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The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus located in Jamaica offers 146 undergraduate degrees in the areas of Medicine, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education, Pure and Applied Sciences, Law, Sports, Engineering and Gender Studies. You are invited to view the information on the faculties’ web pages on this site and apply online free of charge.

What is required for entry to programmes at UWI, Mona?


Applicants should have the equivalent of 5 subjects (grades 1-3, including English Language) of which two (2) should be at the advanced level CAPE (2 units each) at grades 1-5, to be eligible for the full time 3 year degree programmes.

Alternative Qualifications


Students should present an acceptable high school grade transcript with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a minimum score of 1550 for SAT1 for entry to four year programmes

Students should present an acceptable grade 12 high school transcript with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum score of 1600 for SAT 1 for entry to three year programmes

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme requires mastery in six subject groups with at least three and not more than four of the six subjects taken at the higher level (HL) and the others at the standard level (SL).  Each subject is graded on a scale of 1 point (lowest) to 7 points (highest) with a minimum score of 24 points and satisfactory completion of three (3) compulsory core requirements, viz, the Extended Essay (EE); the Theory of Knowledge (TOK); and participation in CAS: Creativity, Action, and Service.  The highest possible score that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.

Core requirements:

In addition to study in six (6) subject areas at the Standard and Higher levels, the IB Diploma includes:

a.         Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

b.         Creativity, Action and Service [CAS]

c.         Extended Essay [EE]

3 Higher level [HL] courses are required for matriculation into the University [Faculty specific conditions may apply]

IB students who do not achieve the required IB Diploma scores or do not receive the full Diploma, additional qualifications would be required for consideration,

Group 1

Language A1 

First language, including the study of selections from world literature

Group 2

Language A2 

A language and literature course for fluent or bilingual students

Language B    

A foreign language course for students with two to four years previous experience with the language

Language ad inito:

A foreign language course for beginners

Classical Languages-

Classical Greek, Latin

Group 3                      

Individuals and Societies       

Business and management, economics, environmental systems and societies, geography, history, information technology in a global society, Islamic history, philosophy, social and cultural anthropology, world religions

Group 4

Experimental Sciences           

Biology, chemistry, design technology, environmental systems and societies, physics, sports exercise and health science

Group 5

Mathematics and

Computer Science      

Mathematics HL, mathematics SL, mathematical sciences SL, further mathematics SL, computer science (elective only)

Group 6

The Arts         

Dance, film, music, text and performance SL, theatre arts, visual arts


Recommendations for Faculty Admissions

While a minimum total score of 24 points in six subjects is acceptable for matriculation candidates seeking admission to the Faculties of Medical Sciences and Engineering, for example should have completed Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry at the higher level (HL) and achieved a minimum score of 4 for each subject.


German Arbitur or equivalent certification

(European Baccalaureate)


Arbitur is comparable to the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement tests.

Abritur requires a composite score of at least 280.


Each semester of a subject studied in the final two years yields up to 15 points for a student. Core subjects count double and the final examinations count for quadruple.

Maturity - over 21 with 5 years working experience (maybe subject to interview).

For other acceptable qualifications please contact us

Faculty requirements may also apply for entry, for example, Mathematics is required for all programmes offered by the Faculties of Social Sciences, Science and Technology, and Medical Sciences as well as selected programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Education. The medical programmes, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and Doctor of Pharmacy (PHARMD) requires the equivalent of 3 CAPE subjects (2 units each), which includes Biology, Chemistry and one other approved subject, as well as English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics at CXC CSEC level.

What are the Steps to Applying for entry to UWI?

Complete and submit your online application form.

Upload the certified copy of:

Birth certificate, Academic certificates, Professional certificates and/or Diplomas;

Marriage certificate/Deed Poll (whichever is applicable) if present name is different from that on documents

These documents should be certified by a:

School Principal, Guidance Counsellor, or an Admissions representative at the UWI.

Applicants outside of the University’s contributing territories should submit certified documents (by education institutions or notary public) and be prepared to submit original documents for verification by or before registration.

3. Upload additional documents, if required for specific programmes

4. If you have done post-secondary academic work, you should request a transcript from your college/university to be sent directly to the Admissions Section, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica.

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