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University of West Indies
Bridgetown, Barbados; Kingston, Jamaica; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Calendar Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: UR applicants only
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Exchange / Direct Enroll
 Minimum GPA:
 Language of Instruction:
 Housing Options:
Residence hall or dormitory
Program Description:
About the Program Accommodations
Eligibility Dates and Costs
Academics Visa Information

NOTE: This program has an earlier application deadline than most programs.
For Spring 2015 abroad, applications are due September 8.

About University of West Indies (UWI)

  • University of West Indies is the oldest, fully regional institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth Caribbean.
  • UWI consists of three campuses:
    • St. Augustine (Trinidad)
    • Mona (Jamaica)
    • Cave Hill (Barbados)
  • UWI offers a wide range of courses in Humanities, Law, Science and Social Sciences. Course offerings vary by location (see Academics section below).
  • All courses are offered in English
  • UWI is committed to improving the health and welfare of inhabitants of the Caribbean islands, with a special focus on HIV/AIDS research
  • There are many opportunities to get involved on campus through the Student Activity Center, the Sport & Physical Education Center and numerous clubs and societies.
  • Read about a student's experience in Barbados here



  • Cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0.
  • Participation may be denied, or acceptance may be revoked, if a student's conduct prior to departure raises doubts regarding their suitability for the program abroad.
  • Robins School of Business students may transfer back credit from only one (1) business course taken while enrolled on the UWI program to count towards their business degree.  Specific course approval must be given by Dr. Tom Cosse.  RSB students may transfer courses back from non-business subjects to count towards any non-business majors/minors and general education requirements (pending departmental approval) and towards the total units needed for graduation.
  • There is a limit on the number of UR students studying at any one location, so applicants must indicate a 2nd choice program (including a well-considered list of classes) and must be prepared to go there. Competition is considerably higher in the Fall semester than in the Spring.

As UWI is the major university in the Caribbean, virtually every subject that would be of interest to Richmond students is available. Academic departments include: Faculty of Humanities and Education, Faculty of Pure & Applied Sciences, Faculty of Science & Agriculture and Faculty of Social Sciences.

For more information about the academic system at UWI, go to the FAQ page

Programs vary according to which campus you choose.  UWI students register on-line using the Banner system just like at Richmond.

Unit Conversion

UWI uses the US semester credit system, which means that Richmond students will take between 4 and 5 courses. A 3-semester credit course at UWI will be transferred back to Richmond as .9 units. For more information about conversion to units, check the Registrar's page.

Grading Scale at UWI

UWI uses the 4.0 GPA scale. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in order to earn transfer credit towards their Richmond degree.

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Cave Hill campus

Students can live in one of two on campus accommodations or off campus in an apartment, house or with a family.

On campus accommodations are in one of two residence halls, which overlook the Caribbean Sea.

Off campus housing options vary in location, but all are within 5 miles of the university.

Information regarding costs of living

St. Augustine campus

There are four on campus residence halls. Three are located on the main campus and one is located on the Medical Sciences campus. Off campus accommodation is also available. Once you are accepted into the program, you can log in and follow this link to search for off campus housing.

Mona campus

All students live on campus at Mona.

University of West IndiesDates and Costs

Trinidad campus:  UWI St Augustine spring 15.doc

UWI's academic calendar is as follows:

Fall:  late August - mid December
Spring:  mid-January - mid May

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Visa Information

Visa information for:

For more information

Contact Michele Cox in the Office of International Education for general information.

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August 2013

This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.


This program is currently not accepting applications.