Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
  • Locations: Holetown, Barbados
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Summer A-Term
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer A-Term 2018 01/31/2018 02/07/2018 07/01/2018 07/11/2018
Program Information:

sociology italysociology italy
Location Holetown, Bridgetown and Speightstown, Barbados
Academic Term Summer 2018
June 18 – July 18, 2018; Students will be abroad July 1-11, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $3950
Credits 12 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Dr. Anaid Yerena & Dr. Britta Ricker
Program Manager Courtney Kroll |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Information Sessions TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.
General The Barbados: Urban Research Methods program will use site visits, guest lectures, and group activities, to expose students to Barbados’ current environmental, economic and cultural reality. Over the 5-week period, students will acquire a broad knowledge base of the evolving environmental, economic, political, cultural, and social forces that shape life in Barbados.
Visas U.S. citizens are not required a visa to visit Barbados. 
If you are an international student, contact ASAP.

Program Description

This urban field course is based in Barbados’ metropolitan area. The coursework examines urban problems, issues, and developments in a small island state through site visits, presentations by local experts, and student research and reports. The specific content of this course includes two weeks of intensive field study and data gathering in Barbados and two weeks of content delivery in Tacoma. Additionally, students will complete relevant readings and conduct an independent research project. Completion of this course satisfies the TURB 350 Introduction to Urban Research (5 credits) course required for TURB and TSUD majors. In these cases, the remaining credits can be used to satisfy elective requirements. The course satisfies I&S requirements across majors. Please check with your program’s academic advisor if you have any questions regarding academic credit.

As co-directors, Dr. Anaid Yerena and Dr. Britta Ricker organized and designed this course. Dr. Ricker has been to Barbados and made connections with local partners at a research institute (McGill University Bellairs Research Institute). During the program both Dr. Yerena and Dr. Ricker will teach introductory research design methods. Both instructors will also advise, supervise, and grade students’ research projects. Dr. Ricker will serve as the lead cultural guide and both will serve equally as academic leads. Dr. Yerena and Dr. Ricker’s expertise in research design in different fields (the former in Architecture and Urban Studies and the latter in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and disaster management) offer students the possibility of engaging in a broad range of environmental, political, cultural and social research projects.

Highlights include: Independent data collection through observations and mapping. Living in walkable, interconnected, tourist communities in Caribbean coast of Barbados. Cultural exchange with local non-profit and advocacy leaders and intergovernmental government agency leaders. Site visits to several cities around Holetown (e.g., Bridgetown, Speightstown) around the country. Presentation of colonial history and living museums.





Barbados is a small island state that is the most westerly island in the Caribbean. Barbados is the ideal setting for students to learn about and experience fieldwork as it is a geographically manageable setting, culturally different, and in a well organized context. Barbados, is about 160 square miles (431 square Km) and has a population of about 285,000; it is a combination of distinct, fascinating rural and urban communities. Furthermore, Barbados has an interesting and rich pre- and post-colonial history due to it being the first island where colonial traders would stop en route to the southern U.S. colonies. From the 18th to 20th Centuries, the island enjoyed an economic boom as a result of sugar plantations. This day in age, their economy is built on tourism fostered by the country’s political stability.  This context serves as the ideal case study for students to learn from; it provides ample research topics that would be relevant to someone from our region. For example, students interested in environmental topics can study environmental change on the island either through land use changes (associated with tourism) or coastal changes and human adaptation or mitigation thereof. Barbados is a regional leader as member of Caricom, an important intergovernmental organization that has banded together with Pacific Islands at the United Nations, to voice their concern about the effects of climate change as small island states are the first to feel their effects. There are ample opportunities for students interested in tourism, its facets and different manifestations (e.g., health tourism). Students interested in housing issues can conduct research on affordable housing associated with Chattel Houses and government sponsored housing.  Moreover, given the city’s affordable, safe, and accessible public transportation system, students are able to independently navigate and explore the island’s contrasting neighborhoods to complete their data collection.  Finally, as part of the program, organized site visits will guide students through the capital city of Bridgetown’s oldest neighborhoods. These visits will expose students to the history of the city and the island. Average weather conditions for the months of June and July range from 73F to 88F. We will be traveling to Barbados in the summer and the beginning of their rainy season, so students are encouraged to pack and prepare accordingly. Additional weather information may be found here: (


Students will stay in double occupancy, dorm style accommodations with shared bathrooms. The accommodations are centrally located will be on-site at the McGill Univeristy Bellair’s Research Institute.

Field Trips

Site visits to several cities around Holetown (e.g., Bridgetown, Speightstown) around the country.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

No prerequisites


12 UW Credits


TURB 379 (Joint Listing TURB 350)

Through site visits, guest lectures, and group activities students will be exposed to the urban context of Barbados. Students will explore the environmental, political, social, economic, and cultural facets of the island nation state. Click here for examples of projects completed by students in Barbados. 
Learning goals include:
The overarching substantive goal is to guide students as they acquire a comprehensive understanding of a nation island state in the Caribbean, specifically, Barbados. In doing so, students will also: 1. Understand the environmental, economic, political, cultural and social forces that affect the urban landscape of Barbados; 2. Reflect on the similarities and differences between the American and Caribbean urban contexts; 3. Design and implement a research project; 4. Conduct data gathering site visits; and 5. Present their findings in a group setting.



Dr. Anaid Yerena

Anaid Yerena holds degrees from the Universidad de Monterrey (B.Arch.) and University of California, Irvine (M.U.R.P. & Ph.D.). As an architect, planner, and researcher she is interested in the public participation processes and activities related to housing and community development. Her research has a strong community-based component that provides knowledge to advocate for and empower disefranchised groups. As an undergraduate at the Universidad de Monterrey,  Mexico, she coordinated the development of the first Master Plan for the City of Montemorelos. She worked on the technical aspects of the Plan and set up a forum and interviews with local residents; these activities were crucial to building support for the Plan’s approval and implementation. While completing her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at UC Irvine, she conducted research for the Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation assessing potential housing sites for extremely low-income households in Long Beach, California. Her current and future research interests fall within the domain of affordable housing policy in the U.S. and Latin America. These interests branch into two major topics, the development of housing (process and stakeholders, emerging models, and design) and locational choice of housing (both the specific siting of projects and individuals’ choices). As a secondary area of research, she is interested in the emerging field of e-government. Her academic background, professional experience, and cross-cultural and bilingual sensitivities, all inspire her teaching approach. Her aim is to provide opportunities to students in the classroom and communities to learn about collective action and community development in cities around the world. By promoting reflection on culture and context, Dr. Yerena hopes to encourage students to remember how their backgrounds enrich their own and others’ learning experiences and professional careers. She teaches: Introduction to Urban Planning, Statistics for Urban Analysis, Housing Policy, and Research Design.

Dr. Britta Ricker

Through my research, I aim to illuminate techniques to make tools associated with Geographic Information Science (GIScience) more accessible to diverse audiences. With the proliferation and increased accessibility of spatial technologies comes seemingly endless opportunities to collect and share spatial data contributing to big data. As a GIScience researcher, I seek to identify new ways in which to visualize and understand these big data in an interactive fashion. I strive to investigate and test accessible methods of capturing and visualizing spatial data interactively. I view teaching as an opportunity to invite more and diverse perspectives to address these challenges and assist in the process of revealing patterns in spatial data. The ultimate aim is to use this analysis to inform decision making regarding environmental resources and social services. As an investigator on a project titled Challenging RISK: Achieving Resilience by Integrating Societal and Technical Knowledge funded by the United Kingdom Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), I am facilitating a participatory disaster preparedness project. The overarching aim of this research is to develop an evidence-based approach for improving earthquake and fire preparedness information dissemination, through citizen science. To meet these aims, this research project is structured around a diverse range of expertise from structural engineers, behavioral psychologists and geospatial technologists. As a NSF CyberGIS Research Fellow I am working with other fellows to collaboratively develop a pedagogical framework to accommodate the evolving technology associated with CyberGIS, in traditional GIS classroom environments. Along with researchers in Canada, the UK and South Africa, I am conducting ongoing research related to open data and development. An exploritory pilot project took place in Cape Town, South Africa in September 2015, where NGOs shared how they are utilizing and augmenting open data. I encourage you to read more about Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading, OpenUP and the Social Justice Coalition. This research funding was awarded by the University of Washington Office of Global Affairs Strategic International partnership. This work emerged out of lessons learned during my PhD work which you can learn about in this 3 minute video about Volunteered Geographic Information and Injury Surveillance. Finally, I am exploring new data collection methods through the use of drones. See some of my first attempts of imagery capture here and hereBelow is a presentation from State of the Map 2016 in which I describe OpenAerialMap and describe why sharing UAV imagery could be extremely helpful for disaster preparedness and response. TEACHING In the Masters of Geospatial Technology program at the University of Washington Tacoma, I teach Web GIS, Mobile GIS and Environmental Planning Applications. I have also taught Introduction to Geospatial Technologies. At the undergraduate level, I teach Introduction to Urban Research Methods, Urban Remote Sensing and Participatory Mapping.  In the past, I have taught Web Cartography and Remote Sensing at Simon Fraser University. I have also taught Cartography as an online course at South Dakota State University.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $3950

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1000)
  • Food (about $18/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 6, 2018

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • For UW Tacoma students, you can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the UW Tacoma Office of Financial Aid
  • For UW Seattle or Bothell Students, you can apply by filling out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the the Office of Financial Aid
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • UW Tacoma students should consult the Study Abroad Scholarships website to learn more about scholarship opportunities. Student Fellowships can also help you learn about additional opportunities. 
  • UW Seattle or Bothell students should consult the Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities. 

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • UW Tacoma students can attend a How to Fund Your Study Abroad event - more information is on the Events page of our website. 
  • UW Seattle or Bothell students can attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website. Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session. Orientations are also held on the UW Tacoma campus. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


The $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.