Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts (UMHS)! You are to be commended for your academic and personal accomplishments and, with great excitement, we look forward to welcoming you to our student body. As you begin planning for your enrollment and travel to St. Kitts or Portland, Maine, please know that our goal is to ensure a process which is as smooth as possible for you. With that in mind, please make note of the following information.
It is important that you work through the various steps outlined in the New Student Welcome Packet, which was provided with your acceptance letter. If you are entering semesters 1-4, you will need to book your flight, review housing options, and complete the requirements for obtaining a St. Kitts student visa.
If you are joining us for the 5th semester program in Portland, there are separate steps to take to prepare for enrollment. We stand ready to assist with each step in the process. At any time, if we can provide further information, please do not hesitate to contact us - Ms. Nelly Alvarez, Associate Director of Enrollment Management (whose role is to guide new students as they prepare to enter UMHS), is your main point of contact for all enrollment-related questions. She may be reached at 866.686.0380 x663 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before traveling to St. Kitts, there are a number of tasks to complete which will allow us to confirm your enrollment and ensure you are fully prepared to begin the UMHS program. Please note the steps in the following checklist and their anticipated date of completion:
1) Submit the tuition deposit within 10 business days after receipt of the acceptance letter
2) Apply for financial aid (if applicable) 60 days prior to the start of the semester
3) Secure round-trip flight to St. Kitts 60 days prior to the start of the semester
4) Apply for a passport (if applicable) a mimimum of 45 days prior to the start of the semester; renew your passport if it will expire during your time in St. Kitts
5) Complete and submit visa documents no later than 30 days prior to the start of the semester*
6) Secure housing in St. Kitts no later than 30 days prior to the start of the semester
7) Purchase books at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester
*The Police Report as well as various medical tests and immunizations are required for the Student Visa; please allot sufficient time to obtain these required documents.
To secure a seat at UMHS, accepted students must remit a $500 deposit along with an executed Intent to Enroll Form. This deposit will be forfeited if you do not attend. It's important to submit this as soon as possible as classes fill quickly and we need to reserve space for you. You may make this payment by clicking here or by sending a check or money order (payable to UMHS) to:
Office of Admissions
460 W. 34th St., 4th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10001
Students entering semesters 1-4 must submit proof of a round-trip itinerary for visa purposes. Although you may book your airfare independently, we recommend that you work with our designated travel agent, ProTravel International, as they negotiate volume discounts with the airlines. Our contact at ProTravel is Tom Backer:
Toll Free: 800.714.7618
The St. Kitts airport code is SKB and is served by major airlines flying from New York, Miami, San Juan, and other locations. For residents of Canada, Air Canada offers seasonal flights direct from Toronto to St. Kitts.
In order to live and travel to St. Kitts you need a valid passport. Students should obtain or renew their passport at least six weeks prior to departing for St. Kitts. Passports must be valid for a student's entire stay in St. Kitts. Applications are available at the U.S. Post Office or the U.S. Passport Office.
To obtain a passport, students must have:
- two color photos (2” x 2”) not more than six months old
- an original birth certificate
- a second piece of identification; e.g., driver’s license, voter registration card
Arrival in St. Kitts and the Student Visa
After your flight lands and you arrive in St. Kitts, you will proceed through Immigration. Students attending UMHS are required to show the following at the time of arrival and you must carry these items with you when you travel:
1) a copy of the UMHS acceptance letter
2) confirmation of a return flight
3) passport valid for your entire stay in St. Kitts
After showing these items to the immigration officer, you will be permitted to enter St. Kitts. In order to stay legally, you are required to possess a student visa, which will be issued to you after your arrival (any individual who resides in St. Kitts for more than 30 days must obtain a visa). For our students' convenience, UMHS acts as an agent with the government for this process.
As you prepare to enroll it is required that you gather the information and supporting documents necessary to obtain the student visa from the government of St. Kitts. Below we have provided a checklist of documents and associated information which are required to be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the start of Orientation to ensure the issue of your student visa by the government of St. Kitts. It is recommended that you keep a copy of all documents submitted in the package and carry the copy with you when you travel to UMHS. See the New Student Welcome Packet for further specific details on the Student Visa process.
Student Visa Checklist
- UMHS Acceptance Letter
- A copy of your round trip flight itinerary
- A copy of the photo/data page of your passport
- One 2x2 passport sized photograph
- $150 USD fee for U.S. residents and Canadians (check payable to “UMHS” or via UMHS Credit Card Gateway)
- Notarized copy of your birth certificate
Required Forms (See Welcome Packet)
- Student Visa Application
- Affidavit of Financial Support
- Original Police Clearance Letter
- Medical Examination Form
- Medical Certificate
Immunizations: Proof of immunizations (originals or notarized copies) are required:
1) DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus)
2) MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
4) Hepatitis B
5) Varicella/Varivax (if given over 12 years of age)
Results of the following tests (originals or notarized copies) are required:
1) VDRL blood test
2) Urine drug screening
3) TB test
Housing arrangements must be secured prior to your arrival on St. Kitts. The UMHS Housing Office works with students to assist with finding comfortable and safe living arrangements by maintaining a database of available, prescreened, apartments that meet the needs of a medical school student. Approximately 90 days before the start of each semester, accepted students are provided with the information necessary to access the UMHS Housing Database. Once received, students can log-in and begin reviewing the available units.
Individual rent ranges between $600 and $1200 per month depending on where you live and the amenities available. You will see that some properties have amenities such as a pool and laundry service. Once you have chosen a unit, fill out the form at the bottom of the page so we can verify the unit is still available. Feel free to ask questions about the unit and the surrounding area in the “Requests” section.
In addition to apartments, students may also live in the Royal St. Kitts Resort and Casino (royalstkittshotel.com). Located in Frigate Bay, the resort is home to pools, restaurants, a gym, and shuttle service to campus. UMHS is not officially affiliated with "The Royal" and students must contact the hotel directly for booking information; to inquire about the property and to secure housing at The Royal, please contact the hotel by phone: 869.465.8651.
The housing office is pleased to assist in any way to ensure your comfort and safest. Should you have any further questions, feel free to contact the housing office at 869.466.1057 ext. 126.
Semesters 1-4: Prior to your enrollment in the Basic Science Program, you will receive an email from the University notifying you of the semester booklist. You may arrange with the campus bookstore to have your books ready for you when you arrive on campus. Students entering semester 5 in Portland, Maine, will be guided by the staff in Portland regarding required texts.
The decision to attend medical school holds not only academic but also financial considerations for students and their families. The Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to helping all students develop a viable financial plan for attendance.
Developing a practical financial plan means understanding the costs associated with your medical education and determining how much money will be needed for each semester you are in attendance. Funding options may include personal and family contributions, scholarships, and loans. The Financial Aid section of the UMHS website contains basic information concerning the estimated cost of attendance as well as a Financial Planning Guide. After reviewing these materials, please contact the Office of Financial Aid (by phone at 212.868.0855 or email: email@example.com) to receive personalized attention.
Both the country as well as the university require enrolled students have the following immunizations and medical tests as well as proof thereof prior to matriculation. This documentation is necessary for the St. Kitts Visa.
- DPT(Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus)
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
- Hepatitis B (Start of the series)
- Varicella or Viravax vaccine if given over the age of 12 year
Required Medical Tests
- TB test
- HIV-I/II test
- Chest X-Ray
Residency for Spouses
Please note that spouses (husband or wife) are granted temporary residence to accompany their partners for the duration of their studies. Like the students, they also will have to obtain a temorary visa. Please contact either John Krammer (firstname.lastname@example.org) who can assist spouses with the visa process.
Relatives and Friends
Relatives and friends can travel to St. Kitts with out a visa for approximately a month. After a month an extension will be required. Please be advised that the Government of St. Kitts has the right to approve or deny an extension. Once on Island, if you are going to seek an extension, its best to coordinate with Dr. Frank Wagener who is located on campus. He assists both students, spouses, and friedns in these matters. Please be aware that in order to work in St. Kitts you need a work permit which is often difficult to obtain for non-kittians.
Children under 18 are allowed to stay in St. Kitts with the student as long as they are are registered with the Education Department according to law, especially if they will be enrolled in the public school system. There is a variety of both public and private schools on St. Kitts. We would suggest that if you are bringing school age children to St. Kitts you contact Dr. Last, Dean of Student Affairs (email@example.com) who can advise you on school options.