UW-Platteville Education Abroad's program at the University of the South Pacific (USP) is designed to provide students with a personalized and integrated living and learning experience in a Fijian university. Students may participate for one semester or for a full academic year, enrolling in 13 credits (4 courses) per semester. All courses are taken alongside Fijian and international students, and the courses available each term can be found on USP’s website: http://www.usp.ac.fj/index.php?id=programs
While selecting courses, please keep in mind:
- Course Level: Students studying abroad at USP through UW-Platteville Education Abroad are allowed to take 100-, 200-, or 300-level courses, and are not permitted to take graduate level coursework (400-level). At USP, 100-level courses are typically equivalent to 200-level courses in the U.S., 200-level courses are equivalent to 300-level courses, and 300-level courses are equivalent to 400-level courses. Please also note that students lacking essential prerequisite courses may be challenged by the lecturer at USP and denied a seat in the course.
- Course Location: USP has multiple campuses, so students need to ensure that they are selecting courses offered at the Laucala Campus, abbreviated as “L” or “L-Laucala Campus” on the USP online course finder.
Course Delivery Mode and Semester Codes: USP uses a coding system in their online course finder to identify the mode in which the course is delivered. Please note the following acronyms and whether or not program participants are allowed to enroll in courses offered in that mode:
USP also uses a coding system in their online course finder to identify the semester in which the course is delivered. Please note the following acronyms and consult USP's website for additional information: http://www.usp.ac.fj/index.php?id=course_prescript_key
B Blended One course delivered as B or O is permitted DFL Distance Flexible Mode Prohibited F Face-to-Face Recommended F/P Face-to-Face/Print Recommended (Face-to-Face at the Laucala Campus/Print at other campuses) O Online One course delivered as B or O is permitted P Prohibited I Offered in the U.S. spring semester II Offered in the U.S. fall semester I and II Offered in both the U.S. spring and in the U.S. fall semester, as a single semester course I/II Offered Face-to-Face in semester I but as DFL in semester II II/I Offered Face-to-Face in semester II but DFL in semester I
All students studying abroad at USP through UW-Platteville Education Abroad are required to enroll in two courses:
FJ-SOC 1010 Cross-Cultural Understanding (1 U.S. credit): Taught by UW-Platteville Education Abroad's On-Site Coordinator, this course is designed to help students examine their own experiences in Fiji and discover the aspects of Fijian life and culture that underlie them. These experiences are supplemented with group and individual excursions to explore various aspects of Fijian culture including politics, philosophy, society, art, education, history, and the media. It is intended to stimulate personal reflection and a cross-cultural perspective through lectures, discussions, journal writing, and excursions.
- One course on Fijian History or Culture (4 U.S. Credits): For this requirement, students may choose any course that has significant course content about Fijian life and culture. These may include courses in the areas of history, media studies, social science, art, and literature, and students can review the Recommended Courses to Fulfill the USP Fijian History or Culture Course Requirement document for ideas. If students find another course of interest, they can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm if their course(s) of interest can fulfill the requirement.
Students are allowed to enroll in two additional courses at USP for a total of 13 credits. Due to the high number of excursions and other activities offered through the program and at USP, students studying abroad through UW-Platteville Education Abroad will not be allowed to take more than 13 credits.
Credits will be validated on an official USP transcript at the end of the semester.
Each course taken at USP (with the exception of the Cross-Cultural Understanding course) is equivalent to 4 U.S. credits. The grades students receive abroad will be converted to the U.S. grading system of A, B, C, etc. based on the official transcript that is received from the institution abroad. UW-Platteville Education Abroad uses the following conversion guide as a guideline, provided by World Education Services, in converting students’ grades: http://www.wes.org/gradeconversionguide/index.asp.
Please note that this only serves as a general conversion guideline.
While all credits should be transferable, students should work with their academic advisor at their home institution to choose appropriate and beneficial courses from the USP curriculum prior to their semester abroad. Courses that may fulfill specific requirements for major, minor, general education, or elective requirements towards an American degree must be approved by the appropriate person(s) at the home institution. Please see the Academic Planning and Credit Transfer page for more information.