One lecture (taught) or seminar (discussion) credit hour represents 1 hour per week of scheduled class/seminar time and 2 hours of student preparation time. Most lecture and seminar courses are awarded 3 credit hours. Over an entire semester, this formula represents at least 45 hours of class time and 90 hours of student preparation.
One laboratory credit hour represents 2 contact hours per week of scheduled supervised laboratory work, and 2 hours of student preparation time. Most laboratory courses are awarded up to 4 credit hours.
One practice credit hour (supervised clinical rounds, visual or performing art studio, supervised student teaching, field work, etc.) represents 3-4 contact hours per week of supervised and/or independent practice. This calculation is similar for the Independent Study.
The credit formula for internship or apprenticeship hours is similar to that for practice credit.
A typical bachelor’s degree programme on a semester calendar requires a student to earn at least 120 credit hours. Normal, full-time registration is usually 15 credit hours per semester or 30 per academic year. This roughly translates into at least 30-40 courses (depending on the major subject and thus the proportion of types of credit hours earned). It represents at least 5,400 – and probably more – actual hours of dedicated academic work for a non-science or non-art concentration, and well over that total for graduates of programmes in the sciences, engineering, fine arts, or performing arts. Sample bills for various majors show how a student’s bill may be adjusted as a result of the alignment.
Notwithstanding the high cost of a quality tertiary-level education, University of The Bahamas continues to offer excellent academic programmes as well as rich and rewarding student experiences at a cost that is affordable to most families.
|Lower-level courses||Upper-level courses|
|Bahamian rate||B$100.00 per contact hour||$B150.00 per contact hour|
|International rate||B200.00 per contact hour||$B200.00 per contact hour|
Bahamian Tuition Rate
The following students are eligible for the Bahamian tuition rate:
- Bahamian citizens, a person currently married to a Bahamian citizen, the child of a Bahamian citizen;
- Permanent residents with the right to work in The Bahamas, a person currently married to a permanent resident with the right to work in The Bahamas; the child, or adult child under the age of 25 years, of a permanent resident with the right to work in The Bahamas;
- Persons who have completed six consecutive years of secondary education in The Bahamas;
Persons employed by the Government of The Bahamas; a person who is currently married to a person who is employed by the Government of The Bahamas, a child, or adult child under the age of 25 years, of a permanent resident with the right to work in The Bahamas.
Non-Credit Upgrading Courses
Upgrading and Pre-Tech courses are assessed at a rate of $300.00 per course plus applicable laboratory fees.
Non-Credit General Interest Courses
Tuition and fees for non-credit general interest courses are determined on the basis of related expenses.
Courses with higher-than-average operating costs are assessed additional fees. As a result, an additional laboratory, tutorial, studio or other fee may be attached to a specific course to cover related expenses such as materials, supplies, field trips, etc. Unless otherwise indicated, these fees must be paid at the time of registration.
Additionally, UB charges various incidental fees to cover the cost of services such as new student orientation fee, student identification fee, security deposit fee, all of which are included as part of the student’s statement/bill. The capital development fee, for example, assists with capital development projects and the long term maintenance of the UB’s physical plant. The student activity fee, payable at the time of registration, provides funds for Student Government and UB student clubs and organisations. The mandatory, non-refundable technology fee covers computer and Internet access and $50.00 worth of prints. The library fee allows students access to the library and its resources such as study rooms, online library access and book borrowing.
In those instances where a course is cancelled by UB, students will receive a full tuition and fee refund.
If a student decides to cancel his/her registration or withdraw from a course, the refund schedule as outlined below will apply provided the student completes the Course Change and Withdrawal Form and pays the requisite fee at the Business Office. Refunds will be processed after the registration period has ended; however, the following fees are non–refundable: student activity fee; UB ID fee; course withdrawal fee; Deferred Payment Plan fee.
|Fall and spring semesters|
|Before first week of classes||90% refund|
|During first week of class||75% refund|
|During second week of class||50% refund|
|After the second week of class||0%|
|Before the start of classes||90% refund|
|1st and 2nd day of class||75% refund|
|3rd and 4th day of class||50% refund|
|After the 4th day of class||0%|
|Summary of Fees*|
|Accident Insurance||$ 25.00||Per year|
|Administrative Fee – Graduate and LLB||$150.00||Per semester|
|Application - Undergraduate||$ 40.00||Non-refundable|
|Application - Graduate||$ 80.00||Non-refundable|
|Application Fee – Undergraduate late||$0.00|
|Art Laboratory||$ 50.00 -||Art Laboratory|
|$ 75.00||Per laboratory||$ 75.00|
|Capital Development Fee||$100.00||Per fall and spring semester|
|$ 50.00||Per summer session|
|Challenge Examination||$ 75.00||Per examination|
|Deferred Payment Plan Processing Fee||$ 50.00||Per semester|
|Deferred Payment Plan Penalty Fee||$ 50.00||Per month (3 months max.)|
|Dormitory Security Deposit||$500.00 - $750.00||One time - refundable on condition of the facility|
|Dormitory Rent||$500.00 - $750.00||Per semester|
|Drop / Add||$ 20.00||Per application|
|Extraordinary Sitting of Final Examination||$ 75.00||Per examination|
|Final Grade Appeal||$100.00||Per appeal|
|Food Preparation Laboratory Fee||$175.00 - $200.00||Per laboratory|
|Identification Card||$ 25.00||One-time, non-refundable|
|Identification Card - holder||$ 3.00||Per request|
|Identification Card - lanyard||$ 5.00||Per request|
|Identification Card - replacement||$ 15.00||Per request|
|Language Laboratory Fee – French & Haitian Creole||$100.00||Per semester; per lab|
|Late Registration||$150.00||Per registration|
|Letter Request||$ 10.00||Per request|
|Library Fee||$ 50.00||Per fall and spring semester|
|$ 25.00||Per summer session|
|New Student Orientation Fee||$ 50.00||One-time, non-refundable|
|Returned Cheque||$ 40.00||Per cheque|
|Seat Fee – Graduate (COB MBA)||$300.00|
|Security Deposit Fee - Bahamian||$100.00||One time only; refundable after graduation upon request|
|Security Deposit Fee – Non-Bahamian||$200.00||One time only; refundable after graduation upon request|
|Science Laboratory Fee||$ 50.00 – $350.00||Per laboratory|
|Student Activity Fee||$ 50.00||Per fall and spring semester|
|$ 25.00||Per summer session|
|Student Printing: monochrome (Black & White)||.10¢||Per sheet, single‐ or double-sided|
|Student Printing: colour||.25¢||Per sheet, single‐ or double-sided|
|Technology Fee||$120.00||Per fall and spring semester|
|$ 60.00||Per summer session|
|Transcript||$ 5.00||Per copy|
*1. While we have sought to be as comprehensive as possible, some fees may have been inadvertently omitted from this list.
2. All fees are subject to change.
3. This listing does not include applicable VAT charges.
|Sample UB Attendance Budget Based on 15 Credit Hours per Fall & Spring Semester (Local taxes, subsistence and housing costs not included):||Estimated Annual Cost||Estimated Annual Cost||Estimated Total Cost|
|1st & 2nd years||3rd & 4th years||1-4 years|
|Tuition and fees||$5,600.00 per year||$6,800.00 per year||$24,800.00|
|Books and supplies||$1,500.00 per year||$2,000.00 per year||$7,000.00|
|Total||$7,100.00 per year||$8,800.00 per year||$31,800.00|
How to Pay?
Tuition and fees are payable in the form of cash, credit or debit card (VISA, MasterCard, Suncard), by money order or certified cheque made payable to University of The Bahamas.
Where to Pay?
Payment may be made online at by logging into the Self-Service portal or at the Business Office, Student Services Centre, Keva M. Bethel Building, Oakes Field Campus, or the Administration Block, University of The Bahamas-North.