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Information for International and Regional Applicants

A bit about Barbados...
Barbados is the most easterly island in the chain of Caribbean islands.  The island enjoys a mild and pleasant tropical climate all year round.  Barbados is surrounded by white sandy beaches and has an excellent infrastructure with an extensive network of surfaced roads and a good internal and external telecommunication system, including internet access. 

There are also good airport and seaport facilities with daily connections with countries of North and South America, Europe and most Caribbean countries.  The country maintains a high standard of health care which is easily accessible to all. The main hospital is the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and there are a number of Polyclinics which also provide health care.

Supporting documents to be submitted with your application
Applicants with qualifications in a language other than English should submit a certified English translation of these qualifications.  Any documents submitted in other languages without certified translations will not be processed.

Required TOEFL score
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to perform satisfactorily in a UWI English Language Test or have a TOEFL score of more than 500.

Academic Schedule
The Campus operates a 2-semester system of approximately 13 weeks each.  Semester 1 normally begins the last week in August with examinations held over a 2 week period in December.  Results are normally available for students to view by mid-January just ahead of Semester 2.

Semester 2 normally begins in the 3rd week of January with examinations held late April into May.  The campus runs a summer school for selected courses from mid-May with examinations in August. 

Classes are often held on Saturdays and, in addition, examinations are held across all of the UWI campuses simultaneously so will be held on bank holidays where these fall within the scheduled examination period.

Student Visa
If you are accepted into a programme, along with your offer letter we will send information related to a Student Visa.  The Campus will make application for Student Visas on your behalf.

Finding Housing
The Campus can assist with finding on-campus or off-campus housing.  If you are accepted into a programme information on housing application will be sent to you.  Space in on-campus accommodation is limited and allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
There are three Halls of Residence at the Cave Hill Campus.  The Frank Worrell Hall and Philip Sherlock Hall are both located on the Cave Hill Campus site while  the new Keith Hunte Hall is located on University Drive.

Meet and Greet Service
The Alumni Office, Accommodations Officer and the Guild of Students coordinate to provide a Meet and Greet service at the Grantley Adams International Airport for approximately 2 weeks in August each year for new International and Regional students.  Details will be published on the New Student website.

International Office
Visit the website of the International Office which has all of the information you need


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