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

The University of the West Indies

at Cave Hill, Barbados

International Students: Study Options

There are several options available to you:


1)  Student Exchange

2) Undergraduate and graduate level programmes

3)Short-term programmes

4) Summer School

5) Specially Admitted Students


1. Contact Home Institution

Applications must be forwarded to the International Office at Cave Hill by the home institution.

2. Submit Exchange Application Form

All applicants are required to complete the appropriate exchange application form. This is then submitted to the International Office at Cave Hill by the applicant's home institution by the deadline - APRIL 30TH.

  • When completing the application forms students should clearly print their email address. Email is the main means of communication between the International at Cave Hill and Incoming Exchange students. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that their email address is indicated and is legible.

  • Students who do not speak English as a first language must send proof of language proficiency equal to the appropriate TOEFL scores.

Please note:

  • Exchange programmes run only during the academic year (Semesters I and II) and not for Summer
  • 3. Receipt of Admissions Package and Arrangements for Student Visas

    The International Office at Cave Hill, in conjunction with the relevant Faculty, reviews the application and supporting documentation and issues an admission package directly to the student. The acceptance package is sent to the applicant's permanent home address. If you will be resident at another address during the Summer please indicate to the International Office. Documentation required to apply for the appropriate immigration documentation is part of the Admission's package. Students starting their exchange in September, can expect to receive their admission package by July 1.

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Short-Term Programmes

 Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies (BITS) Programme
This summer program is an activity-filled, hands-on study experience for students with with a distinct Caribbean flavour. It exposes students to a wide range of agri-food-energy industries and related socio-economic issues in Barbados. Intensive course work is integrated with group project work and contributes to the formation of professionals with planning, managing, decision-making, and communication skills. The program addresses a global need for experienced international professionals capable of interacting with various levels of government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

Summer School
The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus offers a select number of Undergraduate Courses during the summer.  Teaching lasts for six weeks, followed by a one-week break before examinations begin. It is anticipated that students will be offered thirty-six hours of instruction, divided into two-hour segments in the timetable (6 hours per week). It must be emphasised, however, that specific teaching arrangements in a given course may vary.  Details on the courses to be offered during the 2009/2010 summer programme can be obtained from

Specially Admitted Students

In addition to the students admitted to courses leading to degrees, the Vice Chancellor may admit to the University as specially admitted students for limited periods, such persons as he may deem fit provided that they comply with the following regulations.

The University makes provisions for special admission:

  • If you are registered at another University and wish to follow courses at UWI by special arrangement for credits at your own University.
  • If you are sponsored by your Government or employer to read certain courses, not for credit towards a University qualification, under a special arrangement.
  • If you are a UWI graduate wishing to pursue a specific course/s to equip yourself for a particular job; increase your efficiency in the performance of a job, satisfy entry requirements to a programme at The UWI or in another institution; or update or improve your knowledge in a subject.
  • Normally, a specially admitted student will be allowed to take no more than 12 credits in an academic year, and no more than a total of 24 credits.
  • Specially admitted students are permitted to write examinations in the courses for which they have registered.
  • An application fee of BDS $35 (US$20 for non-Caribbean applicants) which is non-refundable must accompany applications for special admission.


  1. Applications for special admissions must be made on the appropriate application forms. An application fee of BDS$35 (US$20 for non-Caribbean applicants) which is non-refundable must accompany this application for special admission.
  2. To be considered for entry as “Specially Admitted Students” applicants should normally be matriculable.
  3. Those students who do not satisfy the requirements for entry to the University should provide satisfactory evidence of their previous studies. In appropriate cases they may be required to sit a special entrance examination. In the assessment of the qualifications of applicants due allowance should be made for their maturity.
  4. Specially admitted students shall be required to pay the appropriate fees as are in effect.
  5. Such students shall be required to comply with the General Regulations for students as are in effect.
  6. Normally, a specially admitted student should be allowed to take no more than (12) credits in any given year, nor more than a total of 24 credits under this category of registration.
  7. Specially admitted students are permitted to write the University examinations appropriate to the course(s) they have been allowed to pursue.
  8. Their membership of the University shall be subject to satisfactory reports on their work and conduct.
  9. The credits obtained through special admission can be counted towards UWI certification and University programmes provided they have been obtained within such time limits as are set from time to time by the institution.


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