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16 Study Abroad Programs in Fiji

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Immerse yourself in New Zealand and Fiji’s incredible environments and unique cultures. This one month summer program combines two weeks of hands-on and rewarding service-learning conservation work in some of the New Zealand’s most interesting national parks and reserves, and two weeks of adventurous travel as we road-trip through New Zealand and enjoy the spectacularly beautiful Yasawa Islands...

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Sea|mester Study Abroad at Sea takes participants to a remarkably unique educational program in Fiji. Students have the chance to partake in an experiential learning where they may take classes on Marine Biology, Speech Communication, or Introduction to Oceanography. Available throughout the year, programs usually last for about two weeks to a month.

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Who We Are Sea Education Association (SEA) is an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. For nearly 45 years and over one million nautical miles sailed, we have equipped students with the tools to become environmentally literate leaders who are prepared to address the defining issue of the twenty-first century: the human impact on the environment. Our fully accre...

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Sand, surf, and sensational sunsets are just a few highlights that this beautiful island nation offers students interested in studying abroad with ISA. A stunning combination of biodiversity, ancient culture and modern influences, the Fijian islands are nature’s playground where crystal clear water reflects the sunshine on the some of the most pristine beaches in the world.

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Get ready for the experience of a lifetime! This three island nation study tour presents contrasts, such as one-day snorkeling in the tropical climate of Fiji and then skiing in the majestic mountains of New Zealand the next day. Starting in June 2017, this tour gives you the freedom to choose a specific seven-day segment. Start in Fiji or New Zealand, and exit when your budget allows or wh...

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Examine the social, economic, and political impacts of westernization and globalization in the Pacific Islands. This program encourages students to explore processes of change in Samoa and other Pacific communities through interdisciplinary coursework, field study, and independent research. Students consider the impact of new and different values on Pacific Island communities and social stru...

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Why not make the most of your time abroad by adding volunteer experience to your resume as well as gaining academic course credit in your field of study. Volunteers can arrange with their academic institution to gain transferrable course credit by participating in our field programmes. Our research team both in our London Headquarters and overseas field staff will liaise with your academic cour...

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If you're looking to experience the world, climb aboard. Since 1993, Broadreach has taken over 12,000 students on adventures abroad for middle school, high school and college students. Prepare for hands-on experience, trying new things, making lifelong friends and having amazing adventures while earning a pile of certifications as proof of your achievements. The world awaits!

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This ten-day experiential program lets students explore the relationship between human beings and the natural environments using the framework of sustainable development. We examine the complex interaction between eco-tourism, conservation, and the Fijian cultural practices. Fijian customs and values continue to flourish in spite of outside contact for the past centuries. We focus on using g...

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UW-Platteville Education Abroad programs are open to any degree-seeking undergraduate student currently enrolled in a US college or university. The program at the University of the South Pacific allows students to study alongside students from around the world through this unique and affordable education abroad opportunity. The university attracts students from around the world with courses ...

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Studying Abroad in Fiji

Tropical adventure and a meaningful education await you when you study abroad in Fiji. Whether you are attending the University of the South Pacific, stopping at the islands during a traveling Semester at Sea, or participating in a program dedicated to shark behavior and conservation, Fiji will make a permanent impression on you. Its breathtaking beaches, historical and cultural landmarks, and friendly people never disappoint international students who come here for sun, surf, and study abroad.

Geography & Demographics

Fiji is an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean, about 1,300 miles northeast of New Zealand. The archipelago is made up of more than 300 islands that were mostly formed by volcanic activity. Of the approximately 110 islands that have permanent inhabitants, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu are home to 87 percent of the population.

Fiji became a Republic in 1987. Prior to that, it was a British colony for about a century. During that time, the British brought Indian workers to the islands to run the sugar plantations. As of 1942, nearly half the population in Fiji were Indians, along with Chinese and Europeans. As a result of these influences, Fiji is home to a diverse culture and fascinating historical locations. Today, Fiji has a well-developed economy that is supported by tourism and sugar exports.

Food & Culture

Decades of tradition are still apparent in many Fijian dishes. For example, an ancient and popular way of cooking using an earth oven called a lovo is still used today. This is a fire made on a pit in the ground, lined with stones that are heat-resistant. Many dishes cooked using a lovo include palusami, a longtime dish that includes parcels of taro leaves soaked in coconut milk and onions. More modern Fijian cuisine shows influences from Indian dishes and spices. Any time of year, Suva’s street food and variety of cuisines (Chinese, Indian, Italian, and native Fijian) ensure you do not go hungry. 

Famous for festivals, concerts, nightlife, and sports, Suva has no shortage of hustle and bustle. The Hibiscus Festival is the largest carnival in the South Pacific islands, held annually along with the New Year’s Street Party and the Fiji Showcase. The latter, a mass trade show, brings out magicians, a circus, carnival rides, and food.

Things to Do

In the capital city of Suva, there are shopping centers, restaurants, the national aquatic center, and the home stadium of the Flying Fijians, the national rugby team. In Suva’s city center is Albert Park, famous for many historical events including the Independence of Fiji. Also in the city center is Sukuna Park, which along with Albert Park is home to many parades, festivals, and weekly performances and entertainment. Suva also hosts many sporting events throughout the year, including the Coca-Cola Games, the Pacific Games, and many of Fiji’s national rugby, netball, and soccer games. The vivacious nightlife also provides for all types of entertainment. Nightclubs, lounges, and bars cater to all tastes. 

If you’re looking for a more mellow excursion, just take your pick of the dozens of utterly beautiful beaches around the islands, take a boating or fishing trip, or go on a snorkeling adventure. Fiji offers the best of many worlds.

Studying in Fiji

Most programs will bring you to Suva, the largest city of Fiji. A variety of subject areas can be studied, including, but not limited to: Marine Science, Statistics, Theater, Engineering, and Chemistry. The most popular higher education institute is the University of the South Pacific (USP), which has a campus in Suva. As an internationally recognized university, USP offers a world-class education. 

Fiji is the a relaxed, lovely destination to immerse yourself in another culture, enjoy the many splendors of island living, and continue your studies internationally. Study abroad in Fiji and have a tropical education most people can only fantasize about!

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