Fiji is a beautiful and fascinating island country in the South Pacific with a diverse population, unique ecologies and wonderfully rich cultural traditions. Focusing on the intersection of culture, health and environment, we begin this eight-day program by traveling down the southern coastline. We will meet local villagers and learn about how Fijians are balancing concerns of tradition and demands of modern life. The itinerary changes yearly, but often involves traveling by boat and/or sailing to Fiji's Yasawa island group and a visit to the city of Suva to learn about Fijian urban life and politics. Most of our time is spent in research, service and experiential activities related to developing sustainable health and environmental solutions in Indigenous Fijian communities. Activities change each year based on village needs. In previous years students have helped with building water tank systems, planting mangroves, and seeding coral colonies to deal with local effects of climate change.
It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies.
PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.
Courses are all designed to be suitable for non-majors and students from a wide range of backgrounds or with no prior health or environment experience, and course prerequisites are waived for students going on the New Zealand program prior. It is open to non-ASU students and non-degree seeking students. Non-ASU students should view the following application instructions.
Participants enroll in three credits from the following course options:
ASB 443 Cross-Cultural Studies in Global Health (3) - Fulfills CLAS Science & Society; and/or fulfill General Studies (L or SB) & G ASB 452 Community Partnerships for Global Health (3) - SB
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 872402
Tempe, AZ 85287-2402
Telephone: (480) 965-6215
The accommodation includes a variety of hotels and hostels, with shared rooms. There will also be a short village stay.
Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.
Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
The Program Fee for Summer 2017 is $3145.
Program Fee includes: ASU tuition, all housing; local transportation, course-related activities, computer/internet access, most meals, and health insurance. Not included: ASU student fees, international airfare, additional meals, passport, and spending money.
Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.
The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.
Funding Your Study Abroad Program
Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.
Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program
View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
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Dates & Deadlines
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.