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Study Abroad: Global Education

Fiji: Multicultural Psychology Summer Experience

Program Director: Dr. Delia Saenz, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Join us for 3.5 weeks in paradise while earning 6 hours of credit and hands-on research experience! Fiji is an English-speaking island nation in the South Pacific that is unparalleled in its exquisite natural beauty; the amazing hospitality of its people; and a favorable exchange rate to help your study abroad dollars go further.

The Psychology Summer Experience in Fiji welcomes undergraduate and graduate students from all majors and fields of study such as psychology, sustainability, gender studies, business, health, global studies, dance, art, counseling, and family studies. Students interested in learning more about human social behavior from a multicultural and global perspective will be well suited for this program.

Program dates: May 17 – Jun 10, 2018

The multiple weeks in Fiji allow participants to experience four different locations on the island of Vanua Levu. Students should plan to leave the U.S. on May 15 in order to be in Fiji by May 17 due to crossing the International Date Line and losing an entire travel day. A valid passport with a 6-month minimum margin of expiration is required.

Applications can be submitted online now. All fees must be paid by Mar 1, 2018.

Academics & Courses

Coursework focuses on the cultural dimensions of social behavior through instruction and authentic connections with Fijians. Program activities include visits to traditional Fijian villages, museums, flower and spice markets, the United Nations gender initiative offices, temples, the University of the South Pacific, eco-parks, beaches, snorkeling sites, and more!

Undergrad Courses

Undergrad students should select two of the following courses for a total of 6 credit hours:
PSY 498* Cross-Cultural Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 399 or PSY 499 Independent Study (3 credits)

*Honors credit available

Graduate Courses

PSY 591: Culture & Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 592: Research (3 credits)


The 2017 program fee is $7,270 and includes tuition and fees, lodging, daily breakfast and lunch, entry fees for excursions and cultural events, activities, and program-related ground transportation.

Students cover dinner, personal expenses and airfare (ranging from $900-$1300), out of pocket.

See Financing Your Program for more information on how to fund your experience. Professor Saenz can also help you identify different sources of scholarship support.


In order to apply, students must have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and have taken PSY 101 or have permission of the instructor.

APPLY NOW for the global educational experience of a lifetime!