University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2024: Barbados HDFS

Program Dates January 03, 2024 - February 01, 2024
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 learning 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 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 10 -13 weeks (3-4 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.In this case, the University of Delaware will reimburse the cost of program fees and tuition.

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 high population densities. Although "independent" since 1966, as of November 2021, Barbados transitioned from a British Commonwealth nation to an independent Republic.

All students will register for HDFS 335 (Culture in Context) and will also choose from one of the following: HDFS 334 (Experiential Education) or HOSP 316 (Intercultural Management and Business Etiquette). In addition to courses, the program will include service-learning placements as well as excursions (meals included) that complement the program's foci and enhance the students' appreciation for Bajan culture.

Students will be housed in a complex on Barbados’ amazing west coast in air-conditioned, double-occupancy one-bedroom apartments with kitchenette, living and dining rooms, and a safe. Students may self-cater or take advantage of the on-site restaurant. Wifi is available in public areas of the property. The complex is a short walking distance to the public bus and has easy access to the grocery store, 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 a 3-star, self-catering apartment and are responsible for meals not included as part of program-sponsored 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: 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.

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. All students will register for HDFS 335.
HDFS 334-070: Experiential Education (3 credits)
HDFS 335-070: Culture in Context (3 credits)
HDFS 365-070: Seminar CROSS CULTURAL SERVICE LRNG (3 credits)
UNIV 370-024: Study Abroad - Barbados HDFS/HOSP (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$2,633.00$7,065.00
Final Program Fee$5,500.00$5,500.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account $8,163.00$12,595.00
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
110 Alison Hall West

Submit Program Application by 5pm on September 20, 2023
Recommendation also due by 5pm on September 20, 2023
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: September 29, 2023

Interest Meetings:
02/28/2023, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM,
03/02/2023, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM,
03/03/2023, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM,
03/03/2023, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM,
03/07/2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM,
03/23/2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM,
03/24/2023, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM,
04/06/2023, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM,
04/14/2023, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM,
04/14/2023, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM,
04/20/2023, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM,
04/27/2023, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM,
04/28/2023, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM,
09/08/2023, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM,
09/11/2023, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM,
09/14/2023, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM,

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