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An arrival orientation session will introduce you to the resort, a few safety tips for island living, the TEAN and local staff, and other students on the program.
All student participants will be housed with their team in one of two room styles. Each room comfortably holds four persons along with additional living spaces. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Choice 1: Deluxe Ocean View Bure
Spread out on Mana Island’s tranquil North Beach, the Deluxe Ocean View Bures are found at the quieter eastern end of the resort. These stand alone or duplex structures offer extensive Pacific Ocean views from a private deck.
- Amenities: Bathtub, Air-condition, Ceiling Fan, Open timber decking patio, Tea/coffee making facility, Wifi Internet Connection, Refrigerator, Shower, Hair dryer, Iron and Ironing board, Interconnecting rooms available.
Choice 2: Oceanfront Suite
The split-level Oceanfront Suites are elegantly furnished in a blend of modern and traditional styles. They feature a bedroom on the mezzanine level and lounge on the ground floor. Separate bathrooms are located on each level.
- Amenities: Split Level, Air-condition, Ceiling Fan, Patio, Wifi Internet Connection, Refrigerator, Hairdryer, Iron and ironing board, Interconnecting Rooms Available
Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process. Upon arrival in Fiji, you will be met by our on-site staff who will provide assistance throughout your time in the islands.Meet the Team
The Scholar Games Fiji
Don’t let the island vibes fool you. Students undertake class every morning and then apply the knowledge in the afternoons with a series of culturally appropriate, mental and physical challenges. You will compete in the classroom and in the outdoors. Beginning week two, teams will be eliminated from the competition until just two teams survive to meet in the final challenge. All teams, however, will continue to complete coursework to receive the three credits. The course is “Pacific Worlds” which is a undergraduate requirement of The University of South Pacific (USP). It will appear on a USP transcript for three credits.
About the Course
UU 204 Pacific Worlds
What does it mean to be a Pacific Islander or an Oceanian today and in the future? This interdisciplinary course aims to develop Pacific consciousness and sustainability-focused thinking. It introduces students to the places, histories, cultures, arts, and politics of Oceania. Specific issues include migration patterns; colonial and post-colonial contexts; Pacific understandings of cultural and natural heritage; and conflict over natural resources. A unique aspect of this course is the use of a contextual pedagogy that applies Pacific navigational concepts through the use of a ‘Vaka’ model. Navigating through specific issues and contexts related to Pacific histories, as well as current realities and future aspirations of the region, students will develop self- and collective-awareness, demonstrate teamwork, and engage in critical and creative thinking.
One of the most unique features of this program are the competitive challenges. Teams will compete in an application of the coursework in these daily challenges. Solving puzzles, following traditional techniques, and performing rituals or ceremonies, alongside other physical and mental tasks will position teams for the final week when eliminations begin. Attendance at class, performance in exams, and other academic factors will add to the competitive environment. A good team will exhibit good academic understanding, mental toughness, and physical prowess, as not all challenges require the same skill set. Daily challenge winners will also receive prizes and tools to help win the crown.
Dr. Frank Thomas
Dr. Frank Thomas is an anthropologist/archaeologist who joined Pacific Studies at USP in 2006. For over twenty years he has worked as a researcher, contractor, instructor (lecturer), and consultant on archaeological projects and in cultural heritage management throughout the Pacific Islands region. His main interests are environmental archaeology, tangible cultural heritage management, and human ecology on Pacific atolls. He also has research and teaching interests in: Ecological Anthropology (Human Behavioral Ecology, Historical Ecology, Traditional Ecological Knowledge); Rural Development; Management of Common Property Resources; Ethnoarchaeology; Comparative Island Studies (Caribbean/Pacific); and Pacific Atolls.
Transcripts and Credits
Upon completion of the course you will be issued an academic transcript from the University of the South Pacific. The course is worth 3 U.S. credits.
- 2.5 GPA
- Currently enrolled at an approved degree-granting institution of higher education
The 4-star Mana Island Resort & Spa is an idyllic sanctuary in the epicentre of Fiji’s breathtaking Mamanuca chain of islands, surrounded by turquoise seas, coral reefs and white sandy beaches. The resort has an array of accommodation options ranging from traditionally styled Island Bures with outdoor showers to Oceanfront Suites overlooking one of the many beaches.
Mana Island Resort & Spa is home to five restaurants and four bars, two swimming pools, a water sports hub, a dive centre, boutique shop, tennis courts and all intertwined with Fijian culture.
When relaxation is the order of the day, the resort dishes up four palm-fringed beaches from which to unwind. Swim, snorkel, paddleboard, dive or curl up on a beach chair and laze away the day. The Mana Spa provides a haven for pampering and wellness, while the onsite conference centre is where we will be taking classes.View Map
The recommended group flight will depart Los Angeles and will be met at Nadi airport. Students will then join our boat for the trip to Mana Island in the Mananuca group of islands. Arrival day will feature a tour of the island, outline of the program, meet and greet with other teams and a welcome celebration evening with a few surprises.
The program will follow a simple itinerary of one class session per day (normally 3 hours) and then one challenge session (2 hours). The rest of the time will be free to explore the island or use the beaches or pools. Most nights will include a cultural activity or locally themed event, with the occasional evening meeting. There will be some limited excursions as part of the program to some other islands in the region.
The class begins virtually one week prior to arrival on the island and includes some required reading. Final submission of outstanding academic work will be one week after departing Mana Island.
*TEAN has a rolling admissions process although this program will fill fast. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Summer Deadline||March 1|
Your signed program contract and full payment for the program are due by the program deadline. Please note we do have options for using financial aid and enrolling in a payment plan if you cannot make full payment by the payment deadline. You can find more information about funding your program here
|Summer Payment Deadline||March 15|
Summer 2023 dates are coming soon!
Fees & Inclusions
- Program fee: $TBD
- Full tuition (3 credits)
- Resort housing in Ocean Suites (1 team per suite)
- Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
- All meals, activities, bus and boat transportation upon arrival in Fiji
- WiFi access in housing
- Airport transfers and all course-related ground transport
- Cultural events, excursions and field trips throughout the program
- Extensive pre-departure counseling and information
- Readings for all courses (provided as PDFs to download)
- Staff and resources available 24/7 to provide assistance and recommendations during emergencies
What’s Not Included
- International airfares (approx from LA $700 roundtrip)*
- Travel insurance ($350)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!
We Love Fiji
Resident Director - Fiji
Born and raised in Suva, Akisi studied Tourism and Management & Public Administration at the University of the South Pacific and has been using her degree ever since by working in the tourism industry. Passionate about travel and the local environment, Akisi loves sharing her knowledge with students to help you better understand Fiji’s culture and your experiences in the island nation.
Kate studied abroad with The Education Abroad Network at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia where her passion for international education and travel was ignited. Her study abroad experience impacted her so much that upon her return stateside, she became a TEAN Student Ambassador at The University of Iowa while completing her degree in Communication Studies. After graduation, she returned to Melbourne for a year where she worked for a university on the Marketing and Student Recruitment team. Kate has since lived in New Zealand for a year, and is currently TEAN’s New Zealand and Fiji Programs Manager and team lead.
Tell us a little about what you do at TEAN?
I currently work on our New Zealand, Fiji, Japan and Southeast Asia programs. My role as team lead and Program Manager is to make sure everything on these programs is running smoothly working with our team. It includes everything from making sure students have pre-departure information on time to making sure they submit all of the items they need to study abroad (i.e. transcripts, courses, contracts, arrival details, payments, visa confirmations).
Where did you study abroad?
I studied with TEAN in Melbourne, Australia at Deakin University. It’s a more traditional campus, just outside the city but being able to live in the city and commute gave me the best of both worlds. Honestly, Melbourne has something for everyone – think sporting events, art, music, theatre, comedy, laneway cafes/restaurants/bars, shopping, the list goes on. Melbourne is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, so why wouldn’t you choose to study there? If you’re looking for a Melbourne equivalent in New Zealand, check out Wellington known as the coolest little capital in the world. It’s a smaller city, but that makes it an easy city to get around by foot. It’s a very accessible city for study abroad students.
What brought you back to Melbourne to live and work after graduation?
When I graduated, I knew I wanted to return to Australia. My time studying abroad had given me that exposure to living abroad and I wanted to spend more time there as a professional. For my career, It was great to gain work experience at a university abroad. I’m so glad I went down this path or I might not have ended up at TEAN today!
Packing for study abroad is always a challenge and popular topic, as a frequent flyer – what insider tips do you have for someone packing for the semester?
I’ve become pretty good at packing light over the years since there have been so many times earlier on where I’ve overpacked. I took half of my closet and never touched the majority of it. You will hear the advice – pack everything you think you’ll need then take half of it – and it’s so true. My other advice is to pack articles of clothing you can mix and match to create different outfits to help reduce items. Also try to keep the shoe situation under control, they take up a lot of room. Bring a couple pairs that are super versatile (and comfortable).
If you were going to study abroad tomorrow on a TEAN program where would you go?
I’m biased, but I would study on one of our New Zealand programs. Since working with our TEAN New Zealand students, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand several times and have visited all program locations. I also recently lived in New Zealand for a year based out of Auckland. I love the idea of going for a semester, joining a tramping club on campus and getting out into the beauty of New Zealand in my free time!
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