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Jamaica, Transnationalism Winterim Faculty-Led Immersion
Kingston, Jamaica; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Negril, Jamaica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winterim
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Fact Sheet:
2.30 Language of Instruction: English
Year in School: May apply as freshman; must have at least soph. standing by program begin Academic Pre-requisites: 1-credit course in Fall (second half of the semester) in preparation for the program.
Coordinator: Shanti Freitas Experiential Education: Volunteer/Service Learning
Program Description:
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This program is a Faculty-Led Immersion, coordinated by Shanti Freitas, Intercultural Immersion Coordinator in Academic Affairs. Please direct all questions to or 715-836-6037, and submit all application materials to Schofield 208. It is listed on the Center for International Education website to assist students in exploring all international opportunities.

This course, themed Transnationalism in Jamaican Culture, will be led by Dr. Cathy Rex (English) during Winterim 2016. The program will explore transnationalism as it plays out in Jamaican educational settings, history, tourism industry, and historical and contemporary music cultures. We will visit Montego Bay and Kingston, as well as areas outside of the two cities, and explore various sites of cultural production. While staying in Montego Bay, we will take excursions into rural Jamaica, explore tensions within Montego Bay itself, how they are constructed as “local” and “authentic,” and how it serves as a mediated site for tourism.  While in Kingston, we will visit sites of cultural production, where we will situate contemporary constructions of Jamaican culture and identities within frameworks of transnationalism. Our stay in Kingston will also involve immersion in the student culture of the University of the West Indies, Mona campus. 


Jamaica has a rich history and culture that makes it a productive site to explore how culture is both local and transnational. Montego Bay has a long history of colonialism (first visited by Christopher Columbus in 1494), is a central site of slave revolts in the 19th century, and is currently a center of international tourism. Kingston, Jamaica’s capital, was settled in the 17th century after an earthquake destroyed Port Royal, a city known for its privateering and piracy, and boomed in the 1960s with Jamaican independence from Great Britain and the international attention given to reggae. 

We will be staying in hotels in Montego Bay and Kingston, and students will share double rooms. Breakfast is provided by the hotels and, generally, lunch and dinner will be individual expenses not included in the program cost. We will eat some meals as a group in restaurants, and some meals will be on your own. Wireless internet will be provided by the hotels in Montego Bay and Kingston.

  •  Schedule a general advising appointment with Faculty-Led Immersion staff by calling 715-836-6037 or emailing Shanti Freitas at
  • View online info session “First Steps to Study Abroad”.



To learn more about the academics of this program click Academics - Jamaica

All costs are estimated and can fluctuate based on the number of participants and exchange rates. You can find more information on the estimated program cost for 2016 here: Jamaica Winter16.pdf

*This faculty-led program receives funding from the Blugold Commitment Faculty-Led International Immersion Experiences (FLIIE) program. The goals of the Blugold Commitment are to extend access and affordability to these exceptional high-impact practices for all UW-Eau Claire undergraduates, to ensure that more of these opportunities are available for these students, and to increase the numbers of students who participate. Therefore, while UW-Eau Claire undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in multiple high-impact immersion programs, each student is eligible to receive BCDT funding for only one FLIIE experience. Any student who has participated in a previous FLIIE experience is not eligible to receive funding through BCDT for a second FLIIE experience.

You will travel with other UW-Eau Claire students and faculty during the program. You will have opportunities to get involved in the community and culture during your exploration of transnationalism in Jamaica. Additionally, you will be provided a few days without scheduled events, during which you can explore local culture and tourism destinations.

Jamaican National Heritage Trust
Visit Jamaica
Wikitravel Kingston
Wikitravel Montego Bay
Lonely Planet Jamaica
Department of State Jamaica Travel Page
University of the West Indies, Mona campus (Kingston)

To apply, read the application instructions on the How to Apply Page. Then return to this program brochure page, and click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winterim 2016 09/18/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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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