Participants of the Fiji: Linguistics Field School will have the opportunity to do original linguistics field research as well as experience traditional Fijian village life. Formal course work is offered on the Suva campus of the University of the South Pacific, with some of the work and research taking place on the Coral Coast of Viti Levu.

Field School Director: Dr. Paul McFetridge


All instruction will be in English. Courses will be taught by Dr. Paul McFetridge, Simon Fraser University and faculty from The University of the South Pacific.

The Program consists of three courses for a total of nine SFU credit hours.

*LING 408-3: Field Linguistics
The investigation and analysis of a dialect of Fijian.

LING 431-3: Language Structures I
Detailed examination of the structure of a Fijian language.

LING 432-3: Language Structures II
Detailed examination of the structure of a Fijian language.

*LING 408-3 may be replaced with a Special Topics course if LING 408-3 has already been taken.

LING 408-3, LING 431-3 and LING 432-3 will count towards upper division requirements for Linguistics majors, extended minor and minor program students.


The program begins with a few days at SFU, followed by eight weeks of coursework and field trips in Fiji.

The following dates are subject to change. 

March 8  
 Pre-departure orientation
 May 5 - 7  Orientation at SFU
 May 7 - 9  Travel to Fiji
 May 10 - June 28  Study in Suva and field trips
 June 28 - July 4         
 Sigatoka on the Coral Coast       
 TBC  Final assignments due

Cost and Financial Aid


 *Tuition (nine units)  $1534.50
 Program fees  $4563.99
 Total cost (estimated)      $6098.49   

* Differential tuition fees are charged for international students.

Program fees include:

  International airfare         Shared accommodation
  In-country transportation
         Some group meals         
     Field trips
          Pre-departure orientation, in-field/re-entry support  

Program fees do not include the cost of meals, independent travel or inoculations. Program costs quoted in Canadian dollars are approximate, and may vary subject to exchange rates, travel, and accommodation cost quotations.

Students must pay tuition directly to SFU Student Services by the due date as outlined in the SFU Calendar.

The cost of the program is estimated and subject to change. Fees posted above are based on having 12 participants.

Students participating in SFU field schools are eligible to apply for student loans. SFU students may also apply for bursaries, scholarships, awards, and International Exchange/Field School Bursaries.


Fiji Linguistics applicants must meet the following requirements to participate:

  • Must be 19 years of age or older prior to departure
  • Have completed a minimum of 30 units of university courses at the time of application
  • Have completed a minimum of 45 units of university courses prior to field school departure
  • Have completed LING 220-3 and achieved a C+ or higher, prior to field school departure
  • Have a minimum 2.5 CGPA
  • Consent of the Field School Director

Note: The program will be open to students from all disciplines but selection priority will be given to Linguistics majors. Students from other institutions are also encouraged to apply.

For more information on eligibility for non-SFU students please see the Application page.

Information Sessions

No further sessions scheduled.


Application Status: Closed
Application Deadline: Friday, February 7, 2014

Note: For people with (physical or mental) medical conditions, international travel can present severe challenges. Because SFU field schools take place in international locations where emergency services, and/or mental or physical support services may be limited, or non-existent, some field school placements will not be appropriate for everyone. Please speak with the program's Field School Director for information on specific conditions for this field school.

If you have a medical condition that poses limitations on your ability to function in certain environments, we strongly advise that you register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD). CSD staff will ask that you provide documentation from a duly-qualified medical specialist, which contains a diagnosis and a treatment plan.

Where appropriate, CSD staff will communicate with field school staff with regard to accommodation in the field. Please note that, while CSD staff indicate to field school staff that a prospective participant requires accommodation for a medical condition, they do not disclose the nature of the medical condition.

Because overseas arrangements can be complicated, we recommend that you contact the CSD at least three months prior to the commencement of the field school in which you wish to participate. Please note that failure to make proper arrangements in advance of travel could result in termination from the field school with costs and academic credit forfeited.