West Indies Study Abroad Program:
Trinidad & Tobago
The West Indies Study Abroad Program offers a 3-week overseas academic adventure on the exotic tropical islands of Trinidad & Tobago. The program provides an opportunity for students to increase their cross-cultural awareness, understanding and appreciation for the way of life in the Caribbean. Students study crime and justice from an international, comparative perspective and examine public policy issues related to crime and violence, particularly in developing nations. The Maymester includes course work in criminal justice and criminology, guest lectures from local experts, tours of local criminal justice agencies, service learning projects in the community, and excursions to cultural and historical sites. Classes are held in the mornings, and afternoons/weekends are reserved for exploring the islands. While abroad, students immerse themselves in the Caribbean culture, rich history, breathtaking landscape, and tasty cuisine.
The program is open to undergraduate, graduate, and transient students who are in good standing. Students from other institutions may apply with consent of their academic advisor and department chair. Non-criminal justice majors and post-baccalaureate alumni students are welcome to apply. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
Transient/Visiting Students: Please see Transient Student page at http://aysps.gsu.edu/study-abroad/ Also, please follow the instructions on the Transient/ Visiting Student Procedures for Studying Abroad.
International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at 404-413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
An overview of the program is provided below. The Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
Atlanta We will begin with mandatory pre-departure orientation where the program will be discussed at length. The first week of courses will be held at GSU prior to departure.
Trinidad During Week 2, students will continue coursework, engage in service learning activities and site visits, and explore the island of Tobago.
Tobago During Week 3, students will explore the island of Tobago and make final presentations.
Atlanta The program will end with final exams at GSU at the end of the Maymester.
While in Trinidad, students will experience “dorm life” in the fully furnished Halls of Residence on the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies. Student dormitories are within walking distance of classrooms and food options.
Campus amenities include kitchens, payphones, laundry facilities, computer labs, library, swimming pool, and gym. While in Tobago, students will stay at a comfortable, charming hotel. All accommodations are based on double occupancy.
Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.
The course offerings for Maymester 2017 include the following:
CRJU 4040/6040 Comparative CJ Systems
CRJU 4720/8720 Law, Justice, & Social Change
Participants who successfully complete the program’s two courses will receive six semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Students cannot register for less than six credit hours during this Maymester program.
Undergraduates students should register for CRJU 4040 & 4720, and graduate students should register for CRJU 6040 & 8720.
Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits. Non-Georgia State students wishing to be participate in study abroad at Georgia State University must follow the Transient/Visiting Student Procedures for Studying Abroad
The program fee for Maymester 2017 is $3,500. Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost. A limited number of partial scholarships may be available.Price Includes:
• Round-trip airfare from Atlanta
• Inter-island airfare
• Ground transportation to all program activities
• Housing accommodations
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Price Does Not Include:
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Course reading materials
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
• Course reading materials
• Optional excursions outside the program itinerary
• Tips and gratuities
January 30, 2017 – $500 deposit due immediately upon acceptance to secure your spot
February 20, 2017 – $1000 second deposit due
March 20, 2017 – remaining balance due
(All payments are non-refundable upon receipt)
Please pay for your program deposit by finding the program : Participants will pay program deposits by logging into PAWS. Please contact your Program Director to confirm that a Program Deposit Account has been established for this purpose before you attempt to make a payment in PAWS. Other than the initial program deposit, all program payments—along with the remaining program balance—will be billed directly to your student account. Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.
Georgia State University students are eligible to apply for the IEF Study Abroad Scholarship/Georgia State University Foundation Scholarship and may be eligible to apply for the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit www.gsu.edu/studyabroad or contact the Office of International Initiatives, Study Abroad Programs at 404-413-2529 for more information.
Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 404-413-2400 for information on how financial aid might apply toward the program.
Students have the option of purchasing an “International Student ID Card” from STA Travel for travel discounts in participating countries. For more information, visit the STA Travel website at www.sta-travel.com.