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University of the West Indies: Mona, Jamaica

This international exchange is currently available to two graduate or undergraduate students in the School of Communication.

University Population

Students: 25,000
Faculty: 5,000

What would I be studying?

Through the exchange School of Communication students will participate in classroom activities and complete research-based assignments for courses on media and communication issues in the Caribbean region. Students will study at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication.

How can I study at University of the West Indies as an Exchange Student?

To participate in this exchange you must be a School of Communication student.

  1. Contact the FSU School of Communication Academic Advisor for this International Exchange, Dr. Steve McDowell, who will direct you through their department's selection process outgoing FSU reciprocal exchange students.
  2. Complete the Application for outgoing FSU reciprocal exchange student, including authorizing signatures.
  3. There will be a Exchange application for University of the West Indies as well. Once your application has been evaluated by the University of the West Indies you will receive an acceptance letter and a housing form.
  4. Required documents for students participating in an FSU international exchange



Apply by March 1st for Semester 1 or an academic year and by October 1st for Semester 2.

Academic Calendar

Semester 1 is late August to late December. Spring semester 2 is late January to mid May.

Financial Aid and the University of the West Indies' Academic Calendar

FSU students going to the University of the West Indies’s Fall semester (late August-late December) and Spring semester (late January-mid May) and who have been awarded financial aid will have their aid disbursed within a week of the start of classes at the University of the West Indies. You may be eligible for a tuition deferment if your FSU tuition is due prior to this date.

How do I secure a student visa?

Visit the U.S. Department of State website for the most current information about student visas for Americans.

Accommodations- Where would I live? What is the cost of Living?

All full-time students of the University are assigned to Halls of Residence. When applying for admission, students may indicate their preference for a particular Hall. Students who opt to reside off-campus should make contact with the Lodgings Officer (876-702-3493), who will assist you in locating suitable accommodation near the Campus. The office will also provide information on prices of various types of residence.

Health Care

Meeting the health insurance requirements for FSU students participating in international exchanges will ensure that you have met the University of the West Indies requirements for health insurance.


The University began at Mona, Jamaica, West Indies in 1948 as a College of the University of London. It achieved full university status in 1962. The Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture in Trinidad was converted into the St. Augustine Campus in 1961 and in 1963; a third campus was established at Cave Hill in Barbados. In 2008, the University expanded to four campuses with the advent of the Open Campus, which also delivers high-quality education, research and services to all 15 contributing countries that support the University, as well as the Turks & Caicos Islands. The University of the West Indies currently has a total enrolment of over 39,000 students and graduates annually approximately 5,800 students (at undergraduate, graduate and diploma levels).

The UWI is the region's premier educational institution. Its faculties offer a wide range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs in Humanities and Education, Pure and Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, Engineering, Law, Medical Sciences and Social Sciences. There is a strong emphasis on Caribbean issues making the UWI the ideal educational institution for local and international students with an interest in Caribbean society.