The Fiji program is designed to provide students with a unique living and learning experience. USP is the premier institution of higher education in the Pacific Region and an international center of excellence for teaching, research and consulting on all aspects of Pacific life. It comprises a vibrant and culturally diverse community of staff and students from its 12 member countries as well as from other countries worldwide. The curriculum is designed to take maximum advantage of the special location and the unique expertise of the faculty. The very content of the courses complements, reinforces, and enhances the intercultural experience: Marine Studies, Environmental Studies, Tropical Ecosystems, Ecotourism and more!
Location: Suva (population: 175,000)
University: University of South Pacific (20,000 students)
Minimum application requirements: 2.75 GPA and Sophomore status
Visa Information: See the Visa Information: Fiji page for detailed information.
The curriculum in Pacific Island Studies at USP is designed to take maximum advantage of the special location and the unique expertise of the faculty. The very content of the courses complements, reinforces, and enhances the intercultural experience. Instead of taking courses that are identical to courses available on their home campuses, students study about Fiji while living in Fiji.
To view the course selection, visit the University of South Pacific course catalog.
For more information about life at the university, go the the University of South Pacific website.
For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the foreign transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.
Students will live in on-campus housing. Students will also experience 2-3 day stays in Fijian villages and Indian settlements.Throughout the semester, weekend and/or evening stays will be arranged with local families interested in hosting U.S. students and sharing their culture.
Students will be responsible for their own meals.
At High Point University, the primary expenses, excluding travel, for an HPU semester study abroad program are included in, or comparable to, regular HPU fees. Just as for a semester on HPU’s campus, the fees for study abroad must be broken down into tuition, fees, room, and board, with expenses paid either to HPU or other organizations. See below for an explanation of how we bill for semester programs abroad.
|Category||Fee (Per Semester)||To Be Paid To:||Deadline|
|Total Paid to HPU||$21,059.00||Includes application fee, HPU tuition, HPU fees, and HPU housing.|
|Application Fee*||$500.00||High Point University||Application Deadline|
|Tuition & Fees||$17,559.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Room†||$3,500.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
IMPORTANT: High Point University affiliates with the University of Wisconsin at Platteville (UWP) to provide this educational program to HPU students. Students looking for information online may find discrepancies in program fees between what HPU charges and what UWP charges. Due to the terms agreed upon in our affiliation agreement, HPU students cannot apply directly to UWP for this program, nor can they opt to pay program fees directly to UWP.
To best understand billing for semester study abroad at High Point University, it’s important to distinguish between the 4 main areas of HPU billing, tuition (the academic/classroom expenses), fees, room, and board:
Application Fee*: In addition to the Tuition, Fees, Room & Board expenses, all study abroad applications are billed an application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards the tuition & fees billing for the semester.
I came into college knowing that I wanted to study abroad. A few of my friends in High School had been abroad over the summer and talked about some of their amazing experiences, and I knew that was something I wanted to do. I chose to go to Fiji because they offered biology classes that I could not take at High Point, and I was really intrigued to go somewhere different. Also, it was much less expensive to live in Fiji than in Europe.
Expectations: Going abroad, I expected to spend so much time at the beach, traveling, and experiencing the new culture I was going to be immersed in. I expected it to be hard to make friends, and to cling to the girls that were going to Fiji with me from High Point. But there were a lot of unknowns too. I wasn’t sure what the new school was going to be like or what my housing was going to be like.
Accommodations: I lived in the international dorm on Campus at USP, my neighbors were Samoan and Indo-Fijian. There were four single rooms per floor and each floor shared a bathroom. We had no A/C, but it was not really a big deal. In the shade it was nice and cool, and there was a nice breeze by opening the windows. Every week, we received new sheets for our beds and blankets if we needed them. We did not have a laundry room but about half the group choose to hand wash their clothes and the other half took them to the dry-cleaners up the road and paid about $5 Fijian ($2.50 US) for all our clothes to be washed, dried and folded. Living in the international dorm was awesome because we got to meet all kinds of cool people from all over the South Pacific and Australia, Canada, and lots of other countries.
Travel & Activities: I spent most weekends traveling around the islands. We went to several beautiful beaches on the main island where we lived and ventured to other islands as well. As part of my trip there were excursions that were planned with the group to see waterfalls, a rock water slide, zip lining, and visiting other islands together. On one of the islands, we were able to stand on the International Date Line!
Food & Friends: The food was interesting! We ate a lot of fruit, a surprising amount of delicious Indian food, lamb and Cassava (a root vegetable similar to a potato). The best part of my trip by far was all the amazing people I meet there. I have friends from all over the world now. We have even met up since our semester abroad, and we keep in regular contact. I was not expecting to make so many great friends. Everyone was just as interested in meeting me and finding out about my culture, as I was to meet and find out about them.
Program Impact: Since going abroad, I have a ton more independence, and a real sense of adventure. I have grown significantly as a person and am really comfortable in my own skin. I also took away a real appreciation for the culture in Fiji. I learned so much about the history and people there. I came home with a real appreciation for the things that we have here in the US and here at HPU.
Advice for Future Students: My advice would be to go into your experience with an open mind. Expect to have tons of new experiences and to make the most of all of them. Take advantage of your time there, it goes by so fast. Don’t put things off because you end up missing out on them if you do. Embrace Fiji time and take a book you’ve always wanted to read, you’ll find time for it in Fiji. Make the most of it and enjoy!!
Many trips are included with your program fee such as: