There are five higher education institutions in Dominica. These can be subdivided in private, state and external higher education institutions (HEIs). Private HEIs are privately owned institutions where students are required to pay full tuition. State HEIs are universities owned and funded by the state. External HEIs are universities such as the University of the West Indies which has various campuses across the Caribbean with a campus in Dominica. Most HEIs are health-education oriented. For more information, please refer to the official government website: http://education.gov.dm/.
The educational structure in Dominica follows the general pathway of a Bachelors, followed by a Masters and then a Doctorate. Bachelors generally last between 3 to 4 years, though since most institutions are focused on healthcare, the medical pathway does stand out as an exception in terms of the educational structure it takes. Students applying for an M.D degree may complete a 5-year program which takes the form of an Integrated Masters program resulting in the M.D. title. Doctoral degrees require a Masters to be completed previously and generally take three years to complete whereas Masters degree usually take two years to complete and require a Bachelors degree.
There is no centralized body of administration for application to Dominica’s higher education institutions. Therefore, students are required to apply directly to their university of choice. For local students, they must meet the individual university’s requirements through their secondary school certification. International students are evaluated on an individual basis and are required to meet the requirements for admissions of their home country’s medical schools in order to be accepted. This means that most foreign certifications are acceptable.
All students are required to pay an application fee of approximately 100$. Moreover, for some universities for medicine degrees, students must pay a one-time 1000$ enrolment fee. Moreover, tuition ranges from approximately 8000$ per year to 20’000$ per year depending on the university and the course.
Information for International Students
The language of instruction for courses is either English or French depending on the course. Therefore, students are required to pass a TOEFL or DELF test to prove their English or French proficiency in order to be accepted. Moreover, students must apply for a visa. Students usually live on campus in dorm settings, though this is requires an additional fee to be paid. In addition, students are required to purchase health insurance as well as be able to prove that they are able to finance themselves throughout their stay.