Trinidad and Tobago has a well-educated, experienced and skilled
labour force. Education has been a prime focus of each government
since independence in 1962. There is a literacy rate of over 90%,
and the workforce is marked by its high number of university
graduates and postgraduates, many of whom have studied in the UK and
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has given
education a prominent place in its Vision 2020 Action Plan.
Initiatives have been launched to triple the number of students
having access to tertiary education, and to facilitate the
development of a tertiary education sector that will enable the
population to meet and surmount the challenges of globalization and
There are two major universities in Trinidad
and Tobago that welcome foreign students:
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus
The University of Trinidad and Tobago
In addition, there are a number of privately
run tertiary education institutions that offer degree programmes.
Foreign students interested in studying in
Trinidad and Tobago should apply to the institution, obtain a
student permit from the Ministry of National Security, Immigration
Division, and then apply for a visa (if applicable) before
travelling to Trinidad and Tobago to assume the course of study.
For information on Student Permits please see