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University of the West Indies at Cave Hill
Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, has a population of almost 100,000. Located on the island’s south-west coast, the city is a major financial and commercial center of the Caribbean. Broad Street runs through the heart of Bridgetown, passing the Parliament building, and is the city’s main shopping thoroughfare. Other sights of interest include Independence Square, the Barbados Museum, and a statue of Lord Nelson. With average temperatures around 30° C all year round, Bridgetown is a distinctly laid-back city with plenty of cafés and refreshment stands.
In order to have an idea of what is available at the Cave Hill campus, you can visit the University of the West Indies website.
You will officially register for courses once you arrive on-site at the university, so you may not know ahead of time what your schedule will look like. However, you should start talking to your advisor now about the types of courses you plan to take while abroad and should plan on having a few backup course options.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to UWI and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 12 credits each semester. The credit translation system between UWI and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at UWI will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. You will generally receive 3-credits per class taken at UWI. It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail (unless the course is an internship and you receive prior approval).
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Late August – Late December
Spring Semester: Late January – Mid-May
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the UWI web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
PLEASE NOTE: On-campus housing is extremely limited and is not guaranteed.
The two residential halls offered on the Cave Hill Campus are the Frank Worrell Hall and Sherlock Hall. The Frank Worrell Hall consists of three buildings with ten suites in each building. Here, you will share a suite with six other students. Each building is enclosed in a combination of garden walls and shared common facilities, including a laundry unit.
The recently renovated, Sherlock Hall is the oldest of the two halls. It can accommodate a total of 90 students. On the ground floor of the hall is the Campus Cafeteria. The campus cafeteria offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to the entire campus community. You can also purchase food and groceries from the E-Lounge and the Campus Mart. Students are not required to purchase a meal plan and food can be purchased based on your preference.
For more information regarding on-campus housing, please visit the UWI website.
Most off-Campus accommodations are located within 5 miles of the Cave Hill Campus. The campus can be easily accessed by public transportation or campus buses. It is your responsibility to work with the off-campus housing office to secure your accommodations.
For semester students, securing a short-term lease is challenging and, often, your housing will not be determined until very close to the program start date. Please contact the Rutgers Study Abroad Barbados Program Manager for more information about the process of securing off-campus accommodations.??
For additional information regarding off-campus housing, please visit the UWI website.
Program Cost: 2013-2014
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses please download and review the University of the West Indies Expenses Worksheet:
UWI Spring 2014 Expenses Worksheet
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid please visit the Finances Section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Global Reach Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Center for Global Education Diversity Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.