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University of the South Pacific - Semester or Year Abroad


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General information applicable to all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad  Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

 

 

 

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers semester and year abroad programs at the University of the South Pacific. The beautiful Pacific Islands have a lot to offer the adventurous soul – sand, surf, sensational sunsets and thriving ancient cultures.

The University of the South Pacific gives you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the real Pacific. Backed by over 40 years of educational excellence with 14 campuses in 12 countries across the heart of the world’s largest ocean; our internationally recognized university offers a variety of quality Study Abroad, Degree and Graduate courses. All courses are offered in English and AustraLearn students can select from hundreds of courses within the Study Abroad Program!

Each year around 20,000 students enroll in a wide range of academic programs and courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels offered by the three faculties - the Faculty of Arts and Law, the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment.
 

Within walking distance from campus is the availability of the national aquatic center, shopping centers, food outlets and sporting fields. Given the outstanding Fiji Rugby history, you’ll be able to witness a rugby match played by the Flying Fijians in the nearby national stadium!
 

USP’s international educators and staff will provide you with an enriching academic environment, while you enjoy scuba diving, sailing, surfing, hiking or just relaxing at a beach on the weekends.
 

Meet some of the friendliest people on the planet. Learn their language, dance and perhaps perfect the art of preparing your own traditional meal or weaving a basket from coconut leaves!


Study Expore Enjoy FIJI 

      

 

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this University of the South Pacific program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

Location

About Fiji

The University of the South Pacific Region spreads across 33 million square kilometers of ocean, an area more than three times the size of Europe. In contrast, the total land mass is about equal to the area of Denmark. Populations vary in size from Tokelau with 1,600 people to Fiji with more than 800,000. The total Pacific island population is about 1.3 million.

International airlines flying routes between Australia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand. and the United States link a number of the island countries. There are also airlines which service the region. Within countries, inter-island shipping is used to reach smaller islands without air services. Because of its strategic position and facilities, USP attracts eminent scholars and staff from all over the world.

USP's main campus is located in Suva, Fiji.

Around the University

The Laucala Bay area where the University’s main campus and headquarters is situated is safe and easy to negotiate of foot. Public transport including buses and taxis operate 7 days service in the area taking you into the city centre in less than 5minutes. The plentiful buses and taxi operators in the area provide quality and affordable service. Flag fall for taxis is $1.50 and $2.00 after 10p.m.

There are several superb eating places both on campus and at a few minutes walk opposite the campus. The Sports City Complex harbors varies Indian and Local Cuisine food outlets, the renowned McDonald’s outlet, and the famous ‘Cost U Less’ value warehouse store,, which will provides unlimited access to popular US brand name products. Also located in the vicinity of the University is a private medical practitioner, a private surgery, a dentist, pharmacy and various other retail stores.

For beach and water lovers, the campus is just 5 minutes walk from the Laucala Bay foreshore. A walk along the Suva point seafront and beach which is also a popular spot for viewing sunrise and sunset will definitely soothe and relax each to the fullest. Various water activities are ideal in this area including swimming, gliding and sailing-this area hosted the Hobie World Championships in 2007.

For sports and physique oriented students the university has a state-of-the-art fitness center which is equal to the best anywhere. The campus has a gymnasium, swimming pool, tennis and squash court and many recreational opportunities available for students. The famous multi-purpose sports facility of Fiji is also located in Laucala Bay and hosts various local and international sporting events.
 

Academic Highlights

USP offers internationally recognized undergraduate and postgraduate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, including accounting, agriculture, banking and finance, computing science, counseling and social services, engineering, environmental management, journalism, public administration and management, science, teaching, tourism, and many more.

In addition to its teaching activities, the university has developed a strong track record in research, particularly in the areas of business management, teacher education, politics, law, Pacific studies, development, governance, marine studies, science and technology, and eco-tourism.

 

University Services

All campus services and facilities normally available to USP students will be available to you. As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad participant, you will be directly enrolled as an undergraduate student at the University of the South Pacific. This allows you to take advantage of every opportunity to be involved in the campus environment and culture by participating in university activities with resident Fijian and other island nation cultures as well as other international students.

Services of the university include academic assistance, personal counseling, health-related aid, religious services, overseas student advising, legal aid, and student government. As a full time student at the campus, you will become a member of the student association that normally coordinates social, academic, sporting, and cultural events for its members. Involvement in various activities may help you to meet and interact with other local students. Sporting activities vary from rugby, soccer, and cricket to dance and theater groups.

 

Housing

As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad student you are guaranteed pre-arranged accommodation to fit your lifestyle. There are a variety of housing options available which you will apply for after acceptance. Read below for more specific options offered at this university:

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has a special arrangement with the University of the South Pacific for all of its students to stay in on-campus apartments during their semester abroad. These apartments are not optional, and all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students will be placed in the same facility.

The apartments are suited to tropical living with air conditioning, open air staircases, windows, fans, and tile floors. Each student will have a private bedroom and will share a kitchen and living space with one other student. Students will walk to/from the campus, and there are shops and restaurants across the road from the accommodation.

Click on "Photo Gallery" on the left to view photos of the accommodation for GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students studying at USP.

Orientation

You will attend the Bridging Cultures Program with the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad staff. During this orientation you will meet other students and see a very unique part of the main Fiji Island of Viti Levu. The focus of the program is both education and adventure. While participating in the Bridging Cultures Program, you will stay in a local resort, visit a traditional Fijian Village, and enjoy a relaxing beach and ocean environment. You will also participate in a volunteer project at a local village. As a group, you will discuss the cultures of Fiji and other island nations and how it relates to your study abroad experience.

Once you arrive at the campus, you will also be required to attend the University of the South Pacific university orientation to register for classes, learn about the campus facilities, and meet with the international program coordinator at the campus.

Special Programs/Excursions

Discovery Activities

 
Planned Excursions & Events
Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.
 
On-Going Activities
Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.
 

Specific Excursions Included in Your Program Fees

 
Multi Day Excursions included in your program fee
In addition to the Bridging Cultures Program, a free multi-day excursion is included in all semester/year abroad programs in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji. Students studying in these destinations can choose from one of the four excursions listed to the right. The cost of the excursion is included; however, you will need to pay for transportation to the destination. Learn more>
 

Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

As a full time student at the campus, you will become a member of the student association that normally coordinates social, academic, sporting and cultural events for its members. Involvement in various activities may help you to meet and interact with other local students. Sporting activities vary from rugby, soccer and cricket to dance and theater groups.

Community Involvement

While abroad, we recommend getting involved in your local community. It's an awesome way to meet locals, experience the true Fijian culture, and create long lasting memories. From volunteering to festival-going, we challenge you to make the most of your international experience... See a sample of community involvement opportunities available in Suva or discover your own upon arrival!

Enhance Your Experience

 

Global Citizens Development Modules

The new Global Citizen Development modules are online learning components designed to help you explore your study abroad destination and experience at a whole new level. These modules are not mandatory, however we strongly encourage your participation as they will introduce you to the opportunities and challenges you may encounter when participating in a study abroad program, as well as expose you to cultural insights and knowledge about your host country to help make your program abroad even more successful and fulfilling. Through the 3 modules, you will refine your skills in cross-cultural observation, adaptation, and communication.  

View Subjects

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.

Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.

If you have any questions about course availability, please contact studyabroad@globalinksabroad.org.  

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Fees

University of the South Pacific July 2014 Semester
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program Fees *$8,265.00
Mandatory Activity and Excursion Package$1,200.00
Housing without MealsApproximately $4,200 - $4,700
What's includedSee below
* Program Fee shown includes a $500 Affiliate University Discount


Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.



 



Dates

Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 
July 2014 Semester - FallApplication Deadline: April 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureJuly 6, 2014
Start DateJuly 8, 2014
End DateNovember 21, 2014
Mid Semester Break #1September 6, 2014 - September 14, 2014
Mid Semester Break #2 -
July 2014 Year - FallApplication Deadline: April 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureJuly 6, 2014
Start DateJuly 8, 2014
End DateJune 20, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1September 6, 2014 - September 14, 2014
Mid Semester Break #2April 7, 2015 - April 13, 2015
February 2015 Semester - SpringApplication Deadline: November 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureFebruary 9, 2015
Start DateFebruary 11, 2015
End DateJune 14, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1April 8, 2015 - April 14, 2015
Mid Semester Break #2 -
February 2015 Year - SpringApplication Deadline: November 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureFebruary 9, 2015
Start DateFebruary 11, 2015
End DateNovember 22, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1April 8, 2015 - April 14, 2015
Mid Semester Break #2October 7, 2015 - October 13, 2015
July 2015 Semester - FallApplication Deadline: April 15, 2015
Anticipated DepartureJuly 7, 2015
Start DateJuly 9, 2015
End DateNovember 22, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
July 2015 Year - FallApplication Deadline: April 15, 2015
Anticipated DepartureJuly 7, 2015
Start DateJuly 9, 2015
End DateJune 20, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level. Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 2.50

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team


Program Manager
Jessica Mew
jmew@globalinksabroad.org
1-303-446-2214 ext. 130

Program Assistant
Graham Cruise
gcruise@globalinksabroad.org


Resident Director
Richard Barrett
rbarrett@globalinksabroad.org
64 9 634 3400

Resident Coordinator
Anne Rehagen
fiji@globalinksabroad.org
679-9166-110


Advice From The Program Team:
While at the University of the South Pacific, we encourage you to get involved with the campus and activities. You will find the climate in Fiji different than your home climate and you will need to take time to adjust to your environment. You are encouraged to be open to learning about all the cultures of the South Pacific and get involved with various local activities including visits to the local villages, sporting events such as rugby, or cultural events held in and around the campus. It is important for you to find the right combination of academic and leisure activities during your semester abroad.