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  • Locations: Nadi, Fiji; Naviti, Fiji; Soso, Fiji
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/19/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/30/2018 06/06/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Classes With: U.S. Student, UGA Students
Taught By: Host Professor(s), UGA/U.S. Professors(s) Housing Type: Homestay, Hotel/Hostel
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: No College/School: Warnell
Academic Area: Anthropology, Ecology, Forestry, Geology, International Affairs Minimum number of credit hours: 3
Maximum number of credit hours: 3 Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0 or above
Number of Student Participants: 21-40 students Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling)
Open to non-UGA students: Yes Adventure Sport: Snorkeling
Program Description:


UGA - Warnell - Discover Abroad: Fiji Ecotourism and Sustainability 2018

Program Fee: $795 (excludes airfare, tuition, and fees)
Dates: May 30 – June 6, 2018
Credits: 3 credit hours during UGA's Summer semester (details below)
Application deadline: March 19, 2018 — But admissions are rolling, so apply now!

Please note: Group airfare will be available for students participating in this program AND a Maymester Australia and New Zealand program. If there are a significant number of students participating in this Fiji program and the Summer Australia: Global Health program, flights will be arranged for that combination as well. Other students will arrange their own flights to arrive in Fiji at the designated time.

Fiji is an exotic, beautiful, and fascinating country with unique cultural traditions and recently named the world’s happiest country! We explore the highland jungle, coastline, islands, reefs, and villages of Viti Levu, Fiji, focusing on the various ways in which culture has impacted these environments. Particular attention is given to contemporary eco-tourism, issues in biodiversity, and indigenous intellectual property and other rights that impact conservation and natural resource management.

This program is open to all students from UGA and from other institutions (non-UGA students pay in-state tuition), and no prior knowledge is assumed, but is specifically designed to fit with our Maymester Australia and New Zealand programs. Fiji is an easy and often cheap stopover traveling on a ticket to or from the U.S. and the programs begin as soon as the Maymester programs conclude.

Program Location

Yasawa IslandsWe spend our first few days in the multi-cultural city of Nadi with lectures, cultural events, and local field trips in collaboration with the University of Fiji. A typical itinerary includes guided tours of Viti Levu to learn about cultural Indo-Fijian and indigenous Fijian heritages, and eco- and sustainable tourism development efforts on the coastline. We then travel by boat to the remote offshore islands in the Yasawa chain for 4 days, where we combine an overnight homestay with 3 nights at a resort to experience first-hand Fijian village small island life, traditions, subsistence knowledge, and island tourism development while also exploring coral reefs and wildlife.

During our time in Fiji there will also be opportunities for such other activities as hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking, and also to spend time in Fijian villages and participate in traditional Fijian celebrations with food and dancing.

Academic Program

Field Studies in Sustainable Development: Service-learning (FANR 4273S/6273S)

The 4000 level courses are for undergraduate students and 6000 level courses are for graduates and honors students.

Program Itinerary

Click here for sample itinerary.


In Nadi students stay at Sky Lodge, a Fijian hotel in one of the nation's major cities. After leaving Nadi, students will stay on a remote island for the duration of the program at both an rustic resort and village. All meals are provided during this program.

Program Costs

Program Fee: $795

Program fee includes all accommodations, field excursions, cultural events, insurance, in-country ground/sea transportation, and 100% of meals. The program fee does not include airfare, UGA (Summer) tuition, or UGA fees. For Georgia residents attending a Georgia school, HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships apply to tuition costs as you would normally expect. Out-of-state UGA undergraduate students and non-UGA transient undergraduate students pay in-state tuition rates. Please refer to the UGA Bursar's website for the most up to date tuition and fees.

Participants should also take into consideration personal spending money and other expenses like trip cancellation insurance for airfare tickets, which we strongly encourage.


Please provide information about your accommodation needs by email to at least 6 weeks prior to departure in order to allow time to arrange for accommodations.

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Program Reviews:
Mark Bradford Ankerholz, Summer 2016 Participant
"Discover Abroad with UGA. It will be one of the best experiences of your life. It was for me."

Emily Lara Gronlund, Summer 2017 Participant
Keep an open mind and be ready to meet people completely different from yourself and enjoy new adventures!

Summer 2017 Participant
It was eye opening to see that people who live so differently from us can be as, if not more, happy than we are.

Gave me priceless perspective on the world and an entirely new appreciation for little things in life like clean drinking water and hygiene
     — Caroline Hurst, Summer 2017
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