Faculty of Business and Economics


First Year Experience - About Us

A positive first year experience is the cornerstone of student success at The University of the South Pacific.

What Is FYE ?

FYE stands for First Year Experience. The FYE programme is designed to help students who are new to USP have a seamless transition to tertiary studies.


Welcome to the Faculty of Business and Economics at The University of the South Pacific. You have made an excellent choice to join USP.  We are proud to induct you to the biggest faculty of USP. Your decision to pursue tertiary education with us is highly valued at the FBE First Year Experience Office. We understand that you are part of your parents or guardian dreams in trying to give you the best opportunities to pursue your dreams as well and become successful in life. In fact The University of the South Pacific is the best Tertiary institution to realize your academic dreams in shaping your future.

Your journey to success at university level will require you to get connected to the University, demonstrate self-commitment and independent virtues such as personal effective time Management, enthusiasm in your studies, perseverance and obligation to succeed.

The Office of First Year at the Faculty of Business and Economics works with you to ensure you a smooth transition into University life and studies. 

Together with our Student Learning Support, programmes have been designed for all of you (FYE) to challenge you, to support and connect you to outstanding learning opportunities that will assist you in achieving your academic dreams as well as in your quest to thrive and graduate with distinction 3 years from today.

FYE Office is here to provide support so make the most of what we have in store for you in semester 1 & 2 2018. There is much to look forward during your first year at USP and we would be happy as well to connect you to our outstanding staff and fellow students at FBE.

Beginners Guide to The University

At this early stage of connecting yourself to the University, it would be important that you are aware of the difference between University life and secondary school learning environments. As you start the new semester with USP and your new journey to lifelong learning and success, you will need to learn the skills of becoming an effective self-responsible or independent learner at the University of the South Pacific.

Let us look at some of the differences between Secondary Level and University level learning environments


High School Level


When and where students learn

Mostly formal study in class & classrooms

Lots of independent learning and self-responsible outside the classrooms


Compulsory and recorded by Teachers. Required to write absent letters.


Attendance is not taken in Lectures but in tutorials only.

Absent letters not required and students are free to come and go.


Learning Styles


Inside the classroom and require to know what is being taught by the Teachers.


Think critically, generate new ideas and learn independently.


At times, look for your own materials and access resource and print your notes at your own discretion.


Time Management


Time is predetermined and manage for you


Self-managed and pre- register for your own tutorials.

Time Management is very important for you.




Assignments are often small in nature and done in class or as homework. Your Teachers does daily follow up on your assignments.

Your Lecturers won come after you for missing assignments. If you choose not to submit that is your prerogative but do not expect to hand in your assignment after the due date.

Class Hours

Specific [8am – 3.30pm] and normally at one location for 5 days a week.

Class hours depend on the requirements of the courses you do with no set lunch time.  Class hours vary and can be in the morning or evening.

Amount of feedback

Instant feedback from form teachers on how you are progressing and what to do to gain a pass.

Students are expected to take responsibility for their own path and academic success, as well as the consequences and rewards of their actions


Testing is frequent and covers small amounts of material.

Testing is usually infrequent and may be cumulative, covering large amounts of material. You, not the professor or Lecturer, need to organize the material to prepare for the test. 

Different kinds of information


At the University you will have access to all different kind of information.

Contact with Teaching/Academic Staffs

Daily access to teaching staff

Less frequent access to teaching or academic staff. Students arrange their own schedules in consultation with faculty and academic advisors. Schedules tend to look lighter than they really are. 

Kind of lessons

Face to face teaching inside the classrooms.

A range of different lectures taught through different modes – face to face lectures, tutorials,  online, blended etc.

Class size

Small or limited to only 30 – 45 students

Can be very large and can exceed 100 or 200 numbers per class.


Students are of the same age and live in the same locality

Students from different parts of the Pacific, different cultures, socio economic and age groups.


Limited and controlled by schools and parents

Abundance and up to you.

You will notice that your parents will start treating you as an adult once you joined the University.

Contact Us

For any assistance or clarification please contact our FYE Coordinator:

Mr. Akshay Ram
USP Laucala Campus Suva, Fiji.
Office: S033, Ground Floor, FBE Building (First Year Experience)
Ph: (679) 3231946;
Email: ram_ak(at)usp.ac.fj 

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Faculty of Business and Economics
The University of the South Pacific
Private Bag, Laucala Campus,
Suva, Fiji.
Tel: (+679) 323 1000
Fax: (+679) 323 1506