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BEFORE YOU ARRIVE

Immigration and Visa Information

You will need to present your letter of acceptance sent to you by the Admissions Office to the Immigration authority to enter Barbados. Students from some countries will also require a Visitor’s Visa for entry. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they comply with Barbados’ immigration rules. Please refer to http://www.immigration.gov.bb/pages/Visa_Requirements.aspx to check whether you require a Visitor’s Visa to enter Barbados and, if so, how to apply.
 
All persons coming to Barbados to study are required to apply for a Student Visa before arriving in the country.  Application forms must be submitted through the University of the West Indies International Office, to reach the Barbados Immigration Department at least three (3) months before the start of your programme.
The original H1 and H2 visa application forms must be submitted along with the following:
  • one (1) passport sized photograph,
  • proof of travel,
  • proof of financial support and
  • the visa application fee – Bds$300.000 or US$150.00 equivalent. 

NEW APPLICATION (copied from the Gov site)
  • One (1) H1 application form
  • One (1) H2 application form
  • Birth Certificate
  • Cover letter from the school
  • Letter of accommodation from the landlord (for persons 18 years of age and over)
  • Proof of financial resources (for persons 18 years of age and over)
  • Letter of support (for persons under 18 years of age)
  • Two (2) passport size photographs
  • Proof of the status of parents or guardians in Barbados
  • Proof of consent when required
  • Police Certificate of Character (PCC) from any country in which the applicant has resided for a period of six (6) months or more after the age of 16
  • Timetable for course of study detailing the number of hours of study per day
  • A copy of the bio-data page of the applicant's valid passport

Visa Application Forms
You may download the H1 and H2 application forms and obtain further information on the visa application process from: http://immigration.gov.bb/pages/StudentVisa.aspx.
 
Student Visas are issued for a maximum of 12 months. 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 — International students are not permitted to work in Barbados.

 

Arranging Accommodation

On Campus

As an International Student you have the option of apply for on-campus accommodation in one of three Halls of Residence.  Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Applications for on-campus accommodation are made via submission of the relevant form to the Office of the Halls Administrator who will contact students directly to indicate whether an application is successful. 

Accommodation in the Halls of Residence consists of furnished single bedrooms with shared living, kitchen and bathroom facilities.  Students are required to provide their bed linens, utensils and other equipment.

Visit http://www.cavehill.uwi.edu/Accommodation for further details of on-campus accommodation and to download the application form.


Off- Campus

The Campus maintains a list of approved off-campus accommodation for students who prefer to reside off campus or those not allocated a place in a Hall of residence.  Assistance in locating off-campus accommodation is provided by the Accommodations Assistant, Mr. Charles Boyce (email: charles.boyce@cavehill.uwi.edu). However, negotiation of contracts and all final arrangements must be made between the students and the landlords, or settled among students who opt to share the cost of rented houses on a cooperative basis.

Further information on off-campus housing including descriptions, photographs, and locations is available at http://www.chillhousing.com/.
 

 

Online Pre-Arrival Webinars

The Student Enrolment and Retention Unit offers webinars as part of the preparation process for International Students enrolling at the Campus. These webinars provide opportunities for the university to ensure that incoming International Students are provided with all the information they need and allows students to have any questions or uncertainties clarified. To view the dates and times and to register for a Pre-arrival webinar click HERE.

AFTER YOU ARRIVE

Student Services

The Office of Student Services provides a range of orientation, settling in and support services for International Students.  These include:
  • Mandatory Orientation
  • Peer Mentorship
  • First Year Experience
  • Medical Insurance
 
Mandatory Orientation
All international students are required to attend a MANDATORY International Student Orientation Session conducted by the Office of Student Services in collaboration with the SERU International Office. As an International student you will be required to attend this session even if you have attended any of the other academic, departmental, or Campus-wide orientation sessions. 
  
International Peer Mentor
As a new international student we know you may have many questions about life and living in a new country, and settling into the Campus Community.  Peer mentors are senior students who have travelled your path before and can you as you adjust to your new environment.  You may either contact one of the listed peer mentors yourself, or contact the Office of Student Services and request that a Peer Mentor be assigned to you.  
 
To request a Peer Mentor click HERE
 
First Year Experience
The Strictly First Year Experience (FYE) provides a wonderful opportunity for new local, regional and international students to meet, socialise and bond on a weekly basis while developing a range of academic, social and personal development skills.  This only one of the many programmes and services provided for students by the Office of Student Services (OSS).  Others include career services, health and wellness, and services for students with disabilities.
 
Visit the OSS website at http://www.cavehill.uwi.edu/studentservices/home.aspx to learn more about the many services available to you.
 

Medical Insurance

All fully registered students are automatically joined to the Campus Medical Assistance Programme.  This is a Comprehensive Major Medical Plan which will assist in the payment of expenses for serious illnesses or accidents. The plan covers expenses associated with most medical conditions. Reimbursement will be made for eligible expenses up to the maximum benefit.  The plan does not cover the following:
  • Dental or Vision Care
  • Maternity Benefits
  • Preventative Care
 
Coverage under the health insurance plan is limited to the Caribbean Region.
For further details on the Health Insurance Plan visit: http://www.cavehill.uwi.edu/studentservices/health-wellness/health-insurance.aspx


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Contact us for further information:
Telephone: (246) 417-4972/417-4656 | Fax: (246) 424-3320 | Email: internationaloffice@cavehill.uwi.edu