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*WCU Summer in Jamaica: Geography and Culture of Jamaican Tourism
Kingston, Jamaica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/17/2020
Rolling Admission 06/01/2020 06/12/2020
NOTE: Please note that dates and costs are tentative and subject to change. Contact the Program Director listed below to confirm updated information.

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Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Campus Dormitory, Hotel/Hostel
Area of Study: Geography, Management Program Type: WCU Faculty/Staff-Led Program Abroad
Credit Type: Direct WCU Credit Available to Non-WCU Students?: Yes
Faculty/Staff Director: Megan Heckert College: Business & Public Management
Program Description:
Program Description:
This trip will expose students to the environmental and cultural geography of Jamaica through the lens of tourism geography. As we travel through the country, students will learn about the physical environment, history, and economic development of the country, exploring issues revolving around the tourism industry. We will explore how tourism has changed as an industry over the past 50 years as well as how tourism has impacted other facets of life in Jamaica. We will particularly focus on cultural impacts of tourism and the relationship between tourists and locals. We will further explore recent efforts to develop community-based and sustainable tourism opportunities. The trip will include time in both major tourist areas and in towns that are not known as tourism destinations, contrasting not just varying levels of development but also varying exposure to environmental risks and varying levels of support from the government. We will also explore several of the different ecosystems found in Jamaica, varying from coastal towns to forested mountain areas. We will spend two days working on a research project to map businesses in two south coast towns that are vulnerable to sea level rise due to climate change. Students will have the opportunity to talk with locals about their experiences with tourism and hopes and fears for the future when faced with a changing climate. 
The trip will include visits to Falmouth, Ocho Rios, Kingston, Mandeville, and Treasure Beach, Jamaica.  To see an interactive map of locations and a more detailed itinerary, click here.
We will stay in a range of facilities including dorms, shared hotel rooms, and hostels. 
Students will take 3 credits of coursework. They can enroll in either GEO 402: Topical Seminar in Geography or MGT 487: Special Topics in Management. A graduate version of the GEO course is also available. 
Trip activities will include visits to Glistening Waters bioluminescent bay, Blue Hole, bamboo rafting on the Rio Grande river, Fern Gully, a sunrise hike to the Blue Mountain peak (the highest peak in Jamaica), the Bob Marley museum, and others.  
In addition to the regular WCU tuition rates for the 3 credit hour course, students will pay a program fee of $2,235 which includes round-trip airfare to Jamaica, all housing accommodations, program excursions, in-country transportation, and 13 group meals. In addition, all students will be billed the non-refundable $100 Study Abroad Application fee upon applying to the program and will be required to purchase the mandatory WCU international insurance prior to departure.

Not included in the costs listed above are passport costs, additional meals not included in the program cost, and personal/miscellaneous spending.

Please note that these amounts are estimates and subject to change. Please contact the Program Director listed below to confirm the amount.

This program has received the Global Rams Initiative designation for 2019-2020, which allows for underrepresented minority students that participate in this program the opportunity to apply for the WCU Global Rams Initiative Scholarship for Study Abroad. All students are also encouraged to review the Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Travel Awards listed on the Center for International Programs website. CBPM Majors will also be eligible to apply for the CPBM Dean’s Scholarship. Geography & Planning majors will be eligible to apply for departmental scholarships.  
Please contact Dr. Megan Heckert at with any questions.

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