Fiji is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean which consists of an archipelago of 130 islands, of which 110 are inhabited. The major islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. The Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC), appointed by the government, oversees and regulates tertiary education on the islands. All institutions that provide post-secondary education are regarded as HEIs. Therefore, there are 39 HEIs fully registered out of which 15 are recognized. These include training centers, academies, technical and religious schools, colleges, institutes, and universities. With its main campus in Fiji, the University of the South Pacific represents not only the largest provider of higher education on the islands, but also in the South Pacific Ocean with campuses in 14 other islands. At the moment, FHEC has implemented a strategic plan for 2015-2020 with 5 pillars to achieve: quality and consistency in education and training, education and training internationally recognized, educated society, sustained economic growth, and continuous improvements in education and training. The student population is almost reaching 100,000. For further information, the FHEC’s website is available at https://www.fhec.org.fj/.
In terms of its educational system, students in Fiji can earn a degree in all three cycles: Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees. The Fiji Qualifications Framework (FQF) encompasses all education and training offered in the country. According to it, one credit point represents 10 hours of learning, so one year will be equal to 120 credits. There are several qualifications available, based on their level:
|Level||Name of the Qualification||Credits||Duration||Description|
|10||Doctor Degree||360||3 years||
The highest accreditation in education
|9||Master`s Degree||120 - 240||1 - 2 years||
Recognized postgraduate degree which
|8||Postgraduate Diploma||120||1 year||Furter study after undergraduate studies|
|Postgraduate Certificate||60||6 months||Further study after undergraduate studies|
|Bachelor`s Degree with Honors||480 or 120
(after a Bachelor`s)
|4 or 1 year||A Bachelor`s degree might be awarded with Honors
for recognizing outstanding studying
|7||Graduate Diploma||120||1 year||Further study at an advanced undergraduate level|
|Graduate Certificate||60||6 months||Further study at an advanced undegraduate level|
|Bachelor`s Degree||minimum of 360||3 - 6 (for Medicine
|Undergraduate degree which emphasizes general principles
and basic knowledge as the basic for recognized major subject
|5/6||Diplomas||72 - 120||Almost 1 year||Builds on prior skills and knowledge across a broad range of areas|
|3/4||Certificates||40||4 months||Preparatory course for both employment and further education|
Admission to courses is reviewed based on previous appropriate study and training. Students should personally apply to their desired place. The most spoken languages on the islands are Fijian and English, therefore most teaching is expected to be provided in English. International students much prove their proficiency in English.
Tuition fees should be checked before applying, since they differ from place to place and course to course. In general, they range between USD$10,000 - $15,000 per year. Most HEIs in Fiji have collaborated with overseas institutions, so loans and scholarships might be available for a number of students.
Information for International Students
It is very likely that you will need a Fiji student permit once you are accepted into a course. Some of the documents you must provide include your acceptance letter, copy of passport biodata along with two passport photos, results of medical and police report, proof of finances and application fee. You can find the application form here. Living costs in Fiji are affordable compared to other places like the United Kingdom. You can rent a 1-bedroom apartment in the city center for $540 per month or $273 per month outside of it.