Program Information
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Winter 2021: Barbados HDFS/HSBM
January 02, 2021 - February 01, 2021 (dates are tentative)
This program has been cancelled. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Interest Meetings:
03/18/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PMContact Professor Gaines-Hanks at with questions.
03/18/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PMContact Professor Kwansa at with questions.
Program Notes
This program appeals to all students who are interested in completing a structured service-learning experience as well as learn more about Barbados' culture. Students who take HOSP 316 are able to satisfy a multicultural requirement. Students in HDFS 334 (Human services majors only) are able to satisfy a program requirement.

Please note: only those applicants who have attended an interest meeting will be considered for acceptance. Information sessions provide essential program details, and attendance is taken.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.

If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students. In this case, the University of Delaware will reimburse the cost of program fees, tuition and flights (if purchase was advised by IGS).

Program Description

Barbados' history and social service delivery system, as well as its reputation for being one of the most literate countries in the Caribbean, make it an attractive venue for more in-depth study. By the end of the 17th century, Bridgetown, Barbados was second only in size and importance to Boston as a major port in English North America. As a small island of only 166 square miles, parts of Barbados display population densities that equal those of Manhattan.

All students will register for HDFS 335 (Culture in Context) and also choose from one of the following: HDFS 334 (Experiential Education) or HDFS 365 (Experiential Learning), or HOSP 316 (Cross-Cultural Etiquette and Protocol). In addition to courses, the program will include excursions that complement the program's focus as well as those that will enhance the students' appreciation for Bajan culture.

Students will be housed in a complex on Barbados’ amazing west coast. It provides students with self-catering or the ability to take advantage of the on-site restaurant as well as wi-fi and a safe. Its location is a short walking distance to the public bus and has easy access to grocery stores, shopping, restaurants, and the Caribbean sea.

The Program Fee includes housing, all program-related excursions, some meals and international medical insurance. Students will be housed in 3-star hotels/apartments, along with 1-2 group dinners. Students are responsible for the remainder of their meals.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Barbados, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Bridgetown. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare. For this program, students will be given recommended flight itineraries for traveling together.

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
All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
HDFS 334: Experiential Education (3 credits)
Field experience combined with a seminar emphasizing professional issues in human services and human resources, including portfolio development and career planning. Students should arrange for a 50 hour field placement prior to the first week of class (see instructor).Through guest presentations, written assignments and group de-briefing sessions, students will gain an even deeper insight to the special issues confronting Barbados’ citizens and consider similar issues facing Americans. Students are required to attend each day of the field placements as well as all scheduled course meetings. In addition, those enrolled in HDFS 334 will be required to complete and submit the Human Service portfolio upon their return to the US.

Restrictions: HMSV and Human Relations Administration majors only or permission of instructor. Students planning to take HDFS334 must attend a course orientation prior to course enrollment (unless it is to be taken as part of the Winter Session study abroad).
HDFS 335: Culture in Context (3 credits)
Just as eyeglasses improve vision, cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity enriches an individual’s life, helping him/her to better understand the actions of groups of peoples, their nationalities and uniqueness, their organizations and systems. Includes seminar sessions, guest speakers and cultural excursions all related to the theme: "Beyond Tourism: Celebrating Barbados' Diverse History, Heritage and Culture."
HDFS 365: Seminar: Experiential Education (3 credits)
This is a field-based, service learning experience intended to provide students with an opportunity to work with Barbadian (or “Bajan”) professionals and clients in a variety of social and/or cultural settings, such as educational, mental health and human service agencies. Through guest presentations, written assignments and group de-briefing sessions, students will gain an even deeper insight to the special issues confronting Barbados’ citizens and consider similar issues facing Americans. Students are required to attend each day of the field placements as well as all scheduled course meetings. Although open to all students, enrollment in this course is by permission of the instructor only.
Restrictions: HDFS 365 is available on an “as needed” basis. This course is for non-Human Services majors only. Requires instructor’s permission.
HOSP 316: Cross-Cultural Etiquette and Protocol (3 credits)
In today's era of global business operations, the more successful organizations are the ones that see the world from a customer's point of view and have confidence in the differences and abilities of employees to meet customers' needs. Cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity enriches the life of an organization and helps its employees to understand the actions of groups of people, their nationalities and uniqueness. This course examines the cultural values of Barbados and how they relate to international communication and managing in a global setting. The course includes a service learning component.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University History Breadth
UNIV 370-024: Study Abroad - Barbados HDFS/HSBM (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!

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 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 $800.00.
  • 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-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
Estimated Tuition based on current year$2,385.00$6,404.00
Estimated Program Fee$4,875.00$4,875.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$7,290.00$11,309.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$800.00$800.00
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 onSeptember 20, 2020
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedSeptember 30, 2020
$1,000.00 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 $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Norma Gaines-Hanks
Faculty Director
Human Development and Family Sciences
123 Alison Hall
Francis Kwansa
Faculty Director
Hospitality Business Management
116 Raub Hall

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