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On Location: Social Work in Jamaica / Peter Grinion, Ph.D. February 2012

Semester Abroad: Jamaica / Dr. Richard Middleton, Ph.D./Spring semester only

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Students who want to participate in the study abroad opportunities in Jamaica have two options: the Semester Abroad Course:  Jamaica or Social Work On Location: Jamaica which is a short course.

Semester study abroad course:  Jamaica

Spend a full semester studying at Jamaica Theological Seminary, an evangelical, interdenominational undergraduate school.  JTS is located on the eastern end of the island, in Kingston, and is widely acknowledged as a first-rate Caribbean institution.  Students can choose from an array of classes; the college offers programs in social work, counseling, biblical studies, theology, music and media, and more.  In order to determine what classes to take, students should visit the Global Education office, which has a list of courses with their approved transfer equivalents. While at JTS, students will live on campus in the dormitories and become a part of a community of approximately 400 students.

social Work On location: Jamaica

The cross-cultural experience in Jamaica is an interdisciplinary graduate course with heavy social work, sociology and religion components.  Highlights of the course include site visits to heads of state, schools, colleges, family courts and historic sites. Students will have the opportunity to meet with local pastors, faculty and students of colleges and universities, seminaries, high schools and various human service agencies. Staying in hotels in the residential setting of Kingston and the metro, beautiful Montego Bay, students will be immersed in learning the culture of the Jamaican people, while attending classroom lectures and participating in mission's project (painting sections of a Church Education Center/Day Care Facility). The weekend in Montego Bay will be spent as tourist enjoying the area. The course is worth three academic credits and students have the option to audit it.


Educational Highlights

Here are some possible destinations for students studying abroad in Jamaica:  Port Royal (the center of the Buccaneers, which Pirates of the Caribbean is based on), Devon House (a sugar plantation, now a museum, in Kingston), Rose Hall (the same, with a very colorful history, near Montego Bay), Tuff Gong Studios (the home of the late Bob Marley), Spanish Town (the old capital of Jamaica, before the British took over), plus some strictly vacation trips, such as to Helshire Hills, Ocho Rios, Dunns River Falls, YS Falls, etc.



The cost of a semester abroad at JTS is the standard RWC tuition plus a $375 RWC travel fee. This covers the full cost of tuition, room and board, and health insurance for the Jamaica semester. The only other costs to the student would be a round-trip ticket to Kingston (about $450-550), textbooks, and incidental, discretionary spending. RWC offers a $3000 scholarship for this program (no other Roberts financial aid is applicable). Students may apply any Federal loans or grants to studying abroad.

For the On Location: Jamaica course, overall cost for 11 days in Jamaica, which includes airfare and accommodation and ground transportation, is approximately $2,000.  This does not include tuition.



More Information  For more information on the Semester Abroad: Jamaica, contact Dr. Richard Middleton at Middleton_Richard@roberts.edu

For information on the On Location: Jamaica, contact Dr. Peter Grinion at grinionp@roberts.edu.