Orientation 2019

Welcome to UWI Cave Hill Orientation 2019!

Congratulations on your admission to UWI Cave Hill! Come out to orientation and get an understanding of what university life is all about. Find out about key university departments and how they’ll be working for you. Receive vital information on academic and student life. Have a look and ask about the student services offered to you!
Open Online Orientation (all new students)
Click here to access the online orientation.
August 6th - 23rd
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Airport Meet and Greet 
(regional and international students)
August 18th - 31st
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Undergraduate Orientation Forum August 23rd
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Area Markets & Bridgetown Tour
‚Äč(regional and international students)
August 24th
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Parents And Partners Forum 
(of all new students)
August 24th
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Commencement Service 
(all new students)
August 25th
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Post Graduate Orientation August 28th
Open New Student Survey August 27th -
September 20th
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Matriculation Ceremony
(all new students)
August 30th
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Resident Life Workshop (all new Hall residents)  September 2nd
11:00 a.m - 6:00 p.m. Orientation Fair & ICC Expo September 5th
2:00 p.m. First Year Experience Launch September 6th
11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Sidney Martin Library Tour
(all new students)
August 26th - 30th
11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Sidney Martin Library Tour
(all new students)
September 2nd - 5th
11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m.
& 5:00 p.m.
Sidney Martin Library Tour
(all new students)
September 9th - 13th
10:00 a.m. Faculty of Medical Sciences Library Tour August 26th & 27th
10:00 a.m. CLR James Cricket Research Centre Library Tour August 27th & 28th
10:00 a.m. Elizabeth Watson Audiovisual Unit Tour August 28th
September 11th
 1:00 p.m. Elizabeth Watson Audiovisual Unit Tour August 30th
September 5th & 13th
5:00 p.m. Elizabeth Watson Audiovisual Unit Tour September 3rd
Job Fair March
RBC Race for Kids March 9th, 2020
Guild Elections March
Student Awards April
Mathematics Proficiency Test (MPT) April 23rd & 24th
English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) August 20th

Online Orientation

Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - Friday, August 23, 2019
Time: Available online 24 hours daily
Link: Online Orientation
Details: The Online Orientation is the first step of the orientation process for new students. New students will be able to access information on the University’s resources, services, policies, clubs, societies and associations, in a fun entertaining way. After completing the virtual orientation, new students can take part in pop up quizzes where prizes can be won.

Airport Meet and Greet

Date: Sunday, August 18, 2019 - Saturday, August 31, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Details: The Campus offers a meet and greet service at the Grantley Adams International Airport, where you will be met by a UWI, Cave Hill staff member and UWI students.  When you arrive at the Hall of Residence, you will be assisted with settling in by a staff member or a Resident Assistant.

New Undergraduate Student Orientation Forum

The orientation forums give you a first glance into the important components of university life.
These sessions introduce you to the key departments within the University and give information on:
  • The UWI Educational Experience
  • Student resources
  • Registration and payment of fees
  • Campus life and engagement opportunities
Campus tours will also be offered.

 EVENT                                      DATE                                   TIME

 New Student Orientation             Friday, August 23, 2019         8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 Venue: Graduation Tent

Parents and Partners Orientation
Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Roy Marshall LT 1
Details: This orientation for parents and partners of new undergraduate and postgraduate students provides the opportunity to interact with staff and faculty, get answers to questions about university life and receive useful advice on the type of support that will be necessary and ways in which they can assist.

Commencement Service
Date: Sunday, August 25, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Roy Marshall LT 1
Details: A Multi-Faith Commencement Service is held to mark the official start of the Academic Year.  We hope to see you all there!


Orientation: Postgraduate Students

Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Details: This Orientation session is for all new postgraduate students in face-to-face programmes. Programme Coordinators will be in attendance to provide academic counselling.



Date: Friday, August 30, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Roy Marshall LT 1
Details: This Ceremony is the occasion when new students are formally recognised as members of the University community with the signing of the Matriculation Register marking their acceptance into the academic community. At the end of the Ceremony, a reception will follow which allows students to interact with lecturers, fellow students and members of the Senior Administrative and Professional Staff.


Resident Life Workshop (all new Hall residents)

Date: Monday, September 2, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Details: This workshop is designed to encourage new students living in shared spaces to build diverse relationships and understand the importance of engaging in student activities which make the transition to a new living environment much easier. Topics such as Cultural Adaptation & Diversity, Dealing with Difficult People, Housekeeping, Health & Safety and Healthy Eating on a Budget are areas covered during this very informative and exciting session. 


Orientation Fair & ICC Expo

Date: Thursday, September 5, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Graduation Tent
Details: The Orientation Fair marks the culmination of the New Student Orientation activities. This extravaganza offers new students the opportunity to access information on the various amenities, services and products available to them throughout their stay here at UWI Cave Hill.  Service providers (e.g. phone companies, banks) small businesses, along with student clubs, societies and island associations, showcase their products in a festive, fun-filled atmosphere marked by entertainment and give-aways. This activity is a student-centered event not to be missed!

List of Service Providers at Orientation Fair:
  • Wholesale stores (Pricesmart, Shopsmart)
  • Supermarkets
  • Cosmetologists
  • Commercial Banks
  • Auditing Firms
  • Clothing Stores
  • Health Care Institutions
  • Disaster Management Offices
  • Cellular phone service providers

FYE: First Year Experience Seminar

Registration starts: TBA
Commences: Friday, September 6, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Venue: TBA
Contact Person: Dale Lynch at (246) 417-4172
DetailsStrictly First Years is a preparatory course intended to help new undergraduate students understand the goals of higher education, take personal responsibility for their own success, become effective students and develop social, personal and interpersonal skills.
Visit the FYE page for more details and to register »

Sidney Martin Library Orientation

Join one of our librarians for a tour of the Sidney Martin Library and learn about Cave Hill's collections, services, and study spaces.  For more information about the libraries that are at your service visit: www.cavehill.uwi.edu/libraries/

Tour dates:
  • Monday, August 26 - Friday, August 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 2 - Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 9 - Friday, September 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. 
Please note: Students are asked to assemble on the ground floor near to the Circulation desk.

More Orientation Events

  • Area Markets and Bridgetown Tour - Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Freshers’ Week – Sunday, September 1, 2019 to Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • Freshers’ Bus Ride  To be announced

Mathematics Proficiency Test (MPT)

All new applicants to the Faculty of Social Sciences (for entry September 2019) who are required to write the above-mentioned test are hereby informed the test will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 & Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 12 NOON & 1 – 3 p.m.

See here for details.

English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT)

Applicants to the University are required to take a Proficiency Test in English which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, 2019 (for entry September 2019). Persons are exempted from this test, if they fit a certain criteria.

See here for details.

New Students Checklist

Before registration, there are certain things every new student should ensure. Click here to view the new students checklist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view answers to FAQs about orientation.
News & Notices
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Student Calendar

The Office of Student Services
Tel.: (246) 417-4165/6/7 Fax: (246) 424-5348 | Email: studentservices@cavehill.uwi.edu