International Students

You’re an International Student!

UCCI’s students are diverse and come from a variety of nationalities and backgrounds. You may also be a Transfer Student, (Overseas) Transient Students, a Study Abroad / Exchange Student or an expatriate residing in the Cayman Islands. See the information below if you are joining UCCI for undergraduate or graduate studies.

Immigration Requirements

International Students must have a valid passport and must also be compliant with immigration requirements in the Cayman Islands. All prospective students should first contact the Cayman Islands Department of Immigration to pursue the correct immigration documentation. Various forms of immigration documentation exist, including: student visas, work permits, permanent residency certificates;  or being listed as a dependent on a work permit or permanent residency certificate if you are under 18 years old.  The Cayman Islands Department of Immigration is the only authority that should advise a student of what is required to be compliant with Cayman Islands Immigration Law.

All International Students must provide their immigration documentation to UCCI at least three months before the semester begins. Please note that students will not be allowed to attend classes without proper immigration approval on file.

To obtain a student visa, a student must be enrolled in full-time studies: a minimum of 12 credits in Fall and Spring semesters, and a minimum of 6 credits in the Summer semester.

The Application Process

1. Immigration Documentation.

  • Begin by contacting the Cayman Islands Department of Immigration to apply for your immigration documentation. UCCI requires that you submit your immigration documentation at least three (3) months prior to your requested semester of entry.

2. Make Your Choice.

3. Apply Online.

  • Complete the online Application Form and the Student Assessment Form. Use the below Admissions Checklist to ensure that you have all the Required Documents ready to submit in time to meet the Important Deadlines listed below. This helps to ensure your application can be processed in time for the semester you wish to start studying at UCCI.

4. Complete Your Application.

  • Stop by the UCCI Admissions Office to submit the printed/signed Application Form and the printed/signed Student Assessment Form along with the Required Documents and the Application Fee. Remember to use the Admissions Checklist to ensure that your application is complete.
    • If you are a Transfer Student seeking to transfer college credits from another university locally/overseas, view the Transfer of Credits Form to learn about the transfer credit policy and to apply.
       
    • If you are a Transient Student seeking to attend UCCI for one or two semesters, review and submit the Transient Registration Form to register.
       
    • If you are a Study Abroad / Exchange Student who attends a tertiary institution that has partnered with UCCI to facilitate study abroad experiences; complete the Study Abroad / Exchange Student Registration Form.
       
    • If you are an expatriate residing in the Cayman Islands, please visit the UCCI Admissions Office to make your submission.

5. Make Arrangements.

  • UCCI facilitates off-campus housing options for International Students who are Study Abroad / Exchange Students and (Overseas) Transient Students (who will be residing in the Cayman Islands for 1-2 semesters or less). Speak to the UCCI Student Life Office about off-campus housing options, to see what arrangements can be made to facilitate your study abroad / transient student experience.

6. Your Acceptance Letter.

  • If you are eligible to pursue your programme of choice, you will receive an Acceptance Letter. Follow all instructions listed to prepare yourself for the academic journey ahead. Be sure to submit your Acceptance Letter to the Cayman Islands Department of Immigration to ensure compliance as you seek your immigration documentation.

7. Register for Classes.

  • Follow up with the Cayman Islands Department of Immigration to ensure you are in receipt of your immigration documentation; it will be required by the UCCI Admissions Team before you can pay and register for classes.

8. Visit the UCCI Student Life Office

  • If you are an expatriate residing in the Cayman Islands you should attend the UCCI New Student Orientation for the Fall semester. If you are an International Student who will be traveling to the Cayman Islands after the orientation; you should visit the UCCI Student Life Office before classes begin. You will be connected to student support services that help to ensure a smooth transition as you pursue your studies with UCCI.

9. Join UCCI.

  • Congratulations on being accepted to UCCI. You can now register for classes and be on your way to achieving success.

 

Your application is only complete when all required documents are received. Ensuring that you have all the required documents is key. Save valuable time and resources by using our Admissions Checklist.

 


Notes

1 If you are an International Student, you will need to submit Immigration Documentation.

2 Submit any External Examination Passes that you currently have and any bring any new passes that will be released to you.

3 If you are a High School Leaver, submit your Official High School Transcript. If you have attended university or are a Transfer/Transient/Study Abroad/Exchange Student, you should submit an Official University Transcript from your former institution.

4 Dual Enrolment Students must submit their approved Year 12 Dual Entry Programme Form.

5 Adult Learners (21+ years of age) and Continuing Education Students may submit a Job Letter in lieu of external examination passes.

6 Prospective students (excluding Dual Enrolment Students) can elect to take the UCCI Placement Examination to determine what programme they are eligible to join, based on their exam results. Contact admissions@ucci.edu.ky to confirm the next exam date.

7 If you are a Returning Student, you will need to complete the Readmission Form & pay the readmission fee (of CI$ 25.00) if your student record has been inactive due to withdrawal from UCCI, graduation or no registration for one academic year (two semesters and one summer session) or more.

8 If you are seeking to convert into an Associate Programme or Bachelor Programme; pending a review that ensures you have satisfied the Admissions Criteria for your programme of choice; you should complete a Conversion Form.

9 If you are a Transfer Student seeking to transfer college credits from another university locally/overseas, view the Transfer of Credits Form to learn about the transfer credit policy and to apply.

10 If you are a Transient Student seeking to attend UCCI for one or two semesters, review and submit the Transient Registration Form to register.

11 If you are a Study Abroad / Exchange Student who attends a tertiary institution that has partnered with UCCI to facilitate study abroad experiences; complete the Study Abroad / Exchange Student Registration Form.

12 A personal interview is required for all Certificate Programmes, the Pre-College Matriculation Programme, Nursing Programmes, Social Work Programmes, the Bachelor of Science in Primary Education, the Postgraduate Certificate in Education & Graduate Programmes. Some programmes will also require a personal essay. Review your programme to see if there are Other Requirements you need to satisfy.

Student Resources

Important Deadlines

Students can submit their online 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 for International Students & Transient (Overseas) Students to apply online

Spring semester entry

  • Sept 30th - Application Deadline for International Students & Transient (Overseas) Students to apply online

Summer semester entry

  • Jan 31st - Application Deadline for International Students & Transient (Overseas) Students to 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.

Other Requirements

You may have other requirements based on your Student Type if you are a:

  • High School Leaver
  • Dual Enrolment Student
  • Transfer Student
  • Transient Student
  • Study Abroad / Exchange Student
  • Technical, Vocational & Continuing EducatioN Student
  • Professional Development Student
  • Adult Learner
  • Non-Degree Seeking Student
  • Returning Student
  • CSC Transfer Student
  • Graduate Student

You may have other requirements based on your Programme:

  • A personal interview is required for all Certificate Programmes, the Pre-College Matriculation Programme, Nursing Programmes, Social Work Programmes, the Bachelor of Science in Primary Education, the Postgraduate Certificate in Education & Graduate Programmes. Some programmes will also require a personal essay. Review your programme to see if there are Other Requirements you need to satisfy.

FAQ

Do you have additional questions? You can visit our Frequently Asked Questions section to read more.