The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture oversees the educational sector in the Tuvalu. Currently, there are three higher education institutions in the country—The Maritime Training Institute, The Technical Education Centre and the regional University of the South Pacific (USP). All of which are located in the capital Funafuti. Tuvalu has made investments in its educational sector with the help of aid from countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan and France.
The programs offered by the institutions tend to focus on vocational and technical training. The Maritime Training Institute has some training programs for students interested in employment on ships or fishing boats. The Technical Education Centre offers training in building trades. As a partner of the University of the South Pacific (USP) students can enjoy an array of programs from arts to business studies.
The educational structure in Tuvalu follows the traditional Bachelor’s, Master’s, doctorate path with the exception of the vocational and technical schools, which prepare students for work in a specific field.
The application process for the University of the South Pacific is done through the university’s website through an online form which differs depending if you’re a domestic, regional (the 12 Pacific island countries) or international applicant.
The fee category for the University of the South Pacific (USP) is broken up into three categories, regional fees—this fee is reserved for students who are citizens of any of the member countries. Third country fees—are students who are citizens of any member country and are in receipt of a third country award. Lastly, international fees—students who are not citizens of any of the member countries.
Fees are contingent on the program level and degree structure.
Information for International Students
Citizens of USP’s member countries require study permits, and international students require student visas.