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Studying abroad is an incredibly enriching experience. CEHD is offering two programs during Winter Session, providing our students the opportunity to participate in service-learning while immersing themselves in unique and diverse cultures.

There is still space available for the program in Barbados. Information sessions are scheduled for Friday, August 31 and Wednesday, September 5 in 104 Gore at 3:00. These are the final sessions available and are mandatory for any serious applicant. 

Applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0. We encourage freshmen to apply!


Barbados – Coordinator, Norma Gaines-Hanks

Barbados’ history and social service delivery system, as well as its reputation for being one of the most literate countries in the Caribbean, make it an attractive venue for more in-depth study. 

All students will register for either HRIM 367 or HDFS 367 (Culture in Context) and also choose from one of the following: HDFS 334 (Experiential Education), HDFS 365 (Experiential Learning), or HRIM 316 (Cross-Cultural Etiquette and Protocol).

This is a field-based, service learning experience intended to provide students with an opportunity to work with Barbadian (or “Bajan”) professionals and clients in a variety of social and/or cultural settings, such as educational, mental health and human service agencies. In addition to courses, the program will include excursions that complement the program’s foci as well as those that will enhance the students’ appreciation for Bajan culture.

Students will be housed in a guest apartment setting within a short walking distance of both the University of the West Indies campus and the Caribbean ocean. 


Milan, Italy – Coordinators Rena Hallam and Jennifer Vu

In Italy, the tradition of civic engagement interfaces with the concepts of educational responsibility being shared by the State, Church, and families and of children being important investments provides many unique opportunities to study issues affecting children and their families. This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in early education, disability studies, human services, public policy, and comparative international studies to explore how communities and policies interface with families and children in an international and comparative context. 

Excursions during the Milan Winter Session will include visits to local schools and various local agencies and organization that focus on families and children. Other outings will include visits to cultural institutions such as a world-renowned opera house, the Castello Sforzesco, and Santa Maria delle Grazie, which houses da Vinci’s  “The Last Supper” as well as day trips to surrounding cities, such as Verona and Torino.

Knowledge of Italian is not a requirement for this program. Students will reside in double rooms in apartments/hotels and will be responsible for most meals.

Learn more about Study Abroad programs with CEHD.