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Key facts

  • Type
    Public
  • International students
    467
  • Nationalities
    20
  • Total programs
    160

Study abroad at the University of the South Pacific

The University of the South Pacific (USP) is a public research university based across 12 different Pacific island countries. The University is owned by the governments of the member countries, and the main campus, Laucala, is in Fiji. There are also sites in the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

USP offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees comparable to those awarded by universities in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Study programs available include journalism, law, science, technology, literature and economics. The University also produces respected research in areas including Pacific studies, marine studies, agriculture, science and technology.

The University's Laucala Campus has 11 halls of residence housing for over 1,000 students and also offers units for married students. On-campus accommodation is always in high demand, so spaces are reserved for full time students only.

University campus in multiple locations

Location

University of the South Pacific

Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji

USP Laucala Campus is located in the city of Suva on the South East part of Viti Levu the Largest Island of the Fiji Group. Fiji is the land of Bula smiles, coconuts, blue sky, sea, sand and greenery.

Facilities

  • Fitness Centre
    • Swimming Pool
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Campus Doctor
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
  • Tutoring Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
  • IT Support
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Library
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • Sports Facilities
    • 1 Sport facilities
  • All Weather Sports Pitches
    • 1 Basketball Courts
    • 1 Tennis Courts
    • 1 volleyball courts
    • 1 Squash Courts
  • Praying Rooms
    • Workshops
    • Group Praying Rooms
    • Chaplaincy

Fees and funding

USP welcomes students from all across the globe to take advantage of attractive tuition and accommodation fees. Compared to other universities the cost of living, visa fees, and tuition fees are much cheaper. You will be able to move around with ease and enjoy the great local cuisines at very affordable prices.

The University does not provide scholarships for international students, however, students enrolled in a research program (master's by research and PhD) may apply for research funding through their respective faculties.

Fee information

  • Undergraduate tuition

    FJD$18,000 per year

  • Graduate tuition

    from FJD$10,070 to FJD$34,720 per year

Visa requirements for the University of the South Pacific

Many international students will require a visa to study in Fiji, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

Why study at the University of the South Pacific

  • Unique programs and courses

    USP offers programs and courses designed to give you a unique perspective of the Pacific

  • Quality and technology

    USP provides quality support, learning and teaching through their services

  • Tropical climate and cultural diversity

    The South Pacific islands are known for their paradise beaches and warm climate

  • Specialized support for students

    The International Office services offers support to all international students

  • World class research

    The University is committed to being the foremost research university in the Pacific Island Region

Life as an international student

The University of the South Pacific has a diverse and multicultural population. USP students and staff come from a range backgrounds and travel from within the Pacific communities and across the globe to be part of this unique community.

The Office of First Year Experience provides programs and services to help all new international students settle into life on campus. You’ll also take part in an orientation week, which will include presentations, workshops and tours to help you to get to know the University.

The University offers a range of student clubs and activities including sports in the USP Fitness Center. There’s also an International Student Association, which gives you the opportunity to meet and socialize with other overseas students.

Student reviews for the University of the South Pacific

Overall rating

4.6
2 reviews
  • Overall experience
    5
  • Academic
    5
  • University social
    4.5
  • Accommodation
    3.5
  • University facilities
    5
Terrie Rangan
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Studied Business Law at University of the South Pacific
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    5
  • University social
    5
  • Accommodation
    5
  • University facilities
    5
Tell us about the University of the South Pacific

The first impression of the university I got when we first drove in was this amazing atmosphere of feeling like I was still back in my home country. The people were very friendly that I felt very welcomed. Everyone was very helpful in making sure that we were comfortable and attended to our every need, enquiries and questions. A lot of the facilities are state of the art facilities, and most are under renovations - which speak volumes that there is always improvement taking place to better this prestigious university of the South Pacific region. The school made sure we, the international students, had a tour of the school and the town, as we struggled to familiarize ourselves with adjusting to a new atmosphere and environment. This made my personal transition a very smooth one. The bar is amazing and the food in the cafeteria/ dining halls are very diversed in its cuisines. Everything's affordable for students as they do not take advantage of the range of services they provide to capitalize or profit from them. The accommodation is amazing! I wanted to apply for the flats - which have air-conditioning but it was under renovation so I was put at the Halls of Residence. It still had great ventilation and fans so I definitely didn't need the AC as much as I thought I would. All my classes (tutorials and lectures) are in the main campus so I don't need to travel to the other campuses. However, if students have classes in other campuses, the university has a shuttle bus that does trips back and forth every ten minutes.

Hyunsoo Rutabayiru
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Studied Hospitality Management at University of the South Pacific
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    5
  • University social
    4
  • Accommodation
    2
  • University facilities
    5
Tell us about the University of the South Pacific

USP itself is has very friendly staff who are always helpful regardless of what your problem is - they are always trying to help you out. Whilst the accommodation seems to be a bit too expensive, it is still situated near all facilities you need to ensure your quality of study and social life as equal.