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Faculty of Science and Technology

Department of Computer Science, Mathematics & Physics


Software Engineering (SWEN)

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About the Programme

The programme is offered as a 2+2 programme, with students spending the first two years in the Caribbean at The UWI and the succeeding two years at GIST in China, where students have an opportunity to complete an internship at an IT company in Suzhou, one of China's most tech-friendly cities. English is the primary language of instruction for the programme, however Chinese language and cultural training will be provided as a part of the curriculum. Students completing two years at GIST will also receive a GIST diploma in addition to The UWI degree.

This programme offers:
Competitive internship -  
At a Fortune 500 company in Suzhou Industrial Park, China, is included.
Strong industrial links - 
 With technology companies in one of China’s most tech-friendly cities

A cultural exchange -   Exposure to Chinese society, culture, business, governance and language

Full details of the Programme Structure including pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites for all CMP disciplines are listed on pages 188-282 of the FST Undergraduate Handbook. 
Software Engineering (SWEN) queries should be directed via email or telephone to Dr. Jeffrey Elcock, Software Engineering (SWEN) Coordinator.

What Will I Study?

This unique programme offers:
  • Core software engineering training which is aligned with the latest ACM/IEEE Software Engineering standards;
  • Training in research methods and technical writing;
  • Training in ethics and professional conduct;
  • A concentration in mobile application technologies which includes training in both the Android and iOS development environments;
  • Chinese language training which is aligned with the Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì (HSK) Chinese language proficiency standard;
  • Exposure to and knowledge of Chinese society, traditional culture, governance and business (with special emphasis on information technology (IT) based businesses);
  • IT certifications, which will be issued by the given IT certification body;
  • The award of a degree from The UWI and a diploma from The GIST), delivered in a 2+2 format.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Undergraduate
  • Qualification: BSc
  • Duration: Full Time - Three years



To view testimonal please click here


Programme Details


Courses - Year 1
An Introduction to Computing I
An Introduction to Computing II
An Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
Computing in Society
Current & Future Trends in Computing for Software Engineers
Mathematics for Software Engineers
Mobile Web Programming
Research Methods for Software Engineers
Software Engineering Essentials
Technical Writing for Software Engineers

To view the complete course list please click on the following links  and click here – Software Engineering (SWEN)


We offer low tuition fees and several scholarships and financial aid are available. Choose a payment plan that fits your education budget.  

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Years 1 and 2 - The University of the West Indies

The Tuition fee for Years 1 and 2 at The UWI is US$10,000 per year (Bursaries are available to students from UWI contributing countries based on eligibility). Additional miscellaneous fees include:

Cave Hill Campus

Average living expenses

  • Hall accommodation
  • Single occupancy: $1,512 - $2,767.5 per semester
  • Off campus accommodation: $300 - $450 per month
  • Initial settling-in expenses: $250
  • Books & Incidentals: $1,500 per year
  • Halls of residence deposit: $250
  • Meals: between $20 to $25 per day

Miscellaneous fees

  • Student ID card: a $15 one-time fee
  • Student amenities: $470 per year
  • Guild: $30 per year
  • Hall accommodation $1,321 - $5,290 per year
  • Books and computer/tablets: $1,500 per year

Please note that compulsory fees are non-refundable except for caution money.

Please contact the campus of choice for further details.

Ms. Carol Jordan 
Assistant Registrar (Temp.)
TEL: (246) 417-4119

Years 3 and 4 — The Global Institute of Software Technology

The tuition fee for Years 3 and 4 of the programme, hosted at GIST is US$5,000 per year.

Living costs are approximately US$4,910, which includes housing (within Suzhou Industrial Park), food, books and supplies, insurance and other miscellaneous costs.


The cost of airfare to and from China is a separate cost that must be covered by the student.

Applications are accepted from November to February. However, expressions of interest are accepted ALL year.  

To view Entry Requirements please click on the following links:

          Visit the Admissions website to view Entry Requirements and to Apply Now ».
           Apply Now - Software Engineering 
In order to be admitted to the four-year degree programme, candidates must satisfy The University of the West Indies' requirements for full matriculation into the Faculty of Science and Technology. The requirements state that candidates must possess a minimum of five (5) CSEC (CXC) General Proficiency (Grades I-III) or GCE O-Level subjects. This must include English Language and Mathematics along with two (2) approved laboratory science subjects and one (1) other subject. It is also mandatory that candidates:

  • Have obtained passes in four Units at Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), at least two Units in one subject, all at Grade V or better (or equivalent qualification). One of the CAPE subjects must be an approved Mathematics subject and the other an approved Science subject; or
  • Have an approved Associate Degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, (or equivalent qualification) from a tertiary level institution. (N.B. Candidates must also satisfy any UWICIIT specific requirements); or
  • Have the international student matriculation equivalent.

International Student Matriculation

International Students should have one of the following:

  • the international student matriculation equivalent to CAPE A level passes, such as College Advanced Placement science subjects, with scores between 3 and 5.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme science subjects, with points between 4 and 7.
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test: Reasoning plus two science subject tests, with scores from 600 to 900.
  • Have an approved Associate Degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, (or equivalent qualification) from a Tertiary Level Institution, or The international student matriculation equivalent.
  • Passing grades in Math, Science and English in the Gaokao is accepted for matriculation subject to departmental approval.

English Proficiency

The language of instruction is English.  Non-native speakers of English should obtain a TOEFL score of 500 or better and may be required to take an English Proficiency Test, set on behalf of The University of the West Indies' Board for Undergraduate Studies, in order to satisfy the Board of their suitability to undertake the courses leading to the BSc Software Engineering degree.

Department of Computer Science, Mathematics & Physics
Telephone: (246) 417-4365/4364/4943 Fax:(246) 438-9198 Email: