Being A Student In Fiji: 2016 vs 2017 – What Has Changed?
Part of the Melanesian Island Group, Fiji incorporates 300 islands and 540 islets. Of these islands, approximately 100 are inhabited. The majority of these are volcanic so there are only so many which are populated. The largest of the islands include Vanua Levu and Viti Levu where the capital, Suva is situated.
Fiji became independent in 1970 after being a British Colony. The total population of both islands is an estimated 832,494.
Fiji has a particularly high literacy rate, with over 91% of Fijians being literate. This is even though there is no formal education system. Approximately 85% of children between the ages of 6 and 13 years do attend primary school. In Fiji education is free and delivered by both church-run and public schools.
As one of the more developed places to study, Fiji has a lot to offer. Students can easily see the appeal of studying in this beautiful country. Living on campus means that all of the facilities that you need are at your fingertips and there are plenty of opportunities to join sports teams or make use of the free gym.
Accommodation is comfortable and of an adequate size with a desk, bed and storage facilities. Staff are friendly and always make you feel welcome. The cost of living on the island is reasonable, with housing for a term being equivalent to a month’s rental in Australia. In terms of food, it is cheaper to eat out than cook back at your accommodation.
The University of South Pacific serves ten English speaking territories and is the main provider of higher education in the country. Students who wish to attend university are required to complete a secondary school diploma and a foundation course at university level. Higher education finance is a combination of school fees, government funding and aid from overseas.
In addition to the conventional education system, Fiji also provides students with the opportunity to study through distance learning.
University standards have remained consistently high over the years, and there has been little change between 2016 and 2017. As each year passes, additional courses are introduced, and students are actively encouraged to participate in higher education.