West Indies Study Abroad Program: International Perspectives on Criminal Justice & Criminology
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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.
Students will experience dorm life in the fully furnished Halls of Residence at the University of the West Indies. Student dormitories are within walking distance of classrooms and local food options. Campus amenities include kitchens, laundry facilities, computer labs, library, swimming pool and gym. During our inter-island travel, 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 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. Noncriminal 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.
Credits & Courses
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. Undergraduate 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.
The program fee for Maymester 2018 is tentatively $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.
Program Cost Includes:
• Round-trip airfare
• Ground transportation to all program activities
• Housing accommodations
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
• Course reading materials
• Optional excursions outside the program itinerary
• Tips and gratuities
January 30, 2018
– $500 deposit due immediately upon acceptance to hold your seat in the program.
February 15, 2018
– $1000 second deposit due
March 15, 2018
– remaining balance due
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Highlights of the program are provided below. The University reserves the right to alter program 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 Trinidad.
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.
Funding & Scholarships
Georgia State University students are eligible to apply for the IEF Scholarship
and may be eligible to apply for the Global Experience Scholarship
. Visit mystudyabroad.gsu.edu/prospective/fundingstudy-abroad
or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413- 2529 to learn more about scholarships & financial aid for study abroad
Program Director Contact
- Students interested in applying should hit "Apply Now" and login with their Campus ID and password to complete an application.
- Transient Students: please see the Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page on our website: mystudyabroad.gsu.edu/prospective/how-to- 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.
Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology