University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

  • St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
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Experience the Caribbean at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago. While studying on this modern campus with vibrant student life you can experience the rapidly-growing capital which is famous for its Carnival celebration. Imagine yourself studying – on the beach. Take in all the Caribbean has to offer at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.

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University of the West Indies, St. Augustine


  • St. Augustine

Program Term

  • Academic Year
  • Fall
  • Spring

Language of Instruction


Exchange Program


Program Details

Academic Program

The University of the West Indies offers a wide range of courses held in English. You can take courses in a number of fields as long as you meet the prerequisites.

Note: Courses in Business, Accounting, and Human Biology and many more are offered at this academic institution.

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

Note: Courses in Business, Accounting, and Human Biology and many more are offered at this academic institution.

Review University of West Indies, St. Augustine’s website for more information regarding course offerings.

General Education Information for UAlbany Students

Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.

Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students

Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.


All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary. 


Do you want to be part of “dorm life” by living in one of the four Halls of Residence on campus? The residents living on campus are mainly made up of students from different parts of the Caribbean Islands and many other parts of the world such as the United States, United Kingdom, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Venezuela and Suriname.

You can choose to live in an all-male, all female, or co-ed residence hall. When you move in you will need to buy bed linen, towels, crockery/cutlery, personal items/toiletries, and fan. You can choose to live in a single room or a double room. Washers and Dryers are provided.


If you choose to live on campus, you will be responsible for your own meals. You will have a kitchen with a refrigerator, stove, and microwave. There is also a cafeteria located on campus as well as other fast food outlets. You options are unlimited.

Academic Year 2019/20

Estimate of Costs

For reference, review the  Academic Year 2019-20 Estimate of Costs. 

More Information

Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.

Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.

Academic Requirements

Students in all majors with at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible. If you have a lower GPA, you should consult with us about whether or not to apply.

Experiential Learning

When you are in Trinidad and Tobago, visit the beaches, the museums, and attend activities taking place. Be sure to go to the L’Eau Michel Mud Volcano in Penal. You will certainly experience something like no other. Go on Hikes! UWI will help you see what activities are taking place.

Student Clubs and Organizations

The University of the West Indies has a large number of clubs/societies. You can choose to join the Biological Society, Health Fitness & Adventure Society, or the French Society. There are a bunch more clubs in which you can choose from. Take part in recreation activities.

Funding Opportunities

Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.

External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.

More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.

Program Advisor

Stokes, Jay

About the City

Trinidad and Tobago is comprised of many different cultures and races that can be tracked back to Africa, China, Europe, India and the Middle East. Trinidad and Tobago is also known as the “Culture Capital” of the Caribbean and constantly holds world festivals because of its high diversity. The people of Trinidad and the people of Tobago are always ready to celebrate who they are through rhythm and kindness. This is your opportunity to go to Trinidad and Tobago to see life from a different perspective. Improved your communication and social skills while growing academically and personally. Just imagine waking up every day on this island!

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required to participate in this program. U.S. citizens can stay in Trinidad up to 90 days but can request an extension. Please see the U.S. Department of State Travel website for updated information. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.

Application Availability

Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:

  • Spring/Winter/Spring Break programs: July
  • Fall/Year/Summer programs: December

Academic Year 2019/20

Program Dates

Fall 2018


Spring 2019


About the Program

The University of the West Indies is the premier tertiary education institution in the region. The St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad & Tobago is an attractive one, situated 10 miles east of the nation’s capital Port of Spain, with a unique mix of early 20th century and modern architecture and rich landscape of indigenous and introduced flora and fauna.

UWI provide a stimulating and high quality learning environment against a charming setting of true Caribbean hospitality. Originally started as an independent offshoot of the University of London, The University of the West Indies currently serves 17 English-speaking regional territories, offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in numerous fields of study: the arts, sciences, business, law, the humanities.

The University at Albany’s exchange partnership with the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine (UWI) allows you to have full access to the curriculum offers by the University. All classes are taught in English.

Program Orientations

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.

Upon arrival at The University of West Indies, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.

Support Services

UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.

The University of West Indies staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.