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Living in the Caribbean


The Caribbean is a big and diverse region, so many aspects of daily life, such as language, vary locally. However, there are some qualities that are generally true about most of the Caribbean region, such as climate, the price of imported goods, and “island time”. These things may vary greatly from what you’re used to. While island life can be relaxing, it can be stressful as well, especially when you aren’t adjusted to the local culture. Find out about adjusting to tropical seasons, making sure you’re staying safe, and operating on “island time”. Here are a few fast facts on what to expect while living in the Caribbean.

Time Zone: Varies by island and includes UTC (GMT) -6, UTC (GMT) -5, UTC (GMT) -4, and UTC (GMT) -4.5
Currency: There are 13 currencies used, including the US dollar
Languages: English, Spanish, Dutch and French

Learn more about what island life will be like when studying in the Caribbean by exploring the weather, safety and every day living:

Safety, Weather and Climate

Staying safe and understanding what to expect when it comes to climate is always a primary concern when you visit or move to a new place. Find out what to expect on these when studying in the Caribbean.

Way of Life in the Caribbean

The Caribbean way of life is very different from many other places in the world. Find out about getting around, going out, shopping, “island time”, and more on what to expect when living in the Caribbean.

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