Fiji has over 700 primary schools and 150 secondary schools spread across both the public and private sectors. The standard of public schools in Fiji varies quite dramatically. While expat students are eligible to enrol, most expat parents don't go for this option because of language and cultural barriers.

Expats in Fiji tend to send their children to a private school, with the majority selecting the international schools located in either Suva or Nadi. 

Public schools in Fiji

Public schools in Fiji are open to expat enrolment but are rarely used due to somewhat erratic educational standards. Furthermore, parents are often reluctant to send students to these schools because they find the curriculum one-sided, and children who regularly move in and out of school systems may find the experience limited. While public schools are theoretically mixed-race, socio-economic issues and the geographic distribution of ethnic groups mean that in practice this is not always the case. 

In many villages there are small schools with teachers doing their best to serve the students across a variety of educational levels. Funding from the cash-strapped Fijian government is often inadequate, and the resulting quality of government schools is not as high as that of private schools. 

Private and international schools in Fiji

The most popular option for expats in Fiji is one of the country’s "international" schools, located in Suva and Nadi, respectively. 

The fees are expensive by Fijian standards, and only wealthy Fijian nationals can afford them. Expats intending for their child to attend an international school should make provision for school fees as part of an expatriate salary package, if the opportunity exists to do so.

The Yat Sen private school in Suva is also popular with Fiji’s Chinese community and expats seeking an immersive Chinese education. 

Other options for expat parents include Grammar and Marist Brothers schools, both of which have strong educational and sporting programmes. 

List of international schools in Fiji


International School Suva

Gender: Co-educational

Curriculum: International Baccalaureate 

Ages: 3-18


International School Nadi

Gender: Co-educational

Curriculum: International Baccalaureate 

Ages: 3-18

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