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GSU - Jamaica Study Abroad & Maroon Immersion Program
Kingston, Jamaica
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: Good Standing Housing: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: GSU
Program Director: Dr. Harcourt Fuller Sponsoring College: College of Arts & Sciences
Sponsoring Department: History Credit Type: GSU Credit
Credit Level: Graduate Credit, Undergraduate Credit
Program Description:
The Jamaica Study Abroad and Maroon Immersion Program is a two-week Summer voyage to Jamaica, which focuses on the history and culture of the Maroons. The Maroons are descendants of rebel slaves from West Africa who defeated the British and formed autonomous societies in the remote interiors of Jamaica in the 17th century. This program offers a first-hand opportunity to explore and research over 500 years of Jamaica’s diverse and dynamic history and culture, including the contemporary challenges of a developing island-nation in a globalizing world. Participants will visit National Heritage sites relating to the peoples, places and events of significance to Jamaican history, spanning the pre-colonial era of the indigenous Tainos, Spanish and British colonialism, the arrival of enslaved Africans and indentured Asians, and 50 years of political independence. Students will learn about pirates such as Henry Morgan; High Priestess Nanny of the Maroons; Pan-Africanist pioneer Marcus Garvey; Reggae music icon Bob Marley; and world’s fastest man Usain Bolt. Program highlights include hiking the 500 year-old Cunha Cunha Pass Maroon Heritage Trail, lodging at the Ambassabeth Eco Lodge Cabins, and home-stays with Maroon families. Lectures will be delivered by community experts, University of the West Indies and international faculty.

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Participants will stay in comfortable, multiple-occupancy hotels, cabins, halls of residence and homes throughout the various parishes that we will visit, including the University of the West Indies Halls of Residence in Mona, Kingston; Ambassabeth Eco Lodge Cabins in the Rio Grande Valley; Hotel Tim Bamboo in Port Antonio; and Shaw Park Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios. Students will also stay in the modest homes of local families in the Maroon villages nestled in the valleys of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park in eastern Jamaica.

Several days will be spent in mountainous and rugged terrain, involving hikes to historically, culturally and environmentally significant sites. On these trails, students should be physically fit and capable of walking unaided for several hours. 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 program is open to all upper division undergraduates, graduate students, alumni and professionals in the field. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

Participants who successfully complete the program will receive 3 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students will register for HIST 4975 - Study Abroad and graduate students will register for HIST 8460 – Seminar in Atlantic World History, for the Summer 2014 term. There is also a mandatory pre-departure orientation, lecture and film screenings to take place during the spring semester (the dates and venue will be emailed to accepted students). Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.

Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements.

The program cost is tentatively set at $2,100, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.

Price Includes
• Welcome Reception, lectures and cultural performances
• Multiple occupancy accommodations at the University of the West Indies Halls of Residence, Ambassabeth Eco Lodge Cabins, hotels and homes stays with Maroon families. Single occupancy requests will require additional charges.
• Most meals
• Chartered ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
• Educational lectures and cultural events
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation Insurance

Price Does NOT Include
• Round-trip airfare
• Excess baggage charges
• Passport application
• Personal expenses and tips
• Georgia State tuition and fees

March 15, 2014 – $600 deposit with application
Remaining balance due in two equal installments on or before February 24 and March 14, 2014.
(all payments are non-refundable upon receipt)

Please pay for your program deposit by finding the program listing and following the payment instructions listed there. See your Program Director for more information. Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline. All tuition and fees must be paid in full before departure.

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  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

Students interested in applying should find this program’s listing at under the Programs tab and begin an online application. The application deadline is March 15, 2014, and the $600 deposit is due at this time. All payments are non-refundable upon receipt. The remaining balance must be paid in two equal installments on or before February 24 and March 14, 2014.  

Transient or Non-GSU Students: Please see Transient Student page at

Application Deadline: March 15, 2014. 

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.