Tourism and Health in the Bahamas
The Bahamian study abroad program seeks to provide a learning environment where authenticity and cultural immersion meet the educational challenge of an exciting island hopping experience that showcases the country from both tourist and resident perspectives. From the tourist perspective, students will experience how culture, history, natural attractions, and local infrastructure help shape the design of tourism experiences for key travel markets. On the other hand, from the resident perspective, students will learn how food insecurity influences meal choices, eating habits, and chronic non-communicable diseases.
- Students majoring in the College of Human Sciences
- An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.25 or Graduate GPA of at least 3.0
- Students must show a strong interest in learning about other cultures and their tourism developments.
- 30 March 2017: Program application deadline
- 4 June 2017: Participants depart for Nassau, Bahamas
- 18 June 2017: Participants depart for the United States
Participants in this program will enroll in 3-credit hours of HUSC 5940/6940: Study and Travel in Human Sciences to be earned in the Summer 2017 semester. Total proposed course contact hours for this program are 45 hours, covering the pre-departure meetings, and on-site educational visits and tour excursions.
The course program fee of $4800 (download a copy of the Tourism and Health in the Bahamas 2017.pdf) includes the Auburn University Study Abroad Program fee of $638, MEDEX insurance, lodging in a shared hotel or dorm room, in country air travel and airport transfers, local transportation to site visits, some meals, any tickets or fees for required for cultural excursions and a program handbook.
- A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is due on or before February 1st.
Additional costs that students will be responsible for but not included in the program fee are: international air fare (estimated at $500), discretionary personal expenses for some meals and leisure activities ($450) and passport fees if necessary ($175).
While in the Bahamas, students will stay in several hotels and dorm rooms to include:
- Paradise Island, Bahamas - The Comfort Suits
- Eleuthera, Bahamas - The Island School
- George Town, Exuma - The Exuma Foundation
- Freeport, Grand Bahama - The Pelican Bay Hotel
The Bahamas is an archipelago of 700 Islands and Cays housing a range of tourism developments tourism is the main economic driver accounting for 60% of the island’s GPD. Nassau, the capital city of The Bahamas, is home to the world famous Atlantis Resort and Casino and is a popular destination for many cruise liners. No two Bahamian Islands are alike due to their varying topography, historic sites, cultural anomalies, festivals and cultural events, among other distinguishing characteristics. As such, each island offers different natural, cultural and historical experiences for its visitors. Students will be able to enjoy the magnificent beauty of these islands while learning about the change in the country’s destination management style as they hop from island to island. The current tourism product offered focuses mostly on large-scale, mass-tourism projects such as cruising, casinos and all-inclusive mega-resorts however there are other alternative forms of tourism products offered that includes community, volunteer, adventure, cultural/historic and eco-tourism to name a few.
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check www.travel.state.gov for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.
- US Citizens must present a valid passport upon arrival into The Bahamas.
- US Citizens with a passport do NOT need a Visa to enter The Bahamas.
- Please visit the following website for Visa information if you are not a citizen of the US: http://www.un.int/bahamas/Visa_Requirements_List.htm
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact: Dr. Alecia C. Douglas at email@example.com or 334-844-1434