The course will focus on the highlands and coastal areas of Viti Levu and small offshore islands and marine environment. These geographic locations provide students with exposure to the marine and terrestrial biodiversity that exists within the country. Fiji is an excellent laboratory in which to study sustainable tourism in small island nations. In February of 1999, the government of Fiji recognized this potential by adopting policies and strategies specifically focused on nature and village-based tourism (hereon referred to as "ecotourism").
The following topics will be integrated into the 22-day program (3 days in travel, 18 days in country - leave May 29th, arrive May 31st, program ends June 19th) in Fiji.
These do not necessarily follow a particular order, but will be addressed throughout the program: Challenges to sustainable development and management in shall islands; Introduction to Marine ecology and ecotourism; Whitewater rafting in the highlands; Sea kayaking mangrove habitat; SCUBA certification (SSI); Research relevant to tourism management; Policy and practice; Environmental and social-cultural impacts of tourism; Discussion with key organizations involved in ecotourism in Fiji; Community-based tourism development; Best practice in design and structure of ecotourism.
This program requires travelers to participate in strenuous activities. The strenuous activities associated with this program are swimming, 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.
An information session will be held on November 10th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM (location TBD)
For photos and videos of previous trips, 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
- Traditional village visits
LEARNING ABROAD BADGES
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:
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.
- 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
LEARNING ABROAD HANDBOOK
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.