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  • Locations: Kingston, Jamaica
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 11/30/2018 ** Rolling Admission 03/14/2019 03/22/2019
NOTE: Program instructors will will set up specific times to meet with those who apply(before application decisions).

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Language, Culture, and Humanities, Social Sciences
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Spring
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel, Residence Hall
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 the course offered in the semester. The course will sociologically examine issues around Pan-Africanism, and specifically social justice through the music of Bob Marley. Later, they will participate in a service learning project in Kingston, Jamaica that will provide opportunities for students to learn the concept of Marley's "One Love" movement of loving and serving all people including those marginalized,such as the special needs children at the Maxfield Home. Most importantly, they will learn about Marley's commitment to equality and social justice.
In addition, they will engage in different cultural experiences highlighting their classroom instructions. Students will learn through observation, research, and dialogue with local community members(such as Jamaican entrepreneurs from Island Frydays). This experience will allow students to reflect upon their personal beliefs and experiences, dismantle misconceptions of Jamaica, while working closely with local organizations and students from the University of the West Indies.

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Montego Bay
 Jamaica is a tropical, Caribbean island, located directly south of Cuba. It has a beautiful coastline and also known for its majestic mountains-the Blue Mountains, spiced rum, Marcus Garvey, and Reggae Music. The energy and excitement in the air permeates in the beat of the drums and Jamaica's musical culture. The legendary Bob Marley, globalized Reggae music and his "One Love" message which continues to resonate today on the streets, higher educational institutions, in the market places, and in the people.  

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Who Can Participate?

University of West Indies Mona

Junior and seniors only (exceptions may be made on an individual basis).

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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 and Montego Bay Jamaica and engage in different cultural experiences. They will learn through observation, dialogue with local community members. Students will be challenged to reflect upon their personal beliefs and experiences. They will work closely with local organizations.

All students in this program are required to enroll in SOC3082 Directed Study: Jamaica - A Service Learning Experience for spring 2019 for 3 credits.
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):

Jamaica Group Photo

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Carol Tonge Mackis a gladiator for student success; her primary responsibility is to make sure students get to the finish line with a degree in hand. She currently works as an Assistant Dean in thee College of Arts and Sciences and is committed to retaining and graduating students. Carol also developed the university's first Cultural Competence Series for Academic Advisors to provide better service for students as we all become culturally aware and more competent.

Dr. Littisha Bates Littisha Bates received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Arizona State University and her B.A. from Grand Valley State University. At Arizona State University she was trained as quantitative Family Demographer in CePoD (Center for Population Dynamics). Her research interests include: education, family, demography and social stratification.

Her current research examines educational inequality. Her current project examines the changes in the magnet school enrollment processes in the City of Cincinnati. This project focuses on the impact of the change from first-some first-serve enrollment to a district wide lottery system on parents and schools. 

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Living Arrangements

Jamaica Sunset

Students will share hotels and/or dorm in Montego Bay and Kingston, Jamaica. The arrangements will be at least double occupancy.

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Getting There

Jamaica Maxfield Park

Round-trip international airfare is included in the program fee. 

Unless we have funds to transport students to the airport, students are responsible for getting to and from the airport on their own. However, transportation will be provided in Jamaica upon arrival and departure to the airport(transportation between program related activities is also included). Students will arrive to Montego Bay (Sangster International Airport) and leave from the same airport. 

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Program Costs

2019 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(~$200-500)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs 
  • Visa application/processing fees(For U.S. passport holders, a visa is not required to enter into Jamaica for a stay up to 30 days.  
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
Academic Services, French Hall west 2126
College of Arts and Sciences

Littisha Bates
Title: Associate Professor (PhD, Arizona State University)
Office: 1014 Crosley Tower
Tel: 513-556-4714

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