nation, rich in history and traditions, provides an exceptional setting for the study of a multicultural society. Although the official language is English, most citizens also speak Fiji, Hindi, Urdu, or one of the many Fijian dialects. The island's cultural diversity is also reflected in the variety of Christian churches, Hindu temples, Islamic mosques, traditional Fijian houses, and modern buildings that make up the physical environment. Suva, the capital of Fiji, is a beautiful harbor city built on a peninsula reaching out into the sea. Its tall, modern buildings are beautifully balanced by rich traditional colonial architecture.
The mountains north and west catch the southeast trade winds produce moist air year round and cooling sea breezes. Suva, an exciting multi-racial city, began as a late Victorian village with frame houses and stores along the beachfront. Much of the city still survives, for there are many small, quaint wooden bungalows in the old section which stand in contrast to the modern offices and shopping plazas. Suva has a rich and vibrant cultural life that students are encouraged to experience, with plays, concerts, exhibits, folk festivals and performances that go on.
All students will enroll in two required courses: Pacific Island Worlds: An Introduction to Pacific Studies (4 credits) and Cross-Cultural Understanding. Students will choose an additional 2-3 courses (8-12 credits). All instruction is in English. Participants will be enrolled with Fijian students in all courses with the exception of the Cross-Cultural Understanding course.
Students will live in on-campus housing in their own room with a shared bathroom. Bedding is provided. Students will be responsible for their own meals. Students will also experience 2-3 day stays in Fijian villages and Indian settlements. Throughout the semester, weekend and/or evening stays will be arranged with local families interested in hosting U.S. students and sharing their culture.
Passport: Students will need to have a passport study in England. The current passport fee is $135. If you already have a valid U.S. passport, be sure to check the dates of validity – your passport must be valid six months beyond your return date.
Visa: Students will need to have a visa to study in Fiji. The cost of the visa is included in the program fees. UW-Platteville's Institute for Study Abroad will assist you with this process.
Travel: Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Fiji. Depending on the starting and ending date of the term, students may have the option of traveling in Fiji before or after the program.
To help you to prepare for your semester abroad the Office of International Education has created semester budget sheets for your reference. These budget sheets are only an estimation and actual expenses may vary depending on changes in currency exchange rates, tuition increases, airfare and personal spending habits. We suggest that you set up a personalized budget to follow for the duration of your program. To view the estimated budget sheet please click here.
We strongly encourage you to print this budget sheet, and set-up a meeting with your financial aid counselor early during the application process to discuss how you will be paying for the program. Students who are eligible for financial aid may use such aid to help pay for all of the costs outlined on the budget sheet. Give your financial aid counselor a copy of the budget sheet for your program so your financial award can be adjusted to take into account the increased costs.