Trinidad and Tobago

Resident Director

Gail Mohammed Resident DirectorA wonderful opportunity awaits you in our twin islands of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, for a study abroad experience at the University of the West Indies St Augustine campus. This can be a profound life changing experience, as your perception of the world and yourself is impacted forever.

Here is where you can begin your  journey towards learning in a relaxed environment, while discovering and exploring your creativity, developing your global mindset by your exposure to diverse ethnicities, perspectives and cultures and developing your leadership capability through opportunities for volunteerism, assisting local communities and NGO’s  on the twin island.   All of this and more while living and learning among friendly and hospitable people, in an environment of lush greenery, sceneries of colorful flora and fauna and summer  weather and activities all year round.

Multi-Cultural Country

Our country is often referred to by visitors as “Rainbow country”.  The charm and uniqueness of Trinidad and Tobago lies in its culture, which is comprised of an ethnic mix of Amerindians, Africans, Asians, Europeans, Middle Eastern and many racial combinations emerging from these. Our country’s history of conqueror, settlers and immigrants over the years impacted this ethnic mix, shaped the multi religious nature of the Trinidad and Tobago society and influenced the local culinary fare, a gastronomic fusion of these cultures.

Trinbagonians have mastered the art of coexisting in the multi cultural mix with a healthy appreciation for each other’s race, religion and culture. We take great pride in living the value of Trinidad and Tobago’s National Anthem, “Here every creed and race find an equal place.”  When you spend time in this model of cultural and religious harmony, you can learn important lessons of social cohesion, diversity, inclusiveness, as well as racial and religious tolerance that are much needed in today’s world.

Creativity abounds in Trinidad and Tobago and is displayed in our musical fusions, innovative designers, globally acclaimed writers, artists and dancers and recently, an emerging film industry with the beautiful islands as an ideal location.  Trinidad and Tobago is developing entrepreneurship amongst our local artisans who now offer a wide range of hand made products for sale, at our local craft markets.

University of the West Indies

The St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Trinidad and Tobago, offers world class accredited programs in science and agriculture, engineering, humanities and education, medical sciences and social sciences and other options unique to the Trinidad campus, like Carnival Studies in the Department of Creative and Festival Arts.  The UWI St. Augustine campus is situated 15km (approximately 9.3 miles) from the bustling capital Port of Spain. The scenic St. Augustine campus boasts a unique mix of twentieth century and modern architecture as well as an impressive landscape of indigenous and introduced trees and shrubs.  There are modern teaching and learning centres, with committed lecturers who are highly qualified and accessible. You will have a wide range of extra-curricular activities, with more than 100 clubs and societies awaiting your participation.

I have a strong connection to UWI as I was born and raised in Trinidad and received my B.A. Arts and General Studies with a major in Sociology from UWI. Like you, I love to travel and experience different cultures. Apart from my love of travel, I’m also a yoga, aerobics and Zumba enthusiast. I love the hiking, nature trails, and rivers and beaches here in Trinidad and Tobago, so get ready to explore! I also enjoy cooking and exploring new tastes and dishes.

I really hope that you take advantage of this opportunity to join the BCA study Abroad program at the University of the West Indies St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, where you can experience peace, harmony, creativity and the opportunity for enhancing your social and interpersonal relations and critical and creative thinking skills. And like the symbolic Pelican, represented on the University of the West Indies’ coat of arms, you will spread your wings wide, and soar, well prepared, to take your flight into the global workplace and society.

Eagerly anticipating your arrival,

Gail Mohammed

BCA St. Augustine Resident Director