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Maymester Education: 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:

Step 1: Apply online Start Application Here

Step 2: Make your deposit by to hold your spot, as soon as possible (deposit here and select Maymester Trinidad from the drop down)

During the Spring Semester:

Feburary 15: make 2nd deposit of $1500 (deadlines extended)

Pre Departure Meeting and Orientation

Tuition balance, due prior to departure

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.

2018 Maymester Trinidad Calendar
Maymester: Education Trinidad


2018 Calendar: May 12th - June 10th 
Saturday, May 12 Depart Pittsburgh
Sunday, May 13 Arrive in Trinidad
Monday, May 14 Classes Begin
Friday-Sunday, May 18-20 Academic and Cultural Activities
Friday-Sunday, May 25-27 Academic and Cluturtal Activities
Friday-Sunday, June 1-3 Excursion
Sunday, June 10 Depart Trinidad for USA
Program Costs
Program Costs

Students on the Duquesne's Maymester program spend 4 weeks abroad while earning 6 university credits. The following outlines the program costs:

Program Costs
Program Fee (Tuition & Room/Board) 6 credits of tuition
Airfare (from Pittsburgh) Included
United HealthCare Global Emergency coverage Included
Group Excursions Included

Program Costs
Program Fee (Tuition & Room/Board) equal to 6 credits of tuition
Airfare (from Pittsburgh) Included
United HealthCare Global Emergency Coverage Included
Group Excursions & Acitivities Included

(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.)