Course Details

About the BSc

The programme is offered as a 2+2 programme, with students spending the first two years in the Caribbean and the succeeding two years in China, where students have an opportunity to complete a six-month paid internship at an IT company in the Suzhou Industrial Park (the "Silicon Valley" of China). English is the primary language of instruction for the programme, however Chinese language and cultural training will be provided as a part of the curriculum. Students completing two years at GIST will also receive a GIST diploma in addition to The UWI degree.

This collaborative programme offered by The UWI and GIST is well aligned with the local, regional and international computing industries' needs.

This unique programme offers:

  • Core software engineering training which is aligned with the latest ACM/IEEE Software Engineering standards;
  • Training in research methods and technical writing;
  • Training in ethics and professional conduct;
  • A concentration in mobile application technologies which includes training in both the Android and iOS development environments;
  • Chinese language training which is aligned with the Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì (HSK) Chinese language proficiency standard;
  • Exposure to and knowledge of Chinese society, traditional culture, governance and business (with special emphasis on information technology (IT) based businesses);
  • IT certifications, which will be issued by the given IT certification body;
  • A paid six-month internship programme at an IT company in China (for example, at a Fortune 500 company in Suzhou Industrial Park, known as the "Silicon Valley" of China); and,
  • The award of a degree from The UWI and a diploma from The GIST), delivered in a 2+2 format.

Programme structure

Year Semester 1 Semester 2
An Introduction to Computing I
An Introduction to Computing II
Mathematics for Software Engineers/Computing
Computing in Society/Computing and Society
Research Methods for Software Engineers
An Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
Software Engineering Essentials
Mobile Web Programming
Current & Future Trends in Computing for Software Engineers
Technical Writing for Software Engineers
Discrete Mathematics for Software Engineers/Computer Science
An Introduction to Software Engineering
Computer Networking & Security/Net-centric Computing
Computer Organisation/Computer Systems Organisation
Beginner Chinese Language, Culture & Society (for students starting the programme in the Caribbean) OR Law, Governance & Society (for students starting the programme in China)
An Introduction to the Analysis of Algorithms
Object Oriented Design and Implementation
An Introduction to Requirements Engineering
Database Systems/Introduction to Database Management Systems
Beginner Chinese Language & IT Business Environments (for students starting the programme in the Caribbean) OR Rhetoric I: The Writing Process (for students starting the programme in China)

An Introduction to Software Modelling
Android Application Development I
Software Architecture
Web & Mobile Application Development I
Elementary Chinese Culture & Language
An Introduction to Software Testing
Android Application Development II
Application Development for iOS Devices
Web & Mobile Application Development II
Intermediate Chinese Culture & Language
Project Management for Software
Engineering/Software Project Management
Software Engineering Capstone Project
IT Certification I
Advanced Database Systems
Internship in Computing I
Internship in Computing II
Foundation Courses
English for Academic Purposes
Caribbean Civilisation

Years 1 and 2 are offered in the Caribbean by The UWI.

The two required UWI Foundation Courses must be completed by the end of Year 2.

Years 3 and 4 are offered in China by the GIST.

Programme fees

For information on programme fees, please contact the relevant campus.

Tel: (246)-417-4943

Tel: (876)-702-4455

See fees and expenses related to years 3 and 4, hosted in China. Please note that the cost of airfare to and from China is a separate cost that must be covered by the student.

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About The UWI and GIST

The University of the West Indies (UWI)

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a fully- fledged, regional University with close to 50,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with three physical campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and an Open Campus, which altogether serves 17 English-speaking countries and territories in the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, The British Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos. The UWI's faculty and students come from more than 40 countries and The University has collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. The UWI's priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and overall development of the Caribbean region. The introduction of this new BSc Software Engineering (Mobile Application Technologies) is envisioned as the launch pad for Caribbean technology innovation and entrepreneurship, and directly aligned to The UWI's mission of supporting Caribbean development.

The Global Institute of Software Technology, Suzhou (GIST)

The Global Institute of Software Technology (GIST) is the host institution for the programme offered in China. 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.

GIST is a Jiangsu government approved IT specialist college. Its IT syllabus was set up in conjunction with Microsoft (China) Co Ltd and with Suzhou Science City in the Hi-Tech Park. In June 2016, Wuzhong Group, one of the top 500 enterprises in China, participated in the collaboration and became a new host of GIST. GIST has two campuses. The Suzhou New District (SND) campus is located in Suzhou Hi-Tech park area in the western part of Suzhou. Its facilities can accommodate 10,000 students. While the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) Campus is located at No. 567 Linquan Street, Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District, SIP Suzhou, P.R. China.