Program Information
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Winter 2022: Barbados HDFS/HSBM
January 02, 2022 - February 02, 2022 (dates are tentative)
This program has been cancelled. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Interest Meetings:
03/04/2021 12:00 AM - 1:15 PMZoom Meeting ID: 960 5594 6010
03/09/2021 11:00 AM - 12:15 PMZoom Meeting ID: 978 8896 0318
03/11/2021 2:00 PM - 3:15 PMZoom Meeting ID: 960 3487 7428
03/18/2021 12:00 PM - 1:15 PMZoom Meeting ID: 967 1474 0369
03/22/2021 10:00 AM - 11:15 AMZoom Meeting ID: 958 8686 6916
03/23/2021 2:00 PM - 3:15 PMZoom Meeting ID: 928 5425 9688
04/01/2021 12:00 PM - 1:15 PMZoom Meeting ID: 991 9018 9165
04/05/2021 2:00 PM - 3:15 PMZoom Meeting ID: 950 6880 7951
04/07/2021 11:00 AM - 12:15 PMZoom Meeting ID: 980 7781 9831
04/08/2021 1:00 PM - 2:15 PMZoom Meeting ID: 992 0005 8851
04/15/2021 3:00 PM - 4:15 PMZoom Meeting ID: 950 6880 7951
09/08/2021 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
09/08/2021 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
09/10/2021 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Program Notes
This program appeals to all students who are interested in completing a structured service-learning experience as well as learning 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.

If you do not have a current passport, you should be aware that COVID-19 has delayed passport processing times significantly. The U.S. State Department has announced that it now takes an average of 18 weeks (4.5 months) to process a passport.

Given the circumstances, if you want to study abroad in 2022, you need to apply for or renew your passport NOW - even if you’re not 100% sure about your study abroad plans yet. We recommend expediting both the processing time and the shipping time for your passport.

Please check program pages regularly or follow @UDGlobal on Instagram or Twitter for updated information on applying for a 22W study abroad program.

Traveling and studying abroad during a global pandemic poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad at this time must be prepared to adapt to the evolving situation and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country. Due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable global and local response to COVID-19, these rules, regulations and recommendations are subject to change at any time.

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 CGPS).
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 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 HIV/AIDS Consortium placement is currently suspended pending a health and safety review. The faculty directors will inform all applicants if the service-learning placement is approved and becomes available.

The Program Fee includes housing, all program-related excursions, some meals, including 1 - 2 group dinners, and international medical insurance. Students will be housed in 3-star hotel/apartment. Students are responsible for any non-program 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: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware 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. 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.
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."
HOSP 316: Intercultural Management and Business Etiquette (3 credits)
The course provides the knowledge required to effectively work with and offer services to international business partners/associates and visitors/guests. Students will learn the various dimensions of culture and their influences on behavior. 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. The course will provide the necessary skills for the management of global businesses and workforce. 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 email a copy of your official transcript to the Program Coordinator.

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 CGPS 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.
  • CGPS 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$2,435.00$6,534.00
Estimated Program Fee$5,065.00$5,065.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$7,530.00$11,629.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$(TBD)$(TBD)
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, 2021
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedSeptember 29, 2021
$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.