Current Students

Here is some information for current undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, School of Humanities.


Download the Faculty Handbooks (PDF) - Undergraduate and Postgraduate. Postgraduate students can download useful information on postgraduate research seminars, upgrade seminars and more.

Undergraduates should study and keep a copy of the Handbook for your year of entry/registration as your handbook contains valuable information pertaining to the regulations governing your programmes of study. See archived undergraduate handbooks: 2017-2018 |2016-2017 | 2015-2016 | 2014-2015 | 2013-2014| 2012-2013 | 2011-2012 | 2010-2011 | 2009-2010 | 2008-2009 | 2007-2008 | 2006-2007 | 2005-2006 | 2004-2005.

UWI Accountability Statement

Here is the official UWI Accountability Statement to be submitted with all credit assignments.

Recommended Style Guides

The only recommended style for School of Humanities (SOH) undergraduate students is the MLA Style. SOH postgraduate students may use either MLA or Turabian (modelled on the Chicago Manual of Style - CMoS). Within the Faculty, the APA style is only for School of Education (SOE) students.

Visit the Humanities Division of the Main Library for more information. Postgraduates should also download the thesis guide. Go to the Humanities link for more information on Digital Resources, Finding Sources, Evaluating Sources, Using Sources, MLA, Chicago, and Avoiding Plagiarism.


Only Commonwealth (aka British) spelling is permitted at The University of the West Indies. American (US) and Canadian spelling are not allowed. Visit the Oxford English Dictionary page for more information. In Word, the spell checker can be changed to English (T&T) or English (Caribbean) by going to Tools > Language > Set Language > English (T&T) or (Caribbean).

Academic Prizes

These prizes are awarded to the students who acquire distinction and excellence on completion of the first, second and third levels of the degree programme and to the best performances in the University/Foundation courses. Departments award various prizes for exemplary performance in the examinations. See the FHE Undergraduate Handbook for a general overview, or visit each of our Disciplines to find out more about discipline-specific Prizes:

Read a feature address by Prof Bridget Brereton.

Field Trips

Linguistics students are expected to participate in a field trip at least once in their academic career. Read more in the Linguistics pages.

Study and Work Abroad Programmes

Go to our Study and Work Abroad page for more information. Study Abroad enhances the value of your degree and expands your world view! Study Abroad is an invaluable and life-changing experience. We offer several options with partner institutions.

For both Linguistics and Language students, it is the optimal way to learn a language and/or read interesting electives.

For students of Modern Languages, you study the linguistic structure and culture of the language of a particular country through its literature, film, history, politics and society. This develops the broad range of skills that are prized by employers and universities regionally and world-wide.

There are also Work Abroad options to consider.

After My BA Degree Programme: Possible Career Choices

Students graduating with a BA in Modern Languages may consider several career paths after graduation or may come back to do higher degrees. Students going on to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma, MA, MPhil or PhD have an even greater range of options to consider.