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Studying in the Caribbean Islands

Earn four credits in two classes while exploring the Virgin Islands.

EDU2041: Lifestyles for Learning (3 credits)
PHE1168: Beginning Boating Skills (1 credit)



Program Map

Map of the USVI showing St. Thomas and St. Croix

Check out our Literature Program in London, also offered in January 2020

Program Leaders

photo of Meg Spicer
Program Director:
Meg Spicer

photo of Rebecca Matte
Academic Director:
Rebecca Matte

The Caribbean Islands program was a great success! Read about their adventures on land at the Landmark Caribbean blog, and read about their adventures at sea (from January 7 – 11, 2020) on the World Ocean School ship’s log.


  • Good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or above)
  • Successful completion of WRT1011 and either EDU1001 or EDU1011
  • OR permission of the instructor


January 5 – 24, 2020. This program will be in the Caribbean until January 22 and will return to campus for two days, including presenting to new students during orientation on Friday, January 24.

Program Overview

Primary goal: to study and apply research-based health and wellness strategies that connect personal choices to academic achievement

  • Spend 5 days on the Schooner Roseway exploring how it feels to be “unplugged” from personal technology.
  • Learn about health/wellness issues particular to college students (i.e., sleep patterns, diet & nutrition, models of resilience) in a spectacularly beautiful environment.
  • Attend classes and participate in a range of wellness activities (including working on a farm, swimming, snorkeling, hiking, and cooking) on both St. Croix and St. Thomas.
  • Return to campus in time to present your final project, “Health, Wellness and the College Student,” as part of New Student Orientation.

Special Considerations

  • All students will learning sailing skills & be part of daily rotations/watches while under sail and at anchor.
  • Program requires the ability to get in/out of small boats & climb ladders.
  • Willingness to live in tight, co-ed facilities is important on the boat.
  • There is NO SMOKING or alcohol consumption on the boat.
  • This program does require a passport because the Roseway will sail through both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.


Travel Information

This program includes a REQUIRED group round-trip flight from Bradley airport in Hartford to Cyril E. King airport in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI.

  • The outbound flight leaves Hartford in the morning of Sunday, January 5. Because the meeting time at the airport is very early, some students may need to begin their travels on Saturday, January 4.
  • The return flight arrives in Hartford in the evening on Wednesday, January 22.
  • Landmark College will offer optional campus shuttle service to and from the airport. On the return, all students are required to return to campus on the shuttle, as the program returns to campus for two additional days before the course ends.
  • At least one program leader will accompany students on each flight.

Program Cost

Cost for this program is $6,000* and includes:

  • 2 courses (4 credits total)
  • Group flights
  • In-country transportation
  • Field trips and housing
  • Some group meals, including all meals while on board the Roseway.

Estimated additional costs: about $800

Student spending can vary depending on the individual. Additional costs include:

  • Most meals
  • Free time activities
  • Laundry
  • Souvenirs, gifts, etc.
  • Travel to reach the departure airport (Hartford)—some students may need to stay in a hotel at the airport on January 4. Landmark can coordinate these arrangements, and a program leader will stay at the hotel as well, but costs will be added to the student’s bill.

*Limited financial aid is available; contact Michael Mertes, Director of Financial Aid.

Program Documents

Please note that these documents are from 2017. 2020 documents will be available in early fall 2019.

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