Environmental Studies, Education, & Liberal Arts
University of the South Pacific
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) main Laucala Campus is located a short walk from the center of Suva, Fiji’s capital city and is made up of large open-air buildings surrounding a lush courtyard. USP serves as the main university for the 11 island nations in the South Pacific, making it incredibly diverse. The university offers courses under the direction of three faculties: the Faculty of Arts and Law, the Faculty of Business and Economics, and the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment, with courses being particularly popular in the fields of business, environmental studies, marine science, and economics.
Spring 1 2020
Jan 22, 2020 - Jun 06, 2020
Oct 01, 2019
2.50 Minimum GPA*
- This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.
Housing is not included in the price above. For more information on housing options and prices, please refer to the housing section.
Courses are conducted through the University of the South Pacific and taught in English by host university professors. You will enroll in courses alongside Fijian and international students. Every student who attends University of the South Pacific begins the program with a three day/two night Bridging Cultures Orientation Program in tropical Pacific Harbour - click on excursions to learn more.
Semester + Semester Programs Available: Students may participate in the Spring + Fall OR the Fall + Spring sessions of this program by selecting their two semesters of interest when submitting the initial ISA online application. For more information about this option, please contact your Suva Site Specialist.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
You must have a minimum of two semesters completed at a four-year university at the time of participation. Some exceptions may apply, please contact the Program Manager for more information.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Bridging Cultures Program
Full-Time Resident Staff
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 16
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
18 - 24
Samples Courses and Syllabi
- The courses listed below are only a sampling of courses available; please click the "Complete University Course Catalog Listing" link for the full Course Handbook. Requests for syllabi can be made to the Fiji Program Manager.
- 1 USP course = 3-4 U.S. semester credits/4-6 quarter units.
- Credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university.
Course Level Recommendations
- ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the University of the South Pacific (USP) course codes. All USP course codes consist of a two or three-letter abbreviation detailing the area of study of the course (such as BI for Biology), as well as a three-digit number. The first digit of the course code represents the level of the course. Codes beginning with the numbers 2 or 3 represent advanced-level undergraduate courses. ISA recommends 200- and 300-level courses as upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at your U.S. home institutions.
- ISA does not recommend that you sign up for online courses through your host university. If enrolling in an online course is necessary for you to meet your degree requirements, you may only enroll in one online class. It is your responsibility to confirm with your home university that you will receive credit for online courses taken through your host university.
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- Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations
Support & Funding
Funding Your ISA Program
As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page.View all Funding Options
Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Fijian lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Fiji. Housing in Suva is located just at the top of campus, only about a five minute walk to most university buildings, and is conveniently located within a short walk of many shops and the center of downtown Suva. With an open-mind and flexibility, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.
Housing is provided on all ISA programs in Fiji at an additional cost. Apartment accommodation starts at $3,950, without meals (subject to change).
Apartment Without Meals
Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking independence during your time abroad but also want the support of the university. You will live in on-campus apartments or houses with other ISA students in single gendered, air-conditioned units with two to four single-occupancy bedrooms, common living spaces, kitchens, and shared bathrooms. Linens and towels are included, and laundry facilities are available on-site. All units have WiFi, though the internet can be somewhat unreliable.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct, and gorgeous landscape of Fiji that you may not have the opportunity to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on one multi-day trip (the ISA Bridging Cultures Program at the beginning of your program), one weekend trip, and one day trip to the following destinations.
Pacific Harbour & Bridging Cultures Program
Kick-off your semester abroad with ISA during our three-day Bridging Cultures Program (BCP) in tropical Pacific Harbour. The BCP integrates our ISA on-site orientation with exciting activities aimed at introducing Fijian culture, helping you define your study abroad goals, and encouraging you to meet other students. Activities include a traditional kava ceremony, village trip, snorkel safari, Meke entertainment, Fijian bamboo raft ride, and most importantly, an informative, interactive, and memorable start to your study abroad experience.
Spend three days and two nights exploring historical Levuka, a World Heritage site. Learn about the Lovoni people of Fiji, their history and way of life, while discovering Ovalau Island and getting a chance to enjoy traditional Fijian foods. You will spend a day in one of Fiji's oldest villages as well as a day in a beautiful historic town, viewing some of the oldest buildings in the South Pacific, as well as several historic monuments.
Sigatoka Sand Dunes
The Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park is Fiji's first National Park and was established in 1987 to protect a unique natural and cultural heritage site. You will spend the day exploring these monoliths, ranging from 20-60 meters high, followed by a stop at Kula Wild Adventure Park and ecological preserve.
Cultural Activities in Suva
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Suva. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Suva special.
These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included an Indo-Fijian cooking class, a visit to the Pure Fiji Factory, and a Fijian cooking class.