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W&M Summer- Barbados
Holetown, Barbados
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
 Study Abroad Advisor:
Molly DeStafney (
 Program Type:
WM Sponsored Summer
 Language of Instruction:
 Language Requirements:
 Host Institution:
Barbados Historical Archaeology and Ethnohistory Field School
 Service Component:
 Credit Type:
WM Credit
 Housing Options:
Standard Student Dorm
Program Description:
Barbados Collage

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Barbados is the easternmost island in the Lesser Antilles.  Its strong economy and political stability make it the shining star of the Caribbean.  It has some of the most pristine beaches in the world, and portions of its ancient tropical rainforest still survive today.  Originally named Jamestown, Holetown was the site of the initial English claim to Barbados in 1625 and is home to the island’s oldest church, St. James Parish Church, erected in 1628. Today Holetown is a colorful, vibrant area with popular retail outlets and beachfront restaurants. 

Program Description:
The Barbados field program trains students in historical archaeological and ethnohistorical methods.  Students conduct archaeological excavations at sites such as the St. Nicholas Abbey sugar plantation, one of the oldest sugar estates in Barbados, and at the George Washington House, the residence where a young George Washington lived in 1751. Students will examine the material conditions of Barbados’s earliest colonists. Excursions include site visits of historical, cultural, and environmental interest.  In addition, the program will coincide with two major national cultural celebrations in Barbados, “Crop Over” and “Emancipation Day.”

Housing will be in university dorms and some meals are included in the program fee.

Please note that this program will not run in Summer 2016

Course Information:
Students will enroll in one of the two summer  course options:
  • ANTH 224: Caribbean Archaeology & Heritage (6 credits, fulfills GER 4b)
  • ANTH 425: Archaeology Field-School 
There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in Spring, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed to help you prepare your research project proposal and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Barbados and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.

Courses are taught by William and Mary faculty. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.

W&M faculty:
Frederick H. Smith
Professor of Anthropology


Application ($75*):  February 1
Deposit ($500):  March 4
Final payment:  April 1

*A $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.

Program Fees:
2015 program fee: $4,850
Students are responsible for airfare and some meals.

Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.

All College students in good academic standing.

Click to view the 2016 Summer Abroad Handbook.

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.