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  • Locations: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Program Terms: Summer I
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior, 5 - Graduate Program Type: ODU Faculty Led Program
Maximum Credits Earned: 3 Minimum GPA: 2
Language of Instruction: English Area(s) of Study: African American and African Studies, Criminal Justice, Sociology
Faculty Leader: Sumter, M.
Program Description:
Summer in
Trinidad and Tobago

May 25-June 6, 2018
Community Justice in the Caribbean: Bridging Criminal and Social Justice
CRJS 495/595, SOC 495/595

This course is designed to study how the emerging field of community justice, a neighborhood-based strategy, can reduce crime in high crime areas in the Caribbean and improve public safety by moving beyond the traditional three tasks of criminal justice - the apprehension, conviction, and the punishment of offenders.  As such, the course will take a critical look at traditional government responses to crime in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and examine how the principles and practice of an approach broadly known as community justice may improve that response, as well as examine the challenges of a community justice approach.

This program combines social and cultural activities with service learning.  Students will have a unique opportunity to observe and study the music, cultural performances, literature, geography and art of this twin-island English-speaking Caribbean state.  The service learning experience provides students the opportunity to make a contribution towards developing a favorable community context by working with individuals through education and community service.


Amerindian village in Arima

Calypso performance

City tours

Maracas Beach

Pitch Lake

Tobago (day trip)

Tours of prisons, courts

Tour of Women’s Prison

Tour of Youth Training Centre

*Subject to change. The Office of Study Abroad reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

PREREQUISITES: Must have at least junior standing. If your class standing is lower than a junior or you are a non-criminal justice, sociology, or African American studies student, permission of the instructor is required. All students must be in good academic standing.

*Students must register and pay for CRJS 495, SOC 495, (undergraduates) or CRJS 595, or SOC 595 (graduates) during the Summer 2018 registration period in order to participate in this program.

Dr. Melvina Sumter is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at ODU, and is the Director of Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.  She specializes in Penology/Corrections, Theoretical Criminology, and Social Support. She been working on various research projects with the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service for approximately 3 years and the Penal Reform and Transformation Unit for about 2 years.


Program Cost : $3,200

Cost Includes:

Roundtrip airfare from/to Norfolk,  airport transfers Trinidad and Tobago, accommodations,  some meals, all transportation related to instruction, entrance fees to activities on the itinerary, study abroad and instructional fee, and travel and health insurance

Not Included:
ODU tuition for 3 credits (participants are required to register for credit), meals other than those indicated above, transportation other than indicated above, expenses of a personal nature.

Department of Sociology and Criminal of Justice Scholarship: 
A $400 scholarship is available to the first 12 applicants accepted for this program through the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.

*ODU Scholarships:
$400 Dean’s Education Abroad Awards are available for the first 7 qualified students accepted for this program.  Eligibility: Full-time, degree-seeking, ODU student, 2.5 GPA or higher, approval of participation by the Office of Study Abroad and the program’s faculty leader. Completion of online application, advising and deposit payment holds your space for scholarship consideration; no additional scholarship application necessary.

If eligible, scholarship award will be credited to your student account sometime in late summer. The Office of Study Abroad handles these arrangements and will notify you via email. 

Financial Aid:

For some students, regular student financial aid support may be increased due to the additional cost of studying abroad. Students seeking financial aid should obtain a program budget from the Office of Study Abroad.

Payment Schedule:
$300 deposit upon application; half of remaining total due on February 16, 2018 and the other half on March 16, 2018



Dr. Melvina Sumter
Dept. of Sociology and Criminal Justice
6004 Batten Arts and Letters
Office of Study Abroad
Dagas Hall
49th St. and Hampton Blvd.

This program is currently not accepting applications.