University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2018: Barbados GEOG/ENSC/ENVR

Program Dates January 03, 2018 - February 01, 2018
This program is closed.

Program Overview

Barbados is among the most developed Caribbean islands, noted for its friendly people and attractive landscapes. Yet, as a small island nation it must contend with challenges to its economy from fluctuating global markets and the effects of climate change and sea-level rise on its beaches. How Barbados responds to pressures on its physical and human environment and strives for policies of sustainability is the focus of this program.

Students register for two courses: GEOG 236 Conservation: Global Issues: Focus on the Caribbean and GEOG 422 Resources, Development and the Environment: Focus on Barbados. Also included will be presentations from local officials, field trips to island plantations and farms, local markets, wildlife preserves, sub-surface caverns and coastal management programs from on-shore and off-shore perspectives. Cultural excursions include visits to cricket and polo matches as well as examples of island music and dance. Housing and classes will be at a resort near Holetown on the west coast of the island, a few blocks from the beach.

The Program Fee includes housing, academic and cultural excursions, and international medical insurance. Students will live in two-room apartments. A limited number of meals will be included in the program cost as part of some excursions.

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.

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.
GEOG 236: Conservation: Global Issues: Focus on the Caribbean (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University Social Science Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group C
  • Global Studies Minor
GEOG 422: Resources, Development and the Environment: Focus on Barbados (3 credits)
UNIV 370-023: Study Abroad - Barbados GEOG/ENSC/ENVR (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$2,228.00$5,976.00
Final Program Fee$3,600.00$3,600.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account $5,858.00$9,606.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$700.00$700.00

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.

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.

*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.

Contact Information:
Peter Rees
Faculty Director
230 Pearson Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on April 20, 2017
Recommendation also due by 5pm on April 20, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: May 02, 2017

Interest Meetings:
02/22/2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 218 Pearson Hall
02/27/2017, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 218 Pearson Hall
03/13/2017, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 218 Pearson Hall
04/05/2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 218 Pearson Hall

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