Colgate’s study group to St. Augustine, Trinidad will expose Colgate students to life in a developing country with a vibrant culture and dynamic society where virtually everything is different from what they are accustomed to at Colgate and in the United States.


On the Trinidad study group, students spend a full semester living and learning in the West Indies. The group is accompanied by a Colgate faculty director who teaches part of the students’ course load.

The study group’s operations are embedded within the University of the West Indies, giving participants the opportunity to live and study with Trinidadian students, as well as with other international students at the university.

Academic Focus

Students will study at the University of the West Indies (UWI), located in St. Augustine, Trinidad. The university is a regional institution with students drawn from all over the Caribbean and beyond. Ranked very highly in the Commonwealth, the UWI offers courses in a wide array of disciplines in the humanities, education, social sciences, pure and applied sciences, medicine, law, engineering, journalism, and business studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

The classroom experience is enhanced by field trips, concerts and shows, and by living and studying with Caribbean students at a prestigious multi-national university. Students find this study group offers a unique educational experience by combining excellent courses with a rich cultural environment.

The lived experience among Trinidadian and Caribbean students of different ethnic backgrounds and with widely differing values and interests will challenge, expand, and enrich Colgate students' understanding of the world, how it functions, and their place in it. The UWI places study group participants in a scholarly environment where academic traditions and pedagogical systems are very different from those at Colgate. Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in courses in different disciplines that emphasize issues of relevance and importance to the Caribbean and the developing world.

Affiliated Departments and Programs

The Trinidad study group is affiliated with the following departments and programs:

Upcoming and Recent Study Groups

Learn more about upcoming and recent study groups to Trinidad on Colgate’s off-campus study portal, including details about the faculty directors, dates, and more:

Colgate in Trinidad Study Group