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Maymester: Trinidad

Spend the month of May studying in Trinidad ...

The Duquesne University Maymester: Trinidad gives students the opportunity to have a rich study abroad experience and to stay on track with their studies. Designed with Education students in mind, but open to all students in the University, this 4-week program will immerse students in the educational and musical contexts of the culturally and ethnically diverse island of Trinidad, in the southern Caribbean.


Located as the southern-most island in the Caribbean, it is just under 2,000 square miles with a population of about 1.3 million people. Formerly part of the Spanish, French, and British empires, and populated by the descendants of indigenous Tainos, Europeans, Africans, Asians, and Arabs, the island boasts distinctive cultural blends, creole cuisines, and music influenced by a fusion of all these cultural interactions. The smaller island of Tobago, which is the other island in the twin island state, is known for its beaches and hummingbirds. Students will be housed in air-conditioned comfort overlooking the picturesque Queens Park Savannah in the capital, Port-of Spain, and when not engaged in site visits, will be having sessions at the nearby Sydney Opera house-styled performing arts building of UTT. Experience the cultures, music, food, beaches and friendly people of Trinidad and Tobago.

Program Highlights:

• Local School Visits: elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school directed by the Spiritan fathers
• Day Trip Maracas Beach
• Weekend excursion to Pigeon Point Heritage Park on the island of Tobago
• Yerette Hummingbird Home
• Caroni Bird Sanctuary (home of scarlet ibis)
• The National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago
• University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) Performing Arts Presentation

Selection Criteria:

• Capacity is 25 students maximum (Will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.)
• Must be clear of any outstanding academic or disciplinary actions

Action Steps:
Fall Semester 2019

Apply online:

$500 deposit to hold your spot, as soon as possible

Spring Semester 2020:

2nd deposit of $1500 due January 31

Pre Departure Meeting and Orientation

Tuition balance will be due at the time of Summer 2020 tuition bills*

*to confirm your school's 6 credits of tuition rate, please contact Duq Global or Student Accounts.


How to make your deposit?

All deposits can be made through your student account. You can access your student account through DORI at www.duq.edu/dori. In order for your spot to be held, you MUST provide your electronic receipt via email to Danielle Genemore(genemored@duq.edu) or bring a paper copy to 601 Duquesne Union.

Maymester Trinidad Academics
During this four week program, students will take two courses and earn six credits:

Students will take 2 courses and earn 6 credits

ALL Student take the following course:

AFST 316 The Musics of Africa and the African Diaspora: (Theme Area: Creative Arts & Social Justice). The main aim of this course is to provide a framework for the understanding of music originating and as performed in the continent of Africa and the African Diaspora. Social and cultural life in Trinidad are interlaced with music and we will learn about and experience this rich culture through the lens of music.

All student must select 1 of the following:

LTFL 204/AFST 206 Social Justice in Educational Settings (Theme Area: Social Justice) Socially just practice in working with diverse students and families in educational settings. How do aspects of identity (for example, race, culture, socio-economic class, and religion) shape preservice educators' philosophy of teaching and help prepare them for effective practice?


AFST 207 Global Societies and Education (Theme Area: Global Diversity) We will have extensive opportunities in Trinidad to observe a variety of educational levels and settings with an eye to strategies for effective practice across race, religion and socio-economic class.

Maymester Trinidad Calendar
Maymester: Education Trinidad


2020 Calendar: May 9th - June 6th (subject to change) 
Saturday, May 9 Depart Pittsburgh
Sunday, May 10 Orientation in Trinidad
Monday, May 11 Classes Begin
Friday-Sunday, May TBA Academic and Cultural Activities
Friday-Sunday, May TBA Academic and Cluturtal Activities
Friday-Sunday, June TBA Excursion
Sunday, June 6 Depart Trinidad for USA
Program Costs
Program Costs

Students on Duquesne Maymester programs spend 4 weeks abroad while earning 6 university credits*.

The following outlines the program costs:
Program Costs
Program Fee (Tuition & Room/Board) equal to 6 credits of tuition + $500 Study Abroad Fee*
Airfare (from Pittsburgh) Included
United HealthCare Global Emergency Coverage Included
Group Excursions & Acitivities Included

*6 credits and are based on the specific school's rate (Rangos, Education, Pharmacy, etc.). If you are unsure what your school's tuition rate is Student Accounts or Duq Global would be happy to help.

(Costs are based on current currency rates, if these rates increase there will be a surcharge applied)

Financial Aid: The Duquesne Financial Aid Office can assist you with summer loan applications. (Tuition exchange/remission and Duquesne Scholarships do NOT apply.)