International Student Guide

Application Process        

·        Admission Requirements: Ensure you meet all academic and language proficiency criteria specific to international students.

·         Documentation: Alongside academic records, you might need recommendation letters, a statement of purpose, and proof of finances.

·         Visa and Students' Permit: Remember to obtain the necessary permit to study from Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA).  Always start this process early to avoid delays.

Jamaican Culture:

·         Warmth and Hospitality: Jamaicans are known for their welcoming spirit.  Don't hesitate to engage in conversations and participate in local traditions.

·         Music and Dance: Jamaica is the birthplace of reggae, and music is deeply embedded in its culture.  Experience live music and try learning a few dance moves!

·         Cuisine: Don't miss out on local delicacies like jerk chicken, patties, ackee, and saltfish.  However, remember that some dishes might be spicy for the uninitiated.

Things to Do:

·         Nature: Jamaica boasts beautiful beaches, waterfalls, and mountains.  Make sure to visit places like Dunn's River Falls and the Blue

·         Historical Sites: Discover Jamaica's rich history by visiting sites such as the Bob Marley Museum and Port Royal.

·         Events & Festivals: Participate in or observe cultural events like Carnival or the Reggae Sumfest to get an authentic taste of Jamaican celebrations.

Safety and Health:

·         While Jamaica is generally safe for tourists and students, always be aware of your surroundings, especially in unfamiliar areas.

·         Familiarize yourself with local health facilities near CSMSJ and ensure you have the necessary health insurance or vaccinations if required.


·         Currency: Jamaica's official currency is the Jamaican dollar.  Familiarize yourself with the exchange rates and local banking systems.

·         Weather: Jamaica has a tropical climate.  It's advisable to pack accordingly and always have sun protection.

·         Local Etiquette: Greet with a smile, say “please" and “thank you," and respect local customs and traditions.

Joining CSMSJ offers a top-tier educational experience and a chance to immerse yourself in Jamaica's vibrant and rich culture.  Prepare, participate, and enjoy your journey!

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