The country of Palau has one higher education institution – The Palau Community College. This public college is located in the Palau’s commercial capital, Koror and provides academic and vocational education to national as well as international students. For more information on the college, visit the official website: https://pcc.palau.edu/
Palau Community College only provides degrees at the Bachelors level. The college puts an equal focus on academic as well as vocational education and has a large number of courses ranging from the likes of Agricultural Science and Business administration all the way to Carpentry. The main language of instruction is English and as degrees are awarded upon the completion of set credit requirements, the duration of programs is flexible. Apart from degrees, certificates are also awarded in programs like agricultural science, automotive servicing and others which allow individuals to work as agricultural workers, repair servicemen, etc. There are around 497 students enrolled and the college has a student to faculty ratio of 10:1. Regarding the application process, applications are open throughout the year and students can apply before the semester they wish to join in. The country models its education system after the United States of America and thus, follows the GED and GPA system. For admission into most courses, students are required to possess a GED diploma with a minimum score of 450 in all five sections or a minimum GPA of 2.0 to 2.5. Further, a TOEFL score of at least 500 is required for many programs.
The cost for studying at Palau Community College amounts to approximately $9000 per annum if students choose to live on campus and $7950 per annum if they live off campus. Other expenditures such as books/supplies, transportation and personal expenses amount to $2600 per year. Generous financial aid packages are provided by the United States Department of Education to students in the form of grants, loans as well as work-study opportunities. These are need based and can range from $100 to $4000 per year. A wide range of scholarships are also awarded to meritorious students. Usually, $500 are awarded to scholarship awardees and a further $250 per semester if she continues to meet the eligibility requirements.
Information for International Students
Applicants from countries other than the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, the U.S. Territory of Guam, and the U.S.A are classified as international students. Their admission procedure differs slightly compared to national students but entry requirements for courses are the same.