International & Mature Students

Immigration Requirements

Everyone travelling to Jamaica must present a valid and approved travel document as evidence of their identity and nationality. The most common and preferred travel document is a passport, but other types of travel documents may also be accepted. International military students must ensure that their passports are certified i.e. Aliens’ exemption from registration whilst attending long military studies and training in Jamaica.

Students are required to arrive with the Joining Instructions and any other supporting documents on arrival in Jamaica.

As a general rule, non-Jamaica students are required to apply for an Extension of Stay provided their course of study will last for more than six months. The Student Affairs Section will assist in this process.

For more information on immigration matters you may contact or visit the Passport Immigration and Citizen Agency (PICA) website at

Mature Students

A mature student is defined as someone who:

  • is 21 years or older as of the first day of classes of the session for which they have applied and have been out of secondary school for at least five (5) years
  • does not meet the minimum academic prerequisites for admission to any of CMA’s academic programmes
  • have demonstrated academic potential and have gained academically relevant knowledge and workplace experience
  • meets the normal Eligibility requirements of CMA

Such applicants must present full details of their career; a portfolio outlining knowledge development, on-the-job experiences with validation from their employer, employment record; official academic transcripts; certificates; documents and references and to submit to tests and/or interviews as required by the Academic Board and the appropriate School.

Admission of mature students is limited to the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Military Arts and Science and the Bachelor of Arts Music degrees, as well as the certificates offered through the CMA.