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Jamaica Study Abroad & Maroon Immersion Program

Program Description

The Jamaica Study Abroad and Maroon Immersion Program is a two-week summer voyage to Jamaica. This program offers a first-hand opportunity to explore and research over 500 years of Jamaica’s diverse and dynamic history and culture, including the contemporary challenges of a developing island-nation in a globalizing world. Participants will visit national heritage and cultural sites relating to the people, places and events significant to Jamaican history, spanning the pre-colonial era through today. Students will learn about pirates (such as Henry Morgan), high priestess and military strategist Nanny of the Maroons, Pan-Africanist pioneer Marcus Garvey, Reggae music icon Bob Marley and Olympic gold-medalist and world’s fastest man Usain Bolt. Program highlights include hiking the 500-year-old Cunha Cunha Pass Maroon Heritage Train, lodging at the Ambassabeth Eco Lodge Cabins and home-stays with Maroon families. Lectures will be delivered by community experts, University of the West Indies and international faculty.

See Jamaica Study Abroad & Maroon Immersion Program Brochure for more information. To apply, click here.

Tentative Itinerary

Highlights of the program are provided below. This is a tentative schedule subject to change at the discretion of the Program Director. The university reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.

Spring 2014: Mandatory orientation at GSU.
June 11-14: Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine: Welcome reception; tours of local universities, museums and points of interest.
June 15-19: Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park; Hiking of Maroon Heritage Trail; cultural performances; lectures
June 20: Port Antonio, Portland: St. Margaret’s Bay.
June 21-22: Charles Town, Portland/Windward Maroon Country: Lodging with local Maroon families; tours of Maroon sites; lecture on Charles Town Maroons; tour Charles Town Maroon Museum and other points of interest.
June 23: Ocho Rios, St. Ann: Visit Coyaba River Garden, Museum and Seville Heritage Park (site of Christopher Columbus’ first landing).
June 24: Kingston & St. Andrew; National Heroes Circle; Emancipation Park; bon voyage reception.
June 25: Depart for Atlanta.

Application Deadline

January 20, 2014


The program is open to all upper level undergraduates, graduate students, alumni and professionals in the field. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

Courses and Credit

Participants who successfully complete the program will receive three semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students will register for HIST 4975: Study Abroad and graduate students will register for HIST 8460: Seminar in Atlantic World History, for the Summer 2014 term. There is also a mandatory predeparture orientation during the Spring 2014 semester. The dates and venue will be emailed to accepted students. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.


Participants will stay in comfortable multiple-occupancy hotels, cabins, halls of residence and homes throughout various parishes of Jamaica. Students will also stay in the modest homes of local families in the Maroon villages nestled in the valleys of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park in eastern Jamaica.

Disability Accommodations
Several days will involve rugged hikes to historically, culturally and environmentally significant sites. On these trails, students should be capable of walking unaided for several hours. 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.


Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $2,100, 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.

*Program fee includes
• Welcome and farewell dinners, lectures and cultural performances, as well as most meals
• Hotel accommodations (based on multiple occupancy) and lodging with local Maroon families (single occupancy request will require additional charges).
• Chartered ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
• Educational lectures and cultural events
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation Insurance

**Program fee does NOT include
• Round-trip airfare
• Passport fees
• Personal expenses, tips and excess baggage charges
• Georgia State tuition and fees

Payment Schedule

January 20, 2014 - $600 deposit with application
February 24, 2014 - $750 payment
March 14, 2014 - $750 remaining balance
(all payments are non-refundable upon receipt)

Please pay for your program deposit by finding the program listing at and following the payment instructions listed there. See your Program Director for more information. Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline. All tuition and fees must be paid in full before departure.


For more information about the program or to submit your application, contact

Program Director: Harcourt Fuller, Ph.D.
34 Peachtree Street, Suite 2139, Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-413-5264