Fiji is an island country in Melanesia in the South Pacific Oceanabout 1,100 nautical miles (2,000 km; 1,300 mi) northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. Its closest neighbours are Vanuatu to the west, New Caledonia to the southwest, New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands to the southeast, Tonga to the east, the Samoas and France’s Wallis and Futuna to the northeast, and Tuvalu to the north.
Fiji is the product of volcanic mountains and warm tropical waters. Its majestic and ever-varied coral reefs today draw tourists from around the world, but were the nightmare of European mariners until well into the 19th century. As a result, Fijians have retained their land and often much of the noncommercial, sharing attitude of people who live in vast extended families with direct access to natural resources. When it came, European involvement and cession to Britain was marked by the conversion to Christianity, the cessation of brutal tribal warfare and cannibalism, and the immigration of a large number of indentured Indian laborers, who now represent nearly half of the population, as well as smaller numbers of Europeans and Asians. Today, Fiji is a land of tropical rainforests, coconut plantations, fine beaches, fire-cleared hills. For the casual tourist it is blessedly free of evils such as malaria, landmines, or terrorism that attend many similarly lovely places in the world.
Internal political events in the recent past resulted in a reduction in tourism. The Fiji tourism industry has responded by lowering prices and increasing promotion of the main resort areas that are far removed from the politics in and around the capital, Suva.
Fiji became independent in 1970, after nearly a century as a British colony. Democratic rule was interrupted by two military coups in 1987, caused by concern over a government perceived as dominated by the Indian community (descendants of contract laborers brought to the islands by the British in the 19th century). The coups and a 1990 constitution that cemented native Melanesian control of Fiji, led to heavy Indian emigration; the population loss resulted in economic difficulties, but ensured that Melanesians became the majority. A new constitution enacted in 1997 was more equitable. Free and peaceful elections in 1999 resulted in a government led by an Indo-Fijian, but a civilian-led coup in May 2000 ushered in a prolonged period of political turmoil. Parliamentary elections held in August 2001 provided Fiji with a democratically elected government led by Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase. There was a further military coup in 2006, led by Commodore Josaia Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama. The Fijian dollar has been the currency of Fiji.
Fiji’s climate is warm and tropical year-round, even in the islands’ “winter” months. The average temperature in Fiji is 25°C (77°F), but it can climb to above 30°C (86°F) in summer (December and January) and sink to 18°C (64°F) in winter (July and August). Many people consider the Fijian winter, which is the dry season from May to October, to be the best time to visit the islands. This is when it is drier, less humid and a bit cooler, so outside activities are more pleasant. However, this is also Fiji’s peak tourist season so the prices for airfare and accommodation peak as well, especially in June and July.
The tradewinds, which blow from the southeast, usually prevail from May to October (the drier winter months). In December and January, the winds often shift and come from the east, bringing rainfall with them. The humid southeastern shorelines of the big islands receive 3,000 mm of rainfall each year, increasing to 5,000 mm inland.
The ocean surrounding Fiji usually has a pleasant temperature around 27°C (81°F), so ocean activities, such as swimming, snorkeling and diving can be enjoyed year-round. The nearshore waters are usually clearer during the drier season, when scuba divers enjoy increased visibility around the coral reefs.
If you want to trade the bustle of the city for the serenity of nature, Fiji might just fulfil all your study abroad dreams. Days and nights in Fiji are slow and laid back. You will never feel pressured to move fast while studying abroad in Fiji. This doesn’t mean you should slack off on your studies; it just means you are encouraged to enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of the archipelago while you learn. English is widely spoken in Fiji, as one of three official languages along with Fijian and Fiji Hindi. Being understood is never an issue while you are studying in Fiji. Having no language barrier hampering communication is also great for haggling in the local markets for souvenirs to take home.
Studying in an island nation certainly has advantages, and one is the ability to hit the sand and sea almost every day. Fiji is home to some of the best beaches in the world. Mamanucas, a group of islands west of Nadi offers crystal-clear waters and wide sandy beaches.
The fees for tuition in Fiji vary depending on the type of degree the student seeks. In general the cost is a bit higher for international students than it is for students who live in Fiji. Many students may qualify for scholarships from the schools themselves or from independent organizations. Students may also qualify for reduced rates when they pledge to remain in Fiji and work in certain needed industries.
Students have to complete their senior secondary examination to apply to this course. For seeking admission to this premiere institute, students need to submit mark sheet of secondary and senior secondary examination. A certified copy of the birth certificate other documents that may be required by the University.
The cost of living in Fiji varies and may be cheaper compared to developed countries. All costs in Fiji are in Fijian dollars.
Some Universities provide their own accommodation for international students. There is a newly built Dormitory on Lautoka campuse. Capacity: 134 students. The Dormitory offers shared rooms (4 students) and single rooms. Utility bills are paid on a monthly basis, usually after a bill is issued. Most flats and apartments require tenants to pay their own utility bills. Utility bills that need to be budgeted for are water and electricity -prices for water range between $5-10 per month, while electricity between $50- $200 per month. These bills can be paid at any MH outlets which the International Office will be able to advice you on. All utilities are included in on-campus accommodation. There are a number of supermarkets available in every town.
This is widely available throughout Fiji and throughout the Pacific. Public transports consist of buses, taxis and mini-vans. Students are advised to refrain from using mini-vans as these are not the most reliable form of transportation in Fiji. Buses are cheap and costs $0.70 from the university to town. Traveling between main towns/cities vary between $12-20 one way. Inter-island vessels varies in cost and may range anywhere between $30 – 60 one way. Several Indian restaurant are available in Fiji at affordable cost
It has since developed into the premier medical institute of the South Pacific and continues to strive towards excellence in the training and education of health professionals in the region. It has produced many motivated and skilled health care professionals who are now serving in key positions in the Pacific and overseas. The School now provides training in most health science disciplines including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, radiography, laboratory technology, public health, dietetics and environmental health. The duration of undergraduate medical education is 6 years. The universities of medicine in Fiji are recognized by Medical Council of India.