Residential Life
Residential Life

campus residential life


Residential Life


The University of Medicine and Health Sciences' (UMHS) campus has a vibrant atmosphere, evoking a collegial environment. The students, faculty, and staff members are all dedicated to medical education.






 Faculty Availability


The faculty are on campus every day and maintain open office hours to support students.  Each student is assigned a faculty advisor to assist them throughout the course of the semester.  Students encountering academic difficulties are required to meet with their respective faculty advisor, as well as the Dean of Basic Science, to develop an action plan to address any deficiencies.  UMHS faculty and administrators are dedicated to student success and are relentless in their mission to provide students with the tools, resources, and education to succed.



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Campus Access


Campus facilities, including classrooms, breakout rooms, the library and the learning resource center, are all open week days from 7 AM to 11 PM and have reduced hours on the weekend. In the evening hours most of the campus is open for student access. The student lounge is open 24 hours a day which also contains student refrigerators, microwaves, vending machines, student lockers, and comfortable seating. 


Student Orientation


Students coming to UMHS for the first time are required to attend New Student Orientation. This occurs several days prior to class registration. New Student Orientation gives students an opportunity to meet fellow classmates as well as learn about the campus, the various student services offered, and the diverse island life of St. Kitts.


New Student orientation is described in greater detail on the Post-Arrival page of the website. 




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White Coat Ceremony


First-semester students are welcomed into their medical education at the White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony includes a formal cloaking of students in their white coats to signify their journey toward a medical career. Students should have a short white lab coat to put on during the ceremony.


Fourth Semester Banquet


Fourth semester students participate in a banquet that signifies student accomplishments as they complete their Basic Science Program and get ready to return to the U.S. At this time, student accomplishments are recognized and teaching awards are handed out. 




All student housing is off-campus and is made up of various options lcoated throughout the Island. There is a wide variety of housing to satisfy any student's need. Housing stock includes apartments, houses, hotels, and dorm-like facilities.  There are many housing options within walking distance to campus. The university's bus service shuttles students to and from campus that live outside of walking distance.  The University Housing Department assists students, faculty, and staff members in locating and securing appropriate housing accommodations.  The Housing Department maintains a database of housing accommodations to fit every need and budget.


Housing is described in greater detail on the Student Housing page of the website.




Students can opt to purchase or rent a vehicle while they are in St. Kitts.  The university has also contracted with local bus companies to provide transportation to students that live a distance from campus. In addition, students can alway choose to utilize the local taxi and bus service on the Island to get to locations not related to the university.




Housing in St Kitts 



Campus Safety and Security


UMHS takes the safety and security of its students, faculty, and staff very seriously. There is a full-time security staff, and security office on campus to assist students with any questions or concerns, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Students are required to obtain a University identification card when they first register for classes. Students must show their identification card to enter the campus, and the card must be visible on the student at all times while on campus.



Island Safety


St. Kitts is a relatively safe island, however we urge students to excercise normal precuations as if they were visiting any large city. The people on the island are generally very welcoming and friendly. As with any country or region that suffers higher rates of poverty, crimes of opportunity and desperation do happen. Be aware of local surroundings and avoid opportunistic crimes by not leaving valuables unattended or doors unlocked. The University's full-time security force will come to a student's aid at any time of the day or night, and in any location on the island.



Campus support Services


UMHS has various on-campus support services in place to help students manage academic concerns, poor health, stress, and other problems that might negatively impact a student's educational process.  


Each student is assigned an academic advisor, who's role is to provide educational support and guidance, and to help students determine their future career goals.  The University also has a well-structured tutoring program in place for students that need additional academic help.



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Medical Health Care


The UMHS Health Care Clinic is located on campus, and is staffed with a registered nurse who provides students, faculty and staff with medical care or referral for additional medical services.  St. Kitts has health clinics located throughout the island. The main hospital in St. Kitts is the Joseph N. France General Hospital in Basseterre, which is less than a 2 minute drive from the campus.


Health Insurance Coverage


Every UMHS student is required to maintain health insurance coverage, as well as emergency evacuation insurance that is used to transport an ill student to the closest U.S. hospital.  Students can opt out of the University medical insurance plan with proof of insurance.  However, all students are required to have the Univeristy evacuation insurance.


Mental Health Care


The mental health of UMHS students and faculty is of vital importance.  The University takes several steps to ensure that students are taking preemptive measures to maintain their mental well-being. For immediate needs an on-campus counselor is available to speak-with and treat students. If a student's mental health issues could not be resolved by the University, a referral to an appropriate mental healthcare provider would quickly occur.


Local Amenities


St. Kitts offers many of the same amenities and luxuries that can be had within the US. There are supermarkets, high-end restaurants, nightclubs, laundromats, banks, and even a movie theatre. Public transportation is widespread, with buses and taxis operating throughout the island. 




Although hot and tropical, St. Kitts weather is tempered by Caribbean trade winds throughout the majority of the year. Temperatures usually range between 78 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. January to April is the driest period of the year. Rainfall increases during the summer and near the end of the year. The average annual rainfall is about 50-80 inches per year. Hurricane season runs from August through October.



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