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  • Locations: Mona, Jamaica
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: UMASS BDL applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Who can apply: UMass Boston Students Language of Instruction: English
Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior Housing Options: Dormitory
Areas of Study: African Studies, Archaeology, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science/Computer Engineering, Dance, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, French Studies, Geography, Health Sciences/Public Health, History, Law, Liberal Arts, Linguistics, Math/Statistics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science/International Relations, Psychology, Religion/Theology, Social Work, Sociology/Anthropology, Spanish Studies, Theatre Arts Program Category: Study abroad
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:

UMass Boston   Mona, Jamaica - University of West Indies

   Mona, Jamaica

The University of of the West Indies (UWI) was first established in Mona, Jamaica in 1948. Two other campuses were later incorporated— the St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago in 1960, and the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados in 1963. UWI has since become the premier choice for tertiary education, serving fifteen countries in the Caribbean. As a regional institution, the university offers an enriching experience for those who wish to interact with students from diverse cultural and social backgrounds. A strong emphasis on Caribbean issues and international relations in both teaching and research makes the University an ideal learning ground for international students.

To apply for the Exchange Program:
  1. Confirm that this program works for you both academically and financially. Check the courses offered and speak with your academic advisor on which courses you should try to take while abroad that will count towards your degree. If you are receiving financial aid or want to apply for financial aid for the study abroad program, contact so you know what you can expect in aid for the program. 
  2. Once you are sure this is the program for you, apply on this website for the program (click apply at the bottom). 
  3. Once completed, contact the Office of Global Programs to have your nomination submitted to UWI. From there you will also need to submit the exchange application through UWI directly:
For all of the steps and information on applying to study abroad through UMass Boston, download the checklist: Study Abroad Steps to Stay on Track 2020.pdf

Courses are available in five departments: Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, and Social Sciences.  Please scroll down to "Course Transfers Reference Table" to see how courses from UWI transferred to UMass Boston in the past. 

Students must study full time at the home and host Institutions. With the completion of the Request for Prior Approval of Transfer Credit of Study Abroad Programs form, your credits (not grades) will transfer towards your degree at UMass Boston. This form can be obtained from the Study Abroad office.

Fall semester: Late August - December
Spring semester: January - May

University of Massachusetts students only. Undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate students who have currently completed at least one year of full-time study with the most recent semester completed at UMass Boston are eligible. Students must be in good academic standing (at least 2.75 GPA) with no disciplinary problems. 

Nominated students should obtain the necessary forms from the UMass Boston Office of Global Programs, complete, and submit them to the same office.
1. Application form
2. Birth certificate
3. Marriage certificate (where applicable)
4.  Legal Affidavit or Deed Poll, if present name is different from that on the Birth Certificate and/or academic certificate(s) 
5. Academic Certificates (GCE/CXC/Other) 
6. CSEC/CAPE (CXC)/GCE Grade Slips (Accepted Only in cases where certificates are not yet available) 
7. Professional Certificate/Diploma
8. An up to date official transcript (must be sent directly from home institution)
9. A statement of intent: Reasons for taking courses indicated 

See Budget sheet. Please note, the Office of Global Programs use estimated price values for our UMass Boston Reciprocal Exchange’ budget sheets. Actual prices may vary, please contact your program provider for more details. 

Do you receive any financial aid, such as scholarships or grants to fund your education? Find out if your financial aid will apply towards studying abroad using the following Financial Aid Guide here

The Financial Aid Guide provides lots of information. However, prior to applying it is advised to contact Financial Aid services for financial aid inquiries and concerns. Link to Financial Aid services website:

The University offers a range of housing solutions to full-time students. Each full-time student is assigned to a Hall of Residence, however not every student who applies can be accommodated on a hall.



You are responsible for obtaining the correct visa before you travel. 

U.S. citizens are required to obtain a visa to study in Jamaica. For more information, visit the Jamaican Consulate Boston website.Some visas can take several weeks to obtain. Make sure you understand the requirements for your specific visa.

Download: Jamaica Country Information and Visas.pdf

Course Transfers Reference Table
Course # abroad Course Title Credits abroad Course Transfer # Credits Transferred to UMB
SOWK3015 Drugs and Society 3 SOCIOL 9000 3
SOWK3028 Social Work in Schools 3 SOCIOL 9000 3
MUSC1100 Music in World Cultures 3 MUSC 9000 3
SOWK2006 Caribbean Social Issues 3 SOCIOL 9000 3


Pre-decision Phase Instructions: 
This is a UMass Boston Reciprocal Exchange Program. There are two separate applications. First, students apply to the program by completing this online UMass Boston application. If eligible to study abroad, the UMass Boston Study Abroad Office nominates the student to the university abroad. The student is then informed with a letter or an email about next steps to complete the university's abroad application (online or hard copy forms). Please click here for application instructions. 
Post-decision Phase Instructions: 
The final decision to accept a student is made by the university abroad and the student will be emailed. Once accepted by the university abroad, UMass Boston students must complete all the requirements indicated by the university abroad, in addition to completing all forms and submitting all the post-acceptance documents to UMass Boston Study Abroad Office. Please click here for instructions and forms.