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Calamus International University has now suspended its operations and is not accepting enrolments.

Calamus International University was a private, campus-free distance learning university that was founded in 2001 in the British West Indies. CIU was first established in the Turks and Caicos Islands but since 2007 been registered in the Republic of Vanuatu. CIU offered Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees in various fields. CIU has alumni in many countries.

The original mission of Calamus International University was to provide affordable and flexible distance learning degrees for professionals such as counsellors, psychotherapists and complementary therapists and for students of holistic, metaphysical and spiritual fields, similar to programmes being offered by certain American distance universities, but with more flexibility and a wide choice of course content. Many hundreds of course units were available allowing maximum flexibility of the syllabus which was customised to the individual student's needs and background.

The scope of CIU education then expanded to offer programmes in a wider range of disciplines, especially for research leading to PhD, and studies became available in business administration and a range of other mainstream academic disciplines.

CIU provided a unique range of programmes and degree routes appealing to independent-minded students in all continents. It was affiliated with private education providers, learned societies and professional associations in the UK, Ireland, Kenya and several other countries.

Members of the CIU adjunct faculty were located in the UK, USA, Ireland, Kenya, Thailand and other countries.

CIU degrees are not government-accredited and are not UK, EU or US degrees. They were not intended to be equivalent to UK degrees.

CIU was fully accredited by the International Association for Distance Learning, Unit 36, 88-90 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8PN, United Kingdom which is completely independent from CIU. 

CIU's original registration in the Turks and Caicos Islands, in the British West Indies, commenced in 2001 through becoming licensed in that country as Calamus International University Ltd., Company Registration Number E. 30337, legal address P.O. Box 41, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies.

In September 2007, Calamus International University relocated and became registered as an educational company in the Republic of Vanuatu, in the South Pacific, under the International Companies Act No. 32 of 1992, Republic of Vanuatu.  To honour the original foundation of CIU in the West Indies in 2001, the university company registered in Vanuatu was given the name of Calamus International University (British West Indies) Ltd, and its operational name was Calamus International University, under a provision made in the educational company's founding Memorandum.  The company was a non-profit limited by Guarantee and its registration number was 34088.  The Republic of Vanuatu is an autonomous independent country recognised internationally and a member of the United Nations. Before 1980, the Republic of Vanuatu was known as the New Hebrides and was administered jointly by the United Kingdom and France.

The last CIU degrees were awarded in September 2017.

The general administration of CIU courses and student records was organised via the University's official international representatives, Calamus Extension College Ltd., a UK company. However, Calamus Extension College Ltd. did not award degrees. Calamus Extension College Ltd. has ceased trading.

The student records and archives of CIU are now in the hands of UK College of Holistic Training, 27 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AX, United Kingdom, a private educational provider who, like Calamus Extension College Ltd., was affiliated with CIU since the University's inception. UK College of Holistic Training did not award degrees and only awards UK certificates and diplomas though these were accepted for credit purposes by CIU.

UK College of Holistic Training can be contacted for any queries about verification of CIU qualifications. Due to Data Protection Act requirements and/or any other forthcoming data protection regulations, information will only be released at the request of the alumnus/alumna and not directly to any third parties. UK College of Holistic Training reserves the right to charge a search fee for processing any request - such fees will go towards the costs of maintaining the archive, updating digital formats and compliance with relevant regulations. Additional fees may be charged for providing written confirmation of an award from the CIU records. DUPLICATE CERTIFICATES AND TRANSCRIPTS are no longer available but certified copies may be issued where possible.


All queries regarding Calamus International University, including verification requests, should now be sent to  Please do not use any old CIU email addresses as they will be discontinued, though for a short period they are being redirected.

The current range of UKCHT distance learning certificates and diplomas may be found at 

Over its years of activity, Calamus compiled hundreds of distance learning units particularly in holistic fields. Many of these are being updated and repackaged into professional certificate and diploma courses to be offered by UK College of Holistic Training. This work is ongoing.

This domain,, has been transferred to UKCHT for maintenance purposes. This domain was the original domain shared by CIU and Calamus Extension College Ltd. Other domains such as that were held by CIU have been released back into the general domain market, and no longer have any connection with the University. The word "unicalamus" is a unique trademark coined by Calamus International University for internet marketing purposes. Any other domains apart from this one using the name "unicalamus" have no connection with the Calamus colleges.


This page last revised 6th October 2017.

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