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  • Locations: Nadi, Viti Levu, Fiji; Pacific Harbour, Viti Levu, Fiji; Soso, Naviti Island, Fiji;
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 02/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 06/09/2021 06/16/2021

** 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:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling) Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 21-40 students
Classes With: U.S. Student, UGA Students Taught By: Host Professor(s), UGA/U.S. Professors(s)
College/School: Warnell Academic Area: Anthropology, Ecology, Forestry, Geology, International Affairs
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0 or above Minimum number of credit hours: 3
Maximum number of credit hours: 3 Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: No
Housing Type: Homestay, Hotel/Hostel Adventure Sport: Snorkeling
Program Description:


UGA - Warnell - Discover Abroad: Fiji Ecotourism and Sustainability 2021

Program Fee: $895 (excludes airfare, tuition, and fees)
Dates: June 9 – June 16, 2021
Credits: 3 credit hours during UGA's Summer semester (details below)
Application deadline: March 19, 2021 — 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 Serua and Naiseuseu, 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 IslandsStudents will be split into three different groups of 15 students with one faculty member and one Teacher's Assistant. We will all come together on our first day in the multi-cultural city of Nadi with an orientation and meet and greet of the faculty The next day we will split into our different small groups for the week.  Students will get to stay at 3 different types of locations: a Fijian resort, a small family run rustic eco-resort, and a homestay at a Fijian village (Serua or Naiseuseu). We stay at each location for about 1-2 nights.  This program combines the resort, eco-resort and overnight homestay at the village to study and experience first-hand Fijian village small island life, traditions, subsistence knowledge, and island eco-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. Be sure to come in with an open mind to experience a new culture and step out of your comfort zone in each location if you would like to get the most out of this incredible program!

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 Tanoa International Hotel, a Fijian hotel in one of the nation's major cities. After leaving Nadi, students will stay at The Pearl, a small Fijian resort, then a minimalistic eco-resort called Lawaki, and a homestay at a Fijian village. About 95% of meals are provided during this program.

Program Costs

Program Fee: $895

Program fee includes all accommodations, field excursions, cultural events, insurance, in-country ground/sea transportation, and about 95% 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:
Summer 2019 Participant
the locations were amazing. Each one different from the last and focused on differnet points regarding the health of the environment and culture due to tourism

Dallas Alexander Greene, Summer 2017 Participant
The fear of not knowing is greater than the height of any mountain and wider than width of any valley, but if you climb these mountains and explore the valleys, that fear will become a happiness that is also greater than the height of any mountain and wider than the width of any valley.

Daniel Antonio Lopez, Summer 2019 Participant
This program was by far one of the most incredible experiences I have ever been a part of. The reefs and ecoresort were essentially paradise, the village home stay let us actually become immersed in these people's culture, and the river trip to the waterfall was amazing. But as a whole, the Fiji trip is so much more than the places you go. Interacting with our host families and professors was incredibly educational and only made these places stand out even more!

This experience has shown me how big of an impact one person has on the world. In my future career, I want to pursue sustainability practices in my field. I want to see what that will look like. I will take this experience and allow it to shape my outlook on my career and how that impacts the world, even if it is a small way. I want to pursue sustainable practices in my own life and also make sure to consider where I am staying when I travel.
     — Jacqueline Miner, Summer 2019
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