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Global Arts in St. Lucia

Global Arts in St. Lucia

Join us Winter Break 2023 for study in Laborie, St. Lucia as we explore the rich cultural and performing art traditions of this vibrant island country in the Caribbean.

The inaugural St. Lucia study trip includes Winter 2019 semester class IS 3100 or MUS 5900, Global Arts in St. Lucia. Applications are due with deposit by Nov. 1, 2022. Final program fees are due by Jan. 10, 2023. Then travel to St. Lucia for class at the Laborie Pan Yard center. Travel runs TBD.

Where You
Will Be

The program is offered by Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance and begins Winter semester with class once a week to prepare for the trip. For winter break, we depart for Laborie, St. Lucia, a small village in the south of the island for the trip duration. We will stay in safe, clean and comfortable guest houses and apartments throughout the village, walking distance from our learning center.

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What you
will do
and learn

Seven weeks of class at Oakland University will provide students with a historical, cultural and aesthetic context for travels in St. Lucia.

Learn the music and the culture of the Caribbean will be through lectures, workshops, excursions, and hands-on music making. Learn how to play the Steel Pan along with the history and cultural importance of the instrument.

All Courses are taught by master musician and legendary Steel Pan artist Andy Narell.

Undergraduate students: sign up for IS 3100 for 4 credits. Weekly assignments/readings throughout the semester culminating with a research project.

We will travel throughout the country on guided day excursions and explore the cultural heritage and natural beauty of the island.

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What to

For our studies in St. Lucia, all students will need a journal and comfortable clothes for warm weather.

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There are no prerequisite courses, GPA or class level requirements to take part in this trip.

However, students must demonstrate a clear desire to learn about the music and culture or St. Lucia and the Caribbean. As part of the application process, students will be asked to complete an essay describing how the study abroad experience in St. Lucia relates to their academic and career goals and how they hope to personally benefit from the experience.

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Global Arts in St. Lucia
Feb. 17-Feb. 25
Number of Credits4  (Tuition not included in program cost)
Program Cost$TBD
Application deposit$300 (due Nov. 1)
Meals2 meals/day included
Books and suppliesRequired text for course: Steel Drums and Steel bands, Angela Smith
Extra costsPassport and personal incidentals
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