There are only two higher education institutions that currently maintain presence in Nauru: the University of New England (UNE) and the University of South Pacific (USP). The are both publicly funded by their respective governments, with the UNE’s presence being co-funded by the Nauruan government. The larger of these regional branches, the USP’s campus, accommodates over 100 students. The language of instruction is English for most of the degrees, however some USP lecturers choose to speak Nauruan in their classes.
Conditions for international students are subject to individual institutions’ regulations, and to requirements of residency. For more information please refer to http://www.naurugov.nr/government/departments/department-of-education.aspx.
As outlined in the introduction, tertiary education opportunities in Nauru are rather limited. Students may pursue accounting, management, education, English and library and information degrees with the local institutions.
Both of the institutions present on the island follow 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; it is however not possible to obtain degrees beyond undergraduate level on the island and these need to be pursued with the universities’ branches abroad.
Enrolment into Bachelor’s programs is conditional on possession of a secondary education qualification or equivalent, or completion of a relevant foundation course. To be accepted to a Master’s or Doctorate program, students must have a relevant Bachelor’s or Master’s degree respectively. An intermediate level of proficiency in English is necessary, as the language of instruction is English.
In terms of financing the studies, fees vary drastically for international and home students. The country’s most prominent institution, the USP, charges students coming from abroad for the entirety of a Bachelor’s degree the sum of approximately £8 600, with a Master’s or Doctoral degree costing approximately £10 100. The fees are slightly lower for citizens of USP member countries.
Government offers financial support for home students wishing to study abroad, with the most common choice being Australia. It is awarded mostly on a competitive basis.
Information for International Students
The admission process is 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 - for all visa applications including study visa, an email request to enter Nauru should be sent to Nauru Immigration.
Australian dollar is the currency of Nauru. Living costs in are comparable to those in the UK, with a monthly rent for a two-bedroom cottage costing approximately £480; accommodation is, however, scarce on the island. Basic lunchtime meal costs approximately £13, with a can of coke costing approximately £1.30. There is no public transport.