Regional Scholarship Team -  Development, Marketing, Communications & Alumni Office



Welcome to Regional Scholarship Team (RST)

Welcome to the Regional Scholarship Team (RST) website. This department was established as a result of the Contract signed between USP and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). RST exists to provide services to students from the university's 12 countries who study under the Australian Awards Pacific Scholarships (AAPS) funding. RST began serving sponsored students at Laucala Campus with effect from Semester 1 2007. 

The Contract was renewed in July 2010 and now includes an extension of RST services to AAPS sponsored students studying at Alafua and Emalus Campuses. Under this new Contract, the unit has come under the leadership and supervision of the Director of Development, Marketing and Communication under the Vice Chancellors portfolio. This is a new step that reflects the commitment of USP towards AAPS student’s education and achievement, thus supporting Australian Government’s commitment to the development of the Pacific region.

About ARDS..

About ARDS..

The overall objective of Australia’s development cooperation program is to advance Australia’s national interest by assisting developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development. The aid program concentrates on five priority sectors - health; education; infrastructure; agriculture and rural development; and, governance. These sectors take into account critical issues that cut across the development process such as gender, environment and HIV/AIDS. The Australian Regional Development Scholarships (ARDS) contribute to human resource development for partner countries and have a direct impact on development in key sectors. ARDS provide the opportunity for individuals from developing Pacific Island countries to undertake studies at post-secondary education institutions in the region. The purpose of the scholarships is for Pacific Islanders to gain knowledge and skills that will help develop their home country.

About RST

About RST

The Regional Scholarship Team (RST) was established in June 2006 as an outcome of the Contract agreement signed between USP and the Government of Australia through AusAID. In this contract USP had agreed to look after the management of all students sponsored under the Australian Awards Pacific Scholarships (AAPS) studying at USP. The main responsibility of RST is to coordinate, supervise and administer these students and to provide the necessary services and support stipulated in the Contract. The department ensures that each scholarship recipient is able to complete their studies successfully at the end of their award period. RST began serving these deserving students with effective from Semester 1 2007.  

It has been an enlightening and a challenging experience serving these students considering the different and unique backgrounds they come from with their individual expectations. Fiji’s metropolitan development and lifestyle experiences poses a great challenge to each of them, in addition to the high use of modern technology within campus study life. Each student reacts differently to the culture shock experienced as it takes sometimes for each of them to fully adapt to the new environment before they embark into their study mission. AAPS students are very privileged to have a department of its own looking after them within campus during the course of their studies. They are accorded with relevant assistance and services which are expected to contribute to their success.

RST Staff are privileged and honored to serve these students, knowing that they will contribute directly to the economy and human resource development of their respective island states. 

2016 USP Academic Dates

2016 USP Academic Dates

 

PDLP:  Deadline for late registration and adding of courses

15 January

Graduate School of Business Orientation

(specific orientation dates will be communicated to students for different GSB Cohorts)

16 - 29 January

PDLP: Orientation and lectures commence                                                                                

18 January

PDLP: Deadline for withdrawal of courses with no financial penalty

Trimester 1:Last day to add courses

29 January

Trimester 1 lectures commence

30 January

PDLP: Invoices available via SOLS

Trimester 1: Invoices available via SOLs

01 February

Semester 1: Orientation and Academic Advisory week;  Registration continues.

1 - 5 February

14-18 March

(30 week semester)

Semester 1: Lectures commence

8  February

21 March

(30 week semester)

Trimester 1: Last day for withdrawal from trimester 1 courses with no financial penalty

12 February

Trimester 1: Deadline for Payment of Trimester 1 fees

19 February

Trimester 1: Late Payment of Fee Period: Students who have not paid their fees in full will be required to clear all outstanding fees and a Late Payment fee of FJ$125.00 within the 1st four (4) weeks.

20 February – 18 March

PDLP: Deadline for Payment of fees

26 February

Semester 1: Deadline for adding of courses

TBA

Semester 1: Deadline for withdrawal from courses with no financial penalty

TBA

Semester 1: Deadline for transfer of Campus  

PDLP: Deadline for all students to withdraw from courses that they do not wish to be assessed in

Trimester 1: Last day for students to withdraw from trimester 2 courses they do not wish to be assessed for.

18 March

Trimester 1: Late Payment of Fee Period: Students who have not paid their fees in full by this date will be liable for Late Payment fee as follows:

  • $150.00 (next 4 weeks after 18 March).
  • $200.00 thereafter.

19 March

Semester 1: Deadline for payment of fees for all campuses

TBA

Laucala Campus Graduation

23 March

Mid-Semester Break:   29 March – 1st April

Trimester 1: Lectures end                                 

15 April

Trimester 1: Study week and Examination period

16 – 29 April

PDLP 1st Intake Placement Commences            

25 April

Trimester 1: Examination period ends

29 April

TRIMESTER 1 BREAK: 30 APRIL – 14 MAY

Trimester 2:Last day to add courses

13 May

Trimester 2: lectures commence and Invoices available via SOLS

16 May

Semester 1:  Last day of lectures

PDLP: Last day for Placement

Trimester 2: Last day for withdrawal from trimester 2 courses with no financial penalty

20  May

N/A for 30 wk sem

 Semester 1: Study Week  

21 May  - 29 May

N/A for 30 wk sem

Semester 1:  Deadline for students to withdraw from courses that they do not wish to be assessed in.

27 May  

N/A for 30 wk sem

Semester 1: Examination Period

30 May – 10 June

N/A for 30 wk sem

Trimester 2: Deadline for Payment of trimester 2 fees

03 June

Trimester 2: Late Payment of Fee Period: Students who have not paid their fees in full will be required to clear all outstanding fees and a Late Payment fee of FJ$125.00 within the 1st four (4) weeks.

04 June – 01 July

PDLP: Last Day for Lectures

20 June

SEMESTER BREAK: 11 JUNE – 10 JULY

 

PDLP:  2nd Intake Application deadline

30 June

Trimester 2: Last day for students to withdraw from trimester 2 courses they do not wish to be assessed for.

01 July

Trimester 2: Late Payment of Fee Period: Students who have not paid their fees in full by this date will be liable for Late Payment fee as follows:

  • $150.00 (next 4 weeks after 01 July)
  • $200.00 thereafter.

02 July

Semester 2: Academic Advisory week;  Registration continues  

4 – 8 July

N/A

PDLP: Deadline for late registration (adding of courses)

08 July

Semester 2: Lectures commence

PDLP: Orientation and Lectures Commence

11 July

N/A

PDLP: Deadline for withdrawal of courses with no financial penalty

22 July

PDLP Invoices available via SOLS

25 July

Trimester 2: Lectures end                                 

29 July

Trimester 2: Study week and Examination period

30 July – 12 August

Semester 2: Deadline for adding of courses

TBA

N/A

Semester 2: Deadline for withdrawal from courses with no financial penalty

TBA

 N/A

Deadline for payment of fees for all campuses

TBA

 

Trimester 2: Examination period ends

12 August

TRIMESTER 2 BREAK: 13 – 26 AUGUST

PDLP: Deadline for Payment of fees

19 August

Graduation (Laucala)

26 August

Trimester 3:Last day to add courses

26 August

Trimester 3: lectures commence and Invoices available via SOLS

29 August

Mid-Semester Break: 27 August – 4 September

Graduation ( Solomons)

Trimester 3: Last day for withdrawal from trimester 3 courses with no financial penalty

2 September

PDLP: Deadline for all students to withdraw from courses that they do not wish to be assessed in

09 September

Trimester 3: Deadline for Payment of trimester 3 fees

16 September

Trimester 3: Late Payment of Fee Period: Students who have not paid their fees in full will be required to clear all outstanding fees and a Late Payment fee of FJ$125.00 within the 1st four (4) weeks.

17 September – 14 October

Trimester 3: Last day for students to withdraw from trimester 3 courses they do not wish to be assessed for.

14 October

Trimester 3: Late Payment of Fee Period: Students who have not paid their fees in full by this date will be liable for Late Payment fee as follows:

  • $150.00 (next 4 weeks after 14 October)
  • $200.00 thereafter.

15 October

PDLP: 2nd Intake Placement Commences

17 October

Semester 2: Last day of classes  

21  October

Semester 2:  Study Week  

22 - 30 October

Semester 2: Deadline for students to withdraw from courses that they do not wish to be assessed in

28 October

Semester 2 : Examination Period

31 October – 11 November

PDLP: Last day for Placement

Trimester 3: Lectures end

11 November

Trimester 3: Study week and Examination period

12  - 25 November

Graduation (Alafua)

Trimester 3: Examination period ends

25 November

Graduation (Emalus)

2 December 

PDLP: Last day for Lectures

09 December

Accompanied Stipend Form

Accompanied Stipend Form

If your dependents have arrived into the country, you should download and fill in the Accompanied Stipend Form and submit it to RST along with a copy of your dependents passport, birth certificate and marriage certificate.

Australian Regional Development Scholarship (Ards) Accompanied Allowance Request Form ( View Online || Download) (size: 52.7KB)

Travel Request Form

Travel Request Form

Students going home for reunion travel at the end of Semester need to download and complete the following form and submit to RST Office to book your flights.

Travel Booking Request Form ( View Online || Download) (size: 395KB)

Study Permits

Study Permits

Study_Research_Permit.pdf

Upon arrival into the country you would have received a Visitors Visa that is valid for a period ranging from 2 weeks to 4 months. Within this period you must apply for a Fiji Immigration Study/Research Permit. You may pick up a copy at the RST office or simply download a copy below and print it out.

Study_Permit-Extension.pdf

Resident Permits

Resident Permits

Resident_Permit.pdf

Student applying for their dependents Resident Permits must fill in this form and submit it to the RST Office for lodgement to the Fiji Immigration Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What do i need to do, if I want my dependents to join me?

You will need to send an email to the RST office requesting the Sending Posts permission bring in your dependents

When are the stipend allowance payment dates?

Your stipend is paid out every two weeks. The normal day for receiving the stipend in your accounts is Thursday although we try to get it to you earlier in the week.

What do i need to do if I want to travel home during the mid-semester break?

Any time you need to travel outside of your country of award, you will need to seek permission from your Sending Post. That may be done by sending an email to the RST office to request for permission from your Sending Post. You will also need to provide reasons for your proposed travel.

If you are traveling to outer islands or to other provinces within your country of award, please send us details of your travels and a valid contact number in case we need to get in touch with you.

Is the RST office open during the semester breaks?

The RST Office operates as a normal USP Department and does not close during the breaks unless notified. You are welcome to drop in if you have any queries.

I'm struggling with my studies, how can I get extra academic assistance?

All students are encouraged to utilize the services provided on campus during your tenure at USP. This includes; approaching your lecturers and tutors for assistance and utilizing the mentoring services provided by Student Learning Support.






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