Tertiary education programs provided by Cayman Island universities and colleges provide students with a choice of various fields of study, including finance, medical, engineering, education, tourism, veterinary, computer sciences and law.
Public and private university/college protocol in the Caymans follows the British educational system of "first cycle programs" (four-year bachelor degrees, bachelor degrees with honors, Foundation degrees and Diplomas of Higher Education) followed by Master's degrees (Master of Science or Master of Arts). Earning a Master's degree in the Caymans takes another year or two of study once a B.A. is obtained. Doctoral or doctorate degrees typically require students complete another three years of research and production of an original thesis or dissertation.
Scholarships and financial assistance from private companies are available for qualifying students. Although the Cayman Islands government does not offer tuition aid in the form of Pell Grants or other student loans, students may be able to apply for and receive assistance from their native countries to attend school in the Caymans.
Tuition fees for international/overseas students range from $200 to $300 KYD (Cayman Island Dollar) per credit hour (about $11,000 USD or 10,000 EUR), with additional application, books and technology fees. Tuition for medical and veterinary degrees, as well as master's and Ph.Ds are several thousand dollars higher per semester.
Students with degrees in business, finance, hospitality/tourism and healthcare will be pleasantly surprised at the number of open employment positions available in these industries. Degrees earned at Cayman Island higher education institutions are recognized globally and students wishing to work outside the Islands can expect employers to acknowledge the degree's merit. Although the recent recession hit the Cayman Islands especially hard from 2011 to 2013, the unemployment rate continues to plummet, going from nearly seven percent in 2014 to four percent in 2015.
You will need a student visa if you plan to attend school in the Cayman Islands if you are:
- not Caymanian
- not married to a Caymanian
- not a Permanent Residence or Employment Rights Certificate holder
- over 18 years old
- intending to leave the Cayman Islands after completion of your studies
For more information about visa requirements, visit the U.S. Passports and International Travel website.