There are only a handful of higher education institutions in Kiribati, with the most prominent ones being the Kiribati Institute of Technology, the Fisheries Training Centre and the University of the South Pacific. They are all publicly funded. The largest of these institutions, the Kiribati’s University of the South Pacific, houses approximately 3 000 students. Language of instruction is English or French for most of the degrees.
Conditions for international students are subject to individual institutions’ regulations, and to further requirements of residency. For more information please refer to https://www.moe.gov.ki/.
In Kiribati, tertiary education opportunities are rather limited. Students may seek technical, teacher or marine training at non-university institutions, whereas The University of the South Pacific offers preparatory studies towards obtaining certificates, diplomas and degrees.
It follows the ‘bachelor's master's doctorate system’; similarly to the UK, the length of Bachelor’s degree usually comprises three years. It is followed by a Master’s typically lasting one year, culminating in a Doctoral degree of varying length, typically three years. Enrolment into Bachelor’s programs is conditional on possession of a Senate recognised Year 13/Form 7 or equivalent, or completion of a relevant foundation course. To be accepted to a Master’s program, students must have a relevant Bachelor degree or equivalent. An intermediate level of proficiency in English is commonly required, as language of instruction is English for most programs.
In terms of financing the studies, fees vary drastically for international and home students. For students coming abroad, fees for the entirety of a Bachelor’s degree are approximately £8 600, with a Master’s or Doctoral degree costing approximately £10 100. Fees are slightly lower for citizens of USP member countries.
Governmental support for home as well as international students is virtually non-existent, with the only prominent programme designed to assist students with tuition costs being the Fiji National Provident Fund.
Information for International Students
The admission process is usually administered online by the university of one’s choice. Requirements of proof of previous education, language capabilities and nationality form an integral part of virtually each admission process. For international citizens, relevant residency requirements also apply.
Living costs in Kiribati are comparable to those in the UK, with a monthly rent for a middle-sized apartment costing approximately £434, basic lunchtime menu costing in between £6 and £15 and one litre of milk being approximately £1.93.