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UWI St. Augustine offers full fee-paying category for Medical Students

For Release Upon Receipt - December 4, 2020

St. Augustine

50 MBBS spots available for January intake

50 students will be able to access The UWI. St. Augustine’s highly competitive Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme in January 2021. These spaces are available as the Campus offers a new category for full fee-paying students in the programme. 

The University’s direction is towards financial sustainability, and the leadership team anticipates that this new category of intake will allow for some capital injection into the Faculty, which at this time is making key adjustments to its financial model.

Speaking on the decision, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal Professor Brian Copeland said “Full Fee-paying students is not a new concept to The University of the West Indies and more so the Faculty of Medical Sciences. The School of Medicine at the Mona Campus currently allows for a category of full fee-paying students.”

Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Professor Terence Seemungal confirmed that there will be no change in the academic qualifications required for entry, as the existing criteria for entry into the Faculty will be applied. “Candidates who previously applied and currently hold a deferred offer must submit a new application for admission specific to this intake. Additionally, persons with a deferred offer will forfeit their deferred offer if accepted for this new category of intake,” he said.

It should be noted that all applicants offered admission will be responsible for the full cost of their annual tuition and other fees (compulsory fees, living expenses etc.) The 50% tuition Medical Sciences degree subsidy provided by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago will not apply to nationals of T&T. Fees will become payable in January, and thereafter at the start of every semester for the duration of their programme of study. The annual tuition fees are as follows: TT$142,200 (nationals of Trinidad and Tobago), USD$25,000 (nationals of other UWI contributing countries) and USD$27,000 (all other students). A full breakdown of compulsory fees can be accessed in the Undergraduate Financial Information Booklet, available online at

Online applications for the MBBS programme January intake will be accepted up to December 18, 2020. To apply, interested persons should visit For further information, queries can also be emailed to



About The UWI

For more than 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students across five campuses: Cave Hill in Barbados; Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda; Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago; and an Open Campus. Times Higher Education has ranked The UWI among the top 1,258 universities in world for 2019, and the 40 best universities in its Latin America Rankings for 2018 and 2019. The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists.

As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa including the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development; the Canada-Caribbean Studies Institute with Brock University; the Strategic Alliance for Hemispheric Development with Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES); The UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies and the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. For more, visit


(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of “The”)