Jamaica is the third largest island nation in the Caribbean region. It encompasses a wide range of identities, languages, religions, cultures and intertwining histories. The island nation is approximately 581 miles south of the United States (Miami, Florida). It is a developing nation of approximately 2.7 million people.
The Jamaica Service-Learning Program (JSLP) will be located in Northern Kingston at the University of the West Indies at Mona. The campus is situated in alush valley embraced by Long Mountain to the south and the southernmost peaks of the famous Blue Mountain Range to the North. Mona is perhaps one of the most scenic areas in Greater Kingston, with the surrounding mountains providing a verdant backdrop which enhances the serene atmosphere of the campus.
Language of Instruction: English
Qualifications: 2.5 GPA
This study abroad program will provide students with an introduction into Jamaica’s socio-political history as well as to the contemporary issues relevant to the island nation and its people. Through an interdisciplinary approach the program will introduce students to how the Jamaican cultural identity evolved into its contemporary form.
The course is organized thematically but it proceeds in chronological order to focus on the major socio-political, economic and cultural period of change in the Jamaican society. Site visits, lectures/discussions with Jamaican faculty and community leaders, and service projects will reinforce the course content.
There will an online component to this this study abroad program.
Students will have some free time during their stay in Jamaica. The University of the West Indies at Mona campus has numerous eateries and amenities available to students.
Dr. La Tasha Brown - email@example.com
La Tasha Amelia Brown completed her PhD degree inComparative Cultural Studies at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England. Dr. Brown is Assistant Professor in Department of Digital Media & Journalism. She holds an M.A. in African New World Studies (now African and African Diasporic Studies) with a concentration in Cultural Studies from Florida International University and a B.A. in History with a Minor in English Literature from St. Lawrence University. Her areas of specialization include: Caribbean Black Diaspora Identity; Intersections of Class, Race, and Gender; Popular Culture; African American History & Culture and Black British Identity & Culture. Dr. Brown has conducted field research in Jamaica and has lived as well as traveled throughout the Caribbean region, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Your Home Away From Home
Students will be housed in a residence hall (single occupancy) at the University of West Indies campus.
Scholarship and Funding Opportunities
Gilman Scholarship (for students receiving a Pell Grant)
SUNY Diversity Abroad Honors Scholarship
New Paltz Honors Program Scholarships
New Paltz Foundation Scholarships
EOP Travel Grant
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Not required for U.S. citizens
Dates / Deadlines:
Summer 6 Credits
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.