University of the West Indies

 

Location

The University of the West Indies has three campuses:

  • Cave Hill, Wanstead, Barbados
  • Mona, Kingston, Jamaica
  • St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Websites

Study Abroad 
Contact Information

UWI Cave Hill International Office
Email: internationaloffice [at] cavehill.uwi.edu
Phone: (246) 417-4972/(246) 417-4656

UWI Mona Study Abroad Coordinator
Hermine Tyrell, Senior Administrative Assistant
Email:hermine.tyrell [at] uwimona.edu.jm
Phone: (876) 702 - 3737 or (876) 927 - 1660-9 ext 3892

UWI St. Augustine International Office
Email: internationaloffice [at] sta.uwi.edu
Phone: (868) 224 - 3707/8 or 1 (868) 662 - 2002 ext 84184 

Type of Agreement

General

Important Dates

Semester Dates:

  • Semester 1: September - December
  • Semester 2: January - April

Language of Instruction

English

Country Report

Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) Report

  • Here you'll find information about staying safe and healthy abroad, laws and culture of Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and the entry and exit requirements for each country.

Approximate Living Expenses

Accommodation and estimated meal plan/grocery costs

If you would like to stay on campus, make sure to indicate this on the application form and a request will be sent to the Halls Administrator. There is limited on-campus housing available, so students who are not successful in obtaining on-campus accommodation will be assisted in securing appropriate off-campus housing by the Halls Accommodation Assistant.

Living on campus

UWI Cave Hill has three residence halls: see here for more information.

The following information was retrieved from http://www.cavehill.uwi.edu/financial/home.aspx.

ACCOMMODATION COSTS
On Campus (All Costs quoted in BDS$, $USD 1.00 = $BDS 2.00)
Worrell Hall
 
Single
Double
 
Two Bedroom
Semester 1
3,025
n/a
 
n/a
Semester 2
3,075
n/a
 
n/a
 
Sherlock Hall
Semester 1
$3,025
$1,815 per person
 
$4,235 
per person
Semester 2
$3,075
$1,845 
per person
 
$4,305
per person
 
Off Campus (BDS$) Monthly Rental Rates
Studio
$700 per person
     
One bedroom
$900 per person
     
Two bedroom
$700.00 - $900.00 per student
     
Three bedroom
$600 per person
     
OTHER EXPENSES (All Costs quoted in BDS$, $USD 1.00 = $BDS 2.00)
Advance Deposit

$300.00 (deducted from semester fees)

     
Security Deposit

$200.00 (to be paid with Advance Deposit)

     
*Meals
$45.00 - $50.00 per day
     
*Books and Incidental Expenses
$3,000 per academic year
     

*Note that these figures are estimates based on current market prices and are therefore subject to change.


For information on off-campus housing, see here.

Visa Information

Before traveling to Barbados, you should ensure that your passport is valid to cover at least the period up to the end of the academic year. You should also travel with proof of your student status (i.e. with the official Letter of Offer from the University). At the Airport you will be issued a temporary visitor’s visa.

Non-Barbadian students are required to obtain a student visa. The University applies for the visa on your behalf after you have registered and completed the Certificate of Eligibility (H-1 and H-2 forms) and paid the application fee of Bds $300.00 (US$150.00). The Certificate of Eligibility forms should be submitted to the Student Records Office within two (2) weeks of the start of your programme.

For more information on visas in Barbados, click here!

Health Insurance Information

All registered students are eligible to join the Cave Hill Campus Medical Assistance Programme.  This plan provides insurance protection through a Comprehensive Major Medical Plan and covers most types of necessary medical expenses. The Plan, however, does not cover Dental or Vision care. The UWI’s Health Clinic provides primary health care, and is staffed by two full-time Nursing Sisters and a panel of doctors, four of whom visit the clinic regularly.  Consultation with specialist consultants is available on referral to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, which is a modern University teaching hospital. Diagnostic dental services are provided monthly during the semester.

Don't forget to check your student society's health insurance policy! (SSMUPGSSMCSS)

Other Information

Travel arrangements

When making your travel arrangements you are advised to travel on a return and NOT a one-way ticket. Since arrangements will be made for you to be picked up at the airport we ask that you inform us as soon as possible of your scheduled arrival date and time as well as the name of your airline carrier and your flight. The most convenient time to arrive at UWI is between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm (normal working hours).

What to bring with you 
If you are placed in a hall of residence you will be provided with basic furnishings in each room – bed, desk, chair, chest of drawers and a clothes closet. There is a communal living/lounge area and a fully equipped kitchen. You will need items for: the bedroom (linen for a single bed and curtains), the bathroom (linen, toiletries) and the kitchen (utensils including cutlery and a small pot). You can purchase items in Barbados when you have settled in.

  • Prescription Drugs: If you are on prescribed medication, you may bring adequate supplies of the drug or travel with your original prescription. Prescriptions may be filled at local pharmacies.  
  • Clothing: Barbados is a tropical island, fanned by the sea. Clothing should be lightweight and suitable for a climate that is fairly humid in the summer months. Annual temperatures range between 22 and 32 degrees Celsius. Most lecture rooms are air-conditioned and students normally attend classes clad in tee-shirts and jeans or shorts. You should travel with at least one semi-formal outfit.
  • Food Items: You may wish to bring breakfast and other favourite foods and snack items e.g., cereal and packaged food items. There are is the Campus Cafeteria which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Should you choose to prepare your own food while on campus basic necessities may be purchased at the Campus Mart.

You should note that everything you will need is available in Barbados, but most imported items will cost more than you are accustomed to paying at home.

See here for more information.

Approximate Living Expenses

Accommodation

UWI Mona offers 6 traditional residence halls in addition to postgraduate flats. For links to each hall's website, click here

For more information, contact the Lodgings Office: email uwilodgings [at] yahoo.com.

Further resources for off-campus housing are online newspapers such as the Jamaica Observer and The Gleaner.

Visa Information

International students coming to study in Jamaica should produce the following:

  • A valid passport
  • A visa for each entry (if required)
  • A return ticket valid for one year
  • A letter of acceptance from the school or institution to which the student will be attending; and adequate funds to cover expenses for one year in the first instance
  • Name of the person(s) responsible for student while at school
  • Student over 16 years old must be registered as aliens at 25 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 10 ( for Corporate Area) and at the main Police Station of rural parishes

Students who have made proper arrangements with an educational institution prior to arrival may be landed for one year on each entry. Students without proper arrangements may be landed for two months. As soon as the necessary arrangements are made and appropriate evidence is received, the Chief Immigration Officer may extend the period to one year.

Non-Jamaican students who plan to stay in Jamaica for more than six months are asked to apply for an extension of stay in the island. See here for more information.

Consult this link for more information: Embassy of Jamaica (Washington).

Health Insurance Information

Mandatory health insurance:

All UWI, Mona students are covered under the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) which is included as a part of your miscellaneous fees.  

Don't forget to check your student society's health insurance policy! (SSMUPGSSMCSS)

Other Information

Campus Activities

Approximate Living Expenses

Accommodation

For information on halls of residence at UWI St. Augustine, click here.

UWI St. Augustine offers the Online Accommodation Student Information System, which can be accessed by logging in with a student ID. 

Visa Information

For information on visa requirements for Trinidad and Tobago, email the consulate.

Health Insurance Information

Mandatory health insurance:

Health insurance information can be found here.

Don't forget to check your student society's health insurance policy! (SSMUPGSSMCSS)

Other Information

Clubs and Activities