Grenada

Program overview

Note: For 2017 this program is only available to alumni of the Transitional Year Program (TYP) and students enrolled in degree programs in Caribbean Studies, African Studies, Equity Studies or Latin American Studies.

Program Dates: May 15 to June 3, 2017 (there will also be one class meeting in Toronto the week of May 8)

This will be the first year that the University of Toronto has offered a summer course in Grenada. Students will earn a half-year NEW221H0 credit in three weeks while living and learning in the island country of Grenada. This course will benefit students interested in immersing themselves in the rich and multi-linguisitic literary traditions of the Caribbean and its diaspora.

Course

The University of Toronto will offer one course in Grenada, worth one half-year credit. The course has limited space and is contingent on adequate enrolment. Classes and mandatory field trips will take place Monday through Friday. The course aims to provide students with a deep understanding of the Caribbean region through literary analysis.

NEW221H0 Comparative Caribbean Literature II – Contemporary Readings

Focuses on recent literary production, written in the last decade, from the Caribbean, insular and continental, and its diaspora. Texts not originally written in English are read in translation. While NEW220H1 is an excellent companion course, NEW221H1 can be taken independently.

Exclusion: NEW222H1, NEW222Y1, NEW223Y1
This is a Humanities course; BR=1

Field Trips: Field trips, which are designed to complement the course readings, will include visits to the Douglaston Estate, Belmont Estate, River Antoine Rum Factory, Seven Sister Water Falls, as well as Fort George. The cost of these trips is approximately CAD$225, paid on site for transportation, entrances and guides.

Instructor: Ramón Ant. Victoriano-Martinez (Arturo) was born in the Dominican Republic (1969), where he studied law at the Universidad Católica Santo Domingo. He is the translator into Spanish of The Struggle for Political Democracy in Dominican Republic (Jonathan Hartlyn, Ramon A. Victoriano Martinez), published by the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development in 2008. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in the area of Hispanic and Latin American Literatures in 2010. His book Rayanos y Dominicanyorks: La dominicanidad del siglo XXI (Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014) analyzes Dominican identity, departing from the figure of the “rayano” (the one from the border) and leaning on a critical reading of the following texts: El Masacre se pasa a pie (Freddy Prestol Castillo), The Farming of Bones (Edwige Danticat) Dominicanish (Josefina Báez), and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz). He teaches Spanish at the University of Toronto Mississauga (Department of Language Studies) and is an Affiliated Faculty at the Caribbean Studies and the Latin American Studies programmes.

Information session

A detailed information session for the summer program in Grenada will be held on the UofT St. George campus in January. This session provides an excellent opportunity to hear from one of the instructors and ask any questions that you may have.

Date: Monday, January 30, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Location: Woodsworth College Residence, in Waters Lounge, 321 Bloor Street West (SE corner of St. George and Bloor)

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Program details

Monday, May 15 to Saturday, June 3, 2017 (3 weeks)

Please note that there will also be a class meeting in Toronto the week of May 8.

This will be the first year that the University of Toronto has offered a summer course in Grenada. Students will earn a half-year New College credit in three weeks while living and learning in Grenada, the “Spice Isle,” in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. This course will benefit students interested in immersing themselves in Caribbean history and culture.

The program will be hosted by the St. George’s University, an institution that was founded in 1976 and has evolved into a top centre for international education. Students will be housed close to the campus with easy access to the classroom and will have access to many of the stunning St. George’s campus’ facilities and services.

      • Grenada is an island country consisting of the island of Grenada and six smaller islands at the southern end of the Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. Grenada is located northwest of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela, and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
      • Volcanic in origin, Grenada is very hilly, with the highest peak, Mt. St. Catherine, in the Central Highlands, rising to 840 m (2,756 ft). The coastline is indented with many beaches and small bays. Several short streams cross the terrain. Lake Grand Etang is formed in the crater of a volcano at 530 m (1,740 ft) above sea level.
      • The tropical climate is tempered by almost constant sea breezes; the prevailing wind is from the northeast. Temperatures range from 24–30°c (75–87°f).
      • Numerous spices, fruits, and vegetables are grown in Grenada. The principal crops for export are nutmeg and mace, bananas, cocoa beans, and other fresh fruits and vegetables.

Program Activities

      • Welcome breakfast
      • On-site orientation and campus tour
      • Faculty led visits to select local historical sites

Accommodation and Meals

Students will be staying in dormitory accommodation on the St. George’s University campus. Each unit will have three self-contained double-occupancy units. There will also be shared laundry. The cost for accommodations for the duration of the program (May 15 to June 3, 2017) is CAD$1,000.

Students are recommended to budget approximately CAD$400 for purchased and self-prepared meals.

Group flight

There will be a suggested flight itinerary for this program. Details will be provided at the time of admission. Please note that if you choose to arrive earlier or leave later than the available dates for the accommodation option you have selected, you will be responsible for arranging your own arrangements.

Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)

All students admitted to the Summer Abroad program are required to successfully complete an online PDO, which will provide information and advice on international health and safety issues.

Students must also attend the in-person Grenada PDO, which will take place on on the same day as the first class meeting during the week of May 8, 2017.

Entry requirements

All students are responsible for making sure that they have the necessary travel documents to enter the countries listed below as visitors.

As of the time of publication (December 2016), Canadian citizens only require a passport valid for at least three months beyond their return date to enter Grenada as a visitor. Citizens of other countries may require visas.

Information on entry requirements is available from the Grenada Consulate in Toronto.

Costs

The deadlines for fees payable to the University of Toronto are as follows:

  • Application fee: due February 13, 2017
  • Deposit of $1,000 due two weeks after admission notification
  • All remaining fee: due March 23, 2017

Cost of Studying in Grenada

Amount Details
Application Fee $200 Paid at time of application
Course Fee
Domestic Students $1,450 Includes $1,000 deposit
International Students $2,605 Includes $1,000 deposit
U of T Incidental Fees $170 Estimate based on 2016 part-time summer fees
Airfare $800 Estimate – cost will depend on departure location and purchase date
Field Trip Fees $225 Paid on site. Includes transportation and entrance fees
Accommodation $1,000 Based on shared accommodation in on-campus residence
Meals $400 Estimate – paid on site for purchased and self-prepared meals
Medical Travel Insurance variable Students must provide proof of medical travel insurance
Miscellaneous Expenses variable All students should budget for miscellaneous expense (e.g. travel, gifts, etc.)
Approximate TOTAL Program Cost INCLUDING field trips
Domestic Students $4,295 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance
International Students $5,450 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance

Financial Assistance

The Transitional Year Program has some grant funding available for eligible students in this program. Please contact the Transitional Year Program for more information about how to apply for this funding.