Study in Jamaica
Study in a nation that mixes Caribbean and African cultures while enjoying the island lifestyle. You can enjoy the beautiful beaches, the surfing scene and studying while sunbathing. The intersection of different cultures shows in the local Jamaican cuisine featuring African, French and Spanish recipes.
Why study in Jamaica?
Studying an English-taught degree in Jamaica will offer you better paid job opportunities in the country or abroad. Compared to other international study destinations, Jamaica offers more affordable Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Depending on where you are coming from, studying in Jamaica can be closer to your home country, so you will not have to spend a lot on travelling, and it can be easier to visit your family and friends during holidays.
In most cases, universities in Jamaica offering degrees in English are accredited by the national government and can be fully or partially recognized by universities in other countries. So, because you’ll be studying an international degree, you will have better chances at continuing your studies abroad, in more popular study destinations and prestigious universities from Europe, the U.S., Canada, or Australia.
English-taught studies in Jamaica are also a great chance to build a professional network that is a great source of opportunities and potential collaboration after graduation.
What to study in Jamaica?
The following are some of the most popular academic disciplines among international students in Jamaica:
- Business degrees in Jamaica
- Computer Science degrees in Jamaica
- Medicine degrees in Jamaica
- Social Science degrees in Jamaica
Which universities to attend in Jamaica?
Here are some of the universities where you can study in Jamaica:
- University of the Commonwealth Caribbean
- Northern Caribbean University
- The University of the West Indies
- American Institute of Management Science
- International University of the Caribbean
Improve your English through an English-language prep course. If you’re attending a degree programme in Jamaica, you will need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests universities require.
To study in Jamaica, you’ll need to provide proof of your English language proficiency. Some certificates accepted by universities in Jamaica may include:
Still, you should always check your university’s website to be sure what the exact language requirements are.
Universities, colleges and schools in Jamaica
- The University of the West Indies (19 Distance Learning courses)
How to Apply to a Master's in Jamaica
If you've decided to study a Master's degree at a university in Jamaica, you will have to gather the right documents to prove that you fit the university requirements. Provide complete personal information, previous qualifications, financial information, and a personal statement.
What documents do I need to provide to apply in Jamaica?
To apply to a university in Jamaica you will likely be asked to provide some of the following documents:
- birth certificate;
- recent photos;
- your passport or national identity card;
- one or more reference letters from past employers or teachers;
- copies of past diplomas or certificates, including your graduated Bachelor's degree;
- academic transcripts;
- letter of intent;
- Curriculum Vitae;
- Some form of proof that you can support your stay in the country during your studies.
Depending on the subject or specialization of your chosen Master's, you might also be asked to provide scores for additional tests like the GRE, GMAT or LSAT. Check if your programme requires any of these, or others.
The list of documents depends on the specific requirements of universities in Jamaica so you might be asked to include additional documents. It’s also likely you’ll have to provide official English translations of your documents, or translations in the local language.
Prove your English skills
Because you’ll study an international degree in English, you'll have to present a language certificate. Some popular options for international students are IELTS, TOEFL or C1 Advanced language certificates. You’ll have to meet a minimum language score set by the university, and your test scores shouldn’t be older than 1-2 years. If you don’t meet the minimum language requirements, you will have to improve your skills and scores by taking an English preparation course.
Application deadlines for Jamaica
The deadlines for applying to a Master's in Jamaica are usually during summer (June-July), or in winter (January-February). Keep in mind that some universities don’t have application deadlines, which means you can apply whenever you are ready.
To avoid delays or missed deadlines send your required documents with plenty of time in advance.