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UConn Winter in Martinique (Faculty-led)

The Program

UConn in Martinique is a new winter intersession study abroad program that gives students an interdisciplinary introduction to the Caribbean, and the French Caribbean in particular, while based on the beautiful island of Martinique.  Situated in the Lesser Antilles, with the islands of Dominica to the north and Saint Lucia to the south, Martinique measures 431 square miles and is a mountainous, tropical island, with miles of sandy beaches.  The island has a rich and complex history, and is an important site from which to study colonial and post-colonial literature, music, dance and politics of the entire Caribbean. The three-week program, led by UConn French and Francophone Studies professor, Roger Celestin or by UConn French and Francophone Studies professor Eliane DalMolin will also explore the crucial role and impact of globalization on the arts, economy, and environment of the Caribbean. All coursework and activities will be conducted in English.

The Academics

Students will earn three credits for the program under the designation FREN 3293: The Caribbean: Literature, Culture and History (which satisfies either Group I or IV of the Gen Ed requirements). The program itself will be divided into three segments: several introductory meetings during the latter part of the Fall semester, a one week online component that begins in late December and is designed to provide background materials and critical readings, and two weeks on site in Martinique.  The onsite course, taught by Professor Celestin or Professor DalMolin, will take place at the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane in Fort-en-France, where students will interact with their local counterparts and local instructors. In addition, there will be varied fieldtrips and hands-on workshops that are designed to get students out of the classroom in order to explore the island of Martinique.

The Experience

As an overseas department of France, Martinique’s culture is French and Caribbean.  The official language is French, although all Martiniquais also speak Creole.  Based in French, Martinique’s Creole also incorporates elements of English, Spanish, Portuguese and African languages.  While all coursework will be in English, students will be exposed to French-Caribbean music, food, art, and other aspects of Creole culture (see Martinique Quick Facts). During break periods, students will also be able to explore the beautiful and diverse landscapes and beaches of Martinique.

Participants will live all together at a beautiful resort at Pointe du Bout. They will share spacious apartments with all the commodities to cook their own meals. Pointe du bout is lively and safe community, part of the town of Les Trois Ilets, with many restaurants, nearby beaches and regular ferries going back and forth to Fort-de-France, the capital city of Martinique where the University is located.


Please note that financial aid, other than certain scholarships, cannot be applied to the cost of this program. Click the link below for this program’s budget sheet.

Budget Sheets: Winter
The Details

  • Location: Fort-de-France, Martinique
  • Terms: Winter
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Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 10/09/2017 10/09/2017 12/31/2017 01/12/2018

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Human Rights, Humanities, Social Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: Yes Required GPA: 2.5