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Study Abroad in Wellington: Optional Pacific Studies Program in Suva, Fiji ($1,595)

Students choosing the Fiji option will begin their academic program with a course in Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji for 1 credit. This course is taught both in the classroom and the field with a wide variety of included field trips. A minimum enrollment of 5 students is required for this program to run.


Famous for its palm-fringed white sandy beaches and clear azure seas, Fiji is a true paradise. Cultural roots and traditions are strong in Fiji and the population is an eclectic blend of indigenous Fijians and Indo-Fijians. English is the official language and visitors will find themselves greeted by a welcoming shout of ďbula!Ē

Suva, located at the south-eastern corner of Fijiís largest island, Viti Levu, is Fijiís capital city and the largest city in the South Pacific with a population of 170,000. Once a flourishing colonial center, sights include fine historic buildings, rusting shipwrecks on the reef, the old cemetery with its Chinese area and a lively fish market.

University of the South Pacific

The University of the South Pacific (USP) is the premier institution of higher learning for the South Pacific region, uniquely placed in a region of extraordinary physical, social and economic diversity. Established in 1968, USP is the only university of its type in the world. It is jointly owned by the governments of twelve island countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Samoa. The university has campuses in all the twelve-member countries.

The University of the South Pacificís main campus is located among pleasant surroundings in Suva, Fiji. The site of a former New Zealand sea-plane base, the campus includes a small botanical garden and the USP Oceania Center for the arts. AIFS provides a Social and Cultural Coordinator and an Academic Coordinator from the university to supervise the program. The list below is a sample of the lecture subjects covered by USP:

  • Settlement and Colonization of the Pacific: Western Contact, Self-Determining and Independence Movements
  • Contemporary Issues in the Pacific: Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise
  • Contemporary Issues in the Pacific: Traditions, Capitalism and Globalization
  • Traditional Arts of Oceania

Housing and Meals

The Optional Pacific Studies program in Fiji begins and ends with one night in a hotel in Nadi. For the remainder of the program, you will reside in a double occupancy homestay with a local family in the center of Suva. This will give you an insiderís view of how people on the island live; a completely different experience than you would get as a tourist in Fiji. The family will provide transportation to and from the campus, which is located just outside the city center and they will also provide breakfast and dinner every day. You must purchase your own lunch at the university cafeteria.

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