Samoa has four universities, all of which are public. The National University of Samoa is the only national university in the country. They offer bachelor’s degree programmes in Education, Business, History, Sociology, and Samoan studies. They also offer a master’s and doctorate degree in Development studies.
Oceania University of Medicine is a medical school operated through a public-private partnership between the Samoan government and e-Medical Education, LLC. They aim to produce physicians through their Doctor of Medicine programme which is typically completed in 4 and a half to 5 years. Their curriculum involves a preclinical phase which is completed online, and a clinical phase which involves clinical rotations at regional teaching hospitals.
The University of the South Pacific - Alafua Campus offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Piula Theological College is a Methodist training institution and offers bachelor’s programmes in Divinity. For more information on Samoan higher education, please visit http://mesc.gov.ws/.
Bachelor’s degrees are 3 years, master’s typically last 2 years, and doctorate degrees last 3 to 5 years. English is the language of instruction.
For Oceania University of Medicine, admission into the MD programme requires a bachelor’s degree, a credit-level degree or GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent, and completion of a full year of college chemistry for US applicants. Students whose native language is not English but who have completed a degree delivered in English may be exempt from submitting English proficiency requirements. Otherwise, students will need a minimum score of either 6.5 on the IELTS, 577 on the TOEFL with a TWE (Test of Written English) score of 5, or 233 on the computer-based TOEFL with an ER (Essay Rating) score of 5. Applications are submitted electronically and additional documents must be mailed.
Tuition fees vary by university and course. For the National University of Samoa, citizens pay $60 per course for degree programmes while international students pay $150.
Information for International Students
Students must have a temporary resident permit to study and an international health insurance policy from their home country before entering Samoa. For medical students, applicants must provide a health certificate documenting their immunization status and must document compliance with CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) standards before beginning their clinical rotations.