FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT UNDERGRADUATE STUDY AT UWI

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MAJORS/PROGRAMMES
 

What degrees, certificates and diplomas do you offer?
UWI offers a wide range of degrees, certificates and diplomas.  Please consult our Undergraduate Prospectus which is available on our website http://www.sta.uwi.edu/resources/documents/UWIUndergraduateprospectus.pdf.

 

What is a Special? What is a Major? What is a Double Major? What is a Minor?

A Special a prescribed combination of courses offered which leads to a degree usually  comprises a Minimum of forty-five (45) credits in the subject area over levels II and III.

A Major is the area(s) in which you choose to concentrate most of your studies e.g. French, History, Physics, Management Studies, Literature etc or focus normally comprising a total of specified number of credits (normally 30 credits) including prescribed courses from Level II and II.  

A Double Major comprises 30 credits each for each of the two majors/subject areas.  Students may also request to pursue a second Major from another Faculty. 

A Minor is a secondary area of concentrated study based on a specified number of credits (normally 15) of prescribed courses from Levels II and II either in a single discipline that relates to the Major or is of purely personal interest.  Minors are not mandatory and there are a limited number of minors available.  For more information on minor programmes, refer to the respective Faculty Regulations and Syllabuses booklets.

A Major/Minor comprises usually a minimum of thirty (30) level II and III credits in the subject area of the major and fifteen (15) Level II and II credits in the subject area of the minor in accordance with prescribed Faculty regulations.

 

How long does it take to complete a degree programme?
A full-time undergraduate student will normally take three academic years to complete a degree programme in the Faculties of Engineering, Social Sciences, Law, Humanities & Education, Science and Technology and Food and Agriculture.

A part-time student will take about four academic years except in the case of Humanities & Education where it can take a maximum of six years.

An evening University student will take a Minimum of three years to complete- four courses per semester and two Summer School Sessions or a maximum of seven and a half years (fifteen semesters and seven Summer School Sessions) with a maximum of two courses per semester.

The MB.BS, DVM and DDS degree programmes offered by the Faculty of Medical Sciences take five academic years to complete, while the BSc Pharmacy Programme takes four academic years.

NOTE:           The Faculties of Engineering, Law and Medical Sciences do not offer part-time programmes.

 

How do I transfer from one faculty to another or from one UWI campus to another?

If you wish to transfer to another faculty on the same campus you must complete the required transfer application form which is available from the Student Affairs (Admissions) Office of the Registry. If you wish to transfer to another campus, you must fill out a transfer application form obtainable from the Customer Service Representatives, The Lloyd Braithwaite Student Administration Building.  Application for Transfer Forms can also be downloaded from our website at www.sta.uwi.edu/admissions/ . Student seeking to transfer to another Campus must be in good financial standing before their application for transfer forms are forwarded to another campus.

Transfer application forms must be submitted by May 31. Transfers will be considered at the end of semester 2 of each academic year for the preceding academic year and will be subject to (i) academic requirements and /or (ii) availability of space.

 

How can a registered student of UWI change his/her Major, Option and/or Enrolment Status?
To change major(s)/minor(s)/options/special and/or enrolment status [full-time/pat-time/evening] students must submit written requests to the Dean of the Faculty, through the Senior Assistant Registrar, Student Affairs (Admissions). The Admissions Office will process the request in accordance with University procedures. 

NOTE: Requests for change in Enrolment Status and change in Major/Option:

  • Approval granted in Semester 1 becomes effective in Semester 2
  • Approval granted in semester 2 becomes effective in the next academic year.



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