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Jamaica: Who Talks to Whom in Schools and Cafes?
Kingston, Jamaica; Mandeville, Jamaica; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; montego bay, Jamaica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: December
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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Hotel, Residence Hall
Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:

SNL Jamaica 2


This course is ideal for students who wish to develop competence in communicating interculturally, be it across cultures or within cultures. It would appeal to students in any discipline who wish to understand the role of language and culture in different settings among multicultural groups, as well as provide a background for those interested in sociolinguistics, global music, education, cross-cultural dynamics and multiculturalism abroad and at home.

Prior to departure, participants will work collaboratively with Jamaican university students to develop culturally sensitive observation criteria for evaluating and comparing communication and interactions. On-site they will dialogue about the observations and interpretations with university partners from the host country.

Through on-site visits to schools and public places in Kingston, Mandeville, and Ocho Rios, Jamaica, participants will compare intercultural communication by engaging in verbal and non-verbal interactions in a variety of settings, such as classrooms, marketplaces, beaches, and music venues.



Program Director Gretchen Wilbur has an EdD in Educational Leadership; her areas of study include multicultural/equity education, reflective inquiry, and educational assessment. She is Associate Professor and Assessment Director at the School for New Learning. (E-mail: gwilbur@depaul.edu)

Program Director Nancy Morgan has an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language and an MA in International Relations.  She is an instructional designer and an adjunct faculty member at the School for New Learning. (Email: nmorgan4@depaul.edu)


School for New Learning (SNL) students receive 3 - 4 of the following competencies: HIX, H5, H2X, FX, L10, L11, E1, E2.

Non-SNL students receive a total of 8 credits: HC168/ IN 399 in the Fall quarter (EL, SCBI):

Course: HC168/ SAP 200, Cultural Communications-Jamaica: Who Talks to Whom in Schools and Cafes?
Credits: 4 credit hours
Term registered: Fall 2017
Liberal Studies Domain: Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry (SCBI)
Taught by: Gretchen Wilbur
Course Description: Visiting schools, marketplaces, and music venues in Montego Bay, Kingston, Mandeville, Ocho Rios and the Accompong community, participants will analyze how socio-cultural factors influence interaction patterns in different settings.  They will engage in intercultural communications and assess similarities and differences among people with diverse religious, social, ethnic and educational experiences.

Course: HC 168/ SAP 200, Cultural Communications-Jamaica: Who Talks to Whom in Schools and Cafes
Credits: 4 credit hours
Term registered: Winter 2018
Liberal Studies Domain: Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by: Nancy Morgan
Course Description: Student-designed course incorporating reading and research conducted under faculty supervision

SNL students wishing to register for Advanced Elective (E1 & E2) must have completed Research Seminar.  Individual projects due upon return from the study abroad will further allow students in other fields to explore communications in their particular setting. 

Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.
SNL Jamaica


We will be visiting the Bob Marley Museum, Trenchtown, and Marcus Garvey Museum. We will also hold seminars with faculty and students at Northern Caribbean University, The Mico University, and Reggae Studies Unit in the Institute of Caribbean Studies at the University of the West Indies. While visiting Usain Bolts Sports Bar & Restaurant, we may meet the fastest man in the world. We will have dinner where the Buccaneers lived on Port Royal, when they weren't travelling the seas as pirates. We will also experience Bobo Hill to visit a practicing Rastafarian community. Other activities include Ocho Rios shopping in the marketplace, exploring Dunn River Falls, hiking, or relaxing on the beach. Lastly we will visit Montego Bay-- with Reggae Concert son the beach and delicious Jamaican Jerk.


In Montego Bay, Mandeville, Kingston, and Ocho Rios we stay in hotels that have suites with a living room and 2 bedrooms that sleep 2 persons each. We change roommates when we move to a new hotel so that we can experience our own intercultural communications and interactions.


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee.  Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program.  If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available).  If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.  Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.


If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. We recommend that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the end date of this program, which is an entry requirement for many countries. You do not need a visa for this program if you are traveling on a U.S. passport. If you are not traveling on a U.S. passport, please visit the necessary consular webpages to learn what documentation may be required for legal entry into Jamaica.


Questions about this program? Contact your study abroad advisor, Erica Rideaux.

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.