University of Medicine and Health Sciences

    Admissions /
    Accepted students

    Congratulations and welcome to UMHS

    Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) in St. Kitts! We commend you for your academic and personal accomplishments, and we are excited to welcome 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 that is as smooth as possible for you. With that in mind, please make note of the following information.

    Your One-Stop Site for Post-Acceptance

    All information regarding next-steps in the post-acceptance and enrollment process, including all required visa and medical forms, are located on your personalized website. Simply click on the link below and insert your email into the form to be automatically taken to your microsite.

    UMHS students
    Port Zante, St. Kitts

    It is important that you work through the various steps outlined in the New Student Welcome Packet, which can be found after logging in to your personalized website. 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 have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Nelly Alvarez, Post-Acceptance Director, at 866-686-0380 x501 or nalvarez@umhs-sk.net.

    If you are joining us for the fifth 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. For questions about the fifth semester, students should contact Shyam Dharia, Associate Director of Enrollment Management, at 732-804-9121 or sdharia@umhs-sk.net.

    Pre-Enrollment Timeline

    Before traveling to St. Kitts, there are a number of tasks you must complete, which will allow us to confirm your enrollment and ensure you are fully prepared to begin the UMHS program. Please complete the following steps in accordance with the recommended timelines:

    • Submit your $500 tuition deposit within 10 business days after receipt of the acceptance letter.

    • Apply for financial aid (if applicable). US students should wait to apply for financial aid until they receive an email from our financial aid office containing all pertinent information for the loan application process. Canadian students may apply for financial aid through Canadian banks upon receiving their UMHS acceptance letter.

    • Secure your round-trip flight to St. Kitts 60 days prior to the start of the semester.

    • Apply for a passport (if applicable) a minimum of 45 days prior to the start of the semester; renew your passport if it will expire during your time in St. Kitts.

    • Complete and submit visa documents no later than 30 days prior to the start of the semester.*

    • Secure housing in St. Kitts no later than 30 days prior to the start of the semester.

    • Purchase books at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester.

    *A police report, as well as various medical tests and immunizations, are required for the student visa; please allow sufficient time to obtain these required documents.

    Enrollment Deposit

    To secure a seat at UMHS, accepted students must remit a $500 deposit, along with an executed Intent to Enroll Form. This nonrefundable deposit will be forfeited if you do not attend. It’s important to submit your deposit 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:

    UMHS
    Office of Admissions
    275 7th Ave, 26th Floor
    New York, N.Y. 10001

    Travel Arrangements

    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 airlines. 

    Contact information for ProTravel:

    Tom Backer
    Toll Free: 800-714-7618
    Direct: 631-465-1000
    Email: tom.backer@protravelinc.com

    The St. Kitts airport code is SKB. The airport 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.

    Passport

    In order to travel to and live in St. Kitts, you need a valid passport. You should obtain or renew your passport at least six weeks prior to departing for St. Kitts. Your passport must be valid for your entire stay in St. Kitts. Applications are available at the U.S. Post Office or the U.S. Passport Office.

    To obtain a passport, you must have:

    • Two color photos (2” x 2”) not more than six months old.
    • An original birth certificate.
    • A second piece of identification, such as a driver’s license or voter registration card.
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    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, so you must print and carry these items with you when you travel:

    • A copy of your UMHS acceptance letter.
    • Confirmation of a return flight.
    • A passport valid for your entire stay in St. Kitts.
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    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 a 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 issuance 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 in your personalized website for further details on the student visa process.

    Student Visa Checklist

    Required items:        

    • UMHS acceptance letter
    • A copy of your round-trip flight itinerary
    • A copy of the photo/data page of your passport
    • One 2”x2” passport-sized photograph
    • $150 USD fee for U.S. residents and Canadians (see payment options)
    • A notarized copy of your birth certificate
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    Required Forms (See personalized website) 

    • Student Visa Application
    • Affidavit of Financial Support
    • Original Police Clearance Letter
    • Medical Examination Form
    • Medical Certificate
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    Medical Information

    Proof of the following immunizations (originals or notarized copies) are required:               

    • DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus)
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
    • Polio
    • Hepatitis B
    • Varicella/Varivax (if given over 12 years of age)
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    Results of the following medical tests (originals or notarized copies) are required:               

    • VDRL blood test
    • Urine drug screening
    • TB test
    • Titers
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    Student housing

    Review the housing section of our website to learn more about our various housing options and next-steps for securing a place to live in St. Kitts or Portland, Maine.

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    Housing

    Housing arrangements must be secured prior to your arrival in St. Kitts. To help students find comfortable and safe living arrangements, the UMHS Housing Department maintains a database of available apartments. Approximately 90 days before the start of each semester, accepted students are provided with the information necessary to access the UMHS Housing Database. Once you have received your account info, you can log in and begin reviewing the available units.

    Individual rent ranges between $600 and $1,200 per month, depending on where you live and the amenities available. For example, 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, you may also choose to live at the Royal St. Kitts Resort and Casino (royalstkittshotel.com). Located in Frigate Bay, the resort has numerous amenities including a pool, restaurants, a gym, and shuttle service to campus. UMHS is not officially affiliated with The Royal.  As a result,  you must contact the hotel directly at 869-465-8651 for booking information. 

    The Housing Office is pleased to assist in any way to ensure your comfort and safety. Should you have any further questions, feel free to contact the Housing office at 869-466-1057 ext. 126.

    Books

    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. 

    Fifth semester: Students entering in Portland, Maine, will be guided by the staff on that campus regarding required texts.

    Financial Aid

    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.

    Please feel free to contact the Office of Financial Aid at 212-868-0855 or at finaid@umhs-sk.net for additional assistance and counseling.

    Family residency requirements

    Spouses

    Spouses are granted temporary residency in St. Kitts so they can accompany their partners for the duration of their studies. Like the students, spouses will also have to obtain temporary visas. Please contact the Admissions department for further details. Spouses wishing to work on St. Kitts will need to obtain a work permit, which is often difficult to obtain for non-Kittitians.

    Relatives and friends

    Relatives and friends may travel to St. Kitts without a visa for approximately one 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 the island, if you are going to seek an extension, please coordinate with Dr. Frank Wagner.

    Children

    Legally, children under 18 are allowed to stay in St. Kitts with a student as long as they are registered with the Education Department, especially if they will be enrolled in the public school system. There are a variety of both public and private schools on St. Kitts. If you are bringing school-aged children to St. Kitts, we suggest that you contact Dr. Prakash Mungli, Dean of Student Affairs, who can advise you on school options.

    Student Orientation and Registration

    A week before classes begin, new students will be registering for classes and attending a week-long orientation program. This gives new students time to acclimate to island life, connect with fellow classmates, and be introduced to the campus, academic programs, and student services. During orientation week, several events are planned to help students acclimate to their new environment, including a first-semester party, a catamaran/snorkeling trip for students and faculty, and a tour of St. Kitts.  

    Seminars occur during orientation to help new students become familiar with their unique living environment. Students meet with the St. Kitts police to learn about traffic safety and security. Also, local government officials will discuss visas, immigration, and national security, and the University president personally provides students with both a campus tour and an orientation presentation. Students will also have an opportunity to visit the local banks and the supermarket. During the evening hours, our welcoming committee plans social events and group dinners.