Orientation / Student Support Programmes
Meet & Greet
The Meet & Greet service offers advice to regional and international first-year, first-time students about transportation options available to take them from the airport to their respective residences for the semester. Students in need of transportation are required to register. After registration students will be provided with information about a safe and reliable taxi service. Students are required to book the service and cover the cost of transportation. The cost of the taxi service is minimal. Upon arrival at the airport, students will be met by SAS greeters and taken to their place of residence.
The objectives for Meet & Greet are to:
- Officially welcome first year and first time regional and international students to the UWI St. Augustine Campus and Trinidad and Tobago;
- Assist first year and first time regional and international students with acquiring a safe and reliable taxi service from the airport to their respective residences;
- Reduce anxieties and uncertainties about travelling to Trinidad and Tobago for the first time.
Meet & Greet takes place from August 17-30, 2015.
Campus Tours was designed for first-year, first-time students and also prospective students interested in touring the campus. First-year, first-time students are given the opportunity to tour the campus or their respective faculty. The general campus tour enables students to gain an understanding of the main campus, its key buildings, and other student related facilities; while specialized campus tours focus on the specific faculty to which a student is enrolled. Both tours are informative, providing a wealth of information to support the student as one learns about this new environment. Students who agree to tour the campus are required to participate in a 90 minute walk guided by trained Admissions Student Advocates (ASA). In the case of students who are differently-abled, UWI shuttle buses are provided for the same purpose.
The objectives for Campus Tours are to:
Acquaint new students with the physical layout of the Campus;
Expose students to campus life, history and culture;
Draw their attention to some of the key facilities and amenities at the campus.
The Campus Tours programme takes place from August 17-30, 2015.
For more information visit http://sta.uwi.edu/campustours/
Check-In is a weekend orientation programme for first-time, first-year regional and international students entering the UWI, St. Augustine Campus. Students are invited to spend one night and two days on a selected Hall of Residence where they participate in an itinerary of activities designed to introduce them to life at the UWI, as well as, life in Trinidad and Tobago. Some of these activities include discussions on a range of issues pertaining to security, admissions, student support, a cultural show and tours. Students get an opportunity to meet people from different countries and learn about the ‘ins and outs’ of campus life.
The objectives of Check-In are to:
Provide first year and first time regional and international students with information about support services available to them;
Provide an avenue for students to meet, form bonds and create friendships;
Expose students to aspects of the culture of Trinidad and Tobago, and to provide an avenue for students to learn more about other regional and international cultures;
- Bring awareness to first year and first time regional and international students about their role as a university student and to expose them to different aspects of campus life.
Check-In takes place August 22-23, 2015.
Know Your Faculty
Know Your Faculty is designed to give students more in-depth knowledge about the faculty to which they are enrolled. Students are also exposed to information about faculty advising, the use of the student handbook, information about cross faculty studies and other faculty regulations. At these sessions students also meet with their Deans and other key personnel within their faculties. Know Your Faculty is an opportunity for students to understand the inner workings of the faculty to which they belong.
The objectives for Know Your Faculty are to:
- Welcome students and introduce them to Deans, and other members and staff of respective Faculties;
- Inform them of student matters, administrative processes and relevant deadlines;
- Share information about the range of degree options offered, resources and opportunities available, and services provided by respective Faculties.
Know Your Faculty sessions take place August 24-26 and September 1-4, 2015.
Faculty of Humanities & Education – August 25, 2015.
Faculty of Social Sciences – August 25, 2015.
Faculty of Law – August 26, 2015.
Faculty of Engineering – August 24, 2015.
Faculty of Food & Agriculture – August 26, 2015.
Faculty of Medical Sciences – September 1, 2015.
Faculty of Science & Technology – September 3, 2015.
The UWI Clicks programme introduces students to the UWI’s technological interface by running beginners tutorial sessions on how to navigate the university’s website and student portal. The broad objectives of this programme are to:
- Introduce students to the university’s online presence
- Introduce students to the importance of using features such as student e-mail
Students who take advantage of the UWI Clicks workshop are a click away from:
- Learning basic navigation of the student portal;
- Understanding the importance of using these features frequently;
- Knowing how to utilize the online library search mechanisms.
UWI Clicks sessions take place August 17-21 and September 10, 2015, and January 21 and 28, 2016.
Click here to register online for UWI Clicks.
UWI Guild Fest
This programme seeks to promote out-of-classroom learning by showcasing campus from the perspective of its social clubs, island associations and the Guild of Students. Its coordination is primarily the responsibility of the UWI Student Guild with guidance from SAS. It brings together all the university’s clubs, island associations and societies to promote a different aspect of the campus community through the learning activities that take place outside the classroom. In addition to clubs and societies, students also benefit from the presence of corporate sponsors who offer promotional items and offer a variety of student deals.
The programme aims to:
- Show that UWI is a place where there are many opportunities to develop and grow outside the classroom;
- Expose students to the non-academic activities available on campus.
Guild Fest takes place from August 26 to September 4, 2015.
UWI Life Support
UWI Life Support is designed for students’ support networks such as parents, guardians, spouses and other family members. This forum deals with adjustments to be made when students enter the UWI community for the first time.
UWI Life Support aims to:
- Help family members and loved ones of students understand the impact that new academic demands and responsibilities have in the first year of university;
- Address and reduce the concerns that student supporters may have about their loved-ones being on campus.
The session advises them on how students can cope with, and manage these changes.
UWI Life Support takes place on August 27, 2015.
UWI Life Student
A programme designed to make all students feel welcomed to the UWI and to generate excitement as they embark on a new phase in life. Its purpose is to also set the tone for expectations in academic performance and to encourage students to strike a healthy.
UWI Life Student aims to:
- Create much enthusiasm among new students about their academic journey and life at The UWI;
- Help to make the transition to campus life a smooth one for new students by providing relevant and timely information;
- Help students develop their full potential by exposing them to various activities which will enhance their capabilities while at The UWI.
UWI Life Student takes place on August 28, 2015.
Information Village provides all first-year, first-time students with in depth information about the university’s student services departments. It brings together all support service units in one space. Students are encouraged to visit the Village and ask questions or get clarification about information they may need on a specific student support service. The programme is executed in conjunction with the UWI Life Student event and gives all first-year, first-time students an opportunity to chat one on one with support services staff.
Information Village aims to:
- Provide first year and first time students with pertinent and timely information about key support services available at the UWI;
- Familiarize students with different departments and administrative staff across the campus;
- Expose students to programmes and activities happening around campus, which promote personal development and will complement their university experience.
Information Village takes place on August 28, 2015.
UWI Life Prime
This programme is designed to familiarize Evening University and mature students with life at the St. Augustine Campus as the task of balancing study and other life commitments may be challenging. UWI Life Prime helps to fill the void by providing information on the Evening University Office, faculty and student support services. This event will give students an opportunity to be greeted by Campus personnel with whom they may need to interact during their student life, along with testimonials from past mature students.
The programme aims to:
- Help Evening University and mature students find useful strategies for coping with the rigors of university education and for balancing their professional, personal and academic lives;
- Meet and engage an important sub-group of the University’s student population and help them to build peer relationships;
- Familiarize students with campus facilities, academic resources and support services;
- To introduce Evening University and mature students to the culture at the UWI, help them to get situated in the university community seamlessly, and encourage them to take charge of their learning experiences.
UWI Life Prime takes place on August 29, 2015.
Welcome Home is a joint orientation for all first-year, first-time students who have taken up accommodation on one of the Campus’ halls of residence. It seeks to impart relevant information about life on hall and the ways students can be integrated into residence life. Students are engaged about the benefits and the challenges of on-campus living in a fun and interactive way.
The objectives for Welcome Home are to:
- Introduce students to resident life at the UWI St. Augustine as a home away from home;
- Create a warm, hospitable living environment that promotes a spirit of camaraderie and respect;
- Familiarize students with the university’s policies and regulations regarding campus housing;
- Connect residents to the wider campus, national, regional and international communities
Welcome Home takes place from September 1-3, 2015.
Know Your Library
The Know Your Library programme lays the foundation for new students to learn how to use the various libraries that are a part of the UWI, particularly the libraries that are relevant to their programme of study. Tours are virtual and expose students to resources available at the libraries, which is a crucial skill that students need to master very soon in the academic year.
The Alma Jordan Main Library, the Institute of International Relations Library, and the Medical Sciences Library each organize library literacy sessions and these are advertised under as part of the FYE range of activities that take place throughout the academic year.
The objectives of the Know Your Library programme are to:
- Expose students to the range of library services and resources available to them at the UWI St. Augustine;
- Familiarize students with the rules and policies of the library;
- Help students recognize the importance of the library’s resources and services to their academic success.
Know Your Library takes place from September 3-14, 2015.
Orientation for Students with Disabilities
Orientation for Students with Disabilities is an interactive educational programme geared towards providing essential information to newly registered students with disabilities about services and resources available to them. Students will have an opportunity to interact with, and hear about the experiences of 2nd and 3rd year students with disabilities. Students will also be given an opportunity to forge relationships under the Peer-Pairing programme.
The main aims of Orientation for Students with Disabilities are to:
- Heighten awareness among students with disabilities about the operations and services of ASDLU and Student Services;
- Provide support to newly registered students with disabilities through information sharing.
Orientation for Students with Disabilities takes place on September 10, 2015.
Commuting Students’ Orientation
The aim of the Commuting Students’ Orientation is to introduce students to the many services available to make their time on campus more effective.
Commuting Students’ Orientation takes place on September 11, 2015.
The Postgraduate Experience
This programme is a part of the package of FYE activities designed specifically for first-year, first-time postgraduate students. The Postgraduate Experience features a series of workshops which discuss in the details academic expectations, useful resources and the importance of striking a healthy balance. The Postgraduate Experience is a series of workshops organized by Graduate Studies and Research. The workshops focus solely on preparing postgraduate students for study at the graduate level. They are geared towards addressing the unique issues that postgraduate students can encounter whilst conducting independent research such as the importance of self-discipline.
The Postgraduate Experience aims to:
- Enrich the postgraduate experience by guiding students to a seamless transition to graduate level education;
- Familiarize new postgraduate students with the policies, rules and regulations of graduate studies;
- Inform new postgraduate students about the resources, facilities and funding available to them.
This programme takes place on September 23 and October 8, 2015.
Matriculation is the formal recognition and induction of new students as members of the University’s academic community. It is marked by the signing of the Matriculation Register and taking of the Academic Vow.
Matriculation takes place on September 17, 2015.
For more information visit http://sta.uwi.edu/matriculation/
The Career Seminars programme is a series of workshops geared towards encouraging students to be proactive in their career planning. It seeks to furnish students with useful information which will help them to begin making smart decisions about their course of study and start visualizing a career path.
It aims to:
- Introduce students to the career decision making process;
- Expose students to various career options based on their current major of study;
- Assist students in identifying resources to begin career research and planning;
- Help students make informed career decisions by providing them with labour market information for the three major countries where UWI campuses are located;
- Provide students with a three year career development plan;
- Allow students an opportunity to take an online career assessment programme (SIGI3) as a tool in creating an individualized career plan.
Career Seminars take place October 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2015.
Study Skills is a series of workshops that provide students with useful information on how to maximize their time in order to have effective and productive study sessions. It also prepares students for the independence that is associated with higher education. Students are expected to learn about different strategies that can be used when studying. Each workshop treats with a different topic.
The main objectives of the Study Skills workshops are to:
- To expose students to different learning strategies and effective study techniques;
- To help students transition to self learning by teaching them self-study, time management and strategies to cope with the rigors of university study.
Study Skills workshops take place on October 15, 22 and November 12, 2015, and February 4 and 11, 2016
Health and Well Being
Health and Well Bring workshops introduce students to the importance of taking responsibility for their health. These sessions treat with a host of issues and introduce students to services available to them at the Heath Services Unit.
The objectives of such a programme are to:
- Expose students to the free health services that are available to them on campus;
- Raise awareness of the common health issues that university students face;
- Educate students on seeking early intervention for medical and counselling services.
Common issues that are identified and discussed have to do with alcohol and substance abuse, coping with home sickness and counselling services. Further to these workshops, students are advised to utilize other services provided by the Health Services Unit.
Health and Well Being workshops take place on September 14 and 21, and October 19 and 26, 2015.
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Service Learning Seminar
An introduction to the concepts of service learning and volunteering; it is geared towards training students to become civic minded citizens.
The objectives of this programme are to make students aware of:
- Community engagement and its service learning component;
- Service learning opportunities and volunteering opportunities.
Students that attend this symposium are expected to:
- See the importance of service learning and by extension volunteer work to their academic development;
- Learn about service learning and volunteering opportunities on campus;
- Understand that as future graduates they must take the lead in developing their communities;
- Understand that these concepts are connected to nation building and regional development.
The Service Learning Seminar takes place on March 12, 2016.
Orientation for Exchange Students
As part of the FYE programme the International Office ensures that students who visit the UWI St. Augustine Campus on exchange are oriented. Through a brief session, issues such as immigration, housing, and adjusting to life in Trinidad and Tobago are discussed.
The objectives of this programme are to:
- Expose students to the enriching experience of a new cultural environment;
- Give students the opportunity to experience St. Augustine’s sister campuses (Mona and Cave Hill).
Students who participate in this programme will be able to:
- Learn new practical life skills that come with living in a new environment;
- Expand their network of influence;
- Increase their knowledge bank on new ideas, ways and approaches to life;
- Feel a sense of accomplishment of overcoming the challenges that one experiences in a foreign country;
- Build confidence in their capacity to plan, organize and take control of their life.
Orientation for Exchange Students take place on January 18, 2016.
Volunteer Open Day
The Volunteer Open Day was created to enhance and promote awareness of volunteer opportunities available to students and staff via external, Non-Governmental Organizations that have partnered with the university. This ‘information village’ of sorts will serve as an open forum for organizations to inform the campus community of their individual missions, mandates and accomplishments while providing them with a pool of volunteers.
The main objectives of this event are to:
- Increase overall awareness and thus the numbers of volunteers from the UWI community by providing direct interaction with organizations;
- Foster closer ties with volunteer organizations thus embedding continued partnership between the UWI and these organizations.
Volunteer Open Day takes place on February 25, 2016.