Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies


Program for International Student Groups

About us

The University of the South Pacific (USP) is the premier institution of higher learning for the Pacific region, uniquely placed in a region of extraordinary physical, social and economic diversity.

Established in 1968, USP is one of only two universities of its type in the world. It is jointly owned by the governments of 12 member countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Samoa. The University has campuses in all member countries. The main campus, Laucala, is in Fiji.  USP is a unique space to study! 
The University of the South Pacific offers a short course in Pacific Studies for international students at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies.

Our Program

This program is primarily designed for Student Groups from Universities. Please liaise with the coordinator Frank Thomas, for more information on group requirements. 

Our program is intended mainly  for undergraduates, combining lecture presentations and site visits on Fijiís main island of Viti Levu. Students have the opportunity to learn about different cultures and traditions. During their stay in Suva, the capital of Fiji, students will be housed at selected home-stay families and experience Pacific Island hospitality.

Topics include:

Pacific Island Environments & Cultural Adaptations;  Early Settlement of the Pacific; Western Contact and Independence Movements; Cultural Representations of the Pacific; Contemporary Issues in the Pacific: Traditions, Capitalism, and Globalization; Contemporary Issues in the Pacific: Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise; Pacific Epistemologies; Indigenous Governance/Political Leadership; and Contemporary Arts in Oceania.

Fiji is a   diverse multi-cultural fascinating country, rich in our different traditions with contrasting landscape from beautiful beaches, sand dunes to rain forests.  Fiji has over three hundred islands.   

The Tour.

Students will be met at Fijiís international Airport in Nadi.  Nadi is situated on the western side of Viti Levu.   Students will later travel to Suva where the University of the South Pacific Laucala Campus is located.
Some selected stopovers on Viti Levu:

A visit to the Hindu Temple. The Hindu temple is the embodiment of the Hindu faith. Students will get to see the colourful stone carvings of the temple and learn about the Hindu faith.
The Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park was established to protect the unique natural and cultural heritage in 1987. Escorted by the parkís guide, students get to experience first-hand this beautiful ecosystem overlooking the sea.
Tavuni Hill Fort   is a semi restored ancient Fijian fort on the top of a hill on a small peninsula and is a National Archaeological Site. The remnants of the past can be seen as you walk through the ancient paths.
Take a historical trip   through  Fijiís  history at the Fiji Museum.
Colo-i-Suva Forest Reserve is  less than a 20-minute drive from the University, where visitors can hike under a natural canopy of foliage with native plants and bird life and take a dip in one of the small waterfalls.  
Village visit. Fiji is a multi-ethnic country, yet still retains its cultures and traditions.  Visit to a Fijian village and witness what it is like to live in a community with its ceremonial  protocols and partake in a meal cooked in an earth oven that is only done for special occasions.

On the return trip, students will get to visit one of our many islands resorts and spend the day snorkelling and relaxing before they depart Fiji

For more information
Contact Dr Frank Thomas, Pacific Studies International Program Coordinator.
Tel: (679)   323-2478. Email  frank.r.thomas@usp.ac.fj

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Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies
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Suva, Fiji.
Tel: (+679) 323 2832
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