St. Matthew's University Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Information Regarding Fall 2021 Semester 

St. Matthew's University is excited to welcome all students back to the University campus for the Fall 2021 semester. For those who can and wish to return to the campus, the campus is open and we encourage all students who are able to do so to return for the Fall 2021 semester.  For those who are unable to return virtual learning will also be an option for all or part of the Fall 2021 semester.   

The information below addresses questions you may have in more detail. Additionally, consistent with the school's priority of protecting the health of our community, including the St. Matthew's University community, vaccinations will be required for all returning students, faculty, staff and administrators. Given the logistics of vaccination, and travelling to Grand Cayman (including government entry approval), students should plan their vaccinations immediately (if not already complete), and book their travel as soon as possible. Availability of flights to Grand Cayman is often limited at the start of a school term. This will be especially true for this coming Fall semester due to the number of students returning. Additionally, student visa processing time can be as long as 12-weeks from application submission. Therefore, we strongly advise that you submit your Student Visa application immediately. If you have any questions regarding the student visa approval process, please contact Ms. Eichner at meichner@stmatthews.edu. 

Below is additional information regarding the return to St. Matthew's University for the Fall 2021 semester. If you have any additional questions, please contact returning-students@stmatthews.edu. 

 

CAMPUS VS ONLINE 

Will the Fall semester start in person or online? 

All students will be welcomed back to in-person learning on campus on St. Matthew's University for the Fall semester. For those who can and wish to return to the campus, the campus is open and we encourage all students who are able to do so to return for the Fall 2021 semester.  For those who are unable to return virtual learning will also be an option for all or part of the Fall 2021 semester.   

Our priority is protecting your health, and that of the St. Matthew's University community, by preventing the spread of the disease. As part of our plan for a safe return to campus life, COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all returning students, faculty, staff, and administrators. We urge all students who have an opportunity to get vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. We remain committed to providing you with all the resources and support needed to be successful. 

Will virtual learning be an option? 

While our expectation is that all students will eventually return to campus, we also recognize that the pandemic, travel, and vaccination delivery is an evolving situation. Although our goal is to return all students to in-person learning as quickly as possible, online education will also be available for the Fall semester. St. Matthew’s remains committed to helping all our students to continue to make academic progress and recognizes that certain issues are beyond the control of students. 

If I have to remain virtual for the Fall 2021 semester, how will it be different from the usual in person program? 

St. Matthew's University will continue to provide all of our new and returning students with the best learning experience possible. Whether on campus or online, we are committed to providing you with the resources and support you will need and delivering the same level of education that has led to strong outcomes for the past 20+ years, such as performing well on the USMLE and NAVLE in addition to excellence in postgraduate residency attainment. We have developed an engaging distance learning curriculum with live courses and personalized academic support to provide students with the tools and resources needed to succeed. 

COVID-19 AND VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS 

 For the most up-to-date information regarding coronavirus on Grand Cayman and the actions being taken in accordance with the situation, please navigate to the following link: https://www.exploregov.ky/coronavirus. 

Is the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for access to campus? 

Yes. As part of our plan for a safe return to campus life, COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all returning students, faculty, staff, and administrators. 

What safety measures and protocols have been put in place on campus to prevent the spread of the virus? 

The school has implemented the appropriate infection control public health measures to protect the St. Matthew's University community on campus. While the University community will be fully vaccinated, we continue to encourage everyone to follow the Cayman Islands Government safety guidelines. 

The re-opening of Grand Cayman remains a phased approach and is continuously monitored by the government. 

The situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic remains fluid, and the Cayman Government reserves the right to change any conditions at all times when the circumstances require such. 

The United States Centers for Disease Control has categorized the Cayman Island as the lowest COVID-19 level -- Level 1 (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-1/coronavirus-cayman-islands). 

Does the student health insurance cover COVID treatment and testing? 

Yes, COVID-19 medical treatment is covered and considered like any other medical treatment. COVID-19 testing is covered if deemed medically necessary (does not include testing required for travel). The St. Matthew's University sponsored health plan covers accident or illness as described in the student health insurance brochure. https://www.uhcsr.com/faqs 

 

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS 

What are the travel requirements for travelling to St. Matthew's University?  

Please see below for the following details regarding entry into Grand Cayman. 

Ensure you travel with a copy of your student visa approval letter and your vaccination card. If you haven't already applied for a student visa this needs to be done IMMEDIATELY. 

Please ensure you complete the following steps before filling out the Travel Cayman application:  

  • Have a confirmed quarantine reservation. The University recommends that you consider lodging and quarantining at the St. Matthew's Residence Hall. If you decide on this location please contact Sebastien Guilbard, Residence Hall Property Manager, at sguilbard@stmatthews.edu or 345-949-2118. Sebastien can also confirm transportation arrangements from the airport to the St. Matthew's Residence Hall. If you choose to quarantine at a different location than St. Matthew's Residence Hall, please see the link for other quarantine locations (https://www.exploregov.ky/faqs/covid-19-quarantine-info) 

 

Once you have a confirmed airline reservation and quarantine location, please proceed to fill out and complete the Travel Cayman application on https://www.exploregov.ky/traveltime. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "Apply to Travel Cayman" and proceed to fill out and complete the Travel Cayman application. Please keep in mind that if travel/quarantine details change, a new Travel Cayman application will need to be submitted. 

In order to gain entry into Grand Cayman, all travelers must have evidence of a negative PCR COVID test in accordance with the requirements below. Please note that this documentation will be checked by an airline representative, as part of the check-in process. Please note that it will be checked again, by CBC officers, on arrival.  

Please visit the Cayman Islands government website (https://www.exploregov.ky/faqs/covid-19-quarantine-info) for up to date information regarding quarantine requirements. 

I am fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Will I need to quarantine when I get to Grand Cayman? 

Yes. Please review the following link. https://www.exploregov.ky/faqs/covid-19-quarantine-info 

Are there quarantine sites on Grand Cayman? 

Yes, as detailed on the Travel Cayman website. The University recommends that you consider lodging and quarantining at the St. Matthew's Residence Hall. If you decide on this location please contact Sebastien Guilbard, Residence Hall Property Manager, at sguilbard@stmatthews.edu or 345-949-2118. Sebastien can also confirm transportation arrangements from the airport to the St. Matthew's Residence Hall. If you choose to quarantine at a different location than St. Matthew's Residence Hall, please see the link for other quarantine locations (https://www.exploregov.ky/faqs/covid-19-quarantine-info) 

 

APPLICATION PROCESS/REQUIREMENTS 

Will St. Matthew's University admissions requirements/deadlines become more flexible or change as a result of COVID-19 disruptions? How will this impact my application review and decision on acceptance? 

Our Admissions Committee has made a number of accommodations to provide extra flexibility to students affected by COVID-19. While there are no changes to our admission standards, the Admissions Committee understands that many external examinations have been canceled or postponed during this pandemic. We continue to monitor the changes and the availability of external test administrations and are prepared to offer conditional acceptances and to exercise reasonable flexibility in making admissions decisions. 

Please contact your admissions officer or admissions@stmatthews.edu for specific details. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been disruptions in the administration of the MCAT examination. Will St. Matthew's University make any changes to the application requirements as a result of these disruptions? 

While St. Matthew's University School of Medicine requires the MCAT for US citizens, permanent residents and nationals, we understand that COVID-19 may have interfered with your ability to take the MCAT. As such, St. Matthew's University School of Medicine has waived the requirement to submit MCAT scores for all students for the Fall 2021 semester. Students who have taken the test, however are still encouraged to submit their MCAT scores. 

If my undergraduate institution has switched to virtual learning during this pandemic, will that affect my admissibility? 

We understand that the disruptions caused by the coronavirus may have changed the course of your education. Please be assured that your candidacy will not be negatively impacted by the fact that your labs/lectures were conducted virtually. 

Thank you, 
St. Matthew's University