Spend part of your winter break studying abroad in this island country, situated in the Caribbean Sea!
Explore Jamaican culture first hand by visiting cultural heritage sites that attest to the Jamaican experiences of oppression, resistance, and rebellion.
Visit historic sites such as military forts, slave trading forts, Maroon villages, and historical and cultural museums.
Program Dates: December 30, 2018–January 14, 2019 Cities: Kingston 2019 Program Fee: $3,868 Total Cost: $5,348
You will have the opportunity to explore Jamaican culture first-hand! You’ll visit cultural heritage sites that attest to the Jamaican experiences of oppression, resistance, and rebellion. You will also visit historic sites such as military forts, slave trading forts, Maroon villages, and historical and cultural museums. Presentations by local community leaders and heritage professionals will bring the history and culture of Jamaica alive.
You will also explore the processes by which political systems are shaped by historical forces, political cultures, the international environment, economic conditions, ideologies, and the decisions of leaders and public participants in politics.
You'll also experience the cultures of African descendants,Creoles and other communities in the Caribbean and study forms of resistance in some of the music that's prevalent in the culture there.
This winter break program is one you won’t want to miss!
Minimum GPA: 2.0
Sophomore, junior, or senior status (You may apply during freshman year to participate upon completion of freshman year)
Earn 3 credits in AAAS 3005: Roots and Rebellion Study in Jamaica which is approved for:
African and African Amercian studies minor elective
History major/minor elective
This course fulfills the Global Perspectives Liberal Education requirement.
Course Topics Include:
This course is an experiential learning one that will introduce you to the history, culture and social-economic life experience of the Jamaican people. Based in Kingston, Jamaica and in collaboration with the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, this course will cover topics in resistance to colonialism and slavery through music, literature, politics, culture.
The course will focus on:
1) The processes by which political systems are shaped by historical forces, political cultures, the international environment, economic conditions, ideologies, and the decisions of leaders and public participants in politics.
2) The cultures of African descendants, Creoles and other communities in the Caribbean.
David Woodward Instructor, of History and African and African American Studies, Areas of interest include Cultural History, The Atlantic Slave Trade, Cultures of the Caribbean, Cultural Contact, Native American Cultures, The Atlantic World.
UMD College of Liberal Arts
Dept. of History
Office: 251 ABAH
Hilary Kowino, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of African American and African Studies, Diaspora Literature, African Literature., African Diaspora Literature, Post-colonial Literature, and Cultural Studies.
Hilary Kowino, Ph.D.
UMD College of Liberal Arts
Dept. English, Linguistics, & Writing Studies
Office: 420 H
Study Abroad Coordinator:
Lyndsey Andersen is the Associate Director of Study Abroad and coordinates all short-term faculty-led programs.
Winter Break 2019
Program Fee: $3,868 Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $1,480 Total Cost: $5,348
Final cost estimates posted closer to program departure. Costs vary each year.
*Estimated out-of-pocket costs are dependent on items such as current airfare costs and individual spending habits.
If you do not see a cost estimate for the semester/term you intend to go abroad, the cost has not yet been determined. Please note cost estimates and fees may change depending on international economic factors. UMD Study Abroad delays the posting of final fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined in order to provide students with the most accurate pricing. We strive to post final fees by October 1 for Spring programs, March 1 for May/Summer programs, and May 1 for Fall and Academic year programs.
What's included in the program fee?
CISI - international travel, health, and security coverage
Visa entry guidance (if applicable)
Faculty leader support
View the breakdown of costs (upon Board of Regents approval). These estimated costs do not include the $50 application fee. Financial aid only applies to students who take at least 6 credits total during May and Summer session combined. Credits taken on study abroad programs cannot be used in tuition banding. Scholarships are available!
A passport valid for 6 months beyond the end of the program is required.
Know the following program information to provide on the online application:
Center Name: UMD Study Abroad
Education Abroad Term: Winter Break
Program Name: Short-term: Jamaica: Roots & Rebellion
Apply early as space is limited and the program will fill first-come, first-serve. An essay and an unofficial transcript is required. A $50 non-refundable application fee will be billed to your One Stop account upon submission of an online application.
After you apply
You'll get an email confirmation with a link to your application checklist
Follow instructions to submit your application checklist items on time
Your UMD study abroad program coordinator will review your app and monitor your checklist progress
The program leader will confirm your acceptance
Once accepted you must complete the confirmation checklist to confirm your participation
Once we receive your confirmation, your account will be billed
If you decide you cannot participate, you must login to the online application system and submit a "Cancel Request."