Study Abroad in Bridgetown, Barbados

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Study Abroad in Bridgetown: Academics

University of the West Indies (UWI)

The University of the West Indies (UWI) was founded in 1948 with a vision of bringing “light, liberty and learning” within reach of the people of the Caribbean. Over the past 60 years it has evolved from a small college in Jamaica to a full-fledged university with over 40,000 students. The Barbados campus was opened in 1963 and today is a beacon of academic excellence both regionally and internationally. This program is based at the Cave Hill campus, one of three physical campuses of the regional University of the West Indies which serves 17 countries of the English-speaking Caribbean. The campus has a student population of approximately 6,000, including international students from North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Ranked among the top universities in the world, by the Times Higher Education, the UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists. In 2020, it earned ‘Triple 1st’ rankings—topping the Caribbean; and in the top in the tables for Latin America and the Caribbean. The UWI is also featured among the top universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action.

Academic Overview & Policies

Attendance in class is mandatory and strictly enforced. Students who miss a day of class for any reason other than medical will lose full or partial credit.

Credit Classes are held for 20 hours per week Monday through Friday and the course is recommended for 4 semester credits.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by the University of the West Indies. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home institution on completion of the program.

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