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  • Locations: Bluefields, Jamaica
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short Term Faculty Directed Area of Study: Geography (GRY), Geology (GLG)
Minimum Required GPA: 2 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Click here for a definition of this term Internship or Service Learning: None College Designation: CNAS
Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-MSU Student: Yes MSU Registrar's Term: Spring
Program Description:

Jamaica GRY/GLG


The program will explore the south coast of Jamaica including its people, towns, natural areas, and geologic features. The main goals of the program will be to visit locations of environmental and social interest and complete educational activities and field studies, provide short term residence and cultural interactions with the community, and develop appreciation for Jamaica culture and people. 

Program Fee: $2,360

Program Fee Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • International Programs Academic Fee
  • In Country Transportation
  • Meals per Diem
  • Health Insurance
  • Entrance Fees to Sites
Program Fee Excludes:
  • In-state tuition for the course(s) itself
  • Transportation to/from designated airport
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
  • Immunization
Course(s) Offered:
  • BIO 527 (3)
  • BIO 627 (3)
  • GRY 470 (3)
  • GLG 360 (3)
  • GRY 697 (3)
Maximum Credit Hours: 3

Robert T. Palvowsky
Program Director 

Kevin R. Evans
Program Director


Pre-Departure Meeting Dates Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
TBD Informational Meeting
TBD TBD: Active Citizen Continuum
TBD TBD: Social Change and Eco Agriculture
TBD TBD: Final Meeting
Program Itinerary   
March 7 Fly from Springfield, MO to Montego Bay, Jamaica. 
Check in at Doctors Cave Beach Hotel.
March 8 Travel from Montego Bay to Belmont. 
Check in at Belmont Cabins Guest House. 
Go on Bluefields Mountain bus tour.
March 9 AM: Boat tour of coastline and snorkeling on coral reef.
PM:  Coastal river hike
March 10 All day: Galleon Fish Sanctuary boat and hiking tour of mangrove, beaches, and reefs.
March 11 AM: Boat of tour of sea cliffs and caves
PM: Organic Farm Tour
March 12 AM: YS Falls Park Tour
PM: Appleton Run Factory Tour
March 13 Travel from Bluefields Bay to Treasure Beach, Jamaica
Tour Lovers Leap overlook park
Check in at Calabash Guest House
March 14  All day: Black River boat tour
March 15 AM: Boat tour to Blacks Spring Point bluffs
PM: Walking tour along Great Bay
March 16 Free day to work on projects and explore
March 17 Travel from Treasure Beach to Negril, Tourist community
Travel from Negril to Monteogo Bay
Check in at Doctors Cave Beach Hotel
March 18 Taxi to airport
Fly home to Springfield, MO
Post-Program Meetings Topic
TBD Coffee & Change

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid and scholarships are only available to currently enrolled MSU students. If you are a visiting student from another institution, you will need to work with your home institution Financial Aid Office to identify any available aid.

The seven colleges at Missouri State University are pleased to announce their respective Study Away Scholarships. A scholarship fund has been established by MSU’s President, International Programs, and the respective college to assist students with their study abroad. Search available college scholarships here!

Other Financial Aid:
Study Away Programs works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to make funding readily available for our study away students.  Before students can schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, you must submit an approved STFD Budget Worksheet to Study Away Programs.

Study Away students may be able to use their institutional aid, grants, or loans for their study abroad.  Students are encouraged to meet with Financial Aid as soon as possible to plan appropriately for their time abroad.  Please request a Study Away Financial Aid Counselor when making an appointment.


Billing & Procedures

  • Tuition fees are not included in the program fee and will be charged to your University account separately and will be subject to MSU's billing and payment policies.
  • The program fee will be billed within approximately one week of the application deadline.  This fee includes the International Programs Academic Experience Fee. 
  • The program fee is due in full according to the standard program payment deadline (please refer to the "Financial Responsibility, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy" signature document). If a student is planning on financial aid to cover some or all program costs, the student must provide documentation to Study Away at least two weeks prior to the program payment deadline.
    • Students who have not paid the MSU portion of the program fee will be withdrawn from the program and dropped from the course.
  • MSU students will be billed through their University accounts.
  • Non-MSU students and program guests must pay through the Study Away storefront.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
  • If a student withdraws from the program, the participant will be liable for 15% of the total program fee, the International Programs Academic Experience Fee, and any non-refundable purchases made on the participant's behalf. 
  • When the program begins, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.

All withdrawals must be complete the STFD Program Withdrawal Form with the Program Director's signature to Study Away Programs, Plaster Student Union 209.

This program is currently not accepting applications.