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Program Description


St. Lucia - coastline

St. Lucia - Beach

Major hurricanes and storms are forecasted to continue rising in the Atlantic. With island economies dependent on agriculture and tourism, stronger storms have the potential to devastate entire economies in one fell-swoop. This class focuses on building resilient communities in island states, through the fostering of local economy projects dedicated to issues of food, energy and water security. We will delve into the culture and history of entrepreneurship and innovation on the island, and consider the role that culture might play in encouraging ventures focused on sustainable food, water and energy products. We will study some recent cases where locals have built innovations dedicated to addressing post-disaster needs and hazard mitigation, and consider strategies to scale these.

Quick Facts

  • Spring Break - March 7 - 14, 2020
  • Two towns: Soufrière and Gros Islet. Experience local culture in the historic capital of Soufrière and the modern town of Gros Islet
  • Learn from local entrepreneurs who are creating innovative products
  • Work alongside the locals in the St. Lucian Rainforest
  • Visit to the world’s only drive-in volcano
  • Academic visits with local government agencies and the community college

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.



Soufriere Central Park

Location Details

SOUFRIÈRE (meaning "sulphur in the air")
Once the capital of the island, Soufrière boasts an incredible history of conquests, disasters, and famous visitors. Soufriere is rich in natural beauty, owing to it being left untouched by recent development. The town is home to the island’s botanical gardens, the world’s only drive-in volcano, several waterfalls, and one of the twin pitons. Some of the world’s most luxurious hotels are located in and around the town, and tourism is now the prime economy for the area.

GROS ISLET (meaning "big islet")
Once a quiet fishing village, the town has developed so rapidly over the last few years, that it is considered the second capital of the island. Gros Islet’s past is rooted in military occupation, where artifacts of military bases can be seen in several areas. Many of the islands hotels, restaurants, and shopping areas are situated in the town of Gros Islet. Despite its rapid development, it has maintained some of its charm and character over the years, keeping some of its old traditions, such as the ‘Gros Islet Friday Fish Fry’.

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

  • Open to students of all majors with a minimum 2.5 GPA 


Students will register during the Spring semester for the following course:

  • SOS 494/598: Building Island Resiliency: Uplifting Communities through Sustainable Food, Water & Energy* (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 

The course will be taught with in-person meetings during the Session C Spring 2020 semester. The study abroad portion of the program will be embedded in the C session course during the week of Spring Break (March 7 - March 14).  Meeting dates and times will be scheduled for the Tempe campus.

Bay with boat

Mountains with town


Faculty Directors

Shirley-Ann Behravesh
Senior Sustainability Scientist & Lecturer
School of Sustainability  
Office: WGHL 301, Tempe Campus Mail Code: 5502
Phone: 480-965-0809

Katja Brundiers
Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Sustainability   
Office: WGHL 202, Tempe Campus Mail Code: 5502
Phone: 480-965-1304

Soufriere Church



Program Housing

Hotels and/or Bed & Breakfasts will be our main lodging. Some meals, including a welcome and farewell dinner, are included. Transportation to and from work sites and hotels will be provided.

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. The Building Island Resiliency program will have some optional hikes as well as a moderate amount of walking. 

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 Saint Lucia, access to public and private facilities, pedestrian paths and transportation is limited for individuals with mobility limitations. Sidewalks (if they exist) are very uneven and will only occasionally have ramps at intersections, and pedestrian crossings are very infrequent and often poorly marked. 

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. For example, in Saint Lucia, consensual same-sex sexual activity is illegal and punishable by imprisonment. No legislation protects persons from discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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. For example, in Saint Lucia, no legislation protects persons from discrimination based on 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 $2,995.

Program Fee includes: Lodging in shared rooms, breakfast daily, welcome and farewell meals, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for the 3 course, most meals, airfare, passport & visa fees, 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

  • 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.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.