University of the West Indies

  • Location: Cave Hill, Barbados
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Minimum GPA: 2.7
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


Barbados is a small island (just 2.5 times larger than Washington, DC) with a population of 274,000. Barbados has strong British influences, but remains distinctively Caribbean with its Calypso music, rum shops and West Indian cuisine. Most of the landscape is covered in sugar-cane fields and huge numbers of green monkeys. Cave Hill itself is a relatively new and expanding suburban community that overlooks the island’s capital of Bridgetown, which is approximately three miles from the campus. Also nearby is the tourist town of St. James, popular for its beautiful beaches.

  • Visa:

    Arranged after arrival by the university.

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition and room to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.

  • Requirements

    None, other than minimum GPA.

    Direct Enrollment

    There are no American representatives on site. Students work with university personnel at the International Office.

    Academic Credit

    In the Faculty of Natural Sciences some courses are worth four credits. Students must take 15 semester credit hours at the University of the West Indies.  Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    Full university curriculum.

    Course Highlights

    Accounting, Agricultural Economics, Applied Physics, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Electronics, Environmental Science, Fine Arts, Government, Health Studies, History, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Meteorology, Physics, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Health, Sociology, Social Work, and Statistics.

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

    Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad

  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Two-days of orientation are provided to students.

    Number of Students: Approximately 2,700 students of whom 100 are international students.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Residence hall with West Indian students. Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program.

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Sports: Soccer, swimming, cricket, lawn tennis, volleyball, netball, basketball, dance, and sailing.


Students apply to one of the Faculties: Humanities & Education, Law, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. Opportunities to join sports teams and social groups. Students can participate in field work including the Barbados Sea Turtle Project, which aims to protect the endangered sea turtle population.

Apply to Study Abroad!

  • Semester I: End of August to mid-December
  • Semester II: Mid-January to mid-May
  • Year: End of August to mid-May
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 5
  • Year: March 1
Faculty Contact

Tracey Hucks

Michael Allen