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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 2019 03/19/2019 ** Rolling Admission 06/01/2019 06/10/2019

** 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 2019

Program Fee: $895 (excludes airfare, tuition, and fees)
Dates: June 3 – June 10, 2019
Credits: 3 credit hours during UGA's Summer semester (details below)
Application deadline: March 19, 2019 — 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: $895

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:
Amanda Nicole Blackwell, Summer 2016 Participant
This is the trip of a lifetime. Every penny was worth it! I've met a great group of people, learned so much about different cultures, and now I just want to travel everywhere!

Dallas Alexander Greene, Summer 2017 Participant
Go into this part of the trip with an open mind, but have one, concrete goal or thing to try before the end of the week. Other than that one specific thing though, seek happiness. That is a very broad term and should not be overlooked. Go into this trip and do what makes YOU happy, and please, I repeat, please, try things you never would have dreamed of trying because these little things present themselves as opportunities every hour of every day, but if YOU are not willing to take advantage of these opportunities you will undoubtably and drastically reduce the value of this trip. Trust me, do this and you will have a different view of life when you return home.

Summer 2016 Participant
I really learned a lot more about tourism in the community setting than I ever thought I would and saw things from lots of different perspectives. It was definitely the most diverse experience I've had.

I learned that there is a difference between authenticity of culture and tourists' perception and expectations of that culture. Additionally, I learned that there are many sustainable practices that can be put in place to ensure that ecotourist resorts are actually living up to their name.
     — Emily Gronlund, Summer 2017
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