FAQS

The following is a series of frequently asked questions by persons interested in attending the University of Technology, Jamaica. If you have any further questions, which are not listed below, please mail them to us at prospectinfo@utech.edu.jm.

How do I Apply? 

All applicants are encouraged to apply on-line. The on-line process is designed to make the submission of your application as easy and accurate as possible and should last approximately 20 minutes.

Applicants who are unable to apply on-line must either print an application form from the University’s website or obtain one from the Admissions and Enrolment Office.

How should I send in paper application?

Application forms are available from the Admissions and Enrolment Office and on the University's website.

A non-refundable application fee of JA$1,000.00 for Jamaican residents and US$40.00 for Non-Jamaicans must be paid at the Accounts Department before the collection of application forms or upon submission of application forms downloaded from the website. All downloaded application forms and proof of qualifications must be submitted to an Admissions Representative along with the receipt of payment.

How should I send in supporting documents?

Submitting certified documentary evidence
Copies of academic, birth and marriage certificates must be submitted along with the completed application form. These copies must be certified and stamped only by a Minister of Religion, Justice of the Peace, Attorney-at-Law or Medical Practioner. ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS SHOULD ONLY BE SUBMITTED UPON REQUEST BY THE UNIVERSITY. Documents that have been tampered with will not be accepted and the applicant will forfeit chances of admission to the University.  Applications and supporting documents must be returned to the Admissions and Enrolment Office by 4:00 pm on application deadline.

Transcripts from other tertiary institutions must also be submitted by the closing date for receipt of applications. It is not necessary to obtain a transcript from a secondary school.

Forms not properly completed, without proof of processing fee (for applications submitted manually), or without supporting documentation will not be processed.

When is the Application deadline for this year?

All applicants are encouraged to apply early for priority consideration. There are two options when applying for admission, Early Bird option and Regular option. Late applications are only considered if there is space in the programme.

The Early Bird option is recommended primarily for highly qualified applicants, summer applicants and international applicants who would like an early decision on their application. Any applicant may apply during this period. Applications submitted during this period will be considered for admission and given an early decision. An early bird applicant is one who has submitted an application along with supporting documentation by the stipulated deadline.

The Regular option is the standard application option.

Applicants should apply by the following deadlines:
December 1, 2011 – Early Bird Deadline
January 31, 2012 – Regular Deadline

Do you accept late applications?

Late applications will only be considered if there is space in the programmes.  If there is no space in the programme the application will be considered for the next academic year.  Applicants submitting late applications should follow the normal procedure for submission of applications.

Should I reapply if I was denied entry in a previous application period?

Yes.  Applications submitted for an academic year are applicable to only that period, and is not carried over into the following academic year.  Therefore, once entry is denied, applicants will need to resubmit another application.

What is the entry requirement for UTech?

The minimum requirement for entry to a Bachelor’s programme is five (5) CSEC or O/Level passes including Mathematics and English.

The entry varies according to the Programme.  Please visit the Summary of Programmes for the specific requirements for your programme of interest.

Is there any special entry requirement for Mature Students who are not eligible for admissions under the normal requirements?

Persons who are 25 years of age and above, who are not eligible for admission under the normal entry requirements may apply for mature entry provided that they have demonstrated potential suitability for university undergraduate studies by virtue of attainments and/or relevant work experience. The top of the first page of the application form should be clearly marked “MATURE ENTRY”.  Such applications will be considered individually and a portfolio attesting to these attainments must accompany the application. Applicants may be required to attend interviews and/or special tests designed to assess their command of the English Language, numeracy, and reasoning ability. 

How old do I have to be to apply to UTech?

An applicant will be considered for a programme if s/he meets the normal matriculation requirements, and is at least 17 years of age by December of the year of admission.

When will I know if I have been accepted?

Early Bird applicants will be given a decision no later than January 31, 2012
Regular applicants will be given a decision no later than May 31, 2012.
Applicants to summer programmes will be advised of their status by March 31, 2012.

Each applicant who is offered a place at the University will be so advised by a letter from the Admissions Office. These applicants are required to pay a non-refundable enrolment commitment fee.  This fee will be applied to the University fees upon enrolment. An applicant’s acceptance can only be confirmed if the Enrolment Commitment fee has been paid.

Please contact the Admissions and Enrolment Office at admissions@utech.edu.jm for additional information.

How do I Apply for Financial Aid? 

A limited number of Financial Aid Office Grants are given to students who are experiencing severe economic hardships.  They assist with tuition fees, minor medical expenses, lunch (tickets for cafeteria), bus fares, books, rent and clothing for Teaching Practice and Seminars/Workshops. Grants are not normally given to first-year students.

Applicants must demonstrate financial need.  They are required to complete the prescribed form and submit it with a letter attesting to need from a Minister of Religion, Justice of the Peace, Lecturer or last school Principal. Applicants will be interviewed and assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact the Financial Aid office for further information

Can I study full time or part time?

Students' status will be based on the number of credits taken per semester and not the time of day they attend classes. This means that a student has the option to enrol as a full-time or as a part-time student based on the number of credits that he/she chooses to take.

Are books included in tuition & fees?

No.   Unfortunately books are not included in tuition & fees.

Do students have to live on campus?

The University currently provides a limited number of residential facilities for full-time students.  There are six halls of residence, two of which are assigned to male students; the remaining four are assigned to females.  Boarding Application forms are attached to all undergrad programme application forms.  Interested persons are required to complete the form and return it to the Front Desk, Main Administration Building, by the end of January.  Applications may also be downloaded from the UTech website at www.utechjamaica.edu.jm

The Accommodation Office also assists students in finding affordable and comfortable off-campus accommodation.  For further information kindly contact the Accommodation Officer, Students Services Building, extension 2191, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday or email boarding4@utech.edu.jm

 

If I live on Dorm, Do I have to leave during Holidays?

The fees you pay cover the semester period.  Therefore students are asked to evacuate the dorm at the end of a semester period.  Should you require accommodation after the semester period you should submit an application one month before the break and pay the weekly-prescribed fee.

Do Males and Females share Facilities?

Males and Females do not share facilities.  There are two halls allocated to males: Farquharson Hall and Hall F; and four halls allocated to females: Garvey Hall and Halls A, B & E

What about students’ safety on campus?
Students’ safety and the security of the University are the primary concerns of Administration.  Security Guards are on patrol seven days per week for 24 hours on all days.  There are also several electronic security systems in place,
How do International students apply?

They follow the same procedure as local students (see number 1 and 2 above) or for further information they can contact International Students’ Office at (876)-927-1680-8 or fax (876)-977-4388 or e-mail internationalstudents@utech.edu.jm

Who can certify my documents?

Copies of Original Documents must be certified and stamped only by a Minister of Religion, Justice of the Peace, Attorney-at-Law or Medical Practitioner. ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS SHOULD ONLY BE SUBMITTED UPON REQUEST BY THE UNIVERSITY. 

I have been given an offer for this coming year, but I cannot make it.  Can I defer the offer to another year?

Yes.  Applicants offered admission to the University may request a deferral of their registration for a period of one year as stipulated in Regulation 3 by completing the College/Faculty Student Academic Affairs Committee (C/FSAAC) form.

Requests for deferral should be done in writing to the Registrar, Student Relations Unit and copied to Head of School/Department before the beginning of the instructional period in which the course of study would normally commence.  Approval will be contingent on the payment of the commitment fee and the submission being made no later than five (5) weeks after the commencement of the instructional period.

Applicants will be contacted in writing by the Admissions & Enrolment Office two months prior to the expiry of the deferral period, to determine their intention to take up the offer so that appropriate preparations can be made.

Note: Applicants who were granted deferrals must complete the “Application for Readmission” form.
Do I have to pay my tuition in full at the start of the school year?

The University has implemented its semesterisation system which is now in effect. Semesterisation allows students entering in Year 1 to select modules and class times online using UTech's webpage.  This also allows students to select and pay for modules based on their affordability, as part payment on fees per semester will not be allowed.

Tuition fee is based on the modules students will undertake during the academic year and examinations fees, which is to be paid per semester. Ancillary fees are paid yearly.

What is semisterisation?

This enables delivery of modules in undergraduate programmes in a way that permits flexible scheduling and improved accessibility for enrolment. It offers students some flexibility in selecting modules and allows them to pursue studies at their desired pace. Additionally, semesterisation fosters cross-faculty integration amongst students and promotes efficient utilization of the University's resources.

Do you have any scholarships?

A Scholarship Listing is prepared for each academic year which provides information on all available scholarships and criteria for each.

The application period for scholarships opens in May of each year, and the closing dates are as follows (unless otherwise stated):

July 30, of each year for Scholarships offered to (new) students in year 1.  
June 30, of each year for Scholarships offered to (returning) students in years 2-4 

Students may apply for all Scholarships for which they are eligible using the general application form available online at www.utechjamaica.edu.jm.

For scholarships with special application forms, the forms can be collected at the Financial Aid Office, Student Services Department.  

For further information visit the website at http://www.utechjamaica.edu.jm/services/Financial-Aid/

How long does each programme last?

Students enrolled for undergraduate courses of study will be allowed a maximum of the prescribed time plus two years to complete.

If the answers to your questions are not found here, please email us at prospectinfo@utech.edu.jm