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Winter 2014: Barbados GEOG
January 06, 2014 - February 06, 2014
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Interest Meetings:
02/26/2013 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM216 Pearson Hall
03/04/2013 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM216 Pearson Hall
03/19/2013 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM216 Pearson Hall
04/17/2013 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM216 Pearson Hall
09/12/2013 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM218 Pearson Hall
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
10/20/2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM229 Purnell Hall
11/03/2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM229 Purnell Hall
12/08/2013 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM229 Purnell Hall
Health Meetings - attend one of the following:
10/08/2013 2:30 PM - 3:30 PMStudent Health Conference Room
10/10/2013 11:00 AM - 12:00 PMStudent Health Conference Room
Program Notes

Program Description

Barbados is among the most developed Caribbean islands, noted for its friendly people and attractive landscapes. Yet, as a small island nation it must contend with challenges to its economy from fluctuating global markets and the effects of climate change and sea-level rise on its beaches. How Barbados responds to pressures on its physical and human environment and strives for policies of sustainability is the focus of this program.

Students register for two of the three courses offered: GEOG 101 Physical Geography: Climatic Processes – Focus on Barbados and the Caribbean; GEOG 102 Human Geography: Case Study of Sustainable Development in Small Island Economies; and POSC 311 Politics of Developing Nations. Also included will be presentations from local officials, field trips to island plantations,local markets, wildlife preserves and coastal management programs from on-shore and off-shore perspectives, and cultural excursions to cricket and polo matches as well as examples of island music and dance.

Students will be housed in furnished guest apartments with cooking facilities located within a short walking distance from both the University of the West Indies campus and the coral sand beaches. A limited number of meals will be included in the program cost as part of the cultural excursions.

Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure).
All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
GEOG 101: Physical Geography: Climatic Processes - Focus on Barbados and the Caribbean (3 credits)
Introduction to processes responsible for weather, climate and climatic change.
Implications of climate for ecosystems and human activities. Earth-sun relations,
geographic coordinate systems and map interpretation.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University Math/Science Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group D
GEOG 102: Human Geography: Case Study of Sustainable Development in Small Island Economies (3 credits)
Examination of the spatial distribution of human activities worldwide. Particular
attention is given to those factors and processes that have led to spatial inequality
and locational conflict from the international scale to the neighborhood scale.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University Social Science Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group C
POSC 311: Politics of Developing Nations: Focus on the Caribbean (3 credits)
Forces determining public policy in Barbados and among developing nations in the Caribbean.

Satisfies the following requirements:
Arts and Sciences - Group B
UNIV 370-016: Study Abroad - Barbados GEOG (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale).

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance, which is based on academic quality and demonstrated ability to contribute to the objectives of the program. Early application is encouraged as acceptances may be made on a rolling basis and the program may fill before the application deadline.

For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including a deposit and at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by telephone.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please send a copy of your official transcript to: IGS, Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE 19716 USA.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $(TBD).
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $300.00 will be due in mid-October.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • IGS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$1,985.00$5,324.00
Final Program Fee$3,950.00$3,950.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$5,965.00$9,304.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$(TBD)$(TBD)
Need- and merit-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All payments and application materials are due by 5:00pm on the dates listed below:
Submit Program ApplicationSeptember 25, 2013
$300.00 DepositSeptember 25, 2013
$1,500.00 DepositOctober 15, 2013
Final Program Fee BalanceNovember 05, 2013
Tuition and FeesDecember 01, 2013
Peter Rees
Faculty Director
228 Pearson Hall
Yda Schreuder
Faculty Director
224 Pearson Hall

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.

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