Montserrat has one college of higher education, Montserrat Community College, as well as the University of the West Indes and University of Science, Arts and Technology campuses. The educational system follows the Anglo-Saxon model (see below), with the language of instruction being English. Its lead institution, the University of the West Indes Open Campus, accommodates over 150 students, bringing them together with some 20 000 students across the region. Following the increase in volcanic activity in the recent years, some of the programmes offered by local institutions may be suspended or cancelled altogether. For more information please refer to http://www.gov.ms/pubs/ministry-of-education/.
The Montserrat educational system is modelled on that of the United Kingdom. It follows the ‘bachelor's master's doctorate system’.
The length of Bachelor’s degree comprises three years. In order to apply for a Bachelor’s degree, students must possess a relevant high school qualification, such as A-levels, or international equivalent (e.g. Swiss Maturity or International Baccalaureate).
Postgraduate programmes in Montserrat are taught mostly via research and coursework at Master’s and Doctoral levels. Postgraduate study tackles general study areas with a more specialist focus, and so may require students to be more decisive in their subject choices. Master’s programmes typically last a year. To be accepted to a Master’s program, students must have a relevant Bachelor degree from an accredited institution.
Entrance requirements vary across institution, study level and subject area. Generally speaking, applicants are assessed against their academic background and previous academic achievements. For international applicants, a proof of English language proficiency (B2 minimum) is also required. The language of instruction is English.
In terms of financing the studies, the fees vary substantially between each institution. For most institutions, they are calculated depending on the amount of courses taken. The region’s most prominent institution, the University of the West Indes, for instance charges from £48 to £560 per undergraduate course, depending on credit allocation. For graduate and doctoral programmes, these ranges are £176 to £1 040 and £208 to £1 840 respectively,
Information for International Students
Costs of living in Montserrat are relatively low relative to those in the UK. Monthly expenditure has been estimated at £906. This comprises a monthly rent of a one-bedroom apartment outside the centre of approximately £225. Similarly, a basic lunchtime menu has been approximated to cost £7, with a monthly public transport ticket costing around £39.