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. The Maymester includes course work in comparative law and criminal justice, guest lectures from local experts, tours of local criminal justice agencies, service learning projects in the community, and field excursions to cultural and historical sites. Classes are typically held in the mornings, and the afternoons/weekends are reserved for exploring the islands. While abroad, students immerse themselves in the Caribbean culture, rich history, breathtaking natural landscape, and tasty cuisine.
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The program is open to undergraduate, graduate, and transient students who meet good academic standing requirements of GSU’s Andrew Young School. 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.
Please see the Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page on our website: mystudyabroad.gsu.edu/prospective/howto-apply
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. Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
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.
During Week 2, students will continue coursework, engage in service learning activities, site visits, and excursions on the island of Trinidad.
During Week 3, students will explore the island of Tobago.
The Maymester will end with final exams and presentations at GSU.
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 2019 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 participate in study abroad at Georgia State University must follow the Transient/Visiting Student Procedures for Studying Abroad
The program fee for Maymester 2019 is $3,800. 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 25, 2019 – $800 deposit due immediately upon acceptance to secure your seat in the program.
February 25, 2019 – $1000 second deposit due
March 25, 2019 – 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 may be eligible to apply for the IEF Study Abroad Scholarship and the International Access Scholarship. Visit mystudyabroad.gsu.edu/prospective/funding-study-abroad or contact the Study Abroad Programs office at 404-413-2529 to learn more about scholarships and financial aid for study abroad.
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.
Reflections from Alumni
“There was never a dull moment because every day was a new experience because the program integrated both classroom and hands-on learning. Some of my favorite memories were travelling to Gasparee Caves and befriending everyone I met along the way. I made lifelong friends, witnessed countless stories, and learned invaluable life lessons throughout this experience.” – Nancy Tran, Undergraduate, Psychology
“Maymester classes are always intense, because they are condensed into such a short period time, but the subject matter and the atmosphere made it easier. I walked past mountains and mango trees on my way to class. My favorite part of the tour was the Glass Bottom Boat tour over the Nylon Pool and Buccoo Reef. Here, I snorkeled for the first time and saw clear blue waters and tropical fish. The Nylon Pool is said to have healing powers and grant bathers of these waters everlasting youth.” – Maya Scott, Undergraduate, English
“Professor Johnson facilitated a visit of the Golden Grove maximum security prison for our cohort, and some of us had been prepared for a dismal experience. However, between the administrative staff and the inmates we bore witness to a formidable structure of restorative justice that, although still touted lengthy sentences and societal isolation, provided inmates with opportunities to affirm their capacity for productivity and space for genuine reflection. This study abroad program showed me that Trinidad’s criminal justice system has chosen the path of restorative justice that affords inmates an opportunity to nurture and maintain their humanity, in spite of their incarceration.” – Azriel Bailey, Graduate, Public Management & Policy
“My favorite part of being in Trinidad and Tobago was seeing the large number of differing cultures that make up the country’s population, especially when taking a look at the food! Every time we went out to eat the first thing you had to do was decide on the style of food you wanted. I think I spent more time deciding what to eat than I actually did eating! I mean, did I want Indian? Chinese? Jamaican? Mediterranean? There were so many authentic choices and once you figured out the style, you had to decide on one thing from the menu. Being open to try new foods connects you in a very interesting way to the culture of the country. Food is used worldwide to bring people together, so don’t be afraid to try something new and experience the flavors of the country!” – Kristen Atkinson, Graduate, Criminal Justice