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  • Locations: Kingston, Jamaica
  • Program Terms: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Abroad Year Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Maymester 2018 02/15/2018 ** N/A 05/11/2017 05/26/2017

** Students will be notified of acceptance by email and through their online application.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Housing: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: GSU
Program Director: Dr. Pier A. Junor Clarke Sponsoring College: College of Education
Credit Type: GSU Credit Credit Level: Graduate Credit, Undergraduate Credit
Program Description:
Students interested in speaking with program alumni can browse our Alumni Reference Network. The Alumni Reference Network is password-protected and only accessible to GSU students. Please contact the Study Abroad Office at (404) 413-2529 or mystudyabroad@gsu.edu for the password. Program DescriptionKingston
Jamaica Cultural Immersion in Education, a study abroad program will engage students in an international cultural immersion experience. Students will examine the political, educational, sociocultural, and economic factors that contribute to the various issues within the Jamaican educational system. Students will participate in a variety of cultural experiences and also work within local and regional schools and community organizations. Students will benefit from lectures, as well as field study, data collection, and research within Jamaica. Students will engage in two different classroom components. The first half of the program will meet at GSU. Students will be introduced to education in a Jamaican context as they develop their research interests abroad. In the second half of the program, students will travel to Jamaica for nine days.
 
Accommodations
Participants will stay in comfortable, multi- occupancy single gender rooms in a hotel in Kingston Jamaica, which is not too far from The MICO University College, some major cultural attractions, schools, the Ministry of Education, and the University of the West Indies. There are inexpensive restaurants nearby as well as a cafeteria on the MICO’s campus for students.

Disability Accomodation
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.

Eligibility
The program is open to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students who are taking courses in the College of Education and/or College of Arts and Sciences. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

Credits & Courses
All participants, who successfully complete the program’s EDMT 8420; EDUC 3333; or EDUC 7777 course, will receive three semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.

Cost
The program cost is tentatively set at $2,000, 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 IncludesMICO Univeristy
• Airfare
• All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
• 11 lunches + 11 dinners
• Accommodations
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance

Price Does NOT Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Public transportation (in Kingston)
• Passport
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges

Payment Schedule

February 15, 2018: 
$500 deposit due
March 15, 2018: $500 payment
April 2, 2018: Program cost charged to student account
Early May 2018: $1000 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for Maymester. Study Abroad Scholarships posted by this date.
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
 
Funding & Scholarships

Georgia State University students may eligible for the IEF Scholarship or the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit http://mystudyabroad.gsu.edu/prospective/funding-study-abroad or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 to learn more about scholarships & financial aid for study abroad.

Application Information

Students interested in applying should click the "Apply Now" button to login with their Campus ID and password and complete all application components. Because the program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews will be scheduled with students upon receipt of the application. Tentative Itinerary
Highlights of the program are provided below. This itinerary is subject to change. The university reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.

May 7-18: Classes in CEHD, GSU, Atlanta
May 19: Depart Atlanta; arrive in Kingston Jamaica; dinner at a Cultural Cuisine
May 20: Charles Town Maroon, return via Buff Bay Pass; visit to the Coffee Estate
May 21: Kingston: Museums- Bob Marley, Devon House, Liberty Hall-Marcus Garvey; National Gallery 
May 22: Visit the MICO University- Teacher Educators; The University of the West Indies- Mona Campu
May 23: Labor Day Activities- Service Learning; visit Port Royal Museum & Restaurant; Evening Event: Labor Day Concert
May 24: School Visit: Tarrant High School; School Visit: John Mills Primary; Evening Event: The Community Theater
May 25: School Visit: Manchester High School; School Visit: Mandeville Primary School; Evening Event: Cultural Theater Night at UWI
May 26: Visit Dunns River Falls & Green Grotto Caves; visit Rose Hall
May 27: Depart for Atlanta
May 29-Jun 1: Complete and Submit Final Projects
 
Program Director Contact Info

Dr. Pier Junor Clarke
Office address: Room 604 COE
Telephone: 404-413-8411
E-mail: pjunor@gsu.edu