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  • Locations: Leleuvia, Fiji; Pacific Harbour, Fiji; Raki Raki, Fiji; Suva, Fiji; Viti Levu, Fiji
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Courses Offered
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Type(s): Beach Cabin, Hostel/Hotel Click here for a definition of this term Home Campus: Non-U of U, U of U: Utah Campus
Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Graduate U of U, Undergraduate U of U Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Language Prerequisite: Advanced English Language Fluency, No Host Language Click here for a definition of this term Badge Opportunities: Career Development, Research Experience
Click here for a definition of this term Eligibility: Course Prerequisite(s), Good Academic & Judicial Standing, Minimum Age: 18 Click here for a definition of this term Pre-departure Requirements: Learning Abroad 101, Pre-Departure Orientation, Participation Requirements for Learning Abroad, Post-Decision Health Assessment, Pre & Post Commitments
Program Description:

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DESCRIPTIONPacific Islands (Fiji) 2019

In 2000, Rivers Fiji and local communities worked together to form the Upper Navua Conservation Area, a 10.5-mile conservation corridor protecting the geography, water supply and unique species important to the ecosystem and local people of the rural highlands of Viti Levu. In doing so, they took the remarkable step of prioritizing long-term economic benefits of conservation and tourism over money from extracting resources and damming the river. The Upper Navua is now a model public-private partnership for conservation, involving nine local land-owning groups, two villages, a whitewater rafting company and the Fijian Native Land Trust Board. A model which provides a long-term conservation strategy, employment, and revenue for Fiji’s rural highland communities.

Faculty Directors Kelly and Nate Bricker have been fundamental in the creation of the Upper Navua Conservation Area. This summer they return to Fiji with Adam Blundell, marine biologist, to explore marine ecology, ecotourism in Fiji, and the challenges to sustainable development and management in the Pacific Islands.

Exploring Sustainability in the Pacific Islands provides students of all majors with experiential, practical applications of sustainable development and management in marine environments and small islands states, facilitated in the Republic of Fiji. Through field classes and on-site excursions, you will explore the social, cultural, and environmental impacts of various forms of development as it pertains to Fiji and the South Pacific islands. Study sustainable development and marine ecosystems in one of the most diverse environments in the world!

NOTE: This program will run Summer of 2021

The following topics will be integrated into the 21-day program (3 days in travel, 18 days in country – leave May 26th, arrive May 28th, program ends June 17th 2021) in Fiji. Highlights of this program include:
  • Introduction to Marine ecology and ecotourism
  • SCUBA certification (SSI)
  • Research relevant to tourism management & community-based tourism development
  • Best practice in design and structure of eco-tourism
This program requires travelers to participate in strenuous activities.  The strenuous activities associated with this program are swimming, paddling, hiking, and scuba diving. If you are not able to participate in this activity, alternative activities may be available. Accommodations can be requested by contacting the Disability Services Center at 801-581-5020, your Learning Abroad Coordinator at 801-581-5849, or the Faculty Director. Accommodations must be requested in advance. Participants will not be reimbursed for activities in which they do not participate.

For photos and videos of previous trips, click here.

For a view of the course syllabus, click here


  • Available credit(s): 6
  • Applicants are required to enroll in the program course (Undergraduate or Graduate)
  • Courses are subject to change
  • Click on the Courses Offered link above for more information, including prerequisites


  • Possible excursions may include:
    • Whitewater rafting
    • Scuba diving
    • Trekking
    • Kayaking
    • Traditional village visits
    • Snorkeling


In addition to taking classes, students enrich their time abroad by participating in Learning Abroad Badge opportunities such as, Career Development, Language Immersion, Research Experience, and Community Engagement:Badge Opportunities
The Learning Abroad Badges listed in the Fact Sheet above are included in this program. Some programs offer opportunities to earn additional Learning Abroad Badges through independent options.  Students interested in earning multiple Learning Abroad Badges can participate in the Global U Program and receive special recognition at graduation.

This program automatically earns the Career Development and Research Experience Badges:
  • Career Development:
    • As part of the program, students develop an understanding of the relationship between tourism and marine ecology by working with local agencies and companies.  
    • This provides excellent insight into how the hospitality industry can develop environmentally and socially responsible  business practices.  This experience can be highlighted on resumes and during job interviews.
  • Research Experience:
    • As part of the program, students choose a research topic, identify sources of data, and collect the data to complete an assessment during the program.  
    • Research topics vary widely based on student’s individual interests, and have included everything from cannibalism to medicinal plants to marine ecology. The final project could serve as a poster session abstract or the foundation of a conference presentation.


  • Kelly Bricker, Ph.D.
    • Professor
    • College of Health


  • See Housing Type(s) above
  • Participants are required to use the program housing facilities
  • Housing is included in the program cost


  • Click on the Budget Sheet link above for information about ESTIMATED costs
  • Participants should read the full Withdrawal Penalty Policy BEFORE applying
  • Scholarships are available for Degree-Seeking, University of Utah students
  • Financial Aid might apply, visit your Financial Aid Counselor for more information


The Learning Abroad Handbook outlines the University of Utah's eligibility requirements, financial policies, conduct standards, administrative procedures, academic expectations, as well as visa and passport guidelines for Learning Abroad Programs. ALL participants are subject to the rules and regulations in the Learning Abroad Handbook. It is every participant's responsibility to read the Learning Abroad Handbook and contact Learning Abroad with any questions.

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Program Reviews:
ISABELLA SILVA, Summer 2019 Participant
This program was the best decision I have ever made in my whole entire life. I did things I never thought I would do (swim with sharks) and I am an entirely better person for it. Anyone and everyone should do this program.

NANCY LACKEY, Summer 2019 Participant
I highly recommend this program. I cannot think of a better way to visit Fiji than with Kelly, Nate, and Adam. The level of knowledge and cultural immersion we had access to through this program would be nearly impossible to replicate if you were going it alone as a tourist. This program will leave you changed for the better.

SOPHIE Alexandra MORTON, Summer 2019 Participant
I learned so much from this trip outside of a typical classroom environment, whether it was from Fijians telling us the history of their ancestors or how they live off the land, hearing amazing stories from my professors about their travels and experiences across the world, or hearing about all the unique hobbies students in my group were passionate about. I will never forget this experience and I hope other people seek out to make the most of an opportunity like this. Kelly and Nate were phenomenal professors to travel with. They are brilliant people and make such an awesome team. I learned so much from them and I hope they continue the program so future students can learn from them as well while discovering the true beauty of Fiji.

JOSEPH HAGAN, Summer 2019 Participant
This trip was the absolute best time of my life! If you get the chance to go on this Fiji trip with Kelly and Nate, you've got to take it. You learn how to scuba dive and have the opportunity to swim with sharks. You get to have nice dinners every night with amazing people in luxury places. One of the islands you stay at, is like a dot in the middle of the ocean, its surreal. You get course credit for snorkeling around and planting coral. This trip is was THE BEST it possibly could've been.

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