University of the West Indies: Mona, Jamaica
This international exchange is currently available to five graduate students in the Higher Education Program.
Higher education administration majors are eligible for an opportunity to practice skills learned at The Florida State University in an international setting. Students selected to represent the Higher Education Program will participate in an unpaid internship for five weeks in the summer at the University of the West Indies – Mona Campus (UWI-Mona) in Kingston, Jamaica. Students may receive up to three credit hours towards their academic program.
Students not from Jamaica: 10% of student population
Students will be placed in an area of Student Services in which they have an interest, and provided that the area is able to receive interns during the exchange period. During the first week, students will be given an orientation of the university structure as well as the Office of Student Services and Development. During the following four weeks, students will work for twenty hours each week in their placement.
The Office of Student Services at UWI-Mona provides campus activities through university housing. All UWI students are assigned to a Hall of Residence; however, not all students live on campus. Each Student Services and Development Manager is responsible for a Hall of Residence as well as an area of Student Services.
The Florida State University students may choose any of the areas or programs listed below to determine what their internship objectives will be. Completion of all internship outlines, forms with approvals, internship work, and a final paper are required to receive the three credit hours towards their program of study.
- Halls of Residence
- Sport Teams (organized by Hall of Residence)
- Placement and Career Services
- Community Students
- Office of Special Student Services (Students with disabilities)
- UWI Mentorship Program
- UWI Quality Leadership Program
- Interpersonal Skills Program
- First Year Experience Program
- Development Programs
- Clubs and Societies
- Community Outreach Projects/ Service Learning
- Guild of Students (Students Union/Student Government)
To participate in this exchange you must be a graduate student in the Higher Education Program. Contact the Program Director, Global Pathways Certificate and Exchanges, Dr. Cadence Kidwell for information on how to apply for this internship, and complete the FSU Application for Higher Education Internship at UWI . You will be asked to provide a statement of your background in intercultural settings and of your expectations for the internship.
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.
Application must be submitted by March 15. Click here to complete and submit the application.
Late June – Late July
Since The Florida State University students will not be receiving academic credit from UWI-Mona or payment for their internship hours they will enter Jamaica as a visitor. Visitors who are citizens of the Unites States will not be required to apply for a Visa to enter Jamaica since their stay is under six months. However, students must have a valid US passport to travel.
Students will be responsible for all costs associated with this five week internship. Students will reside on UWI-Mona campus for the duration of their stay.
- Housing: Approximately $480 Students will have a single room.
- Meals: Approximately $600. UWI does not have a central dining facility on campus. However, there are various restaurants on campus.
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.