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  • Locations: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program College/School: College of Sciences and Mathematics
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Dorm Click here for a definition of this term AU Faculty Leader(s): Edward Thomas,, Overtoun Jenda,
Majors Eligible: ALL MAJORS Click here for a definition of this term Student Level: Pre-Freshman
Applicant Requirement: Invited Pre-Freshmen may apply Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required
Physical/Environmental Considerations: Stairs, Walking, Water Related Activities
Program Description:

COSAM Pre-Freshman Program in theGoogle Map of USBVI
Virgin Islands

APPLY: Complete the Online 2020 Program Application. Learn more about the program at


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 two Auburn faculty on the COSAM Pre-Freshman Program to the Virgin Islands, this July 15 to 22, 2020

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 and Mangrove Lagoon while on St. Thomas. Also included are excursions to the islands of St. John and Tortola/Virgin Gorda.
  • Dr. Overtoun Jenda, Assistant Provost for Special Projects and Initiatives and Professor of Mathematics in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. 
  • Dr. Edward Thomas, Jr., Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and Charles W. Barkley Endowed Professor in the College of Science and Mathematics

The program is open to 8 incoming pre-freshmen (students who are starting their freshman year in fall semester 2020) who have been recognized for their outstanding academic achievements. Priority will be given to first generation and low income students   
USBVI Faculty

There are several excursions to multiple high elevation cities and locations that involve extensive walking, hiking and possible water-related activities. Please consult with the faculty director if physical accommodations are needed, as housing and activities arrangements would need to be confirmed in advance.

Canoe Trip


  • Pre-Freshman: Students beginning first semester at Auburn University during Fall 2020
  • Priority given to:
    • first time international travelers
    • first generation college students
    • students with diverse backgrounds
  • Students of all majors are welcome: 
    • STEM fields
    • Agriculture
    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Pre-Pharmacy
    • other
  • Students recognized for their outstanding academic achievements
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture


  • 24 April 2020: Deadline to apply for program
  • 08 May 2020: Student Selection
  • 22 May 2020: Student Deadline to commit to program
  • 15 July 2020: Program begins in Virgin Islands (tentative transportation provided from Auburn University to Atlanta Airport)
  • 22 July 2020: Program ends in Virgin Islands - depart to U.S.

Students do not occur any program costs other than airfare. Program funding will support all in-country activities for 8 student participants. Students will be responsible for arranging and 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 2020 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 student's Fall 2020 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 websiteAnother 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 excursions will be during the day, with students returning to the UVI housing each night.
Group in Bus

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.


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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View of Water & Beach


This program is currently not accepting applications.