College of Business & Commerce


This programme is internationally recognised by the Universities New Zealand (UNZ).


The Foundation Business programme (FNBS) is designed to prepare students for degree studies in Commerce and other related undergraduate programmes. Students will develop skills in using accounting information, perform economic calculations and analyse simple real life events to determine the operations of a business. Students will also learn the basic principles and concepts necessary for further studies in agriculture and official statistics. This programme will also provide opportunities for students to be creative, work collaboratively and use technology as a learning tool.

The Foundation Business programme (FNBS) under the College of Business, Tourism and Hospitality will offer the following disciplines:

Accounting Economics
Agriculture •   Official Statistics

The Foundation Business programme is available by distance and flexible learning from all USP campuses, and face-to-face at Laucala Campus and at accredited schools in some USP member countries.

  • Secondary School leavers
  • Mature Students
Full Time 1 year (8 courses – maximum of 4 courses per semester)
Part time Flexible: students are also given the option to complete the programme at their own pace.

The Foundation Business programme under the College of Business, Tourism and Hospitality will offer the following courses:

Course Code Course Title Semester Offering Mode of learning
LLF14 Foundation English A I and II B at L, LAB, LTK, SI, TON, E, K and P-C
LLF15 Foundation English B I and II B at L, LAB, LTK, SI, TON, E, K and P-C
AGF01 Foundation Agriculture I P-C
AFF01 Basic Accounting A I B-L,SI,E /P-C
AFF02 Basic Accounting B II B-L,SI,E /P-C
ECF04 Foundation Economics I and II B-L,SI,E /P-C
ISF21 Foundation Information Systems I and II B at E, K, L, LTK, TON & SI    and O at C*
OSF01 Introduction to Official Statistics  I and II P-C
MAF11 Foundation Mathematics A I B at E, K, L, LTK, SI, TON and P-C
MAF12 Foundation Mathematics B II B at E, K, L, LTK, SI, TON and P-C
MAF21 Numeracy Skills I and II B at E,  K, L, LTK, SI, TON and P-C

Model of Learning:                                                                                                        

F: Face to face, B: Blended, P: Print, O: Online                   

Key: L: Laucala, SI-Solomon Is, E-Emalus, LTK, Lautoka, E -Emalus, Ton- Tongs, K Kiribati, LAB Labasa C-all other campuses not identified


  • LLF14 and LLF15 are compulsory for all Foundation students and MAF11 and MAF12 are compulsory for commerce students who will pursue a degree in Economics or Finance.
  • In addition, students will be required to select from the list of courses under the Foundation Business programme, including at least three courses from AFF01, AFF02, AGF01, ISF21, OSF01 and ECF04.

To be admitted to a Foundation Business programme, a person shall:

  • Fiji: Pass in the National Year 12 Examination with an aggregate score of 200 out of 400 and at least 50% in each of the four subjects of which one must be English
  • Countries sitting their Senior Secondary Certificate or F6/Year 12 equivalent: Pass with an aggregate score of 4-12 with English not more than 3 and not more than 4 in other subjects
  • From USP Preliminary: Pass in LLP14 & LLP13 and 6 other USP Preliminary courses
  • Completed studies at Form 6 level deemed equivalent to the above
  • Successful completion of Unclassified requirements
  • Those who scored below 180 in the Fiji Year 13 National Examination
  • Those who meet the mature entry requirement

The award of a grade shall take into account performance in coursework and examination, or coursework only without any final examination for a course approved by Senate to be assessed in that manner.  The final examination and the work assessed during the semester shall each constitute not less than 40% and not more than 60% of the allocation of marks upon which the final grade is based.


Students who have completed the Foundation Business programme may take up undergraduate programmes at the University of the South Pacific and other universities and relevant certificate studies within Pacific TAFE.

  Foundation Fee Schedule      
  Fiji     FJ$ Cook Is Niue Tokelau NZ$ Kiribati Nauru Tuvalu AUS$ Marshall Is   US$ Samoa     TALA Solomon Is   SI$ Tonga     PA’ANGA Vanuatu     VATU
Foundation (face-to-face or blended mode) 545 530 470 350 970 1,345 470 34,575
Foundation (Print mode) 330 310 295 210 575 810 285 26,190

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