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The University of the West Indies

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Main website for exchange students

In its more than 60 years of existence, UWI has evolved from a fledgling college in the Caribbean island of Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 45,000 students, approximately 9000 graduates annually and more than 120,000 alumni.

The university consists of three physical campuses at Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados and the Open Campus. The oldest UWI Campus, Mona, Jamaica encompasses 653 acres of land, which contains famous historic ruins of a roman-style aqueduct, water wheel, and other remnants of the sugar works which once stood on the site. The St. Augustine Campus, situated 15km from the twin-island state's capital, Port-of-Spain, is an attractive campus with a mix of early 20th century and modern architecture; while the picturesque Cave Hill Campus overlooks the island’s Capital.

Highlighted programs
UWI’s seven faculties offer a wide range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral programmes in Agriculture, Humanities and Education, Engineering, Law, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, Pure and Applied Sciences, and Social Sciences.

The institution's distinguished list of Honorary Graduands boasts the likes of Usain Bolt, Brian Lara, Rt. Rev Bishop Desmond Tutu, while former UWI Vice Chancellor Sir Arthur Lewis (St. Lucia) received the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1979.Fellow St. Lucian and UWI Alumnus Mr. Derek Walcott received the Noble Prize for Literature in 1992.

Language of instruction
The Language of instruction at The University of the West Indies is English.

Important Dates
Considering the geographical setting of each campus and the different nature of programs available in said campuses, there are slightly different dates for application deadlines and important dates within semesters. Thus it is recommended that you check the dates that are applicable to you by use of this website.

Cost of living
Since each campus is located within different country and offers slightly different services and facilities, it is recommended that students contact the international office of the campus that they would be attending their classes directly for breakdown of the costs and resources available to them within respective campus. However, below is a general estimated cost of certain items that would be aid students to gauge their expenses while studying at UWI.

  • On campus: BB$3025/per semester
  • Off campus: BB$700-900/per person/month
  • Meal: BB$45-50/day/per person
  • Books and incidental expense: BB$3000/per academic year

1 CAD = 1.9569 BBD