Saint Kitts and Nevis is an island country in the West Indies and is the smallest sovereign state in the Western Hemisphere, in both area and population. Public tertiary level education is offered by the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC). Since September 2000, students of the CFBC in St. Kitts and sixth form in Nevis can pursue the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam, a post-secondary programme that replace the traditional English-based General Certificate of Education Advanced-level program. Some of the programmes offered can be completed over a one year period and students are awarded a certificate, while diplomas are awarded after successful completion of a two-year program. Recently, Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College started offering its first full Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. However, there are also a few private facilities which offer medical or veterinary graduate and postgraduate degrees.
The CFBC offers two-year programs leading to certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. There are various divisions of the college, namely: arts and general studies, teacher education, health sciences, technical and vocational education and management studies, which includes the Hospitality Training Centre. The CFBC also has arrangements with universities around the Caribbean, including: the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), where credits obtained at the CFBC are transferred into Bachelor’s degree programs. Video-conferencing technology is used at the CFBC by UVI for Master's degree programs. Some courses are also offered by University of West Indies Open Campus via online platform. Full courses follow a standard format of 3 to 4 year long Bachelor’s degree, followed by 1 to 2 years of Master’s degree, finished by a PhD taking up to 5 years. All higher education in Saint Kitts and Nevis is conducted in English language.
While domestic students are not required to pay tuition fees, international students are obliged to pay them. While the fees for associate degrees vary, an annual fee for BSn Nursing at CFBC has an annual cost of $950.92. Tuition fees at private universities vary depending on the institution. According to Numbeo the average monthly rent for a one bedroom apartment is around 550 Euros while a meal on average costs around 8.50 Euros.
Information for International Students
The population of Saint Kitts and Nevis stands at around 52,000. Therefore, there is not much information for International Students. The tertiary education system is one of the smallest in Caribbean region. However, it still manages to attract a number of medical students from US and Canada.