Study and careers

Va'aomanū Pasifika’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes set students up for rewarding careers in a range of fields.

The role of Va'aomanū Pasifika is to teach at undergraduate, postgraduate and post-experience levels in Pacific Studies and Samoan language and to undertake research in these areas. Working with other Victoria programmes, Va'aomanū Pasifika seeks to consolidate a research culture and publications on the Pacific by Pacific and other scholars and to mentor through a group of young Pacific scholars as our future leaders.

Pacific Studies is an interdisciplinary programme of study that is international and cross-cultural in scope. Pacific Studies emphasises a Cultural Studies approach to analysing historical and contemporary phenomena, with a focus also on Pacific research methodologies and policy issues.

Samoan Studies offers the opportunity to study, understand and appreciate fa'asāmoa—Samoan culture and Samoan society. The programme emphasises language and cultural competence, with aims also to strengthen translation and interpreting skills.

Subjects offered

Explore the subjects taught by Va'aomanū Pasifika.

Undergraduate study

Va'aomanū Pasifika offers a Bachelor of Arts at undergraduate level.

Postgraduate study

Va'aomanū Pasifika offers a range of postgraduate study options, including graduate and postgraduate diplomas, Honours, Master’s and PhD programmes.

Student support

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Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students at Victoria, some of which are specifically for Pacific students.

Student profiles

Find out what study in Va'aomanū Pasifika is like—read what our students have to say about their experiences.


Graduates with Pacific expertise are always in demand in the civil service and education sector.