Barbados: Atlantic History & Culture Summer Study Abroad

The Office of International Education, the Department of History and the African American Studies Program at Virginia Commonwealth University are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to study on-site in Barbados. The program will highlight the historical and cultural heritage of the Caribbean at a festive time in Barbados (the Crop Over festival) when the island is in the midst of celebrating its African cultural traditions through music and dance. Lectures will be held at the Cave Hill campus of the university of the West Indies.

Full details at the Office of Global Education website, Barbados: Atlantic History & Culture.


Through lectures and field visits led by faculty members, students will explore the evolution and development of Caribbean societies from around the 15th century to the present, as well as the responses of Caribbean peoples to forces that have shaped their lives. This exploration will include, but not be limited to the following: plantation slavery, gender, language, migration, education, religion, race, identity, sports, architecture, archaeology, music, dance, the Kadooment Day celebration and cuisine. The Barbados study-abroad program is designed to give students, with or without a background in Caribbean studies, an authentic, stimulating and memorable Caribbean experience. it will appeal to broad-minded individuals who are open to ethnic and cultural diversity. Participants will gain a greater appreciation of the history and culture of the Caribbean, and the significance and uniqueness of Barbados in particular.

Program Director: Bernard Moitt, Ph.D. Email:

Dr. Moitt, chair of the history department at VCU who was born and raised in Antigua, specializes in the histories and literatures of Africa and the Caribbean. He has a keen interest in gender and slavery, and is nationally and internationally recognized for his scholarship and intellectual activities. His vast knowledge of the Caribbean, and his extensive personal and professional contacts in Barbados and other parts of the region, make his study-abroad program a unique opportunity that should not be missed. This is his twelve-year anniversary of leading the program to Barbados.

* The program fee of $2980 includes the following: round-trip airfare from either Washington, DC or Richmond, pick-up and drop-off at the Barbados airport, accommodations, study visits and tours, on-site program director support, application fee and deposit, pre-departure orientation, VCU administrative fees, and an International Student Identification Card.

The following are NOT included in the program fee. Students are responsible for: VCU tuition and fees, some meals, passport application fee, personal expenses during the program (estimated at $600-$1000), anything not specifically mentioned above.

**Students must register for both 3 credit courses

Eligible VCU students may apply for need-based financial aid to participate in this program. Contact VCU Financial Aid, Harris Hall, 1015 Floyd Avenue, 1st floor, PO Box 843026; phone 828-6669, or email VCU offers its students a limited number of scholarships for study abroad participation. Contact VCU Education Abroad, Franklin Street Gym, 817 W. Franklin Street, PO Box 843043, 828-8471,, or see our website for details. Please feel free to contact the Program Director: Dr. Bernard Moitt, VCU Department of History, 828-9675; with further questions.