USP Cook Islands Campus

Cook Islands Campus

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)


I am interested in studying. Where do I start?

You will need to pick a ‘programme’ that you wish to apply for admission to, for example, a Bachelor of Commerce or a Bachelor of Information Systems.

You can find information about what programmes USP has to offer in our Handbook & Calendar which is available on the University’s main website You can also purchase a copy from our office for NZ$25.00

For programmes specific to the Cook Islands Campus please refer to the ‘Study’ section on this website.

Should you require additional guidance please call our office on 29415 and make an appointment for Academic Counselling.

How do I register?

Once you have chosen a programme of study you need to apply for admission to become a student at USP. You can apply online through Should you have difficulty with the online admissions portal you can download a copy of the application form and submit it to our office by the due date.

Once your application is assessed and you are successfully admitted you will be sent an Offer Letter with your personal student identification number and password. You can then use these details to log in to Student Online Learning Services (SOLS) and register into a course through the ‘My Registration’ menu.

What course can I register in this Semester?

Courses you can register in are specific to the programme you are admitted into. You will see a variety of choices when you log in to Student Online Learning Services (SOLS) on the ‘My Registration’ menu.

Should you wish to view your progress you can view that on the ‘My Programme Requirement’ menu on SOLS. This will tell you what courses you have successfully completed, what courses you are currently registered in and what courses you need to take to successfully complete your programme.

This is available to current registered students only.

How long is a Semester?

Our Semesters (we have two per annum) are 14 weeks long. Depending on demand we may also run winter or summer flexi schools that are normally 4-6 weeks long.

How do I withdraw?

To withdraw you need to log in to Student Online Learning Services (SOLS) and ‘Drop’ the course you wish to withdraw from, from the ‘My Registration’ menu.

Do take note of the Academic Dates in particular the deadline for withdrawal. Full fees are due in full should you withdraw after the due date or should you not withdraw at all but decided to discontinue with your studies.

What are the fees?

Fees are generally charged by Semester and are dependent on the specific courses you are registered in and in what mode you are registered in (either Face to Face, Online, Blended or Print). You can view the Fee Schedule on page 547 of our Handbook & Calendar or email our Finance Assistant on fameitau_l(at)

What is offered under the Cook Islands Government training subsidy?

NB: Tuition will be covered under the scheme. Costs for resources such as textbooks (should they be required) will not be subsidized.

USP Cook Islands are calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the following Sub-Degree (Vocational/Skills Based) Programmes:

  • Certificate IV in Human Resources (consist of 6 courses)
  • Certificate IV in Business Administration (consists of 6 courses)
  • Certificate III in Small Business Development & Management (consists of 4 courses)

USP Cook Islands are offering the following Sub-Degree (Vocational/Skills Based) Programmes:

  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Care & Education (consists of 5 courses)
  • Certificate IV in Library/Information Studies (consists of 5 courses)
  • Certificate IV in Counselling (consists of 4 courses)
  • Certificate IV in Information Technology Support (consists of 6 courses)

USP Cook Islands are offering the following Undergraduate Certificate Programmes:

  • Certificate in Social & Community Work (consist of 6 courses)
  • Certificate in Non-Formal Education (consists of 6 courses)
  • Certificate in Cook Islands Māori (consists of 6 courses)
  • Certificate in Policing (consists of 6 courses)
  • Certificate in Management Studies (consists of 6 courses)
  • Certificate in Computing (consist of 6 courses)
  • Certificate in Information Systems (consists of 6 courses)
  • Certificate in Teaching Primary (consists of 8 courses)

To apply visit

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