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Undergraduate Admissions

The UWI, Open Campus is inviting applications for admission to regional undergraduate degrees, associate degrees, diplomas and certificates for August and January of each year. See the programmes on offer.

APPLICATION NOTICE

Apply by November 24, 2016 to start in January 2017

Please note that for regional programmes, applications must be completed online.

You must submit the Application Receipt and all required supporting documents to your Open Campus Site in order to complete the application process. See Locations at the Prospective Students tab on our homepage for Open Campus Sites across the region.

TRACK YOUR APPLICATION

You may track the status of your application anytime by logging on to the Online Admissions Portal using your Login ID and PIN.

All communication from Admissions will be sent to your email address and print copies sent to your Open Campus Site.

LOCAL PROGRAMMES

Many of our sites offer pre-university, professional and continuing education courses, programmes, seminars and workshops  face-to-face throughout the year. Please contact your nearest site for information on current offers and the application process.

 

The offer of programmes and courses is subject to the availability of an adequate number of qualified persons.

Who Can Apply?

Anyone who satisfies the university’s matriculation requirements can apply to study at the Open Campus. An applicant requires a minimum of five passes (CXC General Proficiency Grades I to III or GCE ‘O’ Level) including English Language, which is compulsory for entry. You must also satisfy the entry requirements of the programme of your choice – a pass in Mathematics is required for degree programmes in the Social Sciences. See programmes for the admission requirements of specific programmes.

Age Entry Requirement

There is no minimum age requirement for entry to undergraduate programmes at UWI, except in the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to satisfy the relevant University minimum entrance requirements for matriculation, either at Normal or Lower Level, before being considered for admission to degree or other programmes. These are explained below:

Normal Matriculation

Applicants with the qualifications listed below are eligible for normal matriculation for admission to degree programmes, provided that they have an acceptable pass in English A in an examination of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) or an acceptable equivalent. (An acceptable pass in a CXC (CSEC) examination is defined as a pass with Grades I or II at the General Proficiency Level, or Grade III General Proficiency from June 1998.)

1.

Holders of CXC Certificates, General Certificates of Education (GCE)

Holders of CXC Certificates, General Certificates of Education (GCE) (or the approved equivalents) who satisfy either Scheme A or Scheme B as stated below:

Scheme A: They possess FIVE (5) subjects of which at least TWO (2) must be GCE Advanced Level (‘A’ Level) passes, while the remainder may be acceptable passes in the CXC or GCE ‘O’ Level examinations
Scheme B: They possess passes in FOUR (4) subjects of which at least THREE must be GCE A-Level passes, while the fourth may be an acceptable pass in the CXC or GCE ‘O’ Level examinations.v

CXC CAPE (Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination)

(i) Candidates who have passed two 2-unit courses in a particular subject area fall within the two (2) ‘A’ Level matriculation standing (Reference Scheme A).

(ii)

Six (6) Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) Units, including the two single-unit courses - Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies will be accepted for normal matriculation (Reference Scheme B).

 

2. Holders of degrees from any university recognised by the Board for Undergraduate Studies.
3. Holders of Certificates and Diplomas awarded by this University
4. Holders of an Associate Degree from the UWI, or from approved Caribbean tertiary level institutions with a     minimum GPA of 2.5.
5.

Persons over age 21 based on having demonstrated academic potential, having gained academically  relevant knowledge and workplace experience. Applicants will be required to present, where appropriate:

  • Full details of their career; a document outlining knowledge development and employment record, official academic transcripts, certificate, documents and references. Applicants may be required to submit to test and/or interviews.

 

  1.  

Lower Level Matriculation

Holders of the following are eligible for lower level matriculation for admission to degree programmes:

1.

Holders of five (5) CXC or GCE ‘O’ Level passes or equivalent, not necessarily obtained at the same sitting, as follows:

(i) English (A), and
(ii) Mathematics or a foreign language, or an approved science (not Health Science), or additional Mathematics or Geography
(iii) Three (3) other approved subjects not already counted above.

 

2. Persons over the age of 21 on the basis of their overall academic and professional attainments.
3.

Holders of one of the approved certificates from the School of Continuing Studies with an acceptable pass in English Language

Mature Students

Mature applicants are persons over the age of 21 years who have been out of secondary school for at least five (5) years. Such applicants may be granted normal or lower level matriculation on the basis of their overall academic and professional achievements.

Specially Admitted & Occasional Students

Candidates may be admitted to take select courses under the categories of Specially Admitted or Occasional Students. Occasional Students are only permitted to attend face-to-face classes and may not write examinations. Specially Admitted Students may register for online/blended and face-to-face courses and are permitted to write examinations. Specially Admitted/Occasional Students normally must meet matriculation requirements. For more information see Specially Admitted & Occasional Students.

English Language Requirements

Candidates who do not possess one of the exempting qualifications listed below are required to take the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT).

Holders of the following qualifications are exempt from the ELPT

(i) Grade 1 - CXC English ‘A’ examination
(ii) Grade A - GCE ‘O’ Level English Language
(iii) Grade A or B - Cambridge GCE A/O Level General Paper examination
(iv) Grades I-II CXC CAPE Communication Studies
(v) Grade B+ or above – College English Skills I or II – College of the Bahamas
(vi) Grade B+ or above – Advanced Communication or Business Communication – University of Technology (UTECH)
(vii) Grade B+ or above – Freshman Composition I or II – Northern Caribbean University (NCU)

The ELPT is administered several times a year. Please check our website www.open.uwi.edu or the site in your region for test dates. There is a fee of US$25 or the local equivalent. The results of the test will remain valid for a period of five (5) years. See ELPT for further information.

Applicants whose native Language is not English are required to perform satisfactorily in an approved English Language Test.  The TOEFL test with a minimum score of 500 has been approved for this purpose.

Mathematics Requirement

For entry into certain ASc and BSc programmes an approved qualification in Mathematics is required. The minimum Mathematics requirement is a pass at CXC General Proficiency or the equivalent. Candidates who do not meet this requirement must successfully complete an approved remedial Mathematics course. Approved remedial Mathematics courses include Improving your Math Skills (IYMS) and MATH0900/CE001 Mathematics. Please consult your Centre/Site with respect to the course on offer.

Technical Requirements

Students applying to online/distance and mixed-mode programmes should be comfortable using a personal computer and email. Students will need to have access to a computer with Internet access.

Documents Required

You must submit the supporting documents identified below together with your Application Receipt to complete the application process.

Applicants should

  1. print and sign the Application Receipt
  2. attach a passport size photograph using glue
  3. submit the signed Application Receipt together with the original and one photocopy of the supporting documents  below to your Open Campus Site within a week of your application.

The Site staff will certify the photocopies of your documents and return the originals to you.

Supporting Documents

  1. Birth certificate
  2. Academic certificates/grade slips
  3. Professional certificates/diplomas (where applicable)
  4. Official Transcripts
  5. Marriage certificate (where applicable)
  6. Deed poll/Legal Affidavit if the present name is different from that on the Birth Certificate. (Each name must be spelt correctly and also correctly hyphenated, where necessary.)
  7. TOEFL Examination Score (applicable to candidates whose native language is not English). A TOEFL Score of 500 or greater is preferred.

These documents must be submitted within one week of submitting an online application.

Applications will not be fully processed without the applicable documents.

NB Applications will not be considered if there is any indication that the supporting documents have been altered in any way.

Submission of Transcripts

Transcripts are required if you have a professional certificate, diploma, and/or university degree from an institution other than The University of the West Indies. Transcripts should be forwarded by June 30 for August admission and November 30 for January admission directly from the issuing institution to:

 

Assistant Registrar
Admissions
Open Campus
UWI, St. Augustine
Trinidad

How to Apply

The Open Campus accepts online applications only for regional programmes. You must have an email address to begin the process.

STEP 1: GO TO THE ONLINE ADMISSIONS SYSTEM

Go to the Online Admissions system and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the application in full. You do not have to complete your application in one sitting. You can start the process and complete it any time before the deadline using your Login ID and PIN. Please read all instructions carefully before you proceed to the Online Admissions Portal.

STEP 2: SET UP YOUR ACCOUNT

Create a Login account using your email address. The Admissions System will send you a verification email to your email address with a special webpage address. You must respond to confirm that you email is valid and working by clicking on the webpage address. Once your email has been verified you will receive your Login ID and PIN. You will use your Login ID and PIN to logon to the Online Admissions Portal. Make a note of your Login ID and PIN since you will need these to access your application information after you log out of the system. NB: Sometimes the verification email is directed to your junk mail folder, so please check your junk mail if the verification email is not in your Inbox.

STEP 3: COMPLETE THE PROFILE SECTION

The profile section covers biographic data, emergency contact information, academic history, employment information and reference information. Complete all sections, making sure you save your data if you logout before completing your profile.

STEP 4: CHOOSE YOUR PROGRAMME

Once you have completed your profile, you will be able to move on to the programme section to choose the programme you wish to study. See programmes for details on programmes offered.

STEP 5: PRINT AND SIGN APPLICATION RECEIPT

Once you have completed all the steps in the process, you should print and sign the Application Receipt. Attach a passport size photograph using glue.

STEP 6: SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION RECEIPT & SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

Submit the signed Application Receipt together with the original and one photocopy of the supporting documents to your Open Campus Site within a week of your application. The Site staff will certify the photocopies of your documents and return the originals to you. You must submit all the required documents in order to complete the application process.

Applications will not be fully processed without the applicable documents.

APPLY NOW

Have you

  • >read all the instructions?
  • >got the information required for the profile section?
  • >chosen your programme?
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APPLY NOW AT THE ONLINE ADMISSIONS PORTAL

TRACK YOUR APPLICATION

You may track the status of your application anytime by logging on to the Online Admissions Portal using your Login ID and PIN.

All communication from Admissions will be sent to your email address and print copies sent to your Open Campus Site.

HELP

Applicants who encounter problems with any of our online systems can email our Help Desk at helpdesk@open.uwi.edu for assistance.

Financial Information

Students are required to pay tuition fees relevant to their programme, administrative services and compulsory fees in accordance with the regulations. Tuition fees are paid by semester at the time of registration.

Students registering online can print their fee assessment invoice for each semester which details their financial obligations after registration. 

All fees must be paid by the end of the third week of semester classes and the second week of summer classes. Students who do not comply with payment deadlines will be de-registered and given Leave of Absence for the semester.

Students who do not comply with payment deadlines will be subject to the penalties in force.

The base currency for the calculation of fees for regional programmes is the US$. Exchange rates for the new academic year will be confirmed in July.

All course and programme fees are subject to change from time to time as mandated by The University of the West Indies.

 

Tuition Fee

Tuition fees cover tuition and examination costs, the costs of materials, teleconferences and tutorials (as appropriate). Tuition fees are paid by semester at the time of registration.

The tuition fees for repeating a course are the same as for a first attempt.

Administrative & Other Fees

In addition to tuition fees, there are Compulsory Fees (ID card, Guild Fees) and Administrative Fees, details of which can be obtained from your Site.

Fees are paid in the local currency of the Site of registration. The base currency for the calculation of fees for regional programmes is the US$.

Tuition Fees

  Schedule of Fees 2016/2017 (Last updated January 3, 2017)

  Payment Procedures for Semester 2, 2016/2017

  Regional Student Payment Plan - Semester II, 2016/2017


Supplementary  Information on Fees
  Student Declaration Form  
  Student Declaration Form (for students under 18 years)

 

Financial Aid 

Students who require assistance to finance their programme of study at the University are encouraged to discuss their financial situation early with their Site administration so that we can help you identify the available options.

Payment Plan

Is paying for your higher and continuing education becoming more difficult?

Do you have questions such as:

• What is financial aid?

• Will there be awards or scholarships available?

• Can I pay my course fees in stages?

• What happens if I can’t pay?

• Who can I talk to in confidence about my situation?

Our Current Financial Alternatives For You

We are very sympathetic to the financial challenges faced by many students and so the Open Campus will do as much as we can to assist students to meet their financial obligations to the University.

Please make an appointment to speak with the Head or the Programme Officer at your local Open Campus site. They will advise you on the steps you need to take to make a payment plan agreement with the Open Campus.

Guidelines for the Payment Plan Agreement

Our Payment Plan Agreements provide short-term financial assistance to cover tuition fees only and are approved for one semester at a time. Payment Plan Agreements are not available for the Summer Session. The Summer Session is a shorter period and for most programmes the Summer Session is optional.

It is not intended that Payment Plan Agreements should be the normal way in which students finance their entire programme. Such agreements are to be made at the discretion of the local Head of the Open Campus Country Site and are used judiciously to assist students who are having specific financial difficulties.

Payment Agreement Form

Eligibility

1. Only students who are in good financial standing will be allowed to sign up for the Payment Agreement Plan.
2. Students should demonstrate the need for financial assistance.
3. Students should be registered for a minimum of 9 and a maximum of 15 credits.

Process
 

  1. Students must meet with Open Campus Site Heads or Programme Officers to discuss their case.
  2. Students must pay at least one-third of fees, then complete and sign the Payment Plan Agreement Form and submit it to the Centre for approval.
  3. Sites will maintain a record of Payment Plan Agreements and payments made.
  4. A list of students on Payment Plan Agreements and the amounts of each agreement will also be kept by the Bursar/Campus Chief Financial Officer.
  5. Sites will send out reminders to students one week before the deadline for payment each month.
  6. Students will receive a copy of the Agreement for their records.
  7. Failure to make payments or present evidence of payments made by the due date will mean that a student is in default of payment and the actions outlined in the Default Statement will be implemented.
  8. Failure to pay fees and/or to have an approved Payment Plan Agreement will mean that a student is in default of payment and the actions outlined in the Revised Payment Procedures for 2016/2017 will be implemented.
  9. Sites will inform the Bursar/Campus Chief Financial Officer if a student is in default of payment.

Payment Schedule

1. Students will be allowed to pay fees in a maximum of three installments.
2. For Semester I 2016/2017 the payment dates are as follows:

    September 7, 2016

    September 30, 2016

    October 31, 2016

3. For Semester II 2016/2017 the payment dates are as follows:

    To be announced.

   

Default Statement

 

Failure to pay as per the agreed payment schedule and/or failure to present evidence of payment by the due date(s) will constitute a breach of the Payment Plan Agreement and students will be considered to be in default.

 

In the event of a default, the registration/academic record will remain and the following actions will be taken:

a) Placing a financial hold on the student record
b) Debarment from future registration in any course or programme of the University
c) Withholding of examination results and results of other assessments
d) Denial of academic and administrative services
e) Denial of transcripts, certificates and other records of status
f) Denial of access to the University’s systems and facilities

We Want to Make It Easier for You

We understand how difficult the current economic environment is for many students. In fact, we have held back the base price of many of our courses and programmes for several years in order to make it more affordable for many of our students.

As we work towards making this Open Campus work for you, our very valuable students, we would like to assure you that we are here to help to achieve your academic and personal goals.

 

GATE

GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE FOR TUITION EXPENSES (GATE)

Under the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme, tuition is free for all eligible citizens of Trinidad & Tobago pursuing approved undergraduate programmes at any campus of The University of the West Indies; reading for the Legal Education Certificate at the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad, the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica or the Eugene Dupuch Law School in The Bahamas. Students pursuing programmes at postgraduate level will be eligible for grants to cover 50% of tuition costs.

Students who receive free tuition will be required to serve the country by working in the public or private sector in Trinidad and Tobago, upon completion of the approved programme. The students must sign an Agreement to work for stipulated periods. Should any student be unable to fulfill his obligation, the assistance received through the GATE programme will have to be refunded to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

All citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who wish to access the GATE programme, must provide proof of residency in Trinidad and Tobago for at least three (3) years prior to submitting an application.

With effect from August 2014, the Government of Trinidad & Tobago requires students to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in order to be eligible for assistance through the GATE programme.

For more information on the GATE programme requirements and how to apply, you should
visit the website http://www.stte.gov.tt

Please see a list of UWI Open Campus GATE Funded Programmes below:

Notice: New Gate Application Procedure

UWI Open Campus: GATE Funded Programmes

Refund Policy

Refund Policy Document

Refund Request Form

English Language Proficiency Test

The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is used to assess whether persons applying to pursue undergraduate degree programmes at the UWI Open Campus possess a satisfactory level of writing and reading proficiency in English for university academic purposes.

The ELPT is used as a diagnostic tool. Applicants who pass the test are allowed to register for the Foundation Language course. Applicants who fail the test are advised to use the English Language Self-Study Guide to prepare themselves to re-take the test. The results of applicants who pass the test will remain valid for five years.

Please note:

  1. Please check the ELPT ‘Exemptions’ tab above for details on exemptions from the test.

  2. The registration and general procedures, the test dates and times and the test locations presented here pertain to the administration of the ELPT for the UWI Open Campus.

ELPT Registration Form

Open Campus students interested in taking this test are required to register for it online through the Student Portal. You will find the registration form on the Student Portal under "Announcements".

Open Campus applicants interested in taking this test are required to register for it online through the Admissions Portal. You should login to the Admissions Portal, then click on the link under your application summary.

If you are not an Open Campus student or applicant and you are interested in taking this test, you are required to register for it online through the ELPT Form link below:

 >> ELPT Form
 

ELPT Dates and Times

Dates: March, August and November

ELPT Locations

Open Campus Country Sites regionally.

 

Registration

Registration & General Procedures

  1. To register for the test, candidates are required to pay a fee equivalent to BDS$50 / US$25.
  2. Payments should be made as instructed by your Open Campus Country Site.
  3. Candidates must bring their receipt and identification bearing a photograph (i.e. driver’s license, passport, UWI student ID card etc.) to the test centre on the day of the test.
  4. Candidates must write their name and their application ID number or UWI student ID number on the answer booklet provided.
  5. Test results will be sent to the Open Campus Country Sites.

 

ELPT Registration Form

Open Campus students interested in taking this test are required to register for it online through the Student Portal. You will find the registration form on the Student Portal under "Announcements".

Open Campus applicants interested in taking this test are required to register for it online through the Admissions Portal. You should login to the Admissions Portal, then click on the link under your application summary.

If you are not an Open Campus student or applicant and you are interested in taking this test, you are required to register for it online through the ELPT Form link below:

 >> ELPT Form
 

 

Test Format

The ELPT will be administered as a paper test and will last for two hours. It covers the following areas:

Grammar

The focus is on the candidate’s ability to distinguish between correct and incorrect structures rather than on their knowledge of formal grammar. Candidates are required to answer alternative/multiple choice questions on any or all of the following:

• Grammar of the simple sentence
• Grammar of complex/compound sentences
• Idiomatic usage
• Writing mechanics and spelling

Reading

Candidates will be required to read several short passages and answer alternative/multiple choice questions concerning a summary of the main ideas of the passage.

Writing

Candidates are required to write a 500 word essay in which they provide information and ideas on a given topic.

 

Resources

The following resources are suggested for applicants preparing for the ELPT:

Grammar Texts

Hodge, Merle (1997) The Knots in English: A Manual for Caribbean Users. Massachusetts: Calaloux Publications
Wilson, Paige & Glazier, Teresa (2008) The Least You Should Know About English. 10/E Wadsworth

Reading & Comprehension Texts

Milson-Whyte, Vivette (2003) English for Tertiary Level Study Guide. Mona, Kingston: Department of Language, Linguistics & Philosophy
Morgan, Paula (1998) Language Proficiency for Tertiary Level. St. Augustine, Trinidad: UWIDEC

Essay Writing Texts

Kirszner, Laurie and Stephen Mandell (2000) The Brief Holt Handbook 3rd ed. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College Publishers.
Simmons-McDonald, H., Fields, L. Roberts, P. (1997) Writing in English: A Course book for Caribbean Students. Ian Randle Publishers

Online Support

Online Writing Lab (OWL) of Purdue University offers free resources on issues related to grammar, punctuation, general writing and practice exercises. http://owl.english.purdue.edu

 

Exemptions

Applicants in the following categories (a-f) are NOT required to sit the test:

a) Persons with any ONE of the following English Language qualifications:

(i) Grade 1- CXC English A examination

(ii) Grade A - GCE O Level English Language examination

(iii) Grade A- GCE A/O Level General Paper examination

(iv) Grades 1&2 CAPE (Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination) Communication Studies.

(v) Grade B+ or above College English Skills I or II- College of Bahamas

(vi) Grade B+ or above Advanced Communication or Business Communication - University of Technology (UTECH)

(vii) Grade B+ or above Freshman Composition I or II - Northern Caribbean University (NCU).

b) Persons who are already holders of an undergraduate degree from the UWI or from an approved university, and persons with a Grade B+ or above in a college English course from an approved University.

c) Persons holding a UWI Certificate in Advanced Nursing Education and Administration OR a UWI Licentiate of Theology.

d) Persons holding a UWI Diploma in Mass Communications who have passed the course ‘Media & Language’ (MC52A)

e) Persons who passed (within the past 5 years) the UWI English Language Proficiency Tests offered by any campus.

f) Persons who successfully completed any ONE of the following UWI English Language courses within the last five years: UC010; UC10A; UC10B; UC10C; UC10D; UC10L; UC10H; UC120; FD10A; CM10A; CM10B; FD10C; FD10H.

Frequently Asked Quentions

Where can I get help?

Applicants who encounter problems with any

of our online systems can email our Help Desk at helpdesk@open.uwi.edu for assistance.

 

How will I know if I have been accepted?

You may track the status of your application anytime by logging on to the Online Admissions Portal using your Login ID and PIN.

All communication from Admissions will be sent to your email address and print copies sent to your Open Campus Site.

Please ensure that you have submitted your Application Receipt and all required supporting documents. You must submit all the required documents in order to complete the application process.

 

How will I be taught?

The Open Campus has a mix of blended learning, fully online, face-to-face courses and mixed-mode programmes. 

Blended – A blend of online and other modalities
Online – Fully online via the Internet
Face-to-Face – Traditional classroom
Mixed-mode – Face-to-Face and other modalities

Do remember, whichever teaching format is used, being an independent learner is key to your success!

 

How will I be assessed?

Courses are assessed in a combination of ways, with methods varying according to the nature of the subject being taught.

Methods of assessing courses include: coursework, project work, tutorial and/or seminar presentations and written, practical and oral examinations.

The assessment plan will be communicated to you as part of the course information.

Students have a responsibility to ensure that they participate fully in learning situations and submit assignments and projects by the deadlines.

 

How are degrees awarded?

First degrees are awarded in the following categories:

First class
Upper second class
Lower second class
Pass

 

Applying for Admission

The Open Campus is making applying to the University more convenient for its students.

Please note that for regional programmes, only online applications are accepted. For local programmes, paper applications are the norm.

Take the time to read all instructions carefully and collect all the required documents in preparation for your application.

 

We look forward to welcoming you to the UWI, Open Campus and serving you:

 

Online | On site | On demand

Graduate Admissions

Go to the Programmes section for information on the entry requirements for each programme. For a list of the documents that should accompany your application go to Documents Required in the left navigation menu.

If you do not wish to apply for entry to an entire programme but only to some courses in a programme, then follow this link for information on specially admitted or occasional students.

Please note that for regional programmes, applications must be completed online.

You must submit the Application Receipt and all required supporting documents to your Open Campus Site in order to complete the application process. See Locations at the Prospective Students tab on our homepage for Open Campus Sites across the region.

 

The offer of programmes and courses is subject to the availability of an adequate number of qualified persons.

Who Can Apply?

Applicants to the UWI Open Campus Graduate Programmes must satisfy the University Regulations governing admission to a Higher Degree and must generally possess an Honours Degree. Applicants to course-based Masters programmes (M.A., M.Ed., M.Sc., LL.M.) should normally have at least a Lower Second Class Honours degree or equivalent.

Candidates with Pass degrees, who have other relevant qualifications and substantial experience in the field to which they are applying, will be considered for entry to course-based Masters programmes on a case by case basis.

Candidates with Pass degrees will normally be considered for entry into Masters programmes no sooner than two (2) years after the completion of the undergraduate degree.

Specific matriculation requirements are highlighted in the programme outline under Entry Requirements.

Documents Required

The following documents must be submitted with your on-line application:

  1. Application fees (waived for on-line applications only).
     
  2. A resume of your job and other experience that is relevant to your desire to pursue the degree programme.Include Employer Contact Information.
     
  3. Two (2) referee reports. (Two (2) academic referees are preferred but in certain circumstances one (1) academic referee and one (1) work referee could be accepted).These reports must be submitted under confidential cover by the referees. 
     
  4. Signed copy of Declaration Page (required for all on-line applications).Please note that this page is presented after you select the "Application is Complete" button.
     
  5. Birth Certificate (not required from UWI graduates)
     
  6. Marriage Certificate (where applicable)
     
  7. Legal Affidavit or deed poll if your present name is different from that on the Birth Certificate.
     
  8. Professional Certificates/Diplomas obtained from institutions other than UWI
     
  9. Official Transcripts (for non-UWI graduates.  Please note that these must be sent directly from the granting institution.)

Transcripts and referee reports must be sent directly to the University. All other documents may be submitted through the Open Campus Country sites. Applicants are requested to take the originals to the site nearest to you where they will be copied, notarized and scanned, then forwarded to the Assistant Registrar. Please note that the University reserves the right to request the original documents.

 

The address to which all documents are to be sent is:

The University of the West Indies
The Assistant Registrar
Admissions & Registration
Graduate Programmes
Open Campus St. Augustine
Trinidad W.I.

Fax: (868) 663-4919
Email: admissions@open.uwi.edu

 

How to Apply

Applications will be ONLY accepted on-line for all programmes.

Interested persons should fill out  an application form from http://apply.open.uwi.edu. The instruction sheet can also be downloaded by going to, Instruction Sheet.

Applicants should only submit one application on-line. 

Applicants must download two (2) Referee Report forms from the Document Library. These must be completed and submitted under confidential cover on their behalf before the application can be considered.

Financial Information

Self Financing Programmes

Graduate programmes offered by the Open Campus are self financing programmes.

Fees Payable to the University

   Schedule of Fees 2016/2017


Supplementary  Information on Fees
  Student Declaration Form  

Referee Form

Graduate Referee Form

Graduate Orientation

Graduate Orientation

CPE Admissions

 Applicants to the new CPE programmes are encouraged to contact their nearest Open Campus Country Site for detailed information on programme admission.  The information listed below applies generally to all new CPE programmes:

Applicants should apply using the relevant application forms – these are available at your nearest Open Campus Country Site location.
Applicants should provide all supporting documentation (national identification, photos, etc.) at the time or application or as soon as possible thereafter.
Matriculation (entry) requirements may vary depending upon the programme of study – applicants are encouraged to speak with an OC representative to ensure they satisfy any programme requirements.
Information on how to register for courses each semester may be accessed at your nearest OC Site. 

 

 

Financial Information

Students are required to pay tuition fees relevant to their programme, administrative services and compulsory fees in accordance with the regulations. Tuition fees are paid by semester at the time of registration.

Fees should be paid by the end of the third week of traditional semester classes and the second week of summer classes. Students who do not comply with payment deadlines may be subject to prohibitions relative to examinations and assessment.

Fees are quoted in your local currency, kindly contact an Open Campus Country Site nearest to you for further information on programme pricing. Students being sponsored by their employer or an organization may request an invoice for each semester which details their financial obligations after registration.
All course and programme fees are subject to change from time to time as mandated by The University of the West Indies.

 

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees cover tuition and examination costs, the costs of materials, teleconferences and tutorials (as appropriate). Tuition fees are paid by semester at the time of registration.

The tuition fees for repeating a course are the same as for a first attempt.

Administrative & Other Fees

In addition to tuition fees, there are Compulsory Fees (ID card, Guild Fees) and Administrative Fees, details of which can be obtained from your Site.

Fees are paid in the local currency of the Site of registration. The base currency for the calculation of fees for regional programmes is the US$.

Tuition Fees

   Schedule of Fees 2016/2017

 

Refund Policy

Refund Policy Document

Refund Request Form

PLA Admissions

The UWI, Open Campus is inviting applications for admission to regional undergraduate degrees, associate degrees, diplomas and certificates for August and January of each year. See the programmes on offer.

Please note that for regional programmes, applications must be completed online.

You must submit the Application Receipt and all required supporting documents to your Open Campus Site in order to complete the application process. See Locations at the Prospective Students tab on our homepage for Open Campus Sites across the region.

 

TRACK YOUR APPLICATION

You may track the status of your application anytime by logging on to the Online Admissions Portal using your Login ID and PIN.

All communication from Admissions will be sent to your email address and print copies sent to your Open Campus Site.

 

LOCAL PROGRAMMES

Many of our sites offer pre-university, professional and continuing education courses, programmes, seminars and workshops  face-to-face throughout the year. Please contact your nearest site for information on current offers and the application process.

 

The offer of programmes and courses is subject to the availability of an adequate number of qualified persons.

 

 

Who Can Apply?

Applicant Requirement

 PLA applicants should:

(a)   be over age 21 years

(b)   have at least five (5) years experience relevant to the desired area of study for which PLA is currently available; and

(c)   possess non-formal, informal and short-term training in areas relevant to the desired area of study.

Persons interested in PLA must meet the University’s matriculation requirements.  Persons will apply to The UWI Open Campus using the online application form.

When the outcomes of a student’s relevant prior learning are assessed and the student achieves a passing Grade (as defined by The UWI Board for Undergraduate Studies), the student will:

(1)  earn PLA credits;

(2) be exempted from the comparable course within a programme for which the PLA credits have been allocated;

(3)  not be required to take the course for which PLA credits have been earned.

 

Admission Requirements

These Regulations govern the use of PLA for advanced placement.  PLA applicants are required to satisfy the relevant University minimum entrance requirements for matriculation, either at Normal or Lower Level, before being considered for admission to degree or other programmes.  These are explained below:

Normal Matriculation

Applicants with the qualifications listed below are eligible for normal matriculation for admission to degree programmes, provided that they have an acceptable pass in English A in an examination of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) or an acceptable equivalent.  (An acceptable pass in a CXC (CSEC) examination is defined as a pass with Grades I or II at the General Proficiency Level, or Grade III General Proficiency from June 1998.)

1.       Holders of CXC Certificates, General Certificates of Education (GCE)

Holders of CXC Certificates, General Certificates of Education (GCE) (or the approved equivalents) who satisfy either Scheme A or Scheme B as stated below:

Scheme A:       They possess FIVE (5) subjects of which at least TWO (2) must be GCE Advanced Level (‘A’ Level) passes, while the remainder may be acceptable passes in the CXC or GCE ‘O’ Level examinations.

Scheme B:       They possess passes in FOUR (4) subjects of which at least THREE must be GCE A-Level passes, while the fourth may be an acceptable pass in the CXC or GCE ‘O’ Level examinations.

CXC CAPE (Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination)

(i)                 Candidates who have passed two 2-unit courses in a particular subject area fall within the two (2) ‘A’ Level matriculation standing (Reference Scheme A).

(ii)               Six (6) Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) Units, including the two single-unit courses – Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies will be accepted for normal matriculation (Reference Scheme B).

2.      Holders of Degrees from any university recognised by the Board for Undergraduate Studies.

3.      Holders of Certificates and Diplomas awarded by this University.

4.      Holders of an Associate Degree from the UWI, or from approved Caribbean tertiary level institutions with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

5.      Persons over age 21 based on having demonstrated academic potential, having gained academically relevant knowledge and workplace experience.  Applicants will be required to present, where appropriate:

Full details of their career; a document outlining knowledge development and employment record, official academic transcripts, certificate, documents and references.  Applicants may be required to submit to test and/or interviews.

Lower Level Matriculation

Holders of the following are eligible for lower level matriculation for admission to degree programmes:

1.      Holders of five (5) CXC or GCE ‘O’ Level passes or equivalent, not necessarily obtained at the same sitting, as follows:

(i)                 English (A), and

(ii)               Mathematics or a foreign language, or an approved science (not Health Science), or additional Mathematics or Geography

(iii)             Three (3) other approved subjects not already counted above.

2.      Persons over the age of 21 on the basis of their overall academic and professional attainments.

3.      Holders of one of the approved certificates from the School of Continuing Studies with an acceptable pass in English Language.

 

Mature Students

Mature applicants are persons over the age of 21 years who have been out of secondary school for at least five (5) years.  Such applicants may be granted normal or lower level matriculation on the basis of their overall academic and professional achievements.

 

Specially Admitted & Occasional Students

Candidates may be admitted to take select courses under the categories of Specially Admitted or Occasional Students.  Occasional Students are only permitted to attend face-to-face classes and may not write examinations.  Specially Admitted Students may register for online/blended and face-to-face courses and are permitted to write examinations.  Specially Admitted/Occasional Students normally must meet matriculation requirements.  For more information see Specially Admitted & Occasional Students.

 

Regulations for Specially Admitted Students

In addition to the students admitted to courses leading to degrees, the Vice Chancellor may admit to the University as specially admitted students, for limited periods, persons who comply with the following regulations.

 

Special Admission

The following persons are eligible for special admission:

(1)               Persons sponsored by governments or other employers to read certain courses, not for credit towards a University qualification, under a special arrangement.

(2)        Private individuals who wish to pursue and develop a particular area of intellectual interest.

(3)        Graduates of the University of the West Indies or of other recognised universities who wish to pursue a particular course or courses:

(a) to equip themselves for a particular job;

(b) to increase efficiency in the performance of a job;

(c) to satisfy entry requirements to a programme in this or another institution;

(d) to update or improve their knowledge in a subject.

(i)         Such students should be known as “specially admitted students”.

(ii)        Applications for special permission must be made on the appropriate form.

(iii)       To be considered for entry as “specially admitted students”, applicants should normally be matriculable.

(iv)      Those students who do not satisfy the requirements for entry to the University should provide satisfactory evidence of their previous studies. In appropriate cases they may be required to sit a special entrance examination. In the assessment of the qualifications of applicants due allowance shall be made for their maturity.

(v)        Specially admitted students shall be required to pay the appropriate fees as are in force.

(vi)       Such students shall be required to comply with the General Regulations for Students as are in force.

(vii)      Normally, a specially admitted student should be allowed to take no more than (12) credits in any given year; nor more than a total of 24 credits under this category of registration.

(viii)     Specially admitted students are permitted to write the University examinations appropriate to the course(s) they have been allowed to pursue.

(ix)       Their membership of the University shall be subject to satisfactory reports on their work and conduct.

(x)        The credits obtained through special admissions can be counted towards UWI certification and University programmes provided they have been obtained within such time limits as are set from time to time by the Institution.

 

English Language Requirement

Potential PLA applicants without University-level English will be required to take the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT).

Holders of the following qualifications are exempt from the ELPT

(i)             Grade 1 – CXC English ‘A’ examination

(ii)           Grade A – GCE ‘O’ Level English Language

(iii)          Grade A or B – Cambridge GCE A/O Level General Paper examination

(iv)          Grades I-II CXC CAPE Communication Studies

(v)          Grade B+ or above – College English Skills I or II – College of the Bahamas

(vi)        Grade B+ or above – Advanced Communication or Business Communication – University of Technology (UTECH)

(vii)       Grade B+ or above – Freshman Composition I or II – Northern Caribbean University (NCU).

 

See ELPT for further information

 

Mathematics Requirement

For entry into certain BSc programmes an approved qualification in Mathematics is required. The minimum Mathematics requirement is a pass at CXC General Proficiency or the equivalent.  Candidates who do not meet this requirement must successfully complete an approved remedial Mathematics course.  Approved remedial Mathematics courses include “Improving your Math Skills (IYMS)” and “MATH0900/CE001 Mathematics”.

 

Technical Requirements

Students applying to online/distance and mixed-mode programmes should be comfortable using a personal computer and email.  Students will need to have access to a computer with Internet access.

As for the English Language and Mathematics requirements, an appropriate access/remedial computer literacy course may be recommended for persons not meeting the technical requirements. 

Documents Required

You must submit the supporting documents identified below together with your Application Receipt to complete the application process.

Applicants should

  1. print and sign the Application Receipt
  2. attach a passport size photograph using glue
  3. submit the signed Application Receipt together with the original and one photocopy of the supporting documents  below to your Open Campus Site within a week of your application.

The Site staff will certify the photocopies of your documents and return the originals to you.

Supporting Documents

  1. Birth certificate OR Valid National ID OR Valid Passport Or Valid Driver's Licence
  2. Academic certificates/grade slips
  3. Professional certificates/diplomas (where applicable)
  4. Official Transcripts
  5. Marriage certificate (where applicable)
  6. Deed poll/Legal Affidavit if the present name is different from that on the Birth Certificate. (Each name must be spelt correctly and also correctly hyphenated, where necessary.)
  7. TOEFL Examination Score (applicable to candidates whose native language is not English). A TOEFL Score of 500 or greater is preferred.

These documents must be submitted within one week of submitting an online application.

Applications will not be fully processed without the applicable documents.

NB Applications will not be considered if there is any indication that the supporting documents have been altered in any way.

Submission of Transcripts

Transcripts are required if you have a professional certificate, diploma, and/or university degree from an institution other than The University of the West Indies. Transcripts should be forwarded by June 30 for August admission and November 30 for January admission directly from the issuing institution to:

 

Assistant Registrar
Recruitment, Admissions & Registration
Open Campus
UWI, St. Augustine
Trinidad

How to Apply

The Open Campus accepts online applications only for regional programmes. You must have an email address to begin the process.

STEP 1: GO TO THE ONLINE ADMISSIONS SYSTEM

Go to the Online Admissions system and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the application in full. You do not have to complete your application in one sitting. You can start the process and complete it any time before the deadline using your Login ID and PIN. Please read all instructions carefully before you proceed to the Online Admissions Portal.

STEP 2: SET UP YOUR ACCOUNT

Create a Login account using your email address. The Admissions System will send you a verification email to your email address with a special webpage address. You must respond to confirm that your email is valid and working by clicking on the webpage address. Once your email has been verified you will receive your Login ID and PIN. You will use your Login ID and PIN to logon to the Online Admissions Portal. Make a note of your Login ID and PIN since you will need these to access your application information after you log out of the system. NB: Sometimes the verification email is directed to your junk mail folder, so please check your junk mail if the verification email is not in your Inbox.

STEP 3: COMPLETE THE PROFILE SECTION

The profile section covers biographic data, emergency contact information, academic history, employment information and reference information. Complete all sections, making sure you save your data if you logout before completing your profile.

STEP 4: CHOOSE YOUR PROGRAMME

Once you have completed your profile, you will be able to move on to the programme section to choose the programme you wish to study. See programmes for details on programmes offered.

STEP 5: PRINT AND SIGN APPLICATION RECEIPT

Once you have completed all the steps in the process, you should print and sign the Application Receipt. Attach a passport size photograph using glue.

STEP 6: SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION RECEIPT & SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

Submit the signed Application Receipt together with the original and one photocopy of the supporting documents to your Open Campus Site within a week of your application. The Site staff will certify the photocopies of your documents and return the originals to you. You must submit all the required documents in order to complete the application process.

Applications will not be fully processed without the applicable documents.

APPLY NOW

Have you

  • read all the instructions?
  • got the information required for the profile section?
  • chosen your programme?

APPLY NOW AT THE ONLINE ADMISSIONS PORTAL

TRACK YOUR APPLICATION

You may track the status of your application anytime by logging on to the Online Admissions Portal using your Login ID and PIN.

All communication from Admissions will be sent to your email address and print copies sent to your Open Campus Site.

HELP

Applicants who encounter problems with any of our online systems can email our Help Desk at helpdesk@open.uwi.edu for assistance.

Financial Information

Fees

There will be a non-refundable application fee of US$25.00 or the equivalent.

PLA Students will also pay a fee of US$360.00 or equivalent for the online portfolio preparation course (inclusive of the cost for assessment of each completed portfolio. For late submission of the learning portfolio, US$150.00 will be charged.

 

Scholarships Available

DFATD/SDEC-UWI Open Campus Scholarship 2015/2016


Supplementary  Information on Fees
  Student Declaration Form  

English Language Proficiency Test

The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is used to assess whether persons applying to pursue undergraduate degree programmes at the UWI Open Campus possess a satisfactory level of writing and reading proficiency in English for university academic purposes.

The ELPT is used as a diagnostic tool. Applicants who pass the test are allowed to register for the Foundation Language course. Applicants who fail the test are advised to use the English Language Self-Study Guide to prepare themselves to re-take the test. The results of applicants who pass the test will remain valid for five years.

Please note:

  1. Please check the ELPT ‘Exemptions’ tab above for details on exemptions from the test.

  2. The registration and general procedures, the test dates and times and the test locations presented here pertain to the administration of the ELPT for the UWI Open Campus.

ELPT Registration Form

Open Campus students interested in taking this test are required to register for it online through the Student Portal. You will find the registration form on the Student Portal under "Announcements".

Open Campus applicants interested in taking this test are required to register for it online through the Admissions Portal. You should login to the Admissions Portal, then click on the link under your application summary.

If you are not an Open Campus student or applicant and you are interested in taking this test, you are required to register for it online through the ELPT Form link below:

 >> ELPT Form
 

ELPT Dates and Times

Dates: March, August and November

ELPT Locations

Open Campus Country Sites regionally.

 

Registration

Registration & General Procedures

  1. To register for the test, candidates are required to pay a fee equivalent to BDS$50 / US$25.
  2. Payments should be made as instructed by your Open Campus Country Site.
  3. Candidates must bring their receipt and identification bearing a photograph (i.e. driver’s license, passport, UWI student ID card etc.) to the test centre on the day of the test.
  4. Candidates must write their name and their application ID number or UWI student ID number on the answer booklet provided.
  5. Test results will be sent to the Open Campus Country Sites.

 

ELPT Registration Form

Open Campus students interested in taking this test are required to register for it online through the Student Portal. You will find the registration form on the Student Portal under "Announcements".

Open Campus applicants interested in taking this test are required to register for it online through the Admissions Portal. You should login to the Admissions Portal, then click on the link under your application summary.

If you are not an Open Campus student or applicant and you are interested in taking this test, you are required to register for it online through the ELPT Form link below:

 >> ELPT Form
 

 

Test Format

The ELPT will be administered as a paper test and will last for two hours. It covers the following areas:

Grammar

The focus is on the candidate’s ability to distinguish between correct and incorrect structures rather than on their knowledge of formal grammar. Candidates are required to answer alternative/multiple choice questions on any or all of the following:

• Grammar of the simple sentence
• Grammar of complex/compound sentences
• Idiomatic usage
• Writing mechanics and spelling

Reading

Candidates will be required to read several short passages and answer alternative/multiple choice questions concerning a summary of the main ideas of the passage.

Writing

Candidates are required to write a 500 word essay in which they provide information and ideas on a given topic.

 

Resources

The following resources are suggested for applicants preparing for the ELPT:

Grammar Texts

Hodge, Merle (1997) The Knots in English: A Manual for Caribbean Users. Massachusetts: Calaloux Publications
Wilson, Paige & Glazier, Teresa (2008) The Least You Should Know About English. 10/E Wadsworth

Reading & Comprehension Texts

Milson-Whyte, Vivette (2003) English for Tertiary Level Study Guide. Mona, Kingston: Department of Language, Linguistics & Philosophy
Morgan, Paula (1998) Language Proficiency for Tertiary Level. St. Augustine, Trinidad: UWIDEC

Essay Writing Texts

Kirszner, Laurie and Stephen Mandell (2000) The Brief Holt Handbook 3rd ed. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College Publishers.
Simmons-McDonald, H., Fields, L. Roberts, P. (1997) Writing in English: A Course book for Caribbean Students. Ian Randle Publishers

Online Support

Online Writing Lab (OWL) of Purdue University offers free resources on issues related to grammar, punctuation, general writing and practice exercises. http://owl.english.purdue.edu

 

Exemptions

Applicants in the following categories (a-f) are NOT required to sit the test:

a) Persons with any ONE of the following English Language qualifications:

(i) Grade 1- CXC English A examination

(ii) Grade A - GCE O Level English Language examination

(iii) Grade A- GCE A/O Level General Paper examination

(iv) Grades 1&2 CAPE (Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination) Communication Studies.

(v) Grade B+ or above College English Skills I or II- College of Bahamas

(vi) Grade B+ or above Advanced Communication or Business Communication - University of Technology (UTECH)

(vii) Grade B+ or above Freshman Composition I or II - Northern Caribbean University (NCU).

b) Persons who are already holders of an undergraduate degree from the UWI or from an approved university, and persons with a Grade B+ or above in a college English course from an approved University.

c) Persons holding a UWI Certificate in Advanced Nursing Education and Administration OR a UWI Licentiate of Theology.

d) Persons holding a UWI Diploma in Mass Communications who have passed the course ‘Media & Language’ (MC52A)

e) Persons who passed (within the past 5 years) the UWI English Language Proficiency Tests offered by any campus.

f) Persons who successfully completed any ONE of the following UWI English Language courses within the last five years: UC010; UC10A; UC10B; UC10C; UC10D; UC10L; UC10H; UC120; FD10A; CM10A; CM10B; FD10C; FD10H.