Program Information
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Winter 2024: Barbados CIEG: Coastal Processes
January 03, 2024 - February 02, 2024 (dates are tentative)
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.
Interest Meetings:
02/21/2023 4:00 PM - 5:00 PMDuPont 341
03/10/2023 3:00 PM - 4:00 PMDupont 350
03/21/2023 3:00 PM - 4:00 PMDuPont 341
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
09/25/2023 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM350 DuPont Hall
10/23/2023 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM350 DuPont Hall
11/14/2023 6:30 PM - 7:30 PMZoom Abroad PDO
12/04/2023 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM350 DuPont Hall
Program Notes
The program seeks students from engineering, and natural or physical sciences that have an interest in coastal processes, resilience for low lying islands, and using computational tools to analyze and display data.

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.

Note: Please check program pages regularly or follow @UDGlobal on Instagram or Twitter for updated information on applying for a 24W study abroad program.

Please review the CGPS COVID-19 Updates page before applying to a study abroad program for information about COVID-19 related travel requirements and policies for UD study abroad.

All applicants must have a valid passport by the program’s application deadline. Your passport’s expiration date must be more than six months after the program ends. If you do not have a current passport, apply through the U.S. State Department. It takes an average of 8-11 weeks (2-3 months) to process a passport.

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.
Program Description

Study Coastal Processes and Resilience and Matlab in Barbados! Barbados is a small island known for its beautiful beaches, relaxed life style and friendly people. Students will enjoy an opportunity to blend into a local community and explore the island as part of the course work.

The Introduction to Coastal Processes and Coastal Resilience course is an experiential learning opportunity immersing students into a local community. Students will understand coastal issues faced in Barbados, compare and contrast the varied coastal aspects on the west and east sides of the island, collect data using instrumentation, record observations in a field notebook, and work to develop a coastal design solution. The Matlab for Engineering Analysis course marries with the coastal course where sensor data are used to understand various quality control, analysis and plotting aspects of Matlab.

Students will have numerous opportunities for field study on pristine beaches. Importantly, they will learn about local geology and coastal issues and meet community members as they work to mitigate these coastal issues. Students will go cave exploring, sun bathe, swim, snorkel with turtles and celebrate on the final evening at a Harbour dinner show.

We will be hosted at the Bellairs Research Institute of McGill University; less than 100 m from the beach.

We will visit other parts of the island during field days. Students are encouraged to visit the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Bathsheba Bay, Cheapside Public Market, and of course, Rihanna Drive Monument.

The Program Fee includes: housing- most students will be housed in dorms with a communal kitchen, the cave tour, the harbor dinner and four other weekend dinners, international medical insurance and local travel for field days.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Barbados, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive at Bellairs Research Institute. 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.
CIEG 467-070: Introduction to Coastal Processes and Coastal Resilience (3 credits)
The course is a technical elective and uses knowledge from mathematics and physics to study the coastal environment and resilience aspects for coastal communities. The course is an experiential learning opportunity Students will understand coastal issues faced in Barbados, compare and contrast the varied coastal aspects on the west and east sides of the island, collect data using instrumentation, record observations in a field notebook, and work to develop a coastal design solution.
Prerequisite: MATH 242
CIEG 675-070: Matlab for Engineering Analysis (3 credits)
The course is based on the description and usage of the commercial MATrix LABoratory (MATLAB) software for analyzing and visualizing multi-dimensional data sets, and formulating numerical models of engineering processes. Data gathered as part of CIEG467 will be used in codes and functions that you generate for quality control, analysis, and data visualization. The course is problem and design based in that student lab and inclass assignments are focused on generating functional codes.
Prerequisite: MATH 242
UNIV 370-023: Study Abroad - Barbados Coastal Processes CIEG (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).

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 Zoom.

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$2,633.00$7,065.00
Final Program Fee$2,125.00$2,125.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$4,788.00$9,220.00
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 onApril 20, 2023
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedMay 03, 2023
$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.
Jack Puleo
Faculty Director
Civil and Environmental Engineering
301B Dupont Hall

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