USP Thrilled to see increase in International Student Enrolments
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USP international students and staff at Pacific Harbour during orientation week earlier this month.
The University of the South Pacific’s International Office (USPI) has welcomed 83 international students who will be studying face-face at the Laucala Campus in Suva this Semester. These students are from Australia, USA, India, Papua New Guinea, Korea, Sri Lanka, China, Canada and Malawi.
328 International Students have enrolled to study at USP for Semester 1, 2021. This is a 23.4% increase in comparison to Semester 1 last year.
International students are those that do not hold citizenship from any of the 12 USP member countries. The top 10 countries from where USP international students have enrolled are New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, China, USA, Federated States of Micronesia, India, Australia, Philippines, South Korea, Korea and France. Korea and France have the same number of students. Other countries include countries like Nepal, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Uganda, Afghanistan, American Samoa and Guam.
The 83 students at Laucala Campus are mostly enrolled into Foundation, Undergraduate and Post-graduate programmes.
The USPI has noted that apart from the popular environment of learning offered by USP in the region, international students are choosing to study at USP because of Fiji’s COVID-contained status. Students are also attracted to Fijis tropical weather and the opportunity to study and enjoy Fiji’s outdoor, culture, and renowned hospitality.
USPI held a week-long orientation programme at USP’s Laucala Campus in Suva from 22 to 26 February to welcome the international students. An information session was also organised for the other online students studying from their home countries.
Welcoming the International Students, USP’s Acting Vice-Chancellor and President, Dr Guilio Paunga spoke from personal experience as an International student himself when he was studying abroad. “Some of the lifelong friendships you make will be from here (Fiji), as an International student, he said.”
Manager International Office, Ms Lillian Fuata said the USP International Office will continue to welcome International Students from across the world.
“Our international students love the Pacific culture and hospitality and this is why they choose to come and study at USP,” she said.
The orientation involved a combination of presentations on academic and other aspects of studying at USP, academic advising and course registrations; with the week ending with an excursion to a Fijian village and a picnic.
The aim of the orientation session was to inform students about USP’s academic policies, visa and immigration regulations, student support and Pacific culture and peer support from the International Students Association. The ISA is a student body on campus that organises activities for the students throughout the semester for the students to participate in and to feel at home during their course study.
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