Environmental Studies, Education, & Liberal Arts

University of the South Pacific
Suva, Fiji
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Environmental Studies, Education, & Liberal Arts

  • Location

    Suva

  • Host University

    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.

  • Term

    Fall 1 2020

  • Program Dates

    Late Jun, 2020 - Mid Nov, 2020

  • Program Length

    Semester

  • Application Deadline

    Apr 01, 2020

  • Credit

    Host University Units

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $8,950

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Program Description

Housing is not included in the price above. For more information on housing options and prices, please refer to the housing section. 

Situated in Fiji’s capital city of Suva and a short drive to some amazing beaches, the University of the South Pacific (USP) will give you access to all the modern comforts of a big city while also relishing a relaxed island life. At USP, you will be immersed in a very diverse campus allowing for connections with people from all walks of life. USP also provides the chance for many volunteer activities that will connect you with the local community and villages. The university offers a wide range of subject and 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. The university is recognized by the Ministry of Education, Fiji.

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.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

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.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18

Academic Information

  • Sample 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 Site Specialist.
  • Credit Conversion
    • 1 USP course = 3-4 U.S. semester credits/4-6 quarter units.
    • The final decision regarding credit transfer is determined by the students' home universities.
  • 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 participants' U.S. home institutions.
  • Online Courses
    ISA does not recommend that students sign up for online courses through their 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.

  • Select the area of study you are interested in from the "Pick a Discipline" drop down
  • Select the correct semester from the drop-down
  1. Semester I = Feb - June term
  2. Semester II = June/July - Nov term
  • Click 'Search'

 

Understanding the course catalog

  • You are only permitted to enroll in 100-300 level courses. Study abroad students are not eligible for anything outside 100-300 level.
  1. Level 100 = Freshman/Sophomore level
  2. Level 200 = Junior level
  3. Level 300 = Senior level
  • Additionally, please do not select courses with the letter F as part of the code. These courses are Foundation studies only and also not available to study abroad students. You are also not permitted to select LWD courses.
  • Please be sure to select courses available at the Laucala (L) campus.
  • Students are typically only permitted to enroll in courses where the delivery mode states Face to Face (F), however it may be possible to enroll in one Blended (B) course

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Courses

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Additional Course Options to the Sampling Below
Course Options
Contact Hours
Arts, Law and Education
History
Journalism
3 - 4 Credits
Law
3 - 4 Credits
Legislation
LW112
3 - 4 Credits
Literature and Language
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
Psychology
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Scotcat Credits
56 Contact Hours
Social Work
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
Sociology
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
42 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
42 Contact Hours
Business and Economics
Accounting
Auditing
AF304
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Contact Hours
56 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
Economics
Econometrics
EC303
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
Finance
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
Land Management
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
Management and Public Administration
3 - 4 Credits
56 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
56 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
56 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
Politics
3 - 4 Credits
42 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
Population and Demography
Science, Technology and Environment
Biology
3 - 4 Credits
98 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
112 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
98 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
112 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
Computing Science
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Host University Units
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
Earth Science
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
3 - 4 Credits
98 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
98 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
98 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
Food and Nutrition
Food Quality
FS315
3 - 4 Credits
84 Contact Hours
Geospatial Science
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
Information Systems
3 - 4 Credits
42 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
Data Mining
IS314
3 - 4 Credits
42 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
70 Contact Hours
Marine Studies
3 - 4 Credits
98 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
56 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
70 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
Mathematics
3 - 4 Credits
70 Contact Hours
Calculus II
MA112
3 - 4 Credits
84 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
84 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
3 - 4 Credits
98 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
98 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
Project II
MM399
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
Physics
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
112 Contact Hours
3 - 4 Credits
3 - 4 Credits
Course Disclaimer
  • 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

U.S. Team

Jeffrey Sendejar

Program Manager, Fiji

SUVA TEAM

Akisi Rokovucago

Resident Director, Fiji

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. 

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Housing

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 at USP is $3,800, without meals (subject to change). You will pay a $500 refundable security deposit if living in ISA housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in case of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount. 

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.

Excursions

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.

Levuka

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.