The University of the West Indies (UWI), at Cave Hill, Barbados

The University of the West Indies

at Cave Hill, Barbados

International Students: FAQs
About Us

Is the campus safe?
Campus Security Services is responsible for the security of the Campus.  The campus is patrolled 24 hours a day by a highly trained staff of security officers, senior security officers, a chief security officer along with the Director of Security to preserve and protect the university plant and the roughly 9,000 persons who constitute the campus community. As with most Universities, you are encouraged to use common sense and normal precautions to help ensure your safety.

What kind of health care is available?
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.

Do you require on-campus students to purchase a meal plan?
No. Presently there is the Campus Cafeteria which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and the e-lounge which offers submarines, sandwiches, coffee and juices.  There are many food facilities close to the Campus including KFC, TNT Barbeque Hut and Scottys among others. Students can purchase meals based on their preference.

Do I have to live on campus?
No.  There is limited on-campus housing available.  Students who are not successful in obtaining on-campus accommodation will be assisted in securing appropriate off-campus housing by the Halls Accommodation Assistant.

How do I apply for housing?
Students are required to indicate on the application forms their need for housing.  When this is done an official request is sent to the Halls Administrator for processing.  The Halls of Residence may also require you to submit an official application form.

Is UWI located near the beach?
The beaches are less than 10 minutes walk away from the Campus.

How many students are enrolled at UWI?
You will find approximately 8,500 total students at UWI the Cave Hill Campus, representing all Caribbean region and other countries. Of the total student body, 70% are female, and 30% male.

What sorts of activities are there at the campus?
At UWI you can participate in a variety of sports, clubs, organizations, and recreational activities. You will find a rich and diverse social and cultural life on the UWI campus.


Contact us for further information:
Telephone: (246) 417-4972/417-4656 Fax: (246) 417-4542 Email: