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Program Description





This program will explore the history, culture and environment of Trinidad and Tobago; the most populous (and beautiful!) of the Caribbean islands and the 4th largest economy in the Western Hemisphere. The course offers students the opportunity to research Trinidadian Carnival arts.  In addition to its rich carnival culture, Trinidad and Tobago is distinctive for its biodiversity. Students will explore the most important environmental attractions of the two islands, including the Pitch Lake, Buccoo Coral Reef, and Main Ridge Rainforest Reserve (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and learn about conservation efforts for endangered flora and fauna.  Students will have the opportunity to view a wide range of wildlife up close, including sea turtles, sloths, anteaters, humming birds, parrots, scarlet ibis and howler monkeys. 

Quick Facts

  • January 3 - 12, 2020
  • Conduct oral history research
  • Hike tropical rain forests; visit stunning beaches; and snorkel in a coral reef
  • See monkeys, parrots, and other tropical birds in their natural habitat
  • Gain 3 Honors Credits


Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.



Location Details

A bustling global city, this is the site of the world's second largest carnival. This is where the steel drum/steelpan was invented.

Located on the Caribbean coast of Tobago, the village of Buccoo is one of the main centers of Tobagonian entertainment. Buccoo is home to the Buccoo Reef along with colorful marine life, clear water, long stretches of white sandy beaches, and great scenery. 

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be currently enrolled in Barrett, The Honors College. 


Students will register for the following course during the Spring registration period:

  • HON 394:  Carnival, Calypso, and Conservation in Trinidad and Tobago (3 credits) 

*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load. If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.  

Course Format

This will be a C session course, with the study abroad portion of the program embedded during the week of Pre-Spring. Course meeting dates and times will be determined in the coming weeks and students will be notified.



Faculty Directors

Dr. Nicola Foote
Vice Dean and Professor
Barrett, The Honors College
Sage North 122
PO Box 871612
Tempe, AZ 85287
Tel: (480) 965-9520

Dr. Christiane Fontinha de Alcantara
Honors Faculty Fellow
Barrett, The Honors College
Sage South 171
Tempe, AZ 85287
Tel: (480) 727-7116

Nicola Foote




Program Housing

Students will stay in shared accommodation. 

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus. This program includes participation in multiple events and festivities related to the Trinidad Carnival. This will involve being in large crowds with loud music. There will be a lot of walking across uneven terrain. For students who choose to participate in a masquerade band this will involve a full day of walking/dancing through the city streets in intense sun. There will also be considerable hiking across sometimes mountainous terrain during the environmentally focused part of the course. The program may include a boat tour in which students would be required to embark and disembark from the boat. 

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Trinidad and Tobago, most sidewalks are impassible for wheelchairs due to the deep gutters that run alongside most roads, and many sidewalks are also narrow and uneven. Cars parked on sidewalks, uncovered manholes, and other obstacles may force persons with mobility issues onto the main roadways in what can be very dangerous traffic conditions.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. In Trinidad and Tobago, consensual same-sex sexual activity is illegal and punishable by imprisonment. However, this is rarely enforced except in conjunction with serious offenses such as rape. Immigration law also bars the entry of homosexuals, but this is also rarely enforced. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Spring Break 2020 is $2,970.

Program Fee includes: one private group airport transfer upon arrival and departure for those who arrive/depart within the designated time (to be determined), in-country transportation to all group activities, shared occupancy housing, daily breakfast, welcome and farewell meal, site visits and cultural events, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for the three-credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities

  • Students are eligible for all Barrett Study Abroad Scholarships
  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.