With the local post-secondary landscape developing rapidly, it’s no surprise that a number of students are choosing to stay in Cayman when pursuing their higher education degrees. With an incredible location and competitive fee schedules, Cayman has also become a hotspot for foreign students to come to study professional degrees, especially in the fields of Law and Medicine.
University College of the Cayman Islands
The 1980s were a key time for the development of tertiary education options in the Cayman Islands. The Government at the time made it a priority to centralise the administration of Cayman's handful of tertiary education options, and so three privately owned schools were combined to create one college. One of the schools focused on Hotel Training, the second on Marine and Trades, and the third on the Secretarial/Business sectors and by becoming one school they were named the Community College of the Cayman Islands. The name was later changed to the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI).
Fast forward to 2021, today UCCI offers international accreditation for its courses and has 1,400 students and 75 fulltime faculty and staff. They also have international partnerships with other universities, so students enjoy various options to study abroad while local students can select from many internship opportunities. They have a very strong STEM programme, thanks in part to the establishment of the Dr Wm Hrudey Observatory in 2012. Their Associate, Bachelor and Master's programmes work well alongside UCCI's strong Performing Arts programme that includes a choir, a dance troupe and a multi-awarded steelpan band, the UCCI Pandemix.
A few years ago, those in the local hotel and restaurant industry recognised that Cayman would benefit from a hospitality school, and so UCCI's School of Hospitality Studies was born. The school offers an internationally accredited hospitality/tourism studies programme that aims to meet existing and future needs of the Islands' tourism industry. UCCI also houses the Island’s only official Microsoft IT Academy and Cisco Networking Academy for the preparation, training and testing of a variety of Microsoft certification exams and Cisco training programs. UCCI also offers a Nursing programme and a post-graduate diploma in Education.
International College of the Cayman Islands
Established in 1970, the International College of the Cayman Islands (ICCI) is the longest standing institution of post-secondary education in Cayman. With humble beginnings as a not-for-profit organisation, the school has long been known as the birthplace of higher education in the Cayman Islands. The school offers online, face-to-face and hybrid classes and awards certificates, Associate, Bachelor’s and Master's degrees. Since 2002, it has been accredited locally and in 2016 by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) in the US, and the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC) in the UK. With a key focus on career placement and personal development, ICCI challenges students with rigorous academics coupled with excellent service and care for students.
The Truman Bodden Law School
Established in 1982, the Truman Bodden Law School has been affiliated with the University of Liverpool in the UK since the late 1980s. This association validates and awards the undergraduate (LL.B) and Masters (LL.M) Degree programmes. The University of Liverpool is a Russell Group University (equivalent to the US Ivy League) and the degree is internationally recognised. The LL.B Degree is also recognised as a Qualifying Law Degree by the Joint Academic Quality and Standards Committee of England and Wales and the Cayman Islands’ Legal Advisory Council. This recognition makes LL.B graduates eligible to pursue postgraduate professional qualifications in both Cayman and the UK as well as other common law jurisdictions. TBLS also offers a Masters in International Finance (LL.M) and a Diploma in International Finance (PGDip). At a postgraduate professional level, TBLS also enjoys an affiliation with Oxford Brookes University (“OBU”). Successful completion of the law school’s nine month long Professional Practice Course (the precursor to Articles of Clerkship) leads to the award of the OBU Diploma in Legal Practice.
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Other Local Further Education Options
St. Matthew's University School of Medicine
Cayman has a thriving medical school called St. Matthew’s which attracts most of its student population from America and other overseas countries. Students complete five semesters (three semesters a year) of Basic Science and Pre–Clinical studies in Grand Cayman, and are then transferred to do clinical rotations at teaching hospitals in the US, Canada or UK to complete their medical degree programme.
St. Matthew's School of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary students complete seven semesters (three semesters per year) of Basic Science instruction in Grand Cayman before doing a year of clinical instruction at an affiliated US or Canadian veterinary school.
Northwestern Caribbean Baptist Theological Seminary
Cayman's first seminary, founded in conjunction with Dr Randy Von Kanel and the Cayman Islands Baptist Church, offers coursework towards a Bachelor's Degree taught by credentialed professors. Students can also study for a Master’s Degree through online work with an accredited US seminary.
(UWI) University of The West Indies, Cayman
The UWI Open Campus is a virtual campus delivering accredited undergraduate and graduate-degrees.