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Universities : Why Study in Grenada?

Why Study in Grenada?

Who wouldn't want to pursue studies at an island school? Everyday would seem like a vacation once class was out for the day and homework completed. Whether enjoying the community college environment and its offerings, or pursuing a prestigious degree at SGU, Grenada offers the ultimate backdrop for studying abroad.

If you want to study in Grenada, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Education World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Choosing where to study in Grenada is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice.

Grenada is a British-Commonwealth nation consisting of three islands (Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique) in the Caribbean Sea. For decades, its medical school has been one of the most popular and well-regarded institutions in the Caribbean for foreigners studying abroad. Grenada’s beautiful and varied tropical landscape and its rich French and English colonial history offer students from around the world an opportunity for a unique cultural exchange while they pursue their degrees.

Higher Education System

Grenada’s public education is modelled largely after the British system and includes 184 schools; however, the island has only two schools of higher education. The first is the T.A. Marryshow Community College, a public college which exists to advance the development of Grenada and its citizenry. The second is the St. George’s University, a private school which serves mostly foreign medical students.

Although St. George’s University was established as a medical school, in recent years its programs of study have been expanded to include:

  • School of Medicine
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate Studies programs (including MBAs in Health Management and International Business)

Many universities choose Grenada as a destination when hosting their own short-term study abroad programs.

Student Life in Grenada / Expected Costs

Grenada has a booming tourism and hospitality industry, and those students who choose to study on its islands will enjoy access to the same natural wonders and recreational activities that draw admirers from around the globe; beaches, mountains, and rain forests are all found on the main island. Grenada is also a short travel distance by plane or boat to the rest of the Caribbean, as well as South America.

Grenada uses for currency the Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollar, which is tied to the US dollar at 1 USD = 2.67 EC. (A good way to remember the conversion is that $5.00 EC equals approximately $2.00 USD.) Most businesses will accept American dollars for purchases but return change in Eastern Caribbean dollars. ATMs are available across the island and allow per diem withdrawals of between $1,000 and $3,000 EC. Students who intend to stay for extended periods of time are encouraged to open a local bank account.

Student-friendly atmosphere

With budget activities being frequent, Granada is very friendly to its students. Students will be able to enjoy free tapas whenever they order a drink in an authentic tapas bar.

Those who wish to relax or even study in a peaceful place should check out Parque Carmen de los Mártires, Granada’s perfect getaway spot. It’s completely free and open to anyone.

Students are also able to take advantage of their student discount and enjoy many of Granada’s museums. Perfect for art students with a creative block! Some of Granada’s most famous museums include The Science Park, Palacio de los Olvidados and Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte.

Perfect location

Granada features everything – a small town that’s very easy to navigate and will make you feel like a local. You’ll be close to the mountains and the beach which is ideal for both, hikers and swimmers. You’ll be able to enjoy many authentic dishes in traditional and non-traditional restaurants.

One of sights you absolutely must visit while in Granada is the Alhambra – a majestic palace with a lot of amazing history. Along with Alhambra, students also enjoy walking and cultural tours of the city and, of course, many pub crawls. Lovers of architecture will be delighted as Granada features many stunning palaces and churches, such as the humbling Cathedral and Royal Chapel and Basilica de Nuestra Senora de las Angustias.

Granada has easy transportation to various parts of Spain – you’ll have easy access to Madrid, Barcelona, Cordoba and direct connections to plenty of other Spanish cities.

Cheap, budget student accommodation!

As a student, you are able to browse through many Spotahome listings available in Granada. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Single rooms in a four bedroom apartment with private patio and swimming pool access
  • 4 bedrooms for rent near the University of Granada
  • Sunny rooms for rent in the student neighborhood of Los Pajaritos
  • Room for women in quiet apartment in fantastic central area

Heading to Barcelona for a weekend or two while you are studying in Granada? Check out our tips on How to Make the Most Out of Your Summer in Barcelona!

Cultural Explosion

Granada has an impressive cultural resume. Its roots come from ancient Moorish, Jewish, and Christian societies, and aspects of each can be found in every corner of the city. Certain areas feel like a traditional European landscape, but a quick walk can get you into the heart of ancient Islamic eras. Granada is famed for its live Flamenco shows, particularly in the Sacromonte neighborhood, where much of the Gitano population lives in inhabited caves. For a look into the future, check out Granada’s Science Park, an impressive museum with exhibits that touch on every area of the sciences. The city hosts a variety of events, such as traditional Spanish parades during Semana Santa (Holy Week leading up to Easter), or international film and art festivals. Granada also has its own fútbol team and stadium, as well as a large arena to view one of the country’s traditional pastimes, bullfightin

Popular Universities

Grenada only has two universities, but one is world-renowned: St. George's University (SGU), reported to have "placed more doctors into first-year US residency positions than any other medical school in the world" as of April 2013. SGU features both medical and veterinary degree programs, as well as non-medical degree programs.

Medical degree programs include the following: Medical Program (Four-Year Doctor of Medicine), Premedical Program, Public Health – Medicine, Research – Medicine, and Nursing.

The veterinary degree programs include the following: Veterinary Medical Program (Four-Year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), Preveterinary Medical Program, Public Health – Veterinary Medicine, Research – Veterinary Medicine Business – Graduate.

SGU also offers non-medical undergraduate degrees in business, information technology, liberal studies, biology, and management information systems.

The other university is T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), which offers 46 pro-grams across a wide range of disciplines, including arts, sciences, and technology. The college awards certificates, associate degrees, and baccalaureate degrees.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees in Grenada vary, depending on the student's enrollment and selected program at either SGU or TAMCC. Average tuition, however, is about $25,000 per term at SGU.

Eligibility for Study Visas

Students studying abroad in Grenada need to have a study visa, to allow them to reside in the country and pursue their studies.

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