Program Information
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Winter 2020: Hawaii DIST/EDUC/HDFS
January 05, 2020 - February 05, 2020
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

courtesy of L. Eisenman
Interest Meetings:
03/06/2019 5:00 PM - 6:00 PMAlison Hall 314
03/18/2019 5:00 PM - 6:00 PMAlison Hall 314
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
09/25/2019 4:30 PM - 5:30 PMAlison Hall 220
10/28/2019 4:30 PM - 5:30 PMAlison Hall 220
Program Notes
Program Description

The multicultural context of Hawaii provides a rich opportunity for the study of disability and diversity. Students will engage with local students, families, and disability organizations as well as faculty and staff from Hawaii’s Center for Disability Studies. Students may choose to take a course about transition issues of youth with disabilities (EDUC 463/673) or a families and disabilities course (HDFS 270). All students will take a course that examines cultural dimensions of disability (DIST 301). All courses combine classroom and field-based activities and may be counted toward the Disability Studies minor, as well as some other majors/minors. In addition to academic excursions that focus on the history, natural environment, and peoples of Hawaii, students will have time to explore, hike, or enjoy the many local cultures.
While studying on the island of Oahu, students will share rooms with kitchens and private bathrooms at the East-West Conference Center at the University of Hawaii-Manoa (near Honolulu/Waikiki). Students will travel for one or two brief visits to other Hawaiian islands for additional site visits. On other islands students will stay in double rooms at a hotel. Some group meals and all interisland flights are included in the program fee. This winter session program is an ideal opportunity to expand your understanding of disability while enjoying the beauty of Hawaii. E Komo Mai!

The Program Fee includes accommodations, some group meals, all group excursions, interisland transportation and a public bus pass in Oahu.

The Program Fee does not include airfare to or from Hawaii, nor airport transfers to or from the mainland airport. The program officially begins when students arrive in Honolulu. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimated airfare.

ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
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.
All students will take DIST 301 and one other course.
DIST 301-070: Disability Studies: Special Topics (3 credits)
Students will learn about experiences of disability within the multicultural context of Hawai’i. We will consider disability from individual, family, and community perspectives across time with an emphasis on understanding issues of access and inclusion in everyday life. Focuses explicitly on issues of diversity and culture.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Other: Can be counted as an elective for the DIST minor.
EDUC 473-070: School-to-Adult Life Transitions and Disability (3 credits)
In this course, we will examine research and practice related to school-to-adult life transitions for youth with disabilities. The course is designed to help you understand key transition issues and prepare you to be an active participant in developing transition-focused services for students with disabilities. Includes field experience with local college students with disabilities and program staff.

NOTE: This course will be dual-listed at the graduate level (EDUC 673) to accommodate seniors in the 4+1 M.Ed. Exceptional Children & Youth who participate in this trip.
Can fulfill Social Systems elective for the DIST minor.
HDFS 270-070: Families and Developmental Disabilities (3 credits)
Focuses on people with developmental disabilities in the context of their family and culture from a multidisciplinary perspective. Covers disabilities and their causes; changing needs across the lifespan, gender, cross-cultural and legal issues; and information about prevention/intervention, employment, inclusion, and empowerment.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University Social Science Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group C
UNIV 371-021: Domestic Travel Study - Hawaii DIST/EDUC (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their domestic travel study experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
All 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.

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 $1,100.00.
  • 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 $1000.00 will be due in mid-May.
  • 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$2,385.00$6,404.00
Final Program Fee$2,900.00$2,900.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$5,315.00$9,334.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,100.00$1,100.00
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
The University of Delaware’s differential charge for Engineering, Nursing and Business & Economics students does not apply to winter or summer session and is waived for students enrolled in semester- or year-long study abroad and exchange programs sponsored by the University.
Financial need-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 onApril 20, 2019
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedMay 02, 2019
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-May
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 $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Laura Eisenman
Faculty Director
213H Willard Hall Education Bldg.
Rena Hallam
Faculty Director
Human Development and Family Sciences
115 Alison Hall
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