University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2019: Barbados HDFS/HSBM

Program Dates January 05, 2019 - February 05, 2019
This program is closed.

Program Overview This program appeals to all students who are interested in completing a structured service-learning experience as well as learn 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.

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 HDFS 365 (Experiential Learning), 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 Program Fee includes housing, all program-related excursions, some meals and international medical insurance. Students will be housed in 3-star hotels/apartments, along with 1-2 group dinners. Students are responsible for the remainder of their 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: 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. All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
HDFS 334: Experiential Education (3 credits)
HDFS 335: Culture in Context (3 credits)
HDFS 365: Seminar: Experiential Education (3 credits)
HOSP 316: Cross-Cultural Etiquette and Protocol (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University History Breadth
  • Multicultural
UNIV 370-024: Study Abroad - Barbados HDFS/HSBM (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$2,295.00$6,165.00
Final Program Fee$4,875.00$4,875.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account $7,200.00$11,070.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$800.00$800.00

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:
Norma Gaines-Hanks
Faculty Director
Human Development and Family Sciences
123 Alison Hall
Francis Kwansa
Faculty Director
Hospitality Business Management
116 Raub Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on April 20, 2018
Recommendation also due by 5pm on April 20, 2018
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: May 02, 2018

Interest Meetings:
02/19/2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, 220 Alison Hall
02/23/2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Center for Black Culture (CBC) 192 S. College Ave.
02/26/2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 102 Gore Hall
03/02/2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM,
03/09/2018, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 306 Gore Hall
03/16/2018, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 306 Gore Hall
03/22/2018, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM,
04/12/2018, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Gore 114

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