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All New Students
Mark these dates on your calendar:
  Semester 1 Semester 2  
Begins: Sunday August 30th, 2020 Sunday January 17th, 2021  
Tuesday December 22nd, 2020 Tuesday May 11th, 2021  
Other dates (including examination periods, etc.) for 2020-2021 are available at CHOL.

If you have any special challenges, physical or otherwise, register with the Student Health Clinic as soon as possible, so that we can make arrangements for when these are needed.

Read our Disability Policy and get familiar with the accommodations that we provide for any of our students with physical or other challenges.  More information is available from the Health and Wellness section of this website.
International and Regional Students
Finalise your travel information.
  • Plan to arrive in Barbados between August 18th and August 25th, 2019.
  • You are welcome to come earlier if you like but note the Halls of Residence will not be available before August 22th, 2019.
  • If you have been offered a place in a Hall of Residence, pay your deposit on or before July 30th, 2019.
  • Review the check-list for students joining us from abroad.

New Undergraduate Students

If you have been accepted into an Undergraduate programme, and you have to take FOUN 0100 Fundamentals of Written English, note that the fee for this course is an additional BDS $500, and this must be paid before registration.

New Postgraduate Students
  • If you have a firm offer, review the conditions and submit all documents requested as quickly as possible. 
  • If you have a provisional offer, let us know as soon as your degree has been conferred.
  • If you are from a UWI campus, you will not need to submit a new transcript. 
  • If you are from any other University, make arrangements to have your completed transcript sent to us as quickly as possible so that your offer can be confirmed.

August (Note that all links and handbooks will be posted by mid-August)

All New Students
Become familiar with the Campus IT Services you will be using : Read the The Student Handbook - Essentials Guide 2019/2020.  In particular you should review the Campus' Refund Policy on p.84 and the related deadline dates.

What To Do When
Thursday August 22nd Halls of Residence move-in day.
Monday August 26th Refer to the Semester 1 Registration schedule and note your on-line registration slot.
Tuesday August 23rd Undergraduate Orientation Forum.
Wednesday August 21st & Thursday August 22nd
All new Undergraduate students to the Faculty of Social Sciences (for entry September 2019) who are required to take the Mathematics Proficiency Test (MPT), will have the opportunity to do so on either day at 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon or 1:00 – 3:00 pm in Micro Lab 5 (ML5), Roy Marshall Teaching Complex, UWI Cave Hill Campus, St. Michael.
Sunday August 25th All students are invited to attend the Multi-faith Commencement Service.
Sunday August 25th Semester 1 fees should be paid by this date.  
Keep your receipt as you will need it to collect your ID card during registration week.
Monday August 26th
Registration Week - All Students
New Student Academic Counselling and Registration schedule will tell you the  date/time of your session.
All Undergraduate Students must:
  • attend their Dean’s address,
  • attend the mandatory academic counselling,
  • register on-line for classes, and
  • collect ID cards.  
Sunday, September 1st - Saturday, September 7th Undergraduate students are invited to attend Freshers’ Week activities.
Tuesday August 27th All Postgraduate Students in face-to-face programmes are to attend the Orientation session and meet their Programme Coordinators/Academic Advisors.
All New Students
Take the New Student Survey
Wednesday August 28th If you are a new Science & Technology student, your departmental safety seminars take place today.
Tuesday, August 20th Applicants to the University are required to take a Proficiency Test in English which is scheduled for Tuesday August 20, 2019 (for entry academic year 2019-2020). The test will be held 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the CLICO Building, The University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, Cave Hill, St. Michael.
Friday September 6th New Undergraduate students should sign up for FYE (First Year Experience) programme.
Friday August 30th All new students are invited to attend the Matriculation Ceremony.


What to do when
Monday September 2nd Teaching Begins - All Students
  • Classes start this week. 
  • Double check your online timetable in CHOL for room changes.
  • Check that a personal email address is on file to assist in password reset. Log into your CHOL account, select Personal Information then the Update E-mail Address(es) options.
  • Update your Term Time address while in CHOL
  • Note that student notices to you will be posted on the Student PortalCHOL Website or sent to you via your mycavehill email address.
Tuesday August 27 - Friday August 20 Complete the New Student Survey!  Tell us what went well, and what did not go so well.
Monday September 9th
  • Tutorials start this week - Week 2.
  • Double check your online timetable via the CHOL Login for any room changes.
Friday September 13th If you have been accepted into a Postgraduate programme and for some reason cannot take up that place, this is the deadline to inform the Graduate Studies office in writing. 

Transition to the Current Students webpage and have a Great Year!

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