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Tentative 2016 dates: January 9, 2016 - January 23, 2016
(Depart Miami on Jan. 9 and depart Martinique on Jan. 23)



Professor Marie-Sophie Armstrong
Modern Laguages & Literature




* A limited number of $500-$1,500 need-based scholarships are also available. Applications will be evaluated according to a student's financial need and an essay describing the possible significance of this experience to their academic and professional development. 2015 Deadlines are posted on the 2015 Travel Grant Application.
Scholarship deadlines are July 1, 2015 and September 21, 2015.

$3,760 (Tentative) This includes tuition for three credits, lodging in host families (breakfast and dinner included), one night hotel stay (double occupancy). The program cost also includes an international Student ID Card. Not included: $50 registration fee, airfare, local travel, lunches, meals outside the program, laundry, personal expenses, personal weekend travel and/or other costs.


Flights between the U.S. and Martinique are quite limited and those flights that are available often fill up quickly and have steeply-rising prices even a few months prior to departure, so Lehigh Study Abroad has helped to arrange an optional group flight for students from Miami to Martinique for the morning of January 9 and returning to Miami on January 23. The limited seating on this flight has already been arranged for Lehigh students who want to take advantage of it. The price of this flight (approximately $705) is not included in the price of the program and it is students' responsibility to get to Miami for the group flight.



This Lehigh faculty-led study abroad program allows students from an array of majors to earn three credits over winter break. The program will explore the history, culture and present society of the island of Martinique, a windward island of the southern Caribbean that is part of France. The program of study does not require French language skills. 

Martinique is one of the larger and southernmost islands in the Caribbean Sea, north of Trinidad and Tobago and south of Guadeloupe and Dominique. It was first discovered by Europeans on the fourth voyage of Columbus. Named “Madinina” (the flower island), it boasts an amazing variety of flora and fauna, as well as spectacular landscape. It is home to Mount Pelée (ft. 4200), the still active volcano which erupted in 1902. Its economy is based on sugar cane, bananas and tourism.

A former colony of France, Martinique was an archetypal plantation society during the 18th and 19th centuries. Since 1946, Martinique has been recognized as an official French department, giving it the same status as the regions of metropolitan France. The program will focus on the unique combination of historical and cultural circumstances that make Martinique a remarkable case study on issues of Colonialism and the Postcolonial world.


While in Martinique, students will be lodged in a host family in the vicinity of Fort-de-France and the University of Antilles Guyane. There will also be a one-night hotel stay in Saint-Pierre, the former capital.


Check out some Lehigh in Martinique photos!

With the hotel manager/chef in the capital city of Saint-Pierre

Meeting a local fisherman

Climbing down Mount Pelée

At UFM, Martinique Women's Union


“Lehigh in Martinique provided everything I wanted from a study abroad program: staying with a host family, a good balance of work and exploring, and most importantly, lots of practice using my French language skills...Another fantastic aspect of the program was the integration of students’ various majors into tours. As an environmental science major who is passionate about sustainability, I particularly benefited from a trip to the French environmental agency ADEME and an educational kayak trip through mangroves. I am incredibly glad that I took this opportunity to go abroad, as it was an amazing experience of skill development and making memories.” – Laura Dobroski ’15, Lehigh in Martinique Winter 2013-14



This course fulfills HUMANITIES credit.
This course can count towards credit in AAS, FRENCH, or LAS

With its unique position as a key site of the Atlantic World economy in the 18th and 19th centuries, its tradition of influential literary figures and colonial theorists in the 20th century, and its status as an official department of France in the middle of the Caribbean, Martinique presents a whole range of fascinating issues for Lehigh students. This intersession study abroad program in Martinique will be organized around the theme of colonial and postcolonial identity. The course of study will be interdisciplinary, incorporating literary, historical and sociological perspectives, and taking Martinique as a case study for broad trends in Caribbean history and the postcolonial world in general. No knowledge of French is required.

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