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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Semester/summer Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Type: Residence Hall Area of Study: Global Studies, Music, Political Science, Sociology
Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:


Explore the social, cultural, and political landscape of one of the Caribbean’s most ethnically diverse nations, while working firsthand with local experts to learn and perform steelpan music and other Carnival Arts traditions. The steelpan (sometimes called “steel drum”), perhaps more than any other instrument, symbolizes the cultural, political, and economic shockwaves unleashed by European colonization of the Caribbean. Fashioned out of recycled 55-gallon oil barrels, the steelpan reflects both the cultural genius of the African diaspora in the Americas, and the exploitative orientation of our global capitalist system. This brutal alchemy of slavery, colonization, steel, and oil spawned one of the Caribbean’s most vibrant and recognizable musical traditions.

This is a hybrid course that includes three weeks in Trinidad with two weeks of online course work. In Trinidad, students will be based at the Exodus Steel Orchestra Panyard in the Tuna Puna area of Port of Spain. Students should also expect a significant amount of travel throughout the island. Daily schedules will include steelband rehearsals led by local steelpan experts, discussions and lectures (all in English) led by local practitioners of the Carnival Arts (Mas, Calypso, Moko Jumbie), and field visits that highlight the cultural, political, and environmental diversity of Trinidad and Tobago.


  • Learn directly from local steelpan experts
  • Opportunities to immerse in Caribbean culture
  • Live in dormitory campus of University of the West Indies

Degree Level

Currently pursuing Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

Subject Areas

Music Performance, Ethnomusicology, Anthropology, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Globalization, African & African American Studies, Nationalism, Gender Equality, Transmigration and Diaspora Studies, Education Systems, National Identity and Community Building, History of Colonization in the Caribbean, Tourism and its Impacts on Local Communities, Youth Development.

Program fees:

The cost of this program is $4,300 for member institutions and $4,500 for nonmember institutions. See the HECUA website for cost break-down. 

Fees include:

Group excursions, lodging, meals, local transportation, and administrative costs.

This Program is open to

Students enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions.

Living Arrangements

Dormitory Housing

Scholarships are Available

HECUA maintains a list of scholarship on the website. Visit the HECUA website to see a listing. 

Application Process Involves

Online Application

Note:  This provider has a Covid-19 vaccination requirement in order to participate in their programs.

Budget Information:
To calculate an estimate of the total cost of your program, use the Cost Estimate Template and do the following:
1. Go to the Full Fees Breakdown document on the HECUA website, located here:
2. Under your program, the HECUA Fee (comprehensive) includes the cost of tuition and housing.
3. Add the items listed under the heading Additional Expense Estimates to your total.  
4.  In addition to these fees, add the following costs to arrive at your total cost
  • Application fee - $65
  • Study Abroad Administrative fee - $460
  • WSU Laptop fee (semester students only) - $485 
If you would like further assistance in calculating the cost of your program, please email

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2023 02/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.