PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

• Experience the natural beauty of Fiji while visiting warm sandy beaches and stunning gardens in Suva, a historic city uniquely shaped by Pacific Islander culture, Indian continental influences, and western touches from Australia, NZ, and the U.S.   

• Blend academics and hands on practical learning. Courses including Marine Studies, Tourism, Geography, and Biology. 

• Get involved at University of South Pacific by joining a recreational sports club alongside the vast student community, which makes up half of the population of the city of Suva! 

LIFE ABROAD  

Suva offers historic colonial architecture, a vibrant food market scene, and breath-taking coral reefs to explore in a region of 300 islands! Enjoy living a short distance away from shopping centers, delicious cafes, and mesmerizing hikes along the coast. 

LIVE  

Stay in an air-conditioned single room in an on-campus residence hall located alongside other international students! Located just five minutes walking distance from the city center, ideally located for anybody looking to explore the wonders of the city after class. 

DINE 

Prepare meals with a shared kitchenette in the residence hall or hit up the dining hall on campus to grab some delicious Chinese or Indian Food! Head downtown to taste fresh seafood, coconut juice, or local fruits like pawpaw and sea grapes. Don’t forget to try a Kava drink (yaqona), a crushed root strained with water named the national drink of Fiji! 

EXPERIENCE 

Enjoy movie nights, poetry slams, or international mixers organized by Campus Life at USP. Spend the day on an included excursion visiting a local village followed by an evening on the beach with your new friends from all over the world. After class, head downtown to admire the diverse architecture that fills the streets- all minutes away from tropical beaches. 

EXPLORE 

Head down to Albert Park to stroll around and catch a rugby match, or hike to stunning waterfalls. On Saturdays, you’ll want to be downtown to see the streets fill with vendors during market day, when you can sample local, fresh produce. 

What We Love About Suva 

Suva is the perfect place to study abroad at a unique location where there is ample natural and cultural beauty. Fiji is a true melting pot that brings together cultures of Melanesian, Polynesian, South Asian, European, and South Pacific cultures, making this a one-of-a-kind bucket list destination. 

View the ISEP Direct budget and estimated expenses.

Program Website

Course Description

At USP, students can blend academics and hands on practical learning. Courses including Marine Studies, Tourism, Geography, and Biology. All offer field trips and excursions to provide a rich experience from the regional perspective including insights into the development issues and challenges faced by Pacific Island Countries. The chart below highlights some of the more popular classes students have taken in the past.  Use it to help get you started on planning your study abroad program at the University of the South Pacific! 

Credits Earned 

Students who complete the program in good standing can expect to take 3-4 classes which ISEP recommends is the equivalent of 12-15 U.S. Credit Hours. Each course meets about 3-4 hours per week in lectures and required discussions (tutorials) + about 6-8 hours of self-directed readings and assignments or field trips.  Each class is about 5 USP credits.  

If you use financial aid, please speak with a qualified financial aid advisor to understand your academic obligations and the requirements for using financial aid. 

Sample Classes Available: 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Business 

 
 
 
 

Social Sciences 

 
 
 
 

Land Economics 

 
 

Human Rights at Local,

National, Regional & International 

 
 
 
 

Property Management 

 
 

Corruption and Anti-Corruption

in Pacific Island Countries 

 
 
 
 

Principles and Problems in Land Tenure 

 
 

Principles of Good Leadership

and Governance 

 
 
 
 

Town and Country Planning 

 
 

Building Resilience among

Human Rights Defenders

 

For detailed instructions on how to search for all available courses, please click on the "other academic conditions" dropdown link below.

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Honorah Maggio 703-504-9989 | hmaggio@isep.org Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.

Academics

Undergraduate
(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Agriculture

  • Biology Recommended!

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Education

  • Engineering

  • English Language and Literature

  • History

  • Hospitality and Tourism

  • Law/Criminal Justice

  • Mathematics

  • Natural Resources/Conservation

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences Recommended!

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 60
  • TOEFL Writing Score: 22
  • Institutional TOEFL Score: 550
  • IELTS Score: 6
  • IELTS Writing Score: 6

Special Application Instructions

Students are required to submit an internal application following their placement which is required of the host institution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email.

Students must complete the ISEP course request list and indicate up to four courses they would like to take during the semester. Once a student is accepted, USP International will seek approval for courses and register the student. Online registration is not available to ISEP students.

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible.

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Graduate
(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Agriculture

  • Biology

  • Business:

    Accounting Economics Finance International Business/Trade/Commerce

  • Computer and Information Sciences

    Informatics

  • Education

  • English Language and Literature

  • History

  • Hospitality and Tourism

  • Mathematics

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • Institutional TOEFL Score: 550
  • IELTS Score: 6

Special Application Instructions

Students are required to submit an internal application following their placement which is required of the host institution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email.

Students must complete the ISEP course request list and indicate up to four courses they would like to take during the semester. Once a student is accepted, USP International will seek approval for courses and register the student. Online registration is not available to ISEP students.

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible.

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

To find the courses you need, search through USP's Programs and Courses to see the courses and specializations in each program or use the course finder to search their course database. 

Programs and Courses: Use the Filter Search function to type in your major or program area of focus.  This will take you to a list of classes that fall within that area of focus. 

Course Finder: Be sure to select “face-to-face” or “blended” courses on the “Lucala” campus. 

Words of wisdom: 

ISEP students should register only for courses that: 

• Are 100, 200, or 300 level 

• Have only 2 letters in the course code 

• Are offered "F at L" (face to face at Laucala campus) 

• Are offered in the correct (Southern Hemisphere) semester they will be studying abroad 

ISEP students may NOT register for the “P” and “F” Preliminary and Foundation courses, and they should avoid CETH and other Pacific TAFE program courses. 

Undergraduate students may be able to take one 400-level class on a case-by-case basis if it is required by their university. 

Students must meet the prerequisites for each class based on their previous coursework before enrolling in a class. 

USP uses the Bologna Model to align credits to hours: One (1) credit point in the Bologna system is the equivalent of 25-30 hours notional learning time which includes lectures, required discussions and self-directed study.  Study abroad students follow a 12-week academic calendar. 

University the South Pacific follows the Southern Hemisphere calendar. When searching for courses, be sure to search for courses using the correct semester parameters: Southern Hemisphere SMI is February to June; Southern Hemisphere SMII is July to November. 

If you are considering studying for a full-year in Fiji, you might consider starting your program at the beginning of USP’s academic year in February. 

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