Frequently Asked Questions

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What kind of student are you?

UCCI students come from diverse backgrounds and have many different goals. As one family, we share one common ethos.

We all want to Dream. Soar. Achieve.

I am a High School Leaver. I have finished (or will soon finish) my high studies at a local private high school, CIFEC or overseas. I am 20 years or younger and have not yet joined the workforce. I want to further my education at UCCI.

I am a Year 11 student at a local public high school and I want to begin my Year 12 in the Dual Enrolment Programme at UCCI to pursue my Associate Degree.

I am an International Student and I want to study at UCCI.

I want to continue or complete my studies by transferring to UCCI from another university.

I am a Transient Student. I am visiting student and I am interested in attending UCCI for one semester or two.

 

I attend an overseas university which has formed an international partnership with UCCI to facilitate study abroad experiences.

I am ready to continue my education by taking some courses that build upon my skills. I may also want to pursue some of my technical/vocational interests with a course or certification.

I or my organisation would like training opportunities to enhance workforce knowledge through workshops, seminars, certificates, diplomas, immersive learning experiences and other highly customisable courses of study.

I am 21+ years of age and I would like to start or return to UCCI to upskill and re-tool myself with a degree programme or specific courses.

I want to take specific courses or I am not sure what degree to pursue.

I paused my studies at UCCI for one or more academic years. I want to get back on track to complete my studies.

I am a Civil Service College (CSC) Student and I want to transfer to UCCI to pursue a degree programme.

I am interested in pursuing my graduate studies (Master’s degree).

Congratulations! Get the information you need to know.

UCCI’s Admissions Team continues to monitor ongoing COVID-19 developments that impact our students’ wellbeing and safety. To support our prospective students, we have extended application deadlines to May 11th for the Summer 2020 session and to July 31st for the Fall 2020 semester. We have also introduced a new online application portal designed to facilitate online document submission.

Click here to start your application or contact our Admissions Team at admissions@ucci.edu.ky or 1-345-623-8224 for immediate assistance.

Any student who has already received an offer of acceptance to the university will be able to start their studies with UCCI. Your transition to UCCI may be different than what you anticipated; but our team will continue to facilitate your academic journey in the safest and most convenient way possible. If you have questions about class registration or payments, you can contact our Admissions Team  at admissions@ucci.edu.ky or 1-345-623-8224. 

The UCCI Admissions Team continues to support students by delivering effective support services that include: 

  • Improved website information on the admissions process via our FAQs Page 

  • Email responses to your admissions queries via admissions@ucci.edu.ky  

  • Facilitating meetings with prospective students via WhatsApp, Skype and Microsoft Teams; in order to provide additional information on UCCI programmes, and how to apply to UCCI 

  • The new online application portal which enables prospective students to apply conveniently and remotely 

 

Our new online application portal offers an expanded level of convenience for prospective students.  

  1. Click the link and “Create An Account.” 

  1. Register your account through the online application portal, then to setup a password. 

  1. Login to begin your online application. You’ll follow a built-in checklist that describes what required documents you’ll need to upload. 

  1. Once you’ve completed your online application, submit it and you’ll be prompted to pay your application fee. Your online application will then be reviewed. 

  1. You’ll receive an admissions decision issued through the online application portal. Continue checking the portal to see if you’ve been accepted to UCCI. 

If you need any assistance, contact our Admissions Team at admissions@ucci.edu.ky or 1-345-623-8224. 

 

Summer 2020 session: Applications are still open, and the deadline has been extended to May 11th. Our summer classes will also commence on May 11th (the same date); so, we recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible in order to have time to pay, register and secure your spot in classes.

Fall 2020 semester: Thhe application deadline for the Fall 2020 semester has been extended to July 31st. International applicants should still apply by May 31st to ensure that there is ample time to obtain the necessary immigration documents.

Some of the components of our transfer review process may change depending on the programme and semester that you are applying to for entry. Students who wish to apply as transfer students can email admissions@ucci.edu.ky to request further information. 

If your transfer application materials are delayed because of circumstances related to COVID-19, we will do our best to be flexible. While we are not able to waive certain testing requirements, we can accept various types of late materials so long as your online application is submitted on time. 

 

International students who have been accepted to UCCI, can only pay and register for classes by submitting the required immigration documentation via their online application. 

If you are an international student who is currently based overseas, we recommend contacting the Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman Office (WORC) as soon as possible to determine the necessary immigration documentation and any newly implemented immigration procedures or travel restrictions related to COVID-19 developments. If you are an international student living in the Cayman Islands and you are unsure of your current immigration status, please contact WORC to ensure clarity.

If you require further guidance about the application process, please email admissions@ucci.edu.ky or call 1-345-623-8224.

For secondary school officials with questions or concerns about undergraduate admissions, please contact admissions@ucci.edu.ky; primarily if a student will not be able to complete their secondary school education and will require guidance on their admissions process.

If your students would like more information about UCCI or the application process; our Admissions Team can provide digital Information Packets, schedule a student appointment or provide an online presentation to your class.

At this time, all in-person meetings/events at the UCCI Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac campuses have been cancelled at least through April 27, 2020. Families and prospective students should visit this page closer to this date for updates.

We encourage you to schedule a video-enabled meeting with our Admissions Manager should you wish to ask specific questions about the campuses at admissions@ucci.edu.ky

Our Admissions Team is aware of worldwide delays with establishing new dates for external examination sittings (such as CXC, IGCSE, AQA, etc.). The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture & Lands is in diligent consultation with external examination bodies and is expected to issue further mandates to educational institutions on or after April 27th. UCCI will abide by that guidance when determining appropriate safety measures, online course offerings and any developments that relate to our admissions process or admissions criteria.

At present, we encourage high school students (and their parents/guardians) to take these steps:

  1. Continue to follow the instructions issued by your high school educators

  2. Stay up-to-date with the latest guidance issued by the Ministry: http://www.education.gov.ky/portal/page/portal/mehhome.
  3. Monitor our Frequently Asked Questions webpage for the latest updates about UCCI (and external examination information provided by the Ministry)
  4. Submit your application to UCCI via the new online application portal. Applying is simple and all required documents can be uploaded online. An Admissions Counselor will review your application and you can also request assistance if you need any.

When applying to UCCI, current CIFEC (Year 12) students often pursue just one (1) of the two (2) forms of admissions criteria described below:

  1. Sitting the UCCI Placement Exam – During the course of normal operations, a large sitting of the UCCI Placement Exam is held for all CIFEC Students whose scores will be evaluated to determine their eligibility for various UCCI programmes (such as our TVET Programmes / Certificates / Pre-College Programme / Associate Programmes). 

  1. Submitting external examination results – Students would submit a minimum of five (5) passes (1-3 or A-C) in an external examination (CXC, BTEC, GCSE, IGCSE) including Math & English A; all at the general or technical level to be eligible to pursue Associate Programmes.

Given the current public health guidance, planning is in progress for how to offer a safe alternative solution for hosting the UCCI Placement Exam. Our Admissions Team is also aware of worldwide delays with establishing new dates for external examination sittings (such as CXC, IGCSE, AQA, etc.) Continue to check this Frequently Asked Questions Page for further updates on the admissions process for CIFEC students.

Year 11 Public High School students will need to meet the admissions criteria for the UCCI Dual Enrolment Programme and must submit a signed Dual Entry Approval Form from the Department of Education Services. This approval form is normally received from the CIFEC hall when external examinations are collected in August.

The minimum admissions criteria are: five (5) passes (1-3 or A-C) in an external examination (CXC, BTEC, GCSE, IGCSE) including Math & English A; all at the general or technical level to be eligible to pursue Associate Degrees (through the Dual Enrolment Programme).

Given the current public health guidance, our Admissions Team is aware of worldwide delays with establishing new dates for external examination sittings (such as CXC, IGCSE, etc.) Continue to check this Frequently Asked Questions Page for further updates on the admissions process for prospective Dual Enrolment students.

Review any updates posted to your scholarship provider’s webpage or portal. Contact them to seek further guidance. To accommodate students, UCCI offers various payment options and if you need more information, please reach out to us at admissions@ucci.edu.ky.  

As the Cayman Islands public university, one of UCCI’s core values speak to equal education opportunities. This means that not only are there multiple pathways to entry but that we are cognizant of providing an affordable, quality education.

UCCI also offers payment plans which can provide a manageable schedule of payments that fit your budget, allowing you to achieve your goals while staying on track with personal finances.

Payment Plans and their first installments can be processed by debit or credit card through the Finance Team. For more information email accountsreceivable@ucci.edu.ky or call 1-345-623-8224. Payment plan forms can be found here and upon completion should be emailed to accountsreceivable@ucci.edu.ky.

UCCI has also worked with numerous organisations and community partners to offer scholarships and financial assistance to eligible students. Some scholarships are needs-based, while others are merit-based. In the upcoming weeks, we will be posting a listing of scholarship opportunities on our Student Life webpage.

Sitting the UCCI Placement Exam – During the course of normal operations, UCCI would host 4-6 smaller sittings of the UCCI Placement Exam in preparation for upcoming semesters so that those scores can be evaluated to determine a prospective student’s eligibility for various UCCI programmes (such as our TVET Programmes / Certificates / Pre-College Programme / Associate Programmes). 

Given the current public health guidance, planning is in progress for how to offer a safe alternative solution for hosting the UCCI Placement Exams. Continue to check this Frequently Asked Questions Page for further updates on the admissions process.

If you are planning on pursuing undergraduate studies at UCCI, you will complete the Application Form online. You’ll then print, sign and submit the Application Form to the UCCI Admissions Office along with all Required Documents specified by your student type and the programme requirements. Please ensure all Required Documents are submitted in order to complete your Application Form.

UCCI operates on a rolling admissions calendar. We accept applications from students in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Students can submit their Application Form at any time. However, we highly recommend that prospective students apply by the priority deadlines to ensure there is time to process your application in advance of the semester you wish to enter. Here are those dates:

Fall semester entry
  • May 31st - Application Deadline International Students & Transient (Overseas) Students apply online
  • June 30th - Application Deadline Caymanians & Qualified Residents apply online
Spring semester entry
  • Sept 30th - Application Deadline International Students & Transient (Overseas) Students apply online
  • Oct 31st - Application Deadline Caymanians & Qualified Residents apply online
Summer semester entry
  • Jan 31st - Application Deadline International Students & Transient (Overseas) Students apply online
  • Feb 28th - Application Deadline Caymanians & Qualified Residents apply online

Check our Academic Calendar for dates of New Student Orientation, the Class Registration period and Class start dates for your semester of entry.

It’s important to correctly identify your “student type” so you can submit the correct Required Documents for completing your application. Before you apply please carefully review the website section on student type.

Admissions Criteria varies. Read about our requirements for First Time Students and review the specific requirements for your student type and the specific requirements for your programme of choice.

Required Documents vary. Read our Required Documents for First Time Students and review the Required Documents for your student type and the Required Documents for your programme of choice. You must submit all Required Documents for your application to be complete.

You will need to present all Required Documents to the UCCI Admissions Office so that your Application Form can be completed.

See our requirements for First Time Students. You should also review the specific requirements for your student type and the specific requirements for your programme of choice.

Please note that not all student types will be required to submit external exam scores; while other student types might be waiting to receive their external exam scores. Be sure to read the requirements.

The only way to check the status of your application is to email admissions@ucci.edu.ky. Updates on the status of your application can only occur via email at this time.

Admissions decisions typically take 2-3 weeks to be returned once an application is complete. Please be mindful of the priority deadlines. The Admissions Office receives a large volume of phone calls during peak admissions times (particularly June - August) and this effects the processing time.

The only way to check the status of your application is to email admissions@ucci.edu.ky. Updates on the status of your application can only occur via email at this time.

Students may be eligible for conditional acceptance for their programme of choice. These admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis depending on programme requirements or student type; and are made with the approval of the Admissions Manager and Programme Director (if applicable).

The best way to contact us is to email admissions@ucci.edu.ky.

Alternatively, you can call 623-8224 to speak to the Admissions Office.

Please note that the Admissions Office receives a large volume of phone calls during peak admissions times (particularly June - August) and because of this, emailing admissions@ucci.edu.ky is the best way to contact us.

By sending us an email, your query or request is immediately recorded and can be responded to within standard processing time (2-3 business days).

The UCCI Placement Examination is offered twice yearly, usually in the Spring and Summer, to prospective students (excluding Dual Enrolment Students).

It is three hours in duration and comprises of Math and English sections. Below are the recommendations for each scoring tier.

Overall Score Recommendation
  • 140 or higher – Eligible for Associate Degree Programme
  • 110-139 – Eligible for Pre-College Programme
  • 80-109 – Eligible for Certificate Programme
  • 79 or below – Eligible for Continuing Education/ Wait for External Exam Results

Contact admissions@ucci.edu.ky to confirm the next scheduled date for the UCCI Placement Examination.

There are many pathways that lead to success. Prospective students who take the UCCI Placement Exam, but do not achieve the minimum score required to be accepted into the Associate Degree programmme may use their CXC/IGCSE/GCSE/SAT/ACT external examination passes to matriculate into the programme. Contact the Admissions Office to discuss your goals and the options available to you.

Take a look at our information for Adult Learners. We will walk you through the different pathways to enter programmes at UCCI based on your unique skills, qualifications and interests.

Full-time studies constitute a minimum of 12 credits in the Fall and Spring semesters; and 6 credits in the Summer semester. Any credit hours below this will constitute as Part-time studies. Please be mindful of any scholarship, health insurance or immigration requirements that are impacted by your studies (whether full-time or part-time).

Once a student reaches 18 years of age he/she has the right to have access to his/her education records, the right to seek to have the records amended and the right to have control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the records. Information cannot be disclosed to any third party - including parents/guardians.

If a student is 18+ years of age, they can either choose to: decline consent or provide consent.

Students who are 18+ years of age and choose to provide consent; must indicate this consent by completing the Release of Academic Records Form in order to authorise the sharing of their education records with parents/guardians.

Read more about the International Student type for an overview of frequently asked questions, immigration requirements and student life at UCCI.

You may be a First-Time Student who is Caymanian/a Qualified Resident and is seeking to have credits transferred from another university (overseas or local).

Alternatively, you may be an International Student seeking to complete your studies at UCCI.

Read more about the Transfer Student type to learn about our policy on transferring credits to UCCI.

Check our Academic Calendar for dates of New Student Orientation. At the Orientation you’ll learn about UCCI, how to use our Blackboard/Blackbaud systems, services offered to students by the Registrar’s Office and Student Life Office, information on scholarships and much more for making a smooth transition to university life at UCCI.

Take a look at our Tuition & Fees to see the costs for Caymanians/Qualified Residents/International Students.

A variety of scholarships are available to Caymanians and Caymanian Status Holders. Take a look at our Tuition & Fees for a list of helpful websites that describe the application deadlines, application process and criteria for applying to the Cayman Islands Government and other private firms.

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