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. Trip dates are subject to change based on availability/ costs of flights.*
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
Week 1 - We will begin with mandatory predeparture orientation where the program will be discussed at length. The first week of courses will be held at GSU prior to departure.
Week 2 - Students will continue coursework and engage in service learning activities, site visits, and excursions on the island of Trinidad.
Week 3 - students will explore the island of Tobago.
After returning to Atlanta - The Maymester will end with final exams and presentations at GSU.
During our inter-island travel, students will stay at a comfortable hotel as well as a charming bed-and-breakfast. All accommodations are based on double occupancy.
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.
- Transient students should visit the Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page of our website
- 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.
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.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $4,000, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/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
- Inter-island airfare
- Hotel accommodations, double occupancy
- Ground transportation to all program activities
- International insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
- Georgia State tuition and fees
- Course reading materials
- Passport or visa fees
- Additional meals
- Excess baggage charges
- Personal expenses
- Tips & gratuities
- Travel & excursions not associated with the program
January 25, 2020: $800 deposit due immediately upon acceptance to hold your seat in the program.
February 25, 2020 : $1,000 second payment due
March 25, 2020: $1,200 or remaining balance due
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not available in time to use for your initial payments!
Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship
and the International Access Scholarship
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Are accepted into a program
- Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline
will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website
or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about other scholarship opportunities
& financial aid for study abroad
Study Abroad Advising
Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor
is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website
Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303