Diversity, Cultural Heritage and Sustainability in the Caribbean
Live in a vibrant, multi-ethnic society that actively celebrates its diversity by spending a semester in one of the most important university systems in the English-speaking Caribbean. The University of West Indies (UWI) has produced 18 heads of state, three Nobel Prize winners, and over 60 Rhodes scholars. Trinidad’s capital, Port of Spain, has recently been named a UNESCO Creative City of Music as the birthplace of calypso music as well as the steel pan.
Through Amizade’s community partnerships, you will hear directly from those impacted by environmental changes as well as those working to maintain their cultural heritage in rapidly changing environments. You’ll learn more about Trinidad and Tobago’s unique multicultural history and communities and explore it’s African, East Indian, and Amerindian background.
Language of Instruction: English
GPA Requirement: 3.0
Housing: University Residence Halls
Social Work Internships Available
You will study, live and fully participate in campus life at the University of the West Indie’s beautiful St. Augustine campus. UWI St. Augustine offers courses in a wide range of majors within departments of engineering, social sciences, humanities and education, food and agriculture, science and technology. You’ll spend your day with students from Trinidad and around the Caribbean, joining the Hiking Club in hikes to local waterfalls, learning what makes Trinidad’s Carnival celebrations so unique, and eating delicious “doubles” as often as you can! Both in and outside of the classroom, St. Augustine promises a stimulating campus life within a distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan community.
ACADEMICS: University of the West Indies
With its focus on research and innovation, The University of the West Indies offers seven faculties and a cosmopolitan campus community that is an innovative, internationally competitive and deeply rooted in the Caribbean. Modern teaching and learning centers provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities and a deep commitment to preserving Caribbean integration and culture that make St. Augustine an ideal choice for higher education.
To learn about potential course offerings in each department, visit the link for the relevant department and look at undergraduate degree courses. Typically, courses will be arranged into classes offered in semester 1 or semester 2, which correspond to our fall or spring semester respectively. As you prepare for your semester abroad, BCA will help you to understand the courses that will be available and the course registration process.
Students will live in single-sex or co-ed dormitories on campus in a single room. You will live with international and Trinibagonian students, and many residents will come from nearby Caribbean countries. Residence Halls at UWI have strong social scenes, with active residence hall governments organizing events and social activities throughout the year.
CULTURE & RECREATION
UWI St. Augustine has a vibrant social scene. Make friends through your residence halls and student organizations and join them for sports, fetes (parties) and limes (relaxing) around campus. See more about UWI’s student life here.
Throughout the semester, students will explore Trinidad and Tobago’s environmental and cultural diversity through a number of activities and excursions. From urban Port of Spain to rural Matura, you will experience a major metropolitan city full of music, restaurants and museums to Trinidad’s beaches, forests and waterfalls. You’ll learn more about Trinidad and Tobago’s unique multicultural history and communities and explore it’s African, East Indian, and Amerindian background. Finally, you’ll spend time on Tobago’s pristine beaches and experience a quieter life on the island.
Possible excursions include:
A Catholic Lay Ecclesial Community and non-profit that runs social ministries in areas such as cancer care, at-risk boys, housing construction, food and goods distribution, refugee and migrant rights and protection, and disaster relief.
Nature Seekers is a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental conservation, particularly around the protection of leatherback sea turtles. Nature Seekers works to ensure that the Matura community is the nucleus of the leadership, decision-making, and management of its various initiatives.
Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project: is a community based non-governmental organization which began in 1982. This organization started as a movement of community members working together to eradicate the annual threat of forest fires within the Fondes Amandes watershed.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO TEAM
DATES & FEES
- Pre-departure orientation
- Full-time Tuition & Fees
- University housing & on-campus internet access
- Airport pick-up and cultural & university orientation
- Medical and emergency insurance
- Educational excursions & group activities
- On-site site director
- Volunteer and internship opportunities
- University services & Academic advising
- University official transcript