Applications now open for Summer 2023!

Apply to the Barbados summer abroad program for July 2023. Head to the Global Education website to learn more about the program and potential scholarships. 

Study Abroad in Barbados

The study abroad program in Barbados, which is supported from within the history department, offers six upper-division credits which may be distributed between HIST, AFAM, ENGL, ANTH, and POLI.

Barbados: Atlantic History and Culture Summer Study Abroad


The program highlights 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, giving students the chance to engage not only with Barbadian culture, but with a new and different university environment.

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 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.

Credit Options

Students in the Barbados program are required to enroll in 6 credits, which will be distributed according to student preference among the following options:

  • AFAM 491 Caribbean Perspectives on the African Diaspora (3 credits)
  • ANTH 391 Caribbean History and Culture (3 credits)
  • ENGL 391 Caribbean History and Culture (3 credits)
  • HIST 391 Caribbean History and Culture (3 credits)
  • HIST 391 The Atlantic Slave Trade (3 credits)
  • POLI 391 Caribbean History and Culture (3 credits)

For more information and to apply, please visit the Global Education Office website.

Program Director

Bernard Moitt, Ph.D., professor of history, Virignia Commonwealth University, is the program director. Professor Moitt has been directing the Barbados program for more than twenty years. Born and raised in Antigua, his expertise in Atlantic history is recognized globally. He specializes in the histories and literatures of Africa and the Caribbean. He may be reached at bmoitt@vcu.edu.

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