Here are five of the many reasons that will make you choose Fiji for study .
Do you desire to study abroad in an exotic locale, but are a little nervous about communication struggles? Over it—and by "it"—we mean destinations like England and Australia? Then take your English-speaking hiney to the Fijian islands for study abroad. You'll be warmly welcomed and will even pick up a few new terms along the way ("BULA!").
English is widely spoken in Fiji, as one of three official languages along with Fijian and Fiji Hindi. Being understood is never an issue while you are studying in Fiji.
Study in English in Fiji. You'll love it!
At 86-89 degrees Fahrenheit almost the entire year, Fiji is ideal for those who love spending days in the sun’s rays. If you’re studying abroad in Fiji from May to October, the temperature can drop a good 20-25 degrees, so those more accustomed to cooler climates might want to consider summer study in Fiji.
Just another day in the life!
All that sunshine makes for ample time to spend outside—exploring, getting dirty, drinking cava. You name it! Anything is possible (except feeling cold, maybe!) and you'll never tire of the island weather.
Days and nights in Fiji are slow and laid back. You will never feel pressured to move fast while studying abroad in Fiji. This doesn’t mean you should slack off on your studies; it just means you are encouraged to enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of the archipelago while you learn. Explore every aspect of Fijian culture, which is a thrilling mix of indigenous Fijian, Indian, Chinese, and European traditions and beliefs.
Public holidays are celebrated to the extreme in Fiji. Take, for instance, New Year’s Day. In different parts of the world, it’s a one-day affair. In Fiji, however, New Year's Day becomes New Year’s Week or even Month! The celebrations are marked with drum beating and fireworks, and capped with a large street party in the heart of Suva, the capital city. Those spending a fall semester abroad in Fiji will be there just in time to celebrate Fiji Day. This important holiday actually falls over several days leading up to Oct. 10, commemorates Fiji’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1970.
Fijian cuisine today is very different from that in pre-Colonial times, when the natives practiced cannibalism (!). Some food traditions, however, have weathered the ages nicely, like the preparation of food in earth ovens (a fire lit in a stone-lined pit in the ground). Food cooked in these ovens include palusami, taro leaves drenched in a mix of onions and coconut milk. You'll find legacies of their colonialists in the presence of black tea and sugar, and it's fun to taste curries and other dishes with more Indian flair.
Since you are on an island, get ready to eat lots of seafood! You'll also be eating TON of cake (yes, cake!), not to mention fresh mangoes and other delicious tropical fruits. The water is world famous (Fiji bottles, anyone?) and we're thrilled you'll be able to drink that beloved H2O straight from the aquifer.
A visa is required in order to study in Fiji.(*Note: Please do NOT apply for your visa through the Fijian consulate)
Copy of your letter of acceptance/offer from USP
Students submitting bank statements from parents/ guardians must submit a cover letter from parent or guardian confirming their financial support to the applicant, to cover all expenses aside from tuition fees for the duration of studies.
As soon as you arrive at the University, you should hand in your passport to USP International so that it can be taken for stamping.
4 regular passport photos (white background)
Notarized copy of your birth certificate