USP Marshall Islands Campus


History of RMI-USP Program

President Amata Kabua spearheaded RMI becoming a member of The University of the South Pacific’s regional family 20 years ago. “President Kabua was anxious that the Marshallese people advance in knowledge and education,” USP Director Dr. Irene Taafaki said in her speech to students at RMI-USP’s open day on Friday. “As part of his visits to other countries in the Pacific, particularly those south of the equator, he was impressed by the quality of thinking and confidence in the people of the countries. “On several occasions he would recount how he would ask those he met where they went to study for their LLBs, their BAs, BSCs and graduate qualifications – and they would invariably respond ‘to USP.’ ”The President subsequently arranged with the university, whose main campus is in Fiji, to start a campus in Majuro. Before long, however, it became obvious to USP staff that many high school graduates weren’t suitably prepared for tertiary studies: “It is one thing the enter university, it is another to exit with a degree,” Taafaki said. “To this end, the President and Cabinet established the RMI-USP Joint Program in 1995 to prepare students for tertiary or post secondary education.” All Marshallese students attending the two-year program are on RMI government scholarships.

Our Mission:

To prepare you, a Marshallese student, for the vigorous demands of tertiary education.

Our Vision:

     RMI-USP students will acquire the necessary attitude, knowledge and skills to allow them to meet the challenges of university studies and life in general.

     RMI-USP graduates will be human resources who will contribute socially, intellectually, and economically to the development and wellbeing of RMI.

     RMI-USP is evolving into a sub-regional institution where students from the North Pacific can obtain a quality academic pre-tertiary education.


     The RMI-USP Joint Education Program is a partnership in education between the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and The University of the South Pacific (USP).  It was established in 1996.




Semester Dates

The school year begins in February and ends in December.
• Semester 1: February to June, 18 weeks
• Semester 2: July to November, 18 weeks
There is a four-week break between semesters and a one-week break during each semester.

Class Timetable: All RMI-USP courses are full time, from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4pm, with additional small group or individual tutorials to support your studies.

Science or Social Science?

The Science stream at RMI-USP is suited to students who aspire to work in such fields as Engineering, Medicine, Marine Science, Environmental Management, Dentistry, or Science Education.The Social Science stream is suited to students who aspire to become Accountants, Lawyers, Economists, Sociologists, or Teachers.English and Math are compulsory for all students. 

Preliminary Program
The Preliminary Program is designed to bridge any gap between high school and the requirements of the RMI-USP Joint Education Program. This makes sure you will be prepared for the demands of the Foundation Program. 

The Science subjects are: 
Pre-Tertiary English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. 

The Social Science subjects are: 
Pre-Tertiary English, Mathematics, History/Politics, Geography, Accounting, and Economics. 
As well as English and Math, you must choose three other subjects.

Foundation Program
The Foundation Program prepares you for further study at any University.  
On graduation, you will receive a Certificate in Foundation Studies.

The Science subjects are: 
Communication and Study Skills, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology. 
These subjects are the same for semesters one and two.

The Social Science subjects for the first semester are: 
Communication and Study Skills, Mathematics for Social Science, Pacific History, Pacific Islands Geography, Accounting, Study of Society and Culture, and Foundation Economics. 

The subjects for the second semester are: 
Communication and Language, Foundation Mathematics, Issues in Pacific Politics, Human Ecology, Basic Accounting, and Introduction to Pacific Societies.
You will take five subjects in the first semester and four in the second semester.

Entry Requirements and Registration
Entry requires successful completion of high school or equivalent. All students must pay the registration fee of $100 for each semester. This can be paid in installments throughout the semester. No transcripts are released unless registration fees are cleared.

How We Grade You

Your assessment is divided into two parts:

  1. Continuous assessment, which means that a certain proportion of your grade is awarded for work done throughout each semester. This work is in the form of tests, assignments, and laboratory reports. The percentage of the total marks for continuous assessment varies from 40 percent to 50 percent, depending on the nature of the course.
  2. Final Examination assessment, which means that examinations are held at the end of each semester and have a value of between 50 percent or 60 percent of your final total marks.

In the Preliminary Program, the continuous assessment aspect is vigorously regulated by the RMI-USP Program staff, who grade all assignments, tests, and examinations.

In the Foundation Program, the College of Foundation Studies at USP in Suva, Fiji, sets all assignments and tests. The assignments are graded locally by the Program staff to ensure immediate feedback and assistance, including one-on-one tutorials.

Foundation Program Final Examinations are set by the Course Coordinators at the College of Foundation Studies Unit in Suva, Fiji. USP students all over the Pacific region take the same examinations, which are then sent back to USP in Suva for grading. The grades are then returned to the RMI-USP Program for compilation of final grades. 

Students must sit the final examination. 

Grades are awarded solely on your academic performance. 

Note: Science courses require laboratory work and you will need to  complete at least three quarters of all labs before being allowed to take your final examination.

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USP Marshall Islands Campus
P. O. Box 3537, Majuro, Marshall Islands MH 96960
Phone: (692) 247 - 7279
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