The education system in Micronesia: how to act as a foreigner



The education system in Micronesia: how to act as a foreigner

Micronesia is a small country. The higher education program in the country is represented by two universities with 18 study programs in them. It includes 15 bachelor's programs, two master's programs, and one for graduate students.

Specialties studied in Micronesia:

  • business
  • management
  • computer science
  • sport
  • technologies
  • philology
  • sociology
  • natural Sciences
  • mathematics
  • marketing
  • PR
  • economy
  • Accounting

All training is conducted in English.

What needs to be done in order to come to the country for education

Please note that each island in the archipelago has its own rules for visiting, so first decide on the university and its location, and then deal with the visa process. If you plan to move between the islands, you will need to pay an exit tax of 15 - 20 dollars each time.

If your study period is longer than 30 days, you must apply for a visa before arriving on the islands. Or obtain an entry permit for up to 1 year for US passport holders, and 90 days for citizens of other countries.

If you are studying for more than 30 days and enrolling at a university, you will need to apply for a student permit before arriving in Micronesia. Otherwise, you will need an entry permit (up to 1 year for US passport holders, 90 days for nationals of other countries).


For foreigners, they provide:

College of the Marshall Islands

College of Micronesia

Go to their website and read the list of requirements, you must also send a letter indicating the reasons for studying in Micronesia.

In general, very few foreigners study at universities.

Necessary documents

  • passport;
  • payment of the first installment
  • confirmation from the college that they invite you to study
  • all available certificates, diplomas of your country, translated into English
  • Medical Insurance. You can apply here;
  • you need to fill out a study application, after entering the university.
  • confirmation of financial capabilities and the ability to support oneself while living on the islands.

Tuition fees, loans

The 2020 Micronesia college tuition was $4,750, which does not include room and board.

According to other educational institutions, this amount starts from 10,000 dollars.

Opportunities for free training

You can contact the university and find out about the possibility of receiving grants or financial aid for students. There are also on-campus student employment programs to cover their expenses.

Since Micronesia is not a very common study destination for foreigners, there are not many international scholarships available specifically for education there.

Training system

There are four levels: preschool education for children aged 3–5 years, primary education for children aged 6–13 years, secondary education for children aged 14–18 years, and higher school.

Higher education is not very common among citizens of Micronesia. Education up to the 8th grade is mandatory, and most of them finish their studies then. In total, up to 1,000 citizens study at the country's universities. Next, citizens choose various advanced training courses.

The course of obtaining a bachelor's degree is 2 - 3 years, depending on the specialty. Master's degree 1 year

Educational programs

There are special programs for foreigners. For the most part, these areas are oceanography, marine biology, and other natural sciences. These are educational programs mostly from US universities or private organizations. Most of the programs open to international students are summer programs or academic travel programs, so you should consider whether you need an educational visa.

These programs are paid, and accommodation and meals are paid for by you.