There are four higher education institutions on the Turks and Caicos Islands — the public University College of Providenciales and the Turks and Caicos Community College, the private Charisma University, and St. Clements University, which offers online courses.
The Turks and Caicos Community College was opened in 1994 and offers a variety of Bachelor’s degrees. The University College of Providenciales was founded in 2011 and offers both online and blended learning courses. The institution offers a variety of adult education courses and a number of Bachelor’s programmes. The admission process is based on school examination results and proof of language proficiency. Students are also required to complete two skills assessments. International students must submit all relevant educational transcripts, a medical certificate, references, a CV, an application letter, and proof of the appropriate immigration status. The private Charisma University was founded in 2011 and offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees and is open to international students. As part of the admissions process, international students should provide a completed application form, a motivation letter, a letter of recommendation, and all relevant transcripts. However, students should note that admission requirements may vary by programme and degree and are advised to contact the institution directly. The private St. Clements University was established in 1995 and provides Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. These degrees are offered in distance learning format and in four languages — Arabic, Turkish, Putonghua and Kiswahili. International students are advised to check the recognition status of the university in their home country. The majority of programmes on the Turks and Caicos Islands are taught in English.
Turks and Caicos nationals can expect to pay about $4,000 in annual tuition fees for a Bachelor’s programme, while international students can expect to pay about $8,000 annually at the community college. Scholarships and financial aid are both provided by the state but are, as a rule, only available to local students. At the private Charisma University, international students can expect to pay $175 in tuition fees per course credit for a Bachelor’s degree, and $205 per course credit for a Master’s degree. International students can also expect to pay a number of other miscellaneous fees, such as a $1,200 thesis fee for a Master’s degree and a $2,500 dissertation fee for a doctorate programme.
Information for International Students
International students may require a student visa to study on the Turks and Caicos Islands. Students will need an acceptance letter from a university, a letter from a financial institution proving they have funds to support themselves for the duration of their studies, proof of secured accommodation in the country, a clean police record and a medical certificate. International students can find more information on student visas on the website of the Immigration Department at https://www.gov.tc/immigration/visa/student-visa. International students should note that they will not be permitted to work while in the country on a student visa.