The University of the West Indies, Mona

The University of the West Indies, Mona, is an exchange destination for University College Utrecht students, located in Mona, Jamaica.

Number of places available

2 students per semester

Academic calendar

Fall Semester: End of August – end of November
Spring Semester: Mid-January – mid-April

Language of instruction


Course offer

UWI has several faculties: Faculty of Humanities & Education, Faculty of Science and Technology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Mona School of Engineering, Institute of Gender & Development Studies, and the Faculty of Sports 

The courses can be found after you have chosen a specific programme from one of UWI’s faculties. You can find all the programmes here. 


Credit system

15 credits per semester is a full time courses load. Most courses are 3 or 6 credits. 

Grade system



On-campus accommodations are available. When applying for admission, students must indicate their preference. Find more information here and fees here


Click here for an overview of cost of living at the university (note that costs are in Jamaican Dollars).


There is an orientation week before class starts, as well as pre-orientation webinars specifically for international students. 


The campus is located some 10 km from the center of Kingston, the capital of Jamaica which has around a million inhabitants. Kingston has high crime rates and gang violence, meaning that some areas should be avoided by tourists. There are museums and nature destinations near the campus, including beaches, snorkeling, etcetera. Click here for an impression and here for general tourist information for Jamaica. 

Kingston has a tropical climate. The temperature is around 30 degrees year round. There is a rainy season from May until November. This coincides with the hurricane season. 

Student life

The campus has facilities such as a book store, restaurants, a health center, a swimming pool, travel service, a super market, and a shuttle service to take you around and from the campus. There are also various sports facilities and teams, as well as social and cultural clubs and societies managed by the Guild of Students. These also organize parades and festivals on campus. 

The campus is a large, historical complex. You can even book tours of the campus. There is also 24 hour security on campus. There are about 19,000 students at Mona. 

Student experiences

The University of West Indies is a new destination, and therefore we have not received feedback from our students yet. Be the first UCU student to explore Mona!

More information

For information about the requirements for studying abroad, the application procedure and more, go to UCU's Study abroad page. 

You can browse through all UCU exchange destinations and UU exchange destinations in the exchange catalog.