Head to the South Pacific to spend a semester studying abroad on the tropical island of Fiji. From Fiji’s fascinating capital city, Suva, join a diverse, multicultural student and faculty population at the University of the South Pacific (USP). As the region’s most prestigious university, USP’s tropical campus serves as a base to further your studies, meet other international and local students through immersive activities organized by the USP Students Association, and as a jumping-off point for unique field trips and excursions. Outside of class, soak up the sun while exploring Fiji’s lush natural beauty or traveling to other paradisiacal islands in the South Pacific.

Overview

Study at the premier institution for higher education in the South Pacific

Live in paradise in Fiji’s colorful capital city of Suva

Gain a unique perspective of the Pacific by taking courses with extensive field trips in marine studies, tourism, geography, environmental science, biology and more

Benefit from access to local TEAN support staff for continued guidance throughout the semester

Familiarize yourself with the country and culture at a 3-day excursion-filled TEAN Orientation

Program Details

Orientation

Get to know your new home and fellow TEAN students with an adventure-packed 3-day TEAN Orientation in tropical Pacific Harbour, about an hour’s drive from Suva on Fiji’s southern coast. Start with a welcome session and dinner at your thatched beachside accommodation to further get used to island life. Head out on a village tour to learn more about Fiji’s indigenous peoples, take a boat up the Navua River, experience a traditional Fijian meke dance and kava ceremony, glide on bamboo rafts to a hidden waterfall, spend a day snorkeling in Fiji’s clear waters and more!

On the final day, transfer back to USP and move into your university flat. The orientation is included in your program price and covers all activities and meals for a hassle-free introduction to Fiji.


University Orientation

USP’s own 4-day orientation, known as O-Week, before the semester starts includes faculty-specific orientations, a campus tour, daily entertainment, academic workshops and activities at the O-Week Village.


Housing

Stay in simple on-campus apartments designed into clusters of air-conditioned, fully-furnished units with two to four single-occupancy bedrooms, common living spaces, kitchens, and shared bathrooms with other study abroad students. Enjoy an included weekly cleaning service, linens and towels, on-site laundry facilities on-site and WiFi (though do know that the internet can be somewhat unreliable). All housing is self-catered and just a 6-minute walk to the closest grocery store plus nearby restaurants and cafes. Sula’s downtown center is three kilometers away.


TEAN Staff

Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in Suva, you will be met by our on-site staff who will provide assistance throughout your time in Fiji. Through regular on-campus advising hours, informal meals held together and excursions, our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

Meet the Team

University

About the University

  • TEAN students enroll at the University of South Pacific’s (USP), Laucala campus in Suva, Fiji.
  • USP serves as the primary university for the South Pacific’s 12 island nations, jointly owned by the governments of 12 member countries in the Pacific and offering three faculties: Faculty of Arts, Law & Education, Faculty of Business and Economics, and Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment.
  • Befitting its tropical environment with large, open-air buildings surrounding a lush courtyard, the school draws in students from across the region making it highly multicultural.

Location

USP’s main Laucala campus is located a short walk from the center of Suva, giving you access to all the modern comforts of a big city while also relishing a relaxed island life.

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Courses

Courses

Students can enroll in any course at the Laucala campus as long as they meet the course’s prerequisite requirements. Students must take a full-time course load of four courses, equivalent to 12-15 U.S. credits. You can visit the USP online course search to see all courses offered.

Discipline
Subject Area
Business
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Hospitality
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Tourism
Communications & Media
  • Journalism (Broadcast)
  • Journalism (General)
  • Journalism (Print)
  • Media Studies
Education
  • Education
Engineering
  • Engineering, Civil
  • Engineering, Computer Engineering
  • Engineering, Electrical
  • Engineering, Mechanical
Environment
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Sustainable Resource Management
Humanities & Social Sciences 
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
International Studies 
  • French Language / Studies
  • Pacific Languages / Studies
Science
  • Aquaculture
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Geology
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Oceanography
  • Physics

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • 2.5 GPA
  • Minimum sophomore standing at the time of enrollment at USP

Events & Excursions

Events & Excursions

Various events and excursions highlighting Fiji’s history, culture, cuisine and nature are organized throughout the semester and included in the program fee. Depending on the semester, these can include a Suva city tour sharing local insight, visits to local markets, the Fiji Museum or Pure Fiji factory, a natural skincare brand using local ingredients, Fijian or Indian cooking classes, exploring Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, a rainforest sanctuary and more.

Program Dates

Application Deadlines

TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from May for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

Spring Deadline Oct 10
Fall Deadline April 1

Spring 2020*

Arrival Date TBD
TEAN Orientation TBD
University Orientation Jan 27 Jan 31
Classes Begin Feb 3
Semester Break March 21 March 29
Classes End TBD
Exam Period May 29 June 5
Program Ends June 6

*These dates are tentative and final program dates will be posted later this year.

Fees & Inclusions

Spring 2020

Tuition and program fees: $11,950
Housing (on campus): Starting at $3,800


What’s Included

  • Full tuition (4 courses)
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged, on-campus housing
  • Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
  • Services of local Resident Director
  • Three-day Orientation Program with excursions, accommodations, transportation and select meals
  • Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
  • WiFi access in all housing
  • Access to unique and exciting optional excursions
  • Access to pre-arranged itineraries and booking agent
  • Extensive pre-departure counseling
  • University and course selection advice
  • Official academic transcripts from host institution
  • Credit approval and transfer assistance
  • International Student Study Permit (visa)
  • Financial aid transfer planning
  • Airport pickup and reception in Suva
  • Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
  • Host university orientation

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($1,500)
  • Books ($300)
  • Meals/food ($75/week)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.

Scholarships

TEAN Scholarships

Receive money to study abroad starting at $1,000 by applying to TEAN scholarships. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!

We Love Fiji

Akisi Rokovucago

Resident Director - Fiji

Born and raised in Suva, Akisi studied Tourism and Management & Public Administration at the University of the South Pacific and has been using her degree ever since by working in the tourism industry. Passionate about travel and the local environment, Akisi loves sharing her knowledge with students to help you better understand Fiji’s culture and your experiences in the island nation.

Kate Hilby

Senior Program Manager

Kate studied abroad with The Education Abroad Network at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia where her passion for international education and travel was ignited. Her study abroad experience impacted her so much that upon her return stateside, she became a TEAN Student Ambassador at The University of Iowa while completing her degree in Communication Studies. After graduation, she returned to Melbourne for a year where she worked for a university on the Marketing and Student Recruitment team. Kate has since lived in Auckland, New Zealand for a year, and is currently TEAN’s New Zealand and Fiji Programs Manager and team lead.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Q&A

Tell us a little about what you do at TEAN?
I currently work on our New Zealand and Thailand programs. My role as team lead and Program Manager is to make sure everything on these programs is running smoothly working with our team. It includes everything from making sure students have pre-departure information on time to making sure they submit all of the items they need to study abroad (i.e. transcripts, courses, contracts, arrival details, payments, visa confirmations).

Where did you study abroad?
I studied with TEAN in Melbourne, Australia at Deakin University. It’s a more traditional campus, just outside the city but being able to live in the city and commute gave me the best of both worlds. Honestly, Melbourne has something for everyone – think sporting events, art, music, theatre, comedy, laneway cafes/restaurants/bars, shopping, the list goes on. Melbourne is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, so why wouldn’t you choose to study there? If you’re looking for a Melbourne equivalent in New Zealand, check out Wellington known as the coolest little capital in the world. It’s a smaller city, but that makes it an easy city to get around by foot. It’s a very accessible city for study abroad students.

What brought you back to Melbourne to live and work after graduation?
When I graduated, I knew I wanted to return to Australia. My time studying abroad had given me that exposure to living abroad and I wanted to spend more time there as a professional. For my career, It was great to gain work experience at a university abroad. I’m so glad I went down this path or I might not have ended up at TEAN today!

Packing for study abroad is always a challenge and popular topic, as a frequent flyer – what insider tips do you have for someone packing for the semester?
I’ve become pretty good at packing light over the years since there have been so many times earlier on where I’ve overpacked. I took half of my closet and never touched the majority of it. You will hear the advice – pack everything you think you’ll need then take half of it – and it’s so true. My other advice is to pack articles of clothing you can mix and match to create different outfits to help reduce items. Also try to keep the shoe situation under control, they take up a lot of room. Bring a couple pairs that are super versatile (and comfortable).

If you were going to study abroad tomorrow on a TEAN program where would you go?
I’m biased, but I would study on one of our New Zealand programs. Since working with our TEAN New Zealand students, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand a few times and have visited all program locations. I’ve also done some traveling in the South Island. I would love the idea of going for a full semester, joining a tramping club on campus and getting out into the beauty of New Zealand in my free time!

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