The UWI is the premier university in the Caribbean region and the oldest regional university. It has been ranked among the top 5% of universities in the world. (THE) No matter which campus you choose, enjoy the laid-back island culture and multicultural roots that lead to national sports that include everything from cricket and polo to marathons and football (soccer) and any number of water sports. Celebrate Emancipation Day (August 1) in most of the campus countries, Independence Day (Jamaica, August 6; Trinidad and Tobago, August 31; Antigua and Barbuda, November 1; and Barbados, November 30) and enjoy a variety of adventures on land and sea in all the countries.
Bridgetown, Barbados; Kingston, Jamaica; St. Augustine, Trinidad
Fall, Winter, Academic year
First come, first considered for remaining spaces!
Fall/Full year until March 15, 2020 (Barbados/Trinidad only)
Winter until August 31, 2020
University-specific additional requirements
One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.
Opens Nov 1, 2020
Areas of Study:
The UWI offers a wide array of programmes at the undergraduate and graduate levels through departments in eight faculties and various centres and institutes. The faculties are: Engineering, Food and Agriculture (based only on the St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago), Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport.
Some of the programmes are offered by all five campuses (e.g. in Education and in Social Sciences), others are offered on the each of the campuses in Barbados (Cave Hill), Jamaica (Mona), Trinidad and Tobago (St. Augustine) and the Open Campus, while others are available only at three, two or one of the campuses. For a searchable list of all the programmes, campus of offer, and level, click here for details.
*Students interested in the Social Work Practicum at UniSA should speak with the social work practicum advisor as selection is done through the faculty. Please note that for 2020/21, this option is only available for Masters level Social Work students, not undergraduates.
Students at the UWI must take at least four courses to maintain full-time student status. 3 credits = 1 UCalgary half course.
The UWI Academic Year is divided into two semesters: Semester one runs from late August to December and semester two runs from January to May. For more detailed information see the academic calendar. Each faculty may also offer courses during the summer break.
Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.
Information on accommodation and living costs can be found on the UWI website.
Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.
Did you know that you can take your University of Calgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree seeking student at the UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.
Our office also administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once.
This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the U of C, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B).
An academic reference is required for a complete application.
There are five campuses – four landed campuses in four different countries, and an Open campus offering on-line courses. So students must choose the campus to which they will apply. The Cave Hill campus is located in the Cave Hill area of Bridgetown, Barbados. The Mona campus is located in the Mona area of Kingston, Jamaica. The St. Augustine campus is located in St. Augustine, Trinidad which is 15 km from Port of Spain, the capital city, , and the newest campus (launched in 2019), the Five Islands campus located in Five Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, 8.3 km from St. John’s, the capital city.
There are support services for students with disabilities on the Cave Hill, Mona and St. Augustine campuses. Cave Hill campus has disability support through their Office of Student Services, , the St. Augustine campus has a Student Life and Development Department (SLDD) which assists students, including those with disabilities, and Mona campus offers support through special student services. Please contact email@example.com so that an advisor can arrange for you to speak with the appropriate campus services directly.
Study Abroad 101
Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.
Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).
After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.
Study Abroad Advising
If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.
1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.
How to Apply
Download the application guide
This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.
Identify three programs of interest
We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.
Check requirements and deadlines
These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.
Start your application
Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!
Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.
International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.
For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.
Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.