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Student Services


We have a number of resources and programs to help you adjust to the new customs and culture in Barbados, and encourage you to check out the services at the Office of Student Services, read up on health insurance and education yourself about immigration issues.

Support and Services for International Students

The Office of Student Services (OSS) is the main source of support for students and a gathering place for students with cross-cultural interests at the Cave Hill Campus of The University of the West Indies. The OSS offers many services throughout the year.

Reception and Orientation

New international students are welcome to register with the OSS in August and September to receive important information about settling into their new environment. The orientation program also includes trips and tours around campus and its environs.

Health Insurance

All international students receive health insurance coverage through the CariCARE Insurance Plan on completion of registration. New and returning international students are automatically enrolled in the plan for 12 months, running from August 1 to July 31, and their annual fee is automatically paid with university fees.

Immigration Basics

The Centre for International Experience is your main source for immigration information, but here are a few basics for you:
  • Student Visa — If you are not a Barbadian citizen or permanent resident, you have to get a student visa and you are required to submit your application and supporting documentation before entering Barbados to attend school. If your program requires you be in Barbados beyond the expiry date on your student visa, you need to submit an extension form at least two months before your visa expires.
  • Work permits — Students are not permitted to work in Barbados.



Contact us for further information:
Telephone: (246) 417-4972/417-4656 | Fax: (246) 424-3320 | Email: