Trinidad and Tobago
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Trinidad and Tobago (TTMSA) - Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex

Melissa Jack
Daniella Dwarica

Welcome to the land of Steelpan, Mas and Calypso! Our beautiful twin-island of Trinidad and Tobago awaits you! We invite you to have the experience of a lifetime. Come and enjoy our beautiful scenery, country and culture while having a truly educational and great exchange. 


Trinidad and Tobago is the southernmost island in the Caribbean. Our twin island Republic is the birthplace of Steelpan, Limbo and Calypso. As a very culturally diverse country, there is no shortage of things to do or places to see. From our indigenous First People’s to the sites and sounds of our cultural celebrations, it is indeed true that Trinidad and Tobago is home to the happiest people on earth. With celebrations such as our Carnival, fondly called the greatest show on earth and the biggest party in the Caribbean, we are certain that you would enjoy you time here.

Due to our proximity to the equator, Trinidad and Tobago only has two seasons. The dry season (January-May) and the wet season (June-December).

Tobago is known for its coral reels, white sandy beaches with pristine blue waters. As the smaller island, it is perfect for different leisure activities with a vast amount or nature to explore. Tobagonians are more in touch with traditional activities and are quite proud of the folklore and unique culture and history. Trinidad compared to Tobago is bursting with activity. There is always a beach to discover, a party to go, or an adventure waiting to be discovered.


The health system within Trinidad and Tobago operates under a two-tier system, headed by the Ministry of Health. The Public Healthcare system is free to all citizens and operated on a walk-in basis at all hospitals and healthcare facilities. The Private Health sector though smaller, provides also provides high quality healthcare to its patients, however this tends to be quite expensive.


Within Trinidad and Tobago, all medical students attend The University of the West Indies- St. Augustine at the Mt. Hope Campus Site. Our five-year medical education system is divided into three years pre-clinical studies and 2 years para-clinical study. 

Years 1-3 include focus on Anatomy, Physiology Biochemistry etc. in an organ-system based approach. This is done through lectures, laboratory demonstrations and Problem Based Learning (PBL) emphasizing self-directed learning.

Years 4-5 include clinical clerkships in Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Public Health among others.   


In Trinidad and Tobago, the public transportation system consists of maxi-taxis, taxis and buses. The easiest way to get around would be maxi/taxi.


Social programs are organized by students and will vary according to month and availability. Within Trinidad there are quite a number of evening and night activities to partake in. There are several popular tourist attractions that range from our very own Temple in the Sea to turtle watching to even Mud volcanos and the world’s largest pitch(asphalt) lake.

Doing an exchange within January-March presents the best time to experience Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival, the best in the world. Social programs during this time entail various Carnival parties, events and visits to popular panyards to listen to our National Instrument, The Steelpan, originated right here in Trinidad and Tobago.

Other visits and trips can be organized upon request. These can include beach trips, hikes, club nights and much more.


The Pitch Lake

It is the largest commercial deposit of natural asphalt in the world – one of only three in known existence – and holds approximately 10 million tonnes of asphalt. The liquid asphalt is black and viscous, but the surface is semisolid, and can be walked on. Small pools of water form on it during the rainy season and you can bathe in them. They contain high levels of sulfur and villagers claim they are the fountains of life, good for curing anything from skin conditions to joint pain.

Down D’ Islands

Tiny islands scattered among Trinidad’s Northwest peninsula. A Down the Islands trip can consist of tours of the different islands and heritage sites, beaches and much more. 

Devil’s Woodyard Mud Volcano

Devil's Woodyard, an area of mud volcanos. A mud volcano is a mound of watery mud or clay, forced out of the earth by methane gas. They can spew material with violent force, causing damage or simply release a mild surface upwelling of muddy water accompanied by gas bubbles.

Turtle Watching

Every year many Leatherback Turtles come to our shores to nest. It has become quite the experience for many persons to visit these shores at night to see and experience the turtles and their hatchlings.

Additionally, there is a wide variety of beautiful beaches to visit as well as other historic and nature sites. These include hiking destinations such as Avocat Waterfall, Bamboo Cathedral and much more.


Trinidad and Tobago can be seen as a “melting pot” of cultures due to the wide variety present within our islands. The diversity of ethnicity and cultures is reflected within our holidays and celebrations. As our National Anthem states ‘Here every creed and race find an equal place’ as such our people are very accepting and open to different cultures.

Holidays consist of: Carnival, Easter, Spiritual Shouter Baptist Liberation Day, Emancipation, Divali, Eid-ul-Fitr, Christmas and others