University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2018: Dominica APEC/GEOG

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

Program Overview Please note that First Semester Freshmen are eligible for participation and encouraged to apply to this program.

The program is a collaborative effort between the College of Earth , Ocean and Environment, and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Courses include GEOG235 - Conservation of Natural Resources, and APEC150 - Economics of Agriculture and Natural Resources, all designed with the Caribbean in mind, but particularly focusing on the island of the Commonwealth of Dominica (15° 25' N,61° 20' W), which is part of the West Indies and is located in the eastern Caribbean Sea , and is situated between the two French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Students will also enjoy the uniqueness of the island that is determined by its geology. Dominica is a rugged mountainous island of volcanic origin (highest point is Morne Diablotin 1, 447 m). Dominica has a total land area of 754 sq km. Roughly 75% of the island is covered by thickly wooded mountains, with more than one quarter of it protected as national parks or forest reserves. It is the most mountainous of the Lesser Antilles, and its volcanic peaks are cones of lava craters and include Boiling Lake, the second-largest, thermally active lake in the world (World Factbook, 2007). The interior of the island is dominated by a series of high peaks and deeply incised valleys, which are carpeted by deep forest. The Clyde, Pagua, Rosalie, Roseau and the Layou Rivers flow from the central ridge of mountain peaks to the coast.

The program will be based at the Government's Training Center in the center of the Capital City, Roseau. You will interact with students from the Dominica State College as well as other American students at two Medical Schools, Ross Medical University and All Saints Medical University that are based on the island. Additionally, you will learn about the physical, social and economic problems involved in integrating resource management and maintaining environmental quality, and the economic and management principles and their applications to agriculture, including agribusiness, natural resources and the environment, of the Commonwealth of Dominica, through visits to the Boiling Lake, the Morne Trois Pitton National Park, the Tropical rain forest and you will experience the contrast in Geography as one travels from lowland (grass land) to highland (mountain vegetation and fauna) over a span of less than eight miles.

This winter session program typically takes a variety of excursions including trips to Fort Shirley(a former British Fortress that is presently being rehabilitated) at the Cabrits at Portsmouth, the Carib Territory (an area that is exclusively inhabited by the indigenous peoples of the island), Sulfur Springs, an Ocean experience that will afford you the opportunity to see a vibrant marine life habitat. Here you will find some of the most colorful and healthiest reef systems in the Caribbean. For the duration of the program, students will reside in a hotel (single or double rooms with breakfast provided) in the capital city of Roseau.

Whether you are interested in Geography, Food and Resources Economics, getting drenched from tropical showers, or an Ocean experience, the winter session in the Commonwealth of Dominica is your chance to get a taste of Dominica's famous creole cuisine (some Mountain Chicken included), to learn a little more of your neighbors to your South and a few words of Patois. Bring your hiking boots, your camcorders, and your binoculars since you will be trekking through the tropical rain forest where you will be able to record the sound and sight of the Sisserou Parrot, which is unique to Dominica, (the Nature Island of the Caribbean), and is its National Bird. You will also be able to test your chef's expertise by hard-boiling your eggs in the Western Hemisphere's largest Boiling Lake. You will also visit the Valley of Desolation.

If you would like to read more about student experiences on this program, you can see blogs from the past years at either or

The Program Fee covers housing, all program-related excursions, some meals, and international medical insurance.
For the duration of the program, students will reside in a hotel (single or double rooms with breakfast provided) in the capital city of Roseau.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Dominica, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Dominica. 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.
APEC 150-070: Economics of Agriculture and Natural Resources (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University Social Science Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group C
GEOG 235-070: Conservation of Natural Resources (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University Social Science Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group C
UNIV 370-152: Study Abroad - Dominica APEC/GEOG (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$2,185.00$2,185.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account $4,443.00$8,191.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,500.00$1,500.00

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:
Steven Hastings
Faculty Director
Applied Economics and Statistics
209 Townsend Hall
Anthony Seraphin
Faculty Director
434 Ewing Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on September 20, 2017
Recommendation also due by 5pm on September 20, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: September 27, 2017

Interest Meetings:
02/15/2017, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Gore 116
03/20/2017, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Gore 116
04/11/2017, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Gore 116
08/31/2017, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Gore 103
09/06/2017, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Gore 103

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