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Fiji is exciting, dynamic, and inspiring – the culture here is so rich, and the people are so friendly. For such a small nation, it has a lot to offer. Whether its trekking for 1.5 hours up Mt Korobaba in flip flops, or hitting the beaches along the coral coast without wearing sunscreen. For some, mistakes may be the only way to learn. For me, the best way to learn is by doing. So that’s exactly what I’ve done. And what a wonderful adventure it has been

Katie, Australia

Being part of the International Students Association (ISA) is awesome as I get to meet and work side by side students from all across the globe. As I have taken an added leadership role this semester it has allowed me to work closer with our other members to organize events for our association. Some of my highlights this semester include the volleyball tournament and hike up Mt Korobaba.  I also enjoy volunteering with the International office during their orientation week and throughout the semester as it gives me an opportunity to welcome our new students and help settle them down in their new ‘Fijian home’

Viliame Yari, PNG

I have been given the opportunity to experience the “Fijian way of life” through the homestay option provided by the USP International Office. I have been embraced as part of the family and they have allowed me to create wonderful experiences by exposing me to the Fijian culture and beliefs.

The most interesting aspect of the Fijian way of life is the food. In the beginning I was reluctant to try the Fijian dishes but this changed after being with my homestay. Thanks to them I have tried all the types of crabs in Fiji, tasted the lovo, various types of fishes and even Fijian desserts among other foods. My favorite dish is the Otta (green fern) with Mitty (coconut milk) which I have learnt to prepare, thanks to my homestay.

This experience has allowed me to embrace Fiji as my second home and to create profound memories while studying. My homestay family has allowed me to feel at home and I am able to focus and perform well in school.

My Name is Ahnivar Peralta, from the beautiful country of Belize. I am pursuing my Master’s Degree in Climate Change and I hope my testimony provides as the convincing piece of information for you to join me and many other international students to study at the University of the South Pacific to live the rich cultural experiences that Fiji and its lovely people have to offer.

Ni Sa Moce!!

Ahnivar, Belize

I’m from Brisbane, Australia and I study at the University of Queensland (UQ).
I think USP gives the exchange student incredible insight into the contemporary issues facing the Pacific region. I think all Australian students should have a greater appreciation for the complexities and nuances of the Pacific, particularly if they hope to work in this space in their future careers. USP and Suva provide a pretty amazing introduction into a part of the world that should be more widely appreciated and understood.
At USP, I studied Pacific politics, Pacific history and French. The combination of these subjects really allowed me to feel immersed in the political and social culture of Forum Island Countries (FICs), in a way that can’t be experienced through reading academic literature from a far-away country.
I would recommend studying at USP for the student who is invested in the future of the Pacific region, and who wishes to become well versed in the cultural context that informs public policy. I think USP is an incredibly interesting melting pot of people, ideas, culture and innovation, and it’s an experience that I feel very humbled to have been privy to.
I commend the support staff (in particular, the international office), for facilitating a successful exchange program. I have the highest respect for the individuals who went out of their way to make this exchange program a reality.

Patrick Walsh, Australia

Bula! I am Rachel Rowles from Minnesota in the US and attend college at the University of Wisconsin – Stout. By coming to the University of the South Pacific for a semester. I have enjoyed the experience, culture and I love being able to immerse myself into a totally new environment. I’ve learnt a lot about myself and others through this experience. I really enjoyed my tourism course at USP, it was challenging for me; and I really enjoyed the teacher student relationship in class there was so much mutual respect. I could really tell our lecturers and tutors wanted us to succeed! I love that. I would recommend the University of the South Pacific to my friends or anyone interested as it is so different from America, and it is important to branch outside of your comfort zone. Being able to spend 5 plus months in another country and experience a local lifestyle here rather than a tourist lifestyle is so important to me. I will always cherish my time here at USP. Lastly for anyone coming to Fiji to study be prepared for the challenges. It’s not always smooth sailing; it will be difficult at times but the outcome is worth it.

Rachel Rowles
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