The country's largest economic sector is agriculture. It is also an important offshore medical location. And, it is developing outstanding environmental energy services including the use of geothermal. Aside from a growing and thriving modern economy, Dominica also has perhaps one of the most competitive educational systems in the region and in the West. Domestic students enroll through secondary school and many will enter the workforce at this point. However, college and university are growing in popularity here among locals.
The country has its own state college called Clifton Community College. However, many also attend schools in other countries. Common options include the University of the West Indies, U.K. and U.S satellite schools and those of other countries. In addition, Ross University is a large medical school in the region and for biological field study, Clemson University is popular.
For those who wish to study here, speaking English or French is necessary since these are the native and common languages spoken, as well as a form of Creole. Many of the higher education programs in the country are taught one of these languages, but most are available in English. International students must be able to communicate in these languages to enroll in university programs.
University options are available in the larger cities including Roseau, home of All Saints University and Dominica State College and Portsmouth, home to Ross University School of Medicine. Scott's Head is the home of several options as well.
International students are welcome at most of the country's higher education programs. To enroll, students will need to apply directly to the school. These universities often have availability especially for those students who have significantly good grades as undergraduates (for those enrolling in graduate programs) or in high school equivalents. If the student is accepted by the Dominica university, he or she then is give documentation that allows the student to obtain a necessary student visa. In most cases, this process is straightforward and done quickly.
Most international students will live in dorm like settings on the campuses themselves. Others can rent apartments near the campus. These costs are out of pocket and not included with educational programs.
In order to enroll, students must be able to show that they can provide financial support for themselves. This includes paying for housing and health insurance. Some international students will work while they are enrolled in school. In addition, students will need to pick a specific degree. This may include criminology, human resources, business, medical or law.
The cost of living in Dominica is moderate and comparable throughout the Caribbean. In terms of costs for higher education, Dominica schools are able the same as those found in Europe or the United States. The student will need to pay his or her own education. Some may qualify for grants and discounted education for exceptional service or for schooling in an area in demand. Generally, schools help students to find necessary funding.