Program Information
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Winter 2023: St. Croix HONR
January 03, 2023 - January 28, 2023
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
11/13/2022 3:00 PM - 5:00 PMDuPont Hall
12/04/2022 3:00 PM - 5:00 PMDuPont Hall
Program Notes
This program is open to and encourages applications from non-engineers as well as engineers.

Please review the CGPS COVID-19 Updates page before applying to a study abroad program.

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 and tuition.

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.
Program Description
Learn about the history and development of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and with that knowledge, study the modern-day sustainability challenges faced by the island of St. Croix. The island has rich heritage, customs, and culture, and is ripe to implement best practices in sustainability. With what you experience and learn, you will develop proposals for how the island can ensure a sustainable future. Along the way, you will engage in the culture and natural splendor of this amazing Caribbean island.

Based in Christiansted, you will interact with local experts from the University of the Virgin Islands, as well as local civic and business leaders to get first-hand knowledge of the island’s culture and customs, as well as an understanding of the environmental, social, and economic opportunities and challenges. We will visit the St. Croix Environmental Association to learn about their efforts in “protecting the island environment through conservation, education and advocacy.” This winter session program will take a variety of excursions including visits to the St. Croix Heritage Trail, the island’s three national parks and various other wildlife refuges, and various historic landmarks.

Students will reside in double rooms in a local hotel with breakfast (and some additional group meals) provided.

Whether you’re interested in the history and heritage of this incredibly beautiful and diverse Caribbean island, or in finding ways for it to address the sustainability challenges posed by climate change and social justice issues, the Winter Session in St. Croix is your chance to immerse yourself in an island culture and help learn about the opportunities and challenges faced by this beautiful, yet fragile, ecosystem.

The Program Fee includes housing, all program-related events and excursions, some meals, in-country transportation.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from St. Croix, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in St. Croix. 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: 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.
CIEG 465-070: Global Sustainable Engineering (3 credits)
This course has no prerequisites, and is designed to be taken by both non-engineers and engineers

Sustainability applied to cultures and economies in the developing world. Planning and implementation of appropriate and alternative technologies. In order to understand and appreciate the global nature of sustainability, it is highly advantageous to be able to study abroad. Being in St. Croix will allow students to consider the sustainability challenges faced by a society that is new to them. They will be asked to assess how St. Croix deals with issues such as clean energy and water, transportation, and sea level rise and the impacts. They will also discuss the interplay of these issues with social challenges and economic realities of the island. Doing all of this on location and with immersion into the local culture, and by interacting directly with local people, will cause students to really delve into these issues from ground zero, thus giving them a deep understanding of the fundamentals of sustainability, and how they impact the peoples of St. Croix.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Arts and Sciences - Group D
Discovery Learning
HONR 330-070: Honors Inter-college Seminar: History and Culture of the U.S. Virgin Islands (3 credits)
These seminars will engage students in discussions of the issues of modern society and how it takes expertise from many disciplines to address the issue. These seminars could also reinforce how leaders are necessary for change to occur. In order to best understand and appreciate the history, heritage, and culture of the U.S. Virgin Islands, one should be there in person. By listening to local experts, interacting directly with local people, and visiting local historical and natural sites, students will gain a true understanding of St. Croix and its peoples. This will be extremely useful as they work to identify sustainable solutions to the many opportunities and challenges faced by the St. Croix in this time of climate change and social unrest. Proposed solutions can only be successful if they incorporate the islands history, heritage, and culture.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University History Breadth
UNIV 371-027: Domestic Travel - St. Croix HONR (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
This program is only open to Honors students in good standing.
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 $1,000.00.
  • 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 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-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.
  • 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$2,507.00$6,728.00
Final Program Fee$4,750.00$4,750.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$7,287.00$11,508.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,000.00$1,000.00
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 onJune 15, 2022
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedJune 23, 2022
$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.
Michael Chajes
Faculty Director
Honors College, 186 S. College Ave.
Ronald Whittington
Faculty Director
Honors College, 186 S. Collee Ave.

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