Program Overview

The University of the South Pacific (USP) is a single university with campuses in all of its twelve member countries in the Pacific region. USP is a well-known international center for teaching and research on Pacific culture and environment and is the ideal choice for students looking to gain an understanding of both the unity and the diversity of Pacific island cultures.

USP prides itself on being the only university in the world that teaches with a Pacific Islands context, and that promotes the work of Pacific Island scholars, many of whom are part of the faculty. Although the core academic subjects are similar to those in other universities, the courses also draw on regional data, source materials and case studies to enrich students’ knowledge.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Studying at the USP, which prides itself on being one of the top-ranked higher learning institutions in the region, gives students unprecedented opportunities for personal and professional growth.

The USP International Support Services offers constant support and an Orientation program to help international students find their bearings and make new connections. There are regular sports days and community outreach opportunities, which help students build their networks and confidence.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Approval received from the home university.
  • Current official undergraduate degree transcript.
  • Valid passport until at least 6 months after your program end date.
  • Copy of your passport (photo page).
  • Most students will be required to obtain a study visa. The application process can be extensive but World Endeavors staff will walk you through it!

Location

Suva, the capital of Fiji, is a harbor city built on a peninsula. It is the commercial and political center of Fiji and the largest urban area in the South Pacific outside of Australia and New Zealand. Home to half of Fiji’s urban population, it is sometimes referred to as the ‘New York of the Pacific’, as Suva’s inhabitants represent all the major indigenous Pacific groups. This diversity offers a rich opportunity to expand your cultural knowledge.

Suva, the site of the USP main campus, also has a thriving arts and performance scene, so when you’re not in class, take advantage of the mild climate and relaxed way of life and immerse yourself in Fijian culture.

Housing

The University offers on-campus halls of residence, newly built and with a kitchen on each floor. There are also flats available on campus, offering single beds with shared facilities, air conditioning and security. Or you can opt to share in the day-to-day life of a host family with a nearby homestay option.

Life in Suva

This capital city will enchant you with its broad avenues, lush parks and grand historical buildings, like the Suva City Library. Stroll through the picturesque Thurston Gardens to visit the Fiji Museum, home to a collection of South Pacific artifacts like traditional canoes and war clubs, some dating back 3,700 years.

Shop for fresh fruit, vegetables and fish at the colorful Municipal Market then cool off in Suva’s rainforest backyard, the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, an oasis filled with pools, streams and walking trails. Savor the Indo-Fijian flavors and sample the many delicious curries on offer.

Support while in Suva

World Endeavors study abroad programs offer full support, starting with airport pickup and accommodation transfer upon arrival followed by an on-site orientation covering health, safety, and local tips. Emergency support from your in-country coordinator, 24/7 travel medical insurance, and continuous contact with your advisor for additional assistance throughout the program helps you feel secure and supported. Whatever challenges life throws your way, we’ve got you covered!

Academic

Academic credit and transcripts are issued by the University of the South Pacific after the successful completion of the program. The University of the South Pacific is a fully-accredited, state-recognized institution of higher learning, whose teaching will help you develop the skills you need to succeed, with a mix of lecture-style tuition and practical experience.

The World Endeavors process is designed to take the guesswork out of academic credit and credit transfers. Our experienced advisors work with each student and his or her academic advisor before the program begins to ensure students earn the credit expected for courses taken abroad.

Eligibility

Applicants to study abroad with World Endeavors must have completed high school (or equivalent), and, in most cases, must be at least 18 years of age. While some programs have minimum GPA requirements and require that applicants be currently enrolled in a college or university, others are open to all participants regardless of age or student status. Please contact a World Endeavors advisor for more detailed eligibility criteria.

Course Load

Courses at the University of the South Pacific are lecture and seminar-based, with significant independent study expected. We recommend students take only four courses per semester. Students may take five courses per semester with approval from their Academic or Study Abroad Advisor first.

What's Included/ Costs

INCLUDED

  • Dedicated Program Advisor who is accessible and experienced
  • Tuition: 12-18 credits per semester (up to 5 courses)
  • Academic transcript from the University of the South Pacific
  • Pre and post arrival orientation; re-entry guidance
  • Student services and learning support
  • Access to university facilities
  • 24/7 emergency phone support
  • Airport reception and welcome
  • Student housing accommodations
  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Travel visa guidance and support
  • Advice on how to get a local phone number

NOT INCLUDED

  • Round-trip transportation to SUVA, FIJI
  • Visa expenses
  • Optional trips and excursions
  • Textbooks and other course materials
  • Daily transportation
  • Personal expenses
Semester Study Abroad in Cook Islands | Cost: $12,545

Dates & Deadlines

Fall Semester 2024: July 24 – November 16
Application Deadline: April 15, 2024

Program dates listed are for reference only and are subject to change. Please wait until after acceptance and you have received the confirmed dates to book any flights.

Every World Endeavors Study Abroad Program Includes

Our study abroad programs are as unique as our destinations, but there are program features that unify all of our study experiences.

YOUR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM

  • Top accredited universities
  • Flexible durations – 2 to 4 weeks to a full academic year
  • Expansive destination options
  • English instruction offered in all locations

ACCOMMODATION

  • Vetted campus accommodations selected with quality and safety in mind
  • Friendly community of peers from local host country and around the world

TEAM OF EXPERTS

  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support
  • Activities and cultural engagement
  • On-campus social events, clubs and sports

ACADEMIC CREDIT

  • Professional assistance and collaboration with home institution on course approvals and credit transfers
  • Transcript received directly from university abroad

PEACE OF MIND

  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance

HEALTH & SAFETY

When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN THE COOK ISLANDS

Here are the best things to do in your spare time while in the Cook Islands:

  • Explore Aitutaki Lagoon: Touted as one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world, you can take a lagoon cruise or catamaran tour, which often includes stops at smaller uninhabited islands (motus), snorkeling in crystal clear waters, and enjoying a traditional Cook Islands feast on a secluded beach.
  • Take a Cross-Island Trek: For those who love hiking, this trek will take you through the lush heart of Rarotonga, passing the iconic Needle rock formation and leading you to stunning viewpoints.
  • Engage in Water Activities: You can snorkel or dive in the vibrant coral reefs that are home to a myriad of marine life, or try kayaking, fishing, and even whale watching.

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Cook Islands FAQs

Where are the Cook Islands located?

The Cook Islands is located in the South Pacific Ocean, northeast of New Zealand and southwest of French Polynesia. Comprising 15 islands spread over a vast expanse of ocean, it is grouped into two main clusters: the Northern Group, which consists mainly of atolls, and the Southern Group, which includes larger, volcanic islands.

Is Cook Islands safe?

The Cook Islands are a safe destination with a relaxed vibe and minimal crime. Yet, tourists should guard their belongings, be aware of cyclones from November to April, practice water safety, and follow local customs, including modest attire off the beach, for a harmonious stay.

When is the best time to go to the Cook Islands?

The Cook Islands is located in the South Pacific Ocean, northeast of New Zealand and southwest of French Polynesia. Comprising 15 islands spread over a vast expanse of ocean, it is grouped into two main clusters: the Northern Group, which consists mainly of atolls, and the Southern Group, which includes larger, volcanic islands.

Do I need a visa for travel to the Cook Islands?

Tourists staying in the Cook Islands for 31 days or less typically don’t need a visa. You’ll be issued a visitor’s permit upon arrival if you have a valid passport (expiring at least six months after departure), a return/onward ticket, and sufficient funds. However, always verify the latest regulations with the Cook Islands’ embassy before your trip. If you go abroad with World Endeavors, our advisors will be there to answer any questions you have.

How big are the Cook Islands?

The Cook Islands is a nation of 15 islands spread over a vast area in the South Pacific Ocean. In terms of land area, the Cook Islands cover approximately 240 square kilometers (about 93 square miles).

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