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  • Locations: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 06/28/2017
Rolling Admission 07/19/2017 07/26/2017

** 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.

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Fact Sheet:
College/School: Office of the Provost Department/School: Office of International Programs, Special Projects and Initiatives, Office of the Provost
Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program Majors: ALL MAJORS in PLUS Program
Student Level: Pre-Freshman Applicant Restrictions: Invited Pre-Freshmen may apply
Maximum Number of Participants: 10 Contact: Emmitt Smith,
Program Description:

Pre-Freshman PLUS Program in the
Virgin Islands

To apply for this program, please click here!


Welcome to Auburn University! In recognition of your outstanding academic achievement, you are eligible to apply to be part of the group that will join Dr. Overtoun Jenda, Associate Provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and faculty in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, and Dr. Edward Thomas, Jr., Lawrence C. Wit Professor in the College of Sciences and Mathematics and Director of the Plasma Sciences Laboratory on the Pre-Freshman PLUS Program to the Virgin Islands, this July 19 to 26, 2017. This one-week program has been designed to give you the opportunity to live and learn in an intercultural setting and meet new friends while taking the course “Explore Sustainability and Marine Science in an Island Environment” in St. Thomas, St. John, and Tortola in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. You will visit Brewers Bay, Coral World Marine Park, Coki Beach, Mangrove Lagoon, and Etelman Observatory while on St. Thomas. Also included are trips to the islands of St. John and Tortola.

The program is open to 10 incoming pre-freshmen in the PLUS Program (students who are starting their freshman year in fall semester 2017) who have been recognized for their outstanding academic achievements. Priority will be given to first generation, low income, and PLUS students. To apply, please complete this short application.

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  • Please follow the link in the email to submit your application.
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture


  • 21 April 2017: Deadline to apply for program
  • 24 April 2017: Student Selection
  • 18 July 2017: (Tentative) Pre-Travel Dinner at Auburn University
  • 19 July 2017: Program begins in Virgin Islands (tentative transportation provided from Auburn University to Atlanta Airport)
  • 26 July 2017: Program ends in Virgin Islands - depart to U.S.

The Office of Special Projects and Initiatives and Office of International Programs will sponsor the cost for up to 10 students. Students will be responsible for paying for their airfare to the Virgin Islands (which ranges between $600-$800) as well as bringing spending money for incidentals such as souvenirs or personal items. All students should plan to bring $200 for personal spending money.

The program includes tuition for two credit hours (on fall course schedule), on-site orientation in the Virgin Islands, Welcome Dinner, room and most meals, in-country land transportation and guides, all educational materials, guest lecturers, and cultural activities throughout the program including visits St. John & St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands),  and Virgin Gorda & Tortola (British Virgin Islands).



INTL 1977 Special Topics – “Explore Sustainability and Marine Science in an Island Nation” (2 credit hours)

Historical and contemporary sustainability issues are examined in the context of the islands of the Virgin Islands. Note: This course will show up on your Fall 2017 semester schedule. 

If interested, students can count this course as elective credits toward the Minor in Sustainability Studies as a substitute for an approved elective in the areas of Environment or Social Justice. 

Because INTL 1977 is for 2 credits, it would need to be combined with a one-credit course of the

student's choice in order to make a regular 3-credit elective toward the minor. Some one-credit options are listed on the minor website.USVI Classroom

Another option is UNIV 1100: First Year Seminar - Live Green, Save Green (2 credits). This course is part of an Environmentalism Learning Community, but other students can also take it if there is room.

Students will stay in residence halls at the University of the Virgin Islands and dine at the on-campus dining hall. Most trips will be during the day, with students returning to the UVI housing each night.

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U.S. and British Virgin Islands

The Virgin Islands make up the northern part of the Lesser Antilles and are located in the Caribbean, serving as the barrier between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

The U.S. Virgin Islands are comprised of St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, and Water Island, with Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas serving as the capital. These islands were purchased by the United States from Denmark in 1917.

The British Virgin Islands, considered a British Overseas Territory, officially consist of more than 50 islands, but Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, and Anegada are its largest. Its capital is Road Town, located on Tortola.




Dr. Overtoun Jenda and Dr. Edward Thomas, Jr. of Auburn University and lecturers from the University of the Virgin Islands will lead excursions, including a tour of St. Thomas (Mountain Top, Skyline Drive Overlook, Drake's Seat), a tour of St. John (National Park, Annaberg Sugar Plantation, Trunk Bay), and an excursion to the British Virgin Islands. Also included in St. Thomas is an Eco Tour at Mangrove Lagoon (kayaking and snorkeling) and a visit to Etelman Observatory.

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A valid passport is REQUIRED for participation in this program. If you do not have a passport, please check 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, be sure to check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.

No visa is needed for U.S. citizens participating on this program.



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This program is currently not accepting applications.