Ethical approval by UREC is required for all research activities pertaining to human, animal, cultural and environmental protection and consideration. For ethical approval an ethics application must be completed and submitted together with supporting documentations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Research Ethics and Support Letters for Research Visas can be applied for at any time of the year.

Applying for Research Visa

Visiting researchers have to apply for a Research Visa through the Samoa Immigration office ( Visiting researchers are required to submit their research applications to UREC for reviewing before a letter of support is provided for Research Visa application.


Samoa Immigration requirements for Research Visas

  • Letter from your sponsorship academic institution to support research
  • Letter from the National University of Samoa supporting research
  • Evidence of funds for support while in Samoa, or travel out of Samoa
  • Medical and Police reports if stay in Samoa 12 months or more
  • Application must be lodged and decided before travel to Samoa
  • Fee – $600.00 plus $300.00 for each dependant


UREC Requirements for Ethical Approval / Research Visa Letter of Support

  • Letter from your institution to support your research funding and ethics
  • Copy of Research Proposal Application
  • Research Questionnaires
  • Consent Form
  • UREC Ethics Checklist


UREC Ethics Template:


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