George Washington slept here—and you can too! Follow his footsteps through the only foreign country the future president ever visited: Barbados. This Caribbean Eden beckons students to explore its shared history with the American South. Washington’s experiences suggest the themes of the course: British colonialism and military defense, slavery and freedom, the plantation and cash crop agriculture, tropical beauty and tourism, warm waters and golden sand! The island enjoys a reputation for its safety as a resort favored by aristocrats, celebrities, and millionaires who flock to its pristine beaches. Yet 400 years of settlement point to an equally rich history as a producer of sugar, molasses and rum at the crossroads of trade with Europe, Africa and America. Bajans settled Carolina and Georgia, and we will explore how there is a similar cultural heritage between Barbados and the U. S. South. The cuisine is delectable with flying fish cutters, macaroni pie and such southern dishes as the grits-like cornmeal and okra cou cou and hoppin’ john peas and rice, and fishcakes! Crosspollination of citrus introduced to Barbados resulted in the grapefruit, so be like George and try it over spring break earning three hours of course credit on this Caribbean paradise!
Two meetings of the group going to Barbados will be held prior to departure, one on Tuesday, December 20, 2019, and the other in early March 2020. Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
SAT 3/14 Depart Atlanta round-trip to Bridgetown, Barbados
SUN 3/15 Cathedral Church of St. Michael’s and tour of Bridgetown
MON 3/16 George Washington House, Barbados Museum & Garrison District World Heritage Site
TUE 3/17 Welchman Hall Gully, Barbados National Trust Wildey House, Sunbury Plantation
WED 3/18 Ancestral Trails Tour of Slavery in Barbados
TH 3/19 Univ. of the West Indies, St. Nicholas Abbey, Speightstown, Holetown
FRI 3/20 Oistins for the Friday Night Fish Fry
SAT 3/21 Return to Atlanta
April: Final assignment DUE
Participants will stay in the Accra Beach Hotel and Spa, a comfortable, double-occupancy accommodation in a full-service resort located south of Bridgetown on beautiful Rockley Beach beside the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Situated on the Hastings Main Road with its public transportation access, the Accra is conveniently located near a variety of restaurants, stores, and other amenities. In addition to two pools, the resort provides exercise and recreation equipment with access to a boardwalk for running along the seashore. Rooms come with free Wi-Fi, minifridges, coffeemakers, balconies.
In order to participate in any study abroad program students must be in Good Academic Standing. Please note that the study abroad program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director following completion of the on-line application and in person interview.
- 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 courses will receive 3
semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for HIST 4975
and graduate students should register for HIST 8890
. 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 $2,878, 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
- Ground transportation
- Excursions and museum entrance fees
- Several buffet-style meals
- Full accommodations at the Accra Beach Hotel and Spa
- Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
October 15, 2019: $750 deposit due with application
November 8, 2019: $1,000 payment due
Early December 2019: Program fee posted to PAWs
Early January 2020: $1,128 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for Spring term
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