The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Education Abroad office has been helping students to seek a completely different cultural experience when it comes to education. The education abroad office has been helping students from across the United States study at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji since the early 2000s. There has been dramatic improvement with this system and each year more and more students are seen wanting to become a student that studies in a different country altogether. Since then, students from more than 30 universities within the United States of America, have chosen to study abroad in multiple places including the incredible city of Suva, Fiji through the UW-Platteville Education Abroad Office.
The university in Fuji is known as a public research university owned by the governments of a number of close nations such as The Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
The total student population has grown to well over 25,000, in attendance. And the Fuji university attracts students from the South Pacific, Asia, and Europe, bringing together thousands of students from different parts of the world each and every year.
USP’s largest campus is the Laucala Campus which is a host to over 15,000 students in Fiji’s capital city, Suva, on the island of Viti Levu. The Laucala Campus consists of two parts, the upper and lower campuses, and is approximately 10 minutes by bus from central Suva.
The Fiji city of Suva offers many different shops, restaurants, nightlife, cafes, pubs, theatres, and open markets, and there is a range of outdoor activities like surfing, hiking, and swimming just outside of the city. With a population of 172,000, and growing, the city of Suva has all of the advantages of a big city while still maintaining Fijian charm and culture. All students have raved about Suva being like a small hometown but with the big city fun attractions that allow students to still enjoy a life of luxury and safety.
- Students must participate for one semester or for a full academic year.
- Students must be enrolled in 13 credits per semester.
- All courses are taken alongside Fijian and international students, in Fiji.
- All applicants must be seeking an undergraduate degree.
- All applicants must be a student who is currently enrolled at a U.S.-based college or university.
- The minimum grade point average for all applicants cannot be below 2.25.
- All applicants must be in good academic standing when applying for this scholarship.
A typical requirement that is seen with international abroad schooling is that an English proficiency test is needed, however, this is not the case with this scholarship. Instead, students are not required to have a minimum language proficiency for any program, but courses taught in languages other than English will have specific language proficiency requirements.
The application fee is a total of $75 USD and nonrefundable but must be used to apply for the scholarship.
Students should always check their official documents when submitting a scholarship application. The number of different documents needed can change and vary from scholarship application to application. Students should always read the fine print and pay attention to detail when it comes to this action.
How to Apply
All applicants will need a set of official government documents that need to be scanned and sent in along with the filled-out application. The official documents all students will need to present are:
- Fijian Application – Student Visa
- Birth Certificate
- Current Address
- Current E-mail address
- Current phone number
- Photocopy of a U.S. Passport (However, if a student does not currently hold a U.S. passport, they must apply for one and submit proof of application before the program application deadline)
- The application requests at least a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation
- Academic transcript
- USP Medical Examination Form
- USP Application for Admission
- UW-Platteville Education Abroad Application
- Accommodation Application
- Course Advisement Form
Students may need to provide additional documents but they will be contacted if that is the case or in need of.
The courses students will have to take to keep this scholarship are:
- Cross-Cultural Understanding
- Fijian History
- Fijian Culture
Reward – Extra Benefits
Students will be able to attend the university in Fiji and under accommodation rule.
Students studying abroad at the University of the South Pacific (USP) through UW-Platteville Education Abroad live in Tenth Hall on the USP campus. Under no circumstances will students be allowed to live in accommodation that is not under the direct supervision of USP.
Tenth Hall is located on the USP campus and houses local and international students from around the globe. Just a ten-minute walk to the center of campus brings you to classes and university activities.
The deadline is on April 29, 2022. However, the deadline has been changed before so students should check back frequently to see if the deadline has been changed once again.
Students should always check the website that holds the application to see if any date changes have occurred or will happen.
Open Submission Window Time Frame
The open submission window time frame is right now and will be open until April 29, 2022. Students may be able to ask for an extension depending on if they have received their passport or not. Students should contact the number to ask about extensions.
In any case, students should check the website link provided on this page to see if any date changes occur since those date changes will be posted to the website.
This is an annual scholarship that happens once a year and chooses a handful of recipients for the award.
Since this scholarship is offered by two universities partnering together to create an incredible abroad atmosphere for all students, multiple universities have jumped on board and have welcomed multiple different nations.
Luckily this scholarship, for whoever ends up becoming a recipient, will find that it can lead students towards other scholarships that fit their field study of choice. This way students can figure out which scholarship is right for their field and what classes could be taken at an AP level to have those credits in hand.