During this three week study tour, students will witness 500 years of history, including the legacy of three major cultural influences: Indian (Tainos), Spanish, and African. Students will observe the path of Puerto Rico's physical and industrial development and economic, educational, and social structures as reflected in daily life. By interacting directly with local populations, students will gain insight into societal values as well as any political or social issues.
The group will travel to major cities, smaller towns and rural areas, as well as Vieques, one of the three islands off the mainland. Participants will witness not only Puerto Rico's natural beauty but the extensive conservation efforts set in place to preserve it.
Students prepare for the trip by attending a series of pre-departure workshops. To earn six credits during the trip, students are required to complete a research paper, attend daily presentations during the trip, and submit a travel journal.
$3,900 for New York State residents and non-residents
Cost estimates include tuition, college fees, administrative charges, housing, meals, insurance, books, class materials, and airfare.
May 24 - June 16, 2009 (program will not run in 2010- dates to be announced for 2011)
Ranging from cabins to modest hotels, usually with beach and/or pool access.
Normally a GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). Spanish is not required.
October 29, 2010