Study Abroad Program Overview
Experience the vibrant Caribbean lifestyle that is Barbados while attending the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill campus. Not only known for its white sand beaches, tropical blue waters, and never-ending greenery, in Barbados, you will discover the unique identity of a culture formed by its English, African and West Indian roots.
Attending classes with host country students, you can find a wide array of courses available to you in a large variety of subject areas. You are also encouraged to take advantage of field courses and lab work or consider an independent research project. The relatively small campus size has a friendly community feel and UCEAP students have the opportunity to connect with local students through many campus clubs, organizations and the annual Campus Carnival. UWI is known for its strong academic platform and whatever you choose to study, this unique program offers an unforgettable experience.
Scholarships are available for this program! See the Cost page for details.
Students attend classes with host country students.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
late August to mid-December
mid-January to mid-May
is available in Frank Worrell Hall, Sherlock Hall, or Keith Hunt Hall, UWI's three residence halls. If you want to live on campus, you may reserve space in a residence hall by applying directly through UWI administration. If you prefer to live off campus, you may seek accommodations in a private apartment or shared rental house near the university. The UCEAP Study Center staff at the Cave Hill campus is available to help you view appropriate rentals and answer general questions about rental contracts or payment arrangements. Click here for more information on housing
Participating in extracurricular cultural and social activities while abroad is an excellent way to meet people and integrate more fully into the community. Join sports, musical, theater, or arts groups; volunteer at local organizations, attend lectures and receptions held in academic and community circles, and get the most out of your time abroad.
The UC Study Center has information on cultural and social events and will arrange various activities and excursions for the group throughout the program.
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. A Liaison Officer and UWI International Program staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of Barbados and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues relevant to life in Barbados. The UC Study Center is located on campus.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill is based on the British university model, and as such, coursework in most disciplines is widely available. Courses in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Humanities and Education, Medical Sciences, and Science and Technology are open to UCEAP participants.
Courses with an emphasis on Caribbean studies are available across majors and departments and UCEAP students often take courses in African diaspora studies, gender studies, political science, chemistry, literature and art, history, religious studies, and sociology. As the leading provider of management, business and finance education in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, UWI Cave Hill also offers particularly strong offerings in business management and international economics. A wide selection of courses are also available for students studying psychology.
Barbados is an excellent location to focus your studies on tropical and marine sciences, the department of Biological and Chemical Sciences houses the Barbados National Herbarium and Giant African Snail projects, and through several exchange agreements, has access to the marine biology and fisheries facilities of the Bellairs Research Institute and the Andromeda Botanic Gardens. The Cave Hill campus is also home to the Barbados Sea Turtle Project
which can offer opportunities to volunteer for 2 to 4 month periods throughout the year!
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
- Host institution online catalogs or program listings:
- Undergraduate Programmes: you can search by Faculty or by Majors and Departments. Each web faculty site is set up somewhat differently from the others, but look for links that say "Programmes," "Areas of Study," or "Courses Offered."
- Undergraduate Faculty Handbooks: PDF handbooks for each faculty are the surest way to find lists of all titles and catalog descriptions of courses offered in all degrees (programmes) offered by a particular faculty. If the current academic year handbook is not available, refer to the document for the previous year.
- The UWI Schedule of Classes is available through Cave Hill Online Student Information System, or CHOL. Follow the "Student Access" link, go to "Class Schedule" then select any "Semester I" field. Class schedules are not available ahead of time, but because offerings typically rotate each semester, you can still see what is usually available each fall, even if the schedules aren't yet set.
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Courses that have not yet been taken for credit will not appear in the Course Catalog. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may be offered each term.
- Program Guide provides academic and other program information
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. A minimum of four courses for a total of 24 quarter/16 semester UC units are required per semester.
Research and Independent Study
UWI Cave Hill offers courses that could lead to research opportunities for academic credit. The university also regularly offers "co-curricular credits
" -- courses that include leadership, service learning, peer education, or entrepreneurship components (e.g. COCR 2015, 2030, 2070, and 2071).
Arrangements are generally made at the UCEAP Study Center after arrival, but pre-departure preparation is encouraged. Consult with the program director early in the program to discuss possible options for independent study.
University of the West Indies, Cave Hill
The University of the West Indies is comprised of three campuses, with locations in Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. You will attend the Barbados campus at Cave Hill, where many of the 6,000 students are locals and from nearby islands. Because of the complex British colonial history of the island, you can gain a unique perspective while pursuing Caribbean and African studies. In addition to Caribbean-based studies, choose from a wide array of courses offered in the faculties of Clinical and Medical Research, Humanities and Education, Law, Pure and Applied Sciences, and Social Sciences.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- Community work
- Health-related placements (e.g. working with cancer and HIV patients in a hospital)
- Bureau of Gender Affairs
- Education (primary and secondary levels) in a private, government, or non-government organization
Setting Up Your Internship
- Contact Joan Cuffie, the UCEAP Liaison Officer at UWI, three months prior to your arrival at UWI (after you've been placed in the program). Joan can facilitate your internship request best if you provide her with a resume, statement of purpose, and a letter of recommendation.
- The International Office at UWI, in collaboration with our liaison at UWI, is interested in developing new internship opportunities. So you can express interest in other areas than those mentioned above but you have to be flexible with your plans. Not all areas of interest can be accommodated.
- For areas of interest outside the opportunities listed above, our UWI liaison relies on contacts in other departments. These departments have to place their students first, and it can take up to 3 weeks after arrival to organize the internships.
Note: Current internship offerings may vary, but you are encouraged to research additional internship opportunities. You may also want to explore courses for co-curricular credits, particularly COCR 2015, 2025, 2030, and 2070.
"The most valuable part of the experience for me was to see sociology at work beyond theory. One particular project I worked on was a national gender violence awareness campaign which ranged from organizing meetings with national leaders to getting out and doing community outreach. Furthermore, I believe that I gained perspective on another side of Bajan culture by being in a work environment. Interacting with working professionals and understanding their approaches to situations and opinions on the current state and future of Barbados was a unique experience that I valued.
"My advice to students studying abroad that are looking to intern is to be proactive! I suggest preparing a resume, researching local organizations and beginning communication with your UCEAP liaison office before getting to your destination so that you can be placed in an internship as quickly as possible."
- Lauren San Juan, UC Santa Cruz
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- Airport pick-up and orientation transport
- UC fees
- Tuition at UWI
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Island Safari and other program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
All participants in the fall and year programs may receive a $2,000 scholarship in the 2018-19 academic year. No additional scholarship application is required.
Multiple scholarships can be combined to cover UCEAP costs. Visit our scholarships overview page to apply for additional UCEAP scholarships.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the University of the West Indies.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: