The University of the Virgin Islands, established in 1962, is the only higher education institution on the US Virgin Islands. It is a public university and has two campuses — one at St. Thomas and the other on St. Croix. The university welcomes international students and has worked to create a more diverse student body, as 95% of its current students are natives of the US Virgin Islands. There are currently about 2,500 students enrolled on the university’s two campuses.
The university offers a variety of degree programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level. Students can choose from 32 Bachelor’s programmes and 11 graduate programmes. Bachelor’s degrees usually take four years to complete, Master’s degrees usually take about one year and PhD programmes usually take three to four years. The university began offering several online degrees in 2018 and these include Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes. The admissions process for local students is based on school examination results. Selected degree programmes such as engineering and medicine offer students the opportunity to transfer to partner universities in the US to complete the final years of their studies. All the university’s programmes are taught in English. International students are advised to apply at least 4-6 weeks ahead of the university’s stated deadlines to ensure timely admissions and immigration processing. International students are required to submit all relevant educational diplomas and proof of language proficiency if English is not their first language. Students applying for graduate programmes may be required to provide a personal statement and letters of recommendation.
Tuition fees for full-time students are set at $2,315 per semester for residents of the US Virgin Islands and $6,946 per semester for non-residents. Financial aid is available, though this may not cover the full cost of tuition. Students must be US citizens or eligible non-citizens (permanent residents) to be eligible for financial aid. Several scholarships are also available, and students are advised to consult the university’s website for more information. Housing is also provided by the university in its residence halls. International students can expect to pay about $4,100 per year for accommodation on campus and about $7,200 per year for accommodation off campus.
Information for International Students
International students may require a visa to study on the US Virgin Islands. Students must be able to provide evidence that they can pay for at least the first year of their studies. Student visas will only be issued to students registered on full-time programmes. All documentation, including a Certificate of Finance form, certifying letters from financial institutions, and letters to verify accommodation arrangements must be submitted at least 60 days before the start of the semester. International students can find more information in the University’s manual for international students at https://www.uvi.edu/files/documents/Access_and_Enrollment/Admissions/Intl_Stud_Manual.pdf.