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Winter 2015: Dominica GEOG
January 04, 2015 - February 05, 2015
This program has been cancelled. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Interest Meetings:
02/17/2014 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM006 Kirkbride Hall
03/05/2014 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM006 Kirkbride Hall
04/17/2014 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM205 Kirkbride Hall
09/08/2014 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM005 Kirkbride Hall
Health Meetings - attend one of the following:
10/07/2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PMLaurel Hall - Student Health Services Conference Room
10/09/2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AMLaurel Hall - Student Health Services Conference Room
Program Notes
Please note that First Semester Freshmen are eligible for participation and encouraged to apply to this program..

Program Description

The program entails the study of physical, social and economic problems involved in integrating resource management and maintaining environmental quality, and the physical geography of the island of the Commonwealth of Dominica which is part of the West Indies and is located in the eastern Caribbean Sea (15° 25' N,61° 20' W), situated between the two French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Students will also enjoy the uniqueness of the island that is determined by its geology. Dominica is a rugged mountainous island of volcanic origin (highest point is Morne Diablotin 1, 447 m). Dominica has a total land area of 754 km2. Roughly 75% of the island is covered by thickly wooded mountains, with more than one quarter of it protected as national parks or forest reserves. It is the most mountainous of the Lesser Antilles, and its volcanic peaks are cones of lava craters and include Boiling Lake, the second-largest, thermally active lake in the world (World Factbook, 2007). The interior of the island is dominated by a series of high peaks and deeply incised valleys, which are carpeted by deep forest. The Clyde, Pagua, Rosalie, Roseau and the Layou Rivers flow from the central ridge of mountain peaks to the coast.

The program will be based at the Government's Training Center in the center of the Capital City, Roseau. You will interact with students from the Dominica State College as well as other American students at two Medical Schools, Ross Medical University and All Saints Medical University that are based on the island. You will learn about the Physical Geography of the Commonwealth of Dominica through visits to the Boiling Lake, the Morne Trois Pitton National Park, the tropical rain forest and you will experience the contrast in Geography as one travels from lowland (grass land) to highland (mountain vegetation and fauna) over a span of less than eight miles.

For the duration of the program, students will reside at the elegant La Flamboyant Hotel in double rooms with breakfast provided.

Whether you are interested in Geography, or the thrill of getting drenched from tropical showers,the winter session in the Commonwealth of Dominica is your chance to get a taste of Dominica's famous creole cuisine (some Mountain Chicken included), to learn a little more of your neighbors to your South and to memorize a few words of Patois. Bring your hiking boots, your camcorders, and your binoculars since you will be trekking through the tropical rain forest where you will be able to record the sound and sight of the Sisserou Parrot, which is unique to Dominica, (the Nature Island of the Caribbean), and is it's National Bird.

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 (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. Together GEOG101 and 106 form a comprehensive introduction to physical geography and its tools.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University Math/Science Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group D
GEOG 235: Conservation of Natural Resources (3 credits)
Physical, social and economic problems involved in integrating resource management and maintaining environmental quality.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University Social Science Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group C
UNIV 370-042: Study Abroad - Dominica 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). We encourage freshmen to apply!
For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including 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 $2000.00 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$2,044.00$5,486.00
Estimated Program Fee$2,690.00$2,690.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$4,764.00$8,206.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$(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 charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onSeptember 20, 2014
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedSeptember 27, 2014
$2,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-October
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $2,000.00 Initial Payment.
Anthony Seraphin
Faculty Director
434 Ewing Hall

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

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