In Cape Verde

Cape Verde 2002 Summer Seminar
For Students, Teachers and Professionals

July 2 - July 30, 2002

URI College of Continuing Education and Rhode Island College

Program Coordinators
Richard A. Lobban, PhD.
Peter K. Mendy, PhD.


About the Program

This unique summer seminar offers an opportunity for students to have a meaningful and cross-cultural experience focused on the Cape Verde Islands. The course includes four (4) days of intensive preparation in the United States and a four-week period of travel and study in Cape Verde. The program aims to provide a framework for understanding Cape Verde's rich and complex present by viewing past African Empires, European exploration and colonization, slavery and emigration. The cultural diversity, geography, demography, natural resources, literature and modern political relations will also be studied.

Study and Grades

Throughout the course, students' understanding of Cape Verdean history and culture will be facilitated through readings, films, classroom instruction and fieldwork. Each student will prepare several focused writing projects on topics that address selected themes or problems connected to the Cape Verdean experience. Grades will be based on active participation, writing assignments and fieldwork.

Program Credits and Prerequisites

Students can earn either six undergraduate or graduate credits. All graduate students must receive approval in advance from their home department and may be required to submit an abstract of their proposed research project along with their registration materials. Although there is no language requirement, previous studies and/or proficiency in Portuguese or Crioulo are a plus which will be taken into consideration during the application process.

All undergraduate students will pre-register for AAF 300 and AAF 390 for credit at URI. Graduate students, upon consultation with their department, will pre-register for catalogue courses at URI that correspond to their proposed area of study. The director of the program reserves the right to make the final determination of a student's placement based on a complete review of his/her application materials. All students must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. Medical insurance is mandatory for all program participants.


Students must forward a non-refundable $500.00 deposit with their application by the application deadline of March 15, 2002. The deposit will be applied to the program fee, and is refundable only if the student is not accepted into the program. Accepted students will be asked to submit a second non-refundable payment of $500.00 by April 15, 2002. The balance of the program fee is due by May 15, 2002. It is imperative that students meet these important payment deadlines to secure their place in the program. Exceptions will only be made for students with documented proof that financial assistance from an outside source is forthcoming. URI students should apply for summer financial aid through URI Enrollment Services no later than early spring. Specific inquiries regarding payment structures should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Payment of the deposit(s) and the program fee may be made by check, money order, VISA, or MasterCard (check or money order payable to the University of Rhode Island).

Application Procedure

Admission is by special application using one of the forms supplied (contact Mary Salerno - - below for form). Early application is advised since space is limited. The application procedure is initiated by submitting the following:

  1. Completed application form;
  2. Personal statement outlining reasons for applying to the program and tentative plans for conducting independent research in Cape Verde;
  3. Updated, official transcript;
  4. Letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with student's academic work (for graduate students, may also be from supervisor in professional context);
  5. $500.00 deposit.

Forward all application materials to: Mary Salerno, Office of Special Programs, University of Rhode Island, 80 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903-1803. (401) 277-5056 Phone, or (401) 277-5060 Fax

The application deadline is March 15, 2002, with a second $500.00 payment due April 15, 2002 and full payment due no later than May 15, 2002. Please note that the $500.00 program deposit is refundable ONLY if the applicant is not accepted.

Course Offerings

Undergraduate students will register for the following courses for credit at the University of Rhode Island:

AAF 300 Special Topics in African and Afro-American Studies (The History and Culture of Cape Verde)

Selected contemporary topics, problems, issues, and individuals from the field of African and Afro-American studies. The topical format allows in-depth analysis of some significant aspect of the African and Afro-American experience.

AAF 390 Directed Study or Research (Topic of Student's Choosing)

Directed study arranged to meet the needs of individual students who desire independent work and to promote collective research efforts in African and Afro-American Studies.

Graduate students must consult with their home department the Program Director to determine appropriate course registration.

Housing and Meals

Students will be house in dormitory-style residencies with shared bathroom facilities for the four weeks of study in Cape Verde. They will receive three meals per day, which may at times include a "brown-bag" lunch to accommodate fieldwork and other off-site research opportunities. The full cost of room and board in Cape Verde is included in the program fee.

Program Cost

The full cost of the program is $3,400.00 for undergraduate and $3,700.00 for graduate students which includes tuition, cultural activities, guided instructional excursions, room and board in Cape Verde (double occupancy rooms, 3 meals per day) cultural and convocation parties, round-trip flight to Cape Verde, transportation to and from airport, and inter-island travel by plane and boat in Cape Verde. The cost does not include health insurance (mandatory coverage for all participants).

As a special feature of the program, the director has negotiated air travel to and from Cape Verde and between the islands of Cape Verde at a significantly reduced price. All students must travel to Cape Verde with the group. With advance notice, special arrangements can be made for students who want to stay in Cape Verde after the program's conclusion.