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URI FLP - Cape Verde
Cidade Velha, Cape Verde (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer,
Winter J-Term
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Program Description:
Program Description:
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Between January 3 - January 20, 2020
The Cabo Verde Study Abroad program is housed in the Africana Studies department and was conceived and developed as a result of student activism.  As such, this program is interdisciplinary, organized around the concept of sustainability, and utilizes an African epistemology.  Some of the topics have included: The Struggle for Independence, The Health Care System, The Fishing industry in Cape Verde Ecotourism, Colonization and Resistance, Electoral Politics, and Inequality.  This year's topic is The Politics of Fisheries and we will travel to the island of Santiago and Sao Vicente.

Central to our program are experiential/service learning opportunities. This year we will be donating computers to school and fishing co-opts .  All of our classes/lectures, are augmented by related presentations from selected Cape Verdean officials, instructors, and activists, educational and cultural trips; in addition we offer structured experiential/service learning opportunities.  Students have: (1) organized and presented in community forums in Cabo Verde, (2) volunteered at community centers, hospitals, and orphanage’s, (3) canvassed the local needs of the community and created documentaries, and (4) adopted the Amilcar Cabral High School and other schools/organizations.  All of these service learning opportunities are built upon each year and students also give community presentations to the URI community upon their return.  See the following link below:



Students will earn 3 URI credits through this program for one of the following courses:
  • AAF 300, Special Topics in AAF (3 credits)
  • AAF 390, Direct Study or Research (3 credits)
  • AAF 477, Experiential Learning (3 credits)
Students will be required to complete selected readings prior to departure. Students may receive credit for the service learning component of the program but must obtain approval from their department. Graduate students must receive approval in advance from their home department and their program
director in order to obtain graduate credits. Non-URI students, and professionals are encouraged to apply.

Students will engage in cultural tours and excursions while in Cape Verde including: visits to museums, visits to public interest buildings such as the National Archive at Alfandega, a tour of Tarrafal, and a tour of Cidade Velha (the first European city in Sub-Saharan Africa).   

These needs have been identified through continued discussion and dialogue with key stakeholders from Amilcar Cabral High School and broader community. 
  • Develop and implement assessment of Amilcar Cabral High School Library and The Catedra Amilcar Cabral. We will explore sustainable technology solutions to develop/integrate information resources between University and High School Lab/Library. After assessing infrastructure, equipment and approaches supporting the goals of Amilcar Cabral High School and Catedra Amilcar Cabral can be identified. Emphasis will be placed on the adaptability of application in the final technology utilized, as well as the reliance on information service networks in resource delivery and continuing accessibility.
  • Provide general school materials.  
  • General Maintenance and improvement of existing facilities.  These needs have been identified through continued discussion and dialogue with key stakeholders from Amilcar Cabral High School and broader community. 
  • Assess technology needs of local fishermen, co-opts and associations.
  • This is a joint project with the Instituto Nacional de Desenvolvimento das Pecas (INDP).  


While in Cape Verde, students will stay in hotel-style, double occupancy residences. Breakfast and dinner will be provided.


 Residency  Program Fee  URI Tuition  Total Cost
 In-State  $2,840  $858  $3,698
 Out-of-State  $2,840  $1,422  $4,262
*Program fee reflects grant subsidy.

Program fee includes: 
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Accommodation
  • Some meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • Health insurance
NOTE: All fees are subject to change.


Dean Earl Smith, III
(401) 874-2556 -
Earl Smith currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, he is a lecturer in Africana Studies and History.

Abel Djassi Amado, Ph.D.
Abel Djassi Amado is an Assistant Professor of Political Science & International Relations at Simmons College. His research focuses on language policy and the quality of democracy in West Africa, and he explores the extent to which the post-colonial language policy hinders people's participation in the political arena.

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter J-Term 2020 10/04/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/03/2020 01/20/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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