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College of A&S - Dimensions of Black Identity in the Caribbean: Jamaica
Lucea, Jamaica; Woodside, Jamaica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: OU applicants only
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OU Sponsoring College:
College of Arts & Sciences
Language of Instruction: English Housing Type: Host Family, Hotel or Guesthouse, Student Dormitories
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Study Abroad Adviser: Karen Elmore
Study Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Program Description:
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Program Highlights
Location:  Kingston, Woodside in St. Mary parish; and a seaside location to be decided
Faculty Leaders:  Dr. Catherine John (English), Dr. Greg Graham (African and African-American Studies)
Housing: University dormitories, host families and hotels or guesthouses
Projected 2018 Dates
June 2     Depart U.S. and arrive in Kingston
June 29   Last day of classes (This has changed from July 1.)
June 30   Return to the U.S.   (This has changed from July 2.)
  • ENGL 4970   Afro-Caribbean Women, Literature, and Cultural Identity (3 credits)  Dr. John
  • AFAM 4010   Black Masculinity in the Diaspora:  the Case of Jamaica (3 credits)  Dr. Graham
Program Design
This study abroad program will begin with two weeks in Kingston and then move to Woodside Village in St. Mary parish, followed by time in Lucea, a seaside location. The purpose of this opportunity is to examine several aspects of Caribbean culture, with this year's focus being on Jamaica.  Participants will experience that country in a variety of ways: living on a university campus, residing with a host family in a small rural community, interacting with residents in a seaside town and hearing guest lectures by authors and members of the communities where they live.  Classes will be held regularly at the various locations. 
Program Requirement
In addition to meeting the study abroad eligibility requirements, applicants must also have:
  • one recommendation, submitted electronically as part of the application process
  • a passport valid for six months after the program ends (U.S. passport application).  There is an official passport application office in Oklahoma Memorial Union.
  • attendance at a Study Abroad 101 meeting
  • study abroad advising through the College of Arts and Sciences International Programs Office
Open to all OU students who meet the requirements.  Not restricted to Arts and Sciences majors. The program is limited to 20 students.  Graduate students may participate at the discretion of the leaders, but will need to be enrolled in different course numbers and should discuss this option prior to submitting an application.
  • Kingston:  Dormitories at the University of the West Indies-Mona campus
  • Woodside:  Host families
  • Seaside Location:  Hotel/guesthouse
Money Matters
It is each applicant's responsibility to share information about cost with family members who need to know and understand how the payment system works. The 2018 Jamaica Estimated Budget will help applicants compare programs and plan for study abroad.
Costs are subject to change based on the currency exchange rate and the number of participants.  This program requires a $100 non-refundable deposit at the time of application.  That is not an application fee, and is deducted from the program fee cost, if accepted.  If not accepted, this amount is refunded.  More information on how to pay the deposit is included in the online application documents.

Except for summer tuition and fees for six hours of credit, all in-country program costs must be paid before the end of the Spring 2018 semester on the deadlines listed within the application..

There are a number of scholarships available for study abroad students.  Below is a partial list.
Get Started
When the application cycle is open, you can click on an "Apply Now" button at the top or bottom of this brochure.   Be sure to schedule an appointment with Karen Elmore, Director of Arts and Sciences International Programs, and attend a Study Abroad 101 information session to learn the basics about study abroad.  Both an advising appointment and attendance at Study Abroad 101 are required.
A College of Arts and Sciences Faculty-led Program

Karen L. Elmore, Director of Arts and Sciences International Programs
210 Ellison Hall
Phone: 325-4716
For an advising appointment, go to:   

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/09/2018
Rolling Admission 06/02/2018 06/30/2018
Summer 2019 02/24/2019 03/11/2019 TBA TBA

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