For software engineering students who want a uniquely international program that includes study experience in China, look no further than the 2+2 Bachelor’s in Software Engineering at UWI! This exceptional program combines two years in sunny Barbados with two years in dynamic Suzhou–international experience, theory and practical experience, and Chinese language training all in one!
There are plenty of reasons to choose this global program for your future studies! Learn how you can build towards your future with the 2+2 Software Engineering at The University of the West Indies.
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Start Studying in Barbados
While China’s borders are closed to most international students, students at UWI’s 2+2 Software Engineering program will begin the first two years of their studies at UWI’s Cave Hill campus in Barbados.
While there, students will learn about Barbadian culture and history, theoretical and mathematical basics of Software Engineering, as well as the Chinese language.
Barbados a developing economy, open to foreign investment, and a fertile ground for new tech enterprises.
This is an unbeatable opportunity to begin your Bachelor studies in person and on campus while developing a unique global perspective and software engineering fundamentals!
Barbados is on the Cutting Edge of Skills Performance
Ranked by the Coursera Global Skills Report 2021, Barbados is on the cutting-edge of skills performance, on par with developed nations in North America and Europe! Barbados ranks highest in Latin America & the Caribbean for strong performance in Business and Technology sectors, with strong growth of its digitally savvy workforce.
Barbados is ranked 7th globally for Technology (Databases, Mobile Development, Computer Science), and 45th globally for business fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Sales.
Program Graduates Earn a BSc. in Software Engineering from The UWI and more!
As a graduate of the 2+2 Software Engineering program, you will receive a degree from the UWI. Graduates also receive…
- A certificate of graduation from GIST
- An IT certification (built into the programme structure for credit)
- 3 months internship with a cutting edge company in Suzhou
Students graduate with both theoretical and practical experience in Software Engineering in both Barbados and China, with the certifications to prove their skills and begin successful post-grad careers.
Strong Connections with China
UWI software engineering students will take their second two years at the Suzhou Global Institute of Software Technology (GIST).
GIST has a strong record of collaborations with universities to jointly create a conducive environment for international students to gain and enrich their knowledge of contemporary China. With a strong relationship to The UWI, enviable location in stunning Suzhou, and incredible tech opportunities, it is the perfect partner for Software Engineering at The UWI students.
Additionally, The University of the West Indies is listed among the Chinese Ministry of Education’s list of approved foreign universities.
Work Experience in Suzhou
As part of the program, students will take a 3-month internship with a top tech company in Suzhou, China. Suzhou is one of China’s most tech-friendly cities, a short train ride away from fellow hubs Hangzhou and Shanghai!
Through this experience, students will put both their software engineering training and Chinese language skills to use in a real-world environment. The internship encourages students to collaborate with international team members, tackle practical software problems, and adapt to Chinese working culture. Graduates are thus ensured to not only have practical work experience in their field before graduating, but also to make friends and network in the Chinese technology community…opening the door to future jobs and collaboration!
UWI Ranked Among Best in the World
The ranking results for 2022, released by the Times Higher Education in early September 2021, show that The UWI has soared within the scales, moving up a very impressive 94 places. From the global field of some 30,000 universities and elite research institutes, The UWI now stands in the top 1.5%, up from 3% in the prior year.
Top Destination for Tourists and Remote Work
It goes without saying, but sunny beaches, perfect weather, globally popular music and bright local culture all make Barbados a top destination for both tourism and remote work. As a student, you’ll see a side of island life and culture that tourists just don’t get to see. Through your interaction with local students and top-tier professors, discover the Barbadian point of view and see the nation’s technological development up close.
During Covid, Barbados also became a top destination for remote workers. Since tech work can be done remotely, digital nomads from around the world have relocated to Barbados. The opportunities to meet global tech workers, entrepreneurs, and leaders of the new remote work digital age are practically endless! You can be a part of Barbados’ vibrant and growing tech culture.
Safe and Vibrant Local Culture
Barbados is a developing country, but it has a well-developed technical infrastructure and is very safe and stable. It’s the 52nd richest country in the world with a high standard of living and exceptional healthcare.
The culture is also very diverse. Barbados is influenced by the Afro-Caribbean community, indigenous cultures, Indian and Chinese diasporas, and European migrants. Students will discover Barbadian’s island lifestyle, the island’s important place in global history, and of course, the safe and well-maintained beaches and nature!
If you want to study Software Engineering at The University of the West Indies, the time to apply is now. This exclusive program will help you develop into a globally-minded, future-driven, capable and excellent software engineer with experience and roots around the world.