Qualified St. Lawrence University students have the opportunity to spend the spring semester in Trinidad and Tobago with the Pacific Lutheran University program. Students will take three courses with the program, and two courses directly enrolled at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad.

  • Based in St. Augustine
  • Spring semester
  • Pre-requisites: 2.8 GPA; at least one course in Caribbean, Latin American & Latino Studies, India or the African Diaspora
  • Participate in Carnival
  • Live in program housing

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Trinidad and Tobago are the southernmost islands of the Caribbean archipelago, and because they are geologically an extension of the South American continent, they have rainforests rich in tropical species.  The country offers a unique experience because of its blend of African, Indian, European, Chinese, and Lebanese cultures.  The program is especially beneficial in exposing students to complex and open discourses on race and ethnicity.

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Students travel to Trinidad and Tobago in early January. All students take five courses -- 3 required courses and 2 elective courses at the University of the West Indies (UWI).

Required courses:

  • Myth, Ritual and Symbol (4 credits; 1.11 SLU unites).Students must take an intensive course in January taught by the program director. This course will acquaint students with some aspects of Caribbean Studies and culture. 
  • Caribbean Culture and Society (4 credits; 1.11 SLU units). 
  • Living and Learning in Trinidad and Tobago (4 credits; 1.11 SLU units).

For more information about the required courses in Trinidad please visit PLU's program website.

Elective Courses:

  • Students select two courses at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine that begin in late January. Students have typically taken courses in the Creative Arts, Gender Studies, Ecology and Environmental Studies, Religious Studies, and Psychology, as well as other fields.

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The program draws students into Caribbean culture and society through involvement in the artistry, folklore, and festivals of the country. Students participate in the events of Carnival, focusing their study of its complex history primarily on the traditional aspects of Trinidad’s world famous pre-Lenten Carnival.

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During the month-long orientation students will spend a few days with host families on Trinidad, and one week in beach cottages in a small fishing village on Tobago.  For the remainder of the semester, students will be housed at the Caribbean lodge, a guest house within walking distance of the University where students prepare their own meals in a shared kitchen. Students will be given a stipend to cover meals.

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Pre-departure: The CIIS office organizes in depth orientation sessions on-campus prior to the students participation in the program. This includes a program specific session(s) in which the students will learn more about the program, local culture, academic expectations, and any other important information. There is also an orientation session lead by the CIIS office on culture shock, and what to expect, as well as safety and security while abroad.

On site: Students must take an intensive course in January taught by the program director. This course will acquaint students with some aspects of Caribbean Studies and culture. (4 credits; 1.11 SLU units).

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Program Contacts

If you are interested in learning more about the Trinidad program please contact one of the following people.

CIIS Office: Karen Smith, Assistant Director of Off-Campus Programs - Questions about eligibility, program logistics, and other off-campus opportunities.

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Mary Jane Smith - Questions about program academics.

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