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  • Locations: Kingston, Jamaica
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 11/15/2017
Rolling Admission 05/01/2018 05/11/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Education and Human Services, Social Sciences, University Wide
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Spring
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Program Lead Faculty: Carol Tonge Mack Program Advisor: Thomas Shannon
Program Description:

Program Overview

This is a service learning project that will take place in Kingston, Jamaica. It is a faculty led course, with two leaders. Students will register for a course in the spring to the study the music of Bob Marley and Pan Africanism. Later they will participate in a service learning project in Kingston, Jamaica  that  will provide opportunities for students to learn about the contributions of Marley and his commitment to equality and social justice.

In addition, they will engage in different cultural experiences highlighting their classroom instructions. Students will learn through observation and dialogue with local community members, while engaging in a variety of community service initiatives. This experience will allow students to reflect upon their personal beliefs and experiences, while working closely with local organizations, schools, and students from local universities.

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Montego Bay

Jamaica is a tropical island, with a beautiful coastline and the majestic mountains-the Blue Mountains to be exact. The energy and excitement in the air permeates in the beat of the drums and Jamaica's musical culture. Bob Marley globalized Reggae music and the rhythm and message continues to resonate today on the streets, in the market places and in the people.

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Who Can Participate?

 Undergraduate and graduate students.

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Academic Program and Course Information

This course will provide opportunities for students to learn about global citizenship through service learning. Students will travel to Kingston Jamaica and engage in different cultural experiences. They will learn through observation, dialogue with local community members, and engage in a variety of community service initiatives. Students will be challenged to reflect upon their personal beliefs and experiences. They will work closely with the local organizations.

All students in this program are required to enroll in EDST4089-002 Directed Study: Jamaica - A Service Learning Experience for spring 2018.
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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Carol Tonge Mack is the Assistant Dean, student retention in the College of Arts and Sciences. She works diligently to provide creative and innovative strategies to retain and graduate students. Her research interests includes work of Bob Marley and the Rastafarians.

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Living Arrangements

 Student will live in modest hotels in Kingston and Montego Bay. Depending on the number, most of the arrangements are double occupancy(each student will have their own bed in same sex rooms).

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Getting There

A group flight is included in the program fee.  Students will travel together from Cincinnati to Jamaica and back. 

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Program Costs

2018 Program Cost: TBD
Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals (All breakfasts included)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Professional translator and private guides
  • Discussions with Guest Lecturers
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees 
    Some meals 
    Personal spending/souvenirs 
    Visa application/processing fees
This program has been awarded a $400 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

While UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad, traveling UC faculty, students and staff are the individuals making decisions overseas and therefore play a key role in their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS, a company that provides medical and security advice. UC's member ID is 11BCAS000010.

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad.
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety and cultural tips.
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Carol Tonge Mack

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This program is currently not accepting applications.