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Your Next Steps 2017-2018

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As soon as possible

All New Students
  • Mark your calendar: 
    • Semester 1 begins on Sunday August 27th, 2017 and ends on December 22nd, 2017.  
    • Semester 2 begins on Sunday January 21st, 2018 and ends on Friday May 18th, 2018.
    • Other dates (including examination periods, etc.) for 2017-2018 are available here.  
  • Join us on Facebook: UWICaveHill and follow us on Twitter: oss_cavehill and note that you are invited to all Campus Events.
  • Get your Finances in order and Apply for scholarships
  • Finalise your housing arrangements.
  • Visit the Student Services Orientation page and update your calendar with the events.
  • View the Student Calendar.  Download the current events & deadline dates and bookmark the calendar page. Updates are constantly added.
  • Get familiar with the Handbooks for 2017-2018.
  • If you have any special challenges, physical or otherwise, register with the Student Health Clinic as soon as possible, so that we can make arrangements for when these are needed.
  • Read our Disability Policy and get familiar with the accommodations that we provide for any of our students with physical or other challenges.  More information is available from the Health and Wellness section of this website.
International and Regional Students
  • Finalise your travel information.
    • Plan to arrive in Barbados between August 20th and August 27th, 2017.  
    • You are welcome to come earlier if you like but note the Halls of Residence will not be available before August 20th, 2017.
  • If you have been offered a place in a Hall of Residence, pay your deposit on or before July 21st , 2017.
  • Review the check-list for students joining us from abroad.
New Undergraduate Students
  • If you have been accepted into an Undergraduate programme, and you have to take FOUN 0100 Fundamentals of Written English, note that the fee for this course is an additional BDS $500, and this must be paid before registration.

New Postgraduate Students
  • If you have a firm offer, review the conditions and submit all documents requested as quickly as possible. 
  • If you have a provisional offer, let us know as soon as your degree has been conferred. 
    • If you are from a UWI campus, you will not need to submit a new transcript. 
    • If you are from any other University, make arrangements to have your completed transcript sent to us as quickly as possible so that your offer can be confirmed.

August (Note that all links and handbooks will be posted by mid-August)

All New Students
  • Become familiar with the Campus IT Services you will be using :
    •  myUWI student portal account
    •  mycavehill email address
    • Cave Hill On-Line (CHOL) account.
  • Read the Information Booklet for Students 2017-2018.  In particular you should review the Campus' Refund Policy and the related deadline dates.

What To Do When
Sunday August 20th   Halls of Residence move-in day.
Monday August 21st  Refer to the Semester 1 Registration schedule and note your on-line registration slot.
Tuesday August 22nd Undergraduate Orientation Forum 1.
Friday August 25th If you did not attend the Undergraduate Orientation Forum on August 22nd you should make plans to attend this session. 
Sunday August 27th All students are invited to attend the Multi-faith Commencement Service.
Sunday August 27th Semester 1 fees should be paid by this date.  
Keep your receipt as you will need it to collect your ID card during registration week.
Monday August 28th - Thursday August 31st
All Undergraduate Students must :
  • attend their Dean’s address,
  • attend the mandatory academic counselling,
  • register on-line for classes, and
  • collect ID cards.   
Monday August 28th - Friday September 1st Undergraduate students are invited to attend Freshers’ Week activities.
Tuesday August 29th   All Postgraduate Students in face-to-face programmes are to attend the Orientation session and meet their Programme Coordinators / Academic Advisors.
Wednesday August 30th If you are a new Science & Technology student, your departmental safety seminars take place today.


What to do when
Friday September 1st New Undergraduate students should sign up for FYE (First Year Experience) programme.
Friday September 1st All new students are invited to attend the Matriculation Ceremony.
Monday September 4th
  • Classes start this week. 
  • Double check your timetable for room changes.
  • Check that a personal email address is on file to assist in password reset.
  • Note that student notices to you will be posted on the Student PortalCHOL Website or sent to you via your mycavehill email address.
  • Update your Term Time address in CHOL
Monday September 4th
 – Friday September 8th
Complete the New Student Survey!  Tell us what went well, and what did not go so well.
Monday September 11th
  • Tutorials start this week.
  • Double check your timetable for room changes.
Friday September 15th If you have been accepted into a Postgraduate programme and for some reason cannot take up that place, this is the deadline to inform the Graduate Studies office in writing. 

Transition to the Current Students webpage and have a Great Year!

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