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  • Locations: Kingston, Jamaica
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • 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 Break 2023 08/29/2022
Rolling Admission 03/11/2023 03/19/2023

** 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:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type General: Faculty-Led Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Spring
Eligibility Restrictions: Communication Science and Disorders Students Only Language Courses Offered: NO
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No Program Lead Faculty: Karla Washington
Program Description:
Having Fun- Jamaica


Program OverviewGroup Photo

This educational travel abroad experience will take place in Jamaica during Spring Break 2023. The educational objective of this program is to provide students with experiences, knowledge, and skills for working with children speaking languages and dialects other than mainstream English, with the aim of improving cultural competence for service provision. In Jamaica, we will provide clinical service in the form of speech, language, and hearing assessments and intervention for children between the ages of 3 and 6 years. We will use standard speech-and-language measures and techniques as well as hearing screening audiometers to evaluate speech, language, and hearing skills. These evaluations will take place one-to-one with children. A group approach is used for intervention. To obtain background information on development of these skills, we will conduct brief parent interviews with each child’s parent/caregiver. All services will take place at the child’s school/educational/medical setting. Children's parents will be provided with a brief report about their child's communication skills.

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LocationWorking with parents

Kingston, Jamaica


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Who Can Participate?

Graduate Students

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Academic Program and Course InformationWorking with preschoolers

Participants in this program can earn UC credit for the following UC course(s):

Graduate students in this program are required to enroll in HLTH 6042 for the Spring 2023 term.
Undergraduate students in this program are required to enroll in HLTH5 042 for the Spring 2023 term.
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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Karla Washington Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati and recipient of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Leading the Way Recognition Award in Multicultural Activities. Her research/clinical interests focus on speech-language development for monolingual and culturally and linguistically diverse pre-schoolers. She successfully developed, implemented and has sustained an education abroad program to Jamaica for students and faculty. Dr Washington is Director of the Pediatric Language, Literacy, and Speech (PedLLS) Outcomes Lab. She teaches courses in Communication Sciences and Disorders related to child development and disorders, research methods and design, and doctoral student education.

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Living Arrangements

Hotel at double or triple occupancy. Hotels are very similar to standard hotels in the US with A/C, cable tv, fridge, etc.
No co-ed or faculty/student occupancy.

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Getting ThereWelcome

The program is responsible for booking flight, hotel, ground transportation, insurance, and baggage for students once they have committed and paid the necessary fees. Students are responsible for transportation to and from CVG.


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Program Costs

2023 Program Cost: $2950

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • 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 (~$165)
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
This program has been awarded a $600 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA. This brings the total student cost $2,350.

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

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for 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 medical and security advice. UC code 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 abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

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

Karla Washington
Communication Sciences and Disorders
College of Allied Health Sciences

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This program is currently not accepting applications.