International Students

About Mauritius:

Population 1.2 Million
Language English, French, Creole preponderant, and also Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Telegu, Mandarin, Creole.
Climate 17-33 Degree Centigrade
Local Currency Mauritian Rupees (1 US $ = Rs 35 apprx.)
Government Democratically elected
Capital Port-Louis
Industries Tourism, Sugar, Textile, Financial Services, ICT
Leisure Beaches & Water sports, Shopping malls, Outdoor activities
Food Creole, Chinese, Indian, European, American
Time Zone GMT + 4 hrs
Public Holidays 15 days every year
Office hours (general) 09:00 – 16:00
Telecommunication Internet Access, Cellular phone
GDP per capita US $ 10,500 (year 2017)


Mauritius is an island situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, about 2,400 km off the east coast of Africa and about 5,000 km off the south coast of India. The pear-shaped island occupies 1865 square kilometres and is encircled by a continuous barrier of coral reefs giving Mauritius its beautiful blue lagoon. The Island has a population of around 1.2 million, of which 150, 000 reside in the capital city of Port-Louis. Given the rich history, Mauritius has become a cosmopolitan country with over half the population being of Indian origin, while the remaining population is composed mainly of Créoles, descendants of Africa, Sino-Mauritians and Franco-Mauritians, the original settlers of the island. The island has been a colony of the French and British for over two centuries. It became independent in 1968 and a Republic in 1992. Since its independence, Mauritius has always had a democratically elected government.

Weather

Mauritius has a tropical climate with two seasons. Summer is from November to April, whilst winter is from May to October. In summer the temperature varies between 20ºC and 33ºC. Winter temperature ranges from 15ºC to 25ºC. In general the weather is very comfortable and pleasant. However, Mauritius is sometimes visited by tropical cyclones during the peak summer time. The rainy season is from December to April.

Languages

Even though English is the official language of the island, Créole, French, and Asian dialects are more commonly used.

Economy

Sugar, Tourism, Textiles, and Financial Sector form the four pillars of the Mauritian economy. Recently, the Government has invested massively in the ICT sector, with the creation of its first Cybercity, which will be another pillar of the economy. Every year there are 900,000 tourists visiting Mauritius for its beautiful beaches, warm weather, excellent hotels, safe resort, and courteous people among other attractions.

Telecommunication

Mauritius has a very good communication infrastructure, thus providing the latest technologies to enable very efficient exchange with the rest of the world. Cellular phone services are widely used along with the traditional phones. Internet access is available in almost every home through a telephone line. For faster Internet access, ADSL technology can be obtained from local ISP providers.

Currency

The approximate exchange rate of the Mauritian currency (Rs) is as follows

  • United States (USD) $ 1 = Rs 35
  • Great Britain (GBP) £ 1 = Rs 45
  • Euro (EUR) € 1 = Rs 40

Transport

Buses are the most popular transport medium to go around the island. You can also rent cars, motorcycles and bicycles from local tour operators.

Cuisine

Mauritius has a magnificent diversity of cuisines to offer. The most common varieties are Créole, Indian, European, and Chinese with seafood almost always the specialty. A typical Mauritian buffet might include a Muslim briyani, Indian chicken curry, Chinese pork dish, Créole roast beef and French-style vegetables. Boiled rice is served with just about everything. Most restaurants offer a good variety of vegetarian dishes and favourite beverages of International brands as well as some local specialities.

Music

There is an excellent variety of music programs on many Radio channels 24 hours a day, to satisfy anybody’s taste. Very often popular singers from abroad come to Mauritius to give a live performance

Programmes

Awarded by Iowa Wesleyan University, USA

  • Fees & Other Information
Category Fee (per year)
Mauritian Students USD 10,000
International Students USD 12,000

FAQ

Can I apply for a Part-Time Programme.

We do not offer part-time courses at this time.


When does the Academic Year start?

An academic year starts in February according to IOWA calendar.


Do I need to provide evidence of my School Leaving qualifications?

The duly completed Application Form together with scanned copies of birth and educational certificates, Original Certificates should NOT be submitted at the time of application but these should be produced at Registration if offered a seat. Please note that the scanned copies of certificates submitted will not be returned.


When do International students pay their fees?

Tuition Fees are payable yearly in advance at the beginning of every academic year and are not refundable.


What qualifications do I need to study at the JSSATE Mauritius?

HSC (or equivalent) with minimum of Two A-level and One AS-level passes in A-level subjects of:

  • Physics,
    • Mathematics,
    • Chemistry/Biology/Bio-Technology/Computer Science

AND a pass in General Paper (English) at AS level


My documents are not in English, do I have to translate all of them?

You will need to provide translations of your documents, if they are not already in English. Only a translation by an official translator and certified by an attorney is acceptable to the University.


I have been given an offer for this academic year, but I cannot make it, can I defer the offer to the next academic year or should I re-apply?

You will have to re-apply.


I cannot arrive in time for the first few days of the Semester. Can I start the Semester one or two weeks later?

Yes, at your own risk. It will be your sole responsibility to catch up for lectures and/or practical missed. Normally such requests are not accepted after 2 weeks from the start of the semester.


I lodged an application three weeks ago and I have not had a response from the College. When could I expect a reply?

Candidates are normally notified of the outcome of their applications about 15 days after the closing date for enrolment.


Can I start a programme in its second year?

Not at the moment.


What is the Medium of Instruction?

The medium of instruction is English.


What do I do if I need help finding a place to live in Mauritius? How much does accommodation cost and how much do I need for other living costs?

The College is residential with on-campus hostel provided on a first-come-first-serve basis. International students not able to secure hostel accommodation will be assisted in finding suitable close location.


Can I work in Mauritius while I am studying?

International students are allowed to take up employment during the period of their studies.


Do I need students Entry Visa and how do I obtain my Entry Visa to Mauritius?

For international applicants who have been offered a seat, the College makes the necessary arrangements with the Passport & Immigration Office in Mauritius for entry visa and residence permit for the duration of their studies.

A written undertaking, available here and application for resident permit, available here will have to be filled, signed, scanned and sent in soft copy for processing.


Can my family accompany me?

The College does not take the responsibility of prospective students’ families.


What happens if I fall sick or have an accident in Mauritius? Do I have to take a medical insurance?

Insurance for the students are normally covered during college hours. However, students are strongly advised to take additional insurance.


Are there any scholarships or sponsorships available?

Our degree is awarded by IOWA and is internationally recognised.


Are JSS Academy awards internationally recognised?

Yes,  scholarships are available for international students and Mauritian students.


Does the College offer a full programme by distance education mode?

Currently no such programmes are available for International Students.