St. Vincent and the Grenadines has 9 registered tertiary education institutions according to the National Accreditation Board. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College is the only public institution among these, offering courses in Arts, Humanities, Nursing, and Education. The remaining colleges and universities are all privately-run.
The University of the West Indies offers several online degree programmes, while three other institutions are religious colleges offering undergraduate and graduate programs in theology-related subjects.
The rest of the higher-education institutions in the country are primarily medical schools that mainly cater to international students. These universities offer Doctor of Medicine programs for students who wish to pursue medical careers abroad, such as in the United States and Canada.
The Ministry of Education is the government body responsible for educational policy and regulations in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. For more information, please visit: http://www.education.gov.vc/education/.
The National Accreditation Board meanwhile is in charge or registering and accrediting tertiary-level institutions and their programmes in the country. For more information, please visit: http://www.nabsvg.gov.vc/nabsvg/
Bachelor’s programmes are usually 3-4 years long, while Master’s programmes tend to be 1-3 years long.
The Doctor of Medicine programme is a popular degree offering of a number of universities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The standard MD programme runs for 4 years and requires students to hold an undergraduate degree and to have taken specific pre-medical subjects for admission. Some universities also offer 5-year MD programmes aimed at students who do not hold a bachelor’s degree or who have not taken the prerequisite subjects needed for admission to the 4-year programme.
Each higher-education institution has its own application process and requirements, so students apply directly to each college or university they wish to gain admission to. These institutions usually have their own specific application requirements depending on the programme, such as a personal statement or an English test.
Tuition fees vary depending on the university and programme applied to. The fees for the Doctor of Medicine programme range from $10,000 to $25,000 per year, based on the year of study.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is home to a significant number of international students. Colleges and universities generally provide support, such as housing and accommodation services, for students arriving from other countries.