Academic Highlights 

  • Trinity in Trinidad is a “hybrid program,” meaning that students will take both courses taught by Trinity College faculty who are based on-site and direct enrollment courses at the University of the West Indies (UWI), where they study alongside local students.
  • All students enroll in the Trinity in Trinidad core course, “Exploring the Caribbean through Theory and Practice.” This seminar is the theoretical component of the field work requirement of the program, and aspires to introduce students to Caribbean Civilization through a variety of guest lectures, academic excursions  around both Trinidad and Tobago, and ongoing theoretical discussions.
  • Students will complement their study of Caribbean society, culture, economy and politics with an 7 day Study Tour to a neighboring country.
  • In addition to the core course, program participants take part in Trinidad’s celebrated festival culture through Trinity in Trinidad-taught electives. Students will participate in Carnival during the Spring, and in Ramleela during the Fall.
  • Students enroll directly in 2-3 courses at the University of the West Indies alongside local students. Trinity in Trinidad students may choose from a wide variety of courses taught in English in Engineering, Social Sciences, Medical Sciences, Humanities, Education, Science & Technology, Law and Food & Agriculture.

Curriculum Outline 

Students are required enroll in 4-6 Trinity credits to be considered full time.

  1. Required core course – 2 Trinity credits – TNTB 301 Exploring the Caribbean Through Theory and Practice
  2. Required University of the West Indies elective course
  3. Required University of the West Indies elective course
  4. Optional University of the West Indies elective course
Visiting Student Note:

Visiting Students please note that 1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours. You need to check with your study abroad office and registrar’s office to see how many courses you will need to take to fulfill the minimum amount of credits you need per semester at your home institution. For Example: If your school is on a 4-credit system (meaning each course is worth 4 credits) you will need to take 5 courses to transfer back a full course load to your home institution.

Course Descriptions

TNTB 301- Exploring the Caribbean Through Theory and Practice – Professor Francois

Fulfills following Trinity College requirements: Humanities and Global​​

This fourteen (14) week teaching program provides students with detailed insight into the “true ethos” of Caribbeaness. Through a socio-historical survey of the Caribbean region, the lived realities of key actors, and contributors will be explored. Each session incorporates a revisionist approach to social and cultural issues, which seeks to debunk some of the age-old misconceptions about the Caribbean. The course is designed to complement the experiential aspects of the “study-away” program by providing students with an ongoing theoretical discussion about the textured reality of the Caribbean within the context of observations acquired through their field study, field trips, excursions, and general social activity. In exploring the Caribbean through theory and practice, the objective is to keep students critically engaged and analytically attuned to the socio-cultural, socio-economic, and socio-political reality of the Caribbean environment in order to ensure a meaningful immersive experience. Students will be guided to an understanding of the Caribbean within global realities and will be encouraged to interrogate their U.S. experience for the purpose of comparative analysis with the Caribbean.

>Jamaica Study Tour (1 week)

This study tour is grounded in a student-directed, experiential learning pedagogy with an emphasis on reflexivity. Students visiting the island of Jamaica will draw upon and apply concepts derived from intercultural communication and critical cultural theory while using their exposure to Caribbean history in the core course to reflect upon their daily experiences on the island. Students will also systematically engage in self-reflection and guided observation through the process of journaling while immersed in various aspects of the culture. In doing so, students will develop a greater awareness of their personal world-view in relation to the local environments in which they have now been exposed. Opportunities will be provided throughout the various cultural engagements to discuss and interrogate observed practices and behaviors.


In this component, the student is attached to either an entity or individual that aligns with their academic or personal goals.  This relationship is meant to expose students to organic interactions with the society in which they are currently immersed. Students are expected to use their participant observational skills to analyze these interactions from an academic perspective. They are expected to make connections between these observations, their home culture, and what they have learned during classroom sessions and to critique those intersections in an unbiased and substantial manner.  At the end of the immersive journey, they are expected to submit a research paper that articulates their overall experiences and learning


The University of the West Indies (2-3 courses)

As part of the initial program application, students will receive the course catalog and  will be asked to select courses they are interested in in taking. The University offers courses in a wide variety of academic disciplines, including STEM.

Local University Information 

In addition to the Trinity-taught courses​, all students enroll in 2-3 classes at the University of the West Indies alongside local students.

University Highlights


The University of the West Indies (UWI) is a top university, supported by and serving 15 different countries in the West Indies. It has three main campuses based in the English-speaking Caribbean: Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. The UWI St. Augustine Campus​, in Trinidad, was established in 1960 and boasts a modern, attractive campus with  excellent facilities, clubs, and student organizations.

The St. Augustine Campus hosts a vibrant, cosmopolitan community. The campus is distinguished by a mix of early 20th century and modern architecture, as well as rich landscape of indigenous and introduced trees and shrubs.  UWI St. Augustine is a fully accredited higher education institution whose graduates continue to be at the forefront of Caribbean and global thought, imagination and action. The UWI is proud of its network of over 120,000 alumni represented at the highest level of government, corporate and professional life.​

University Size

The St. Augustine Campus currently enrolls approximately 18,000 full and part-time students (undergraduate and graduate) and is situated 15 kilometres east of Port of Spain (the nation’s capital).

Academic Differences
  • Primarily lecture based courses
  • Independent learning
  • Less course work but more self study and research
  • Final grades weighted heavily on final exam
Class Sizes

Class size varies greatly, depending on the class.

  • Library
  • Computer lab
  • Cafeterias and cafes
  • Gym

Contact the Trinidad Adviser

Eleanor Emerson 66 Vernon Street
Hartford, CT 06106
8:30am - 4:30pm