Skip to main content
Scenes from the College of Arts and Sciences


Summer 2016


Situated off the west coast of Africa, Cape Verde is a Volcanic Archipelago made up of 10 main islands and 5 smaller ones. Uninhabited on their discovery in 1456, the islands became part of the Portuguese empire in 1496. Cape Verde declared independence from Portugal on July 5, 1975. A majority of today's inhabitants are of mixed Portuguese and African ancestry.


During the program, students will be introduced to Cape Verdean history and its political development. Students will have the opportunity to visit and learn about key historical and political sites of the nation (i.e. Cidade Velha, the country’s first city and the prison where many Portuguese and African anti-fascist and anti-colonial freedom fighters were held). Students will also have the opportunity to visit to other places deemed important to broaden the understanding of the country's rich cultural history.

Additionally, students will engage in a service learning project and civic engagement in a local community school. Participants will also collaborate with the local communities through forums to identify the needs of the community.


Students will earn 3-6 URI credits through this program for the following courses:

    • AAF 300, Special Topics in AAF (3 credits)

    • WRT 302, Writing Culture (3 credits, optional)
      • Course work for WRT 302 will begin 2 weeks prior to departure to Cape Verde.
  • Students will be required to register for an online Sakai course prior to departure.

  • Students will be required to complete mandatory coursework prior to leaving for Cape Verde.

  • 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, professionals, teachers and high school students are encouraged to apply.

Housing and Dining:

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

Cultural Activities:

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).


Program Fee: TBA
3-7 URI Credits Round-trip airfare (Boston to Praia) Accommodations
Breakfast and dinner
Tours and cultural activities
In-country transportation


 NOTE: All fees are subject to change


Program Deadlines

Application Deadline: TBA

Final Payment Due: TBA

For more information, please contact:

Program Director URI Office of Faculty-Led Programs
Earl Smith, III 37 Lower College Road
College of Arts and Sciences 401-874-5546

The University of Rhode Island prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, color, creed, national origin, handicap, or sexual orientation and discrimination against disabled persons and veterans.


URI Summer Faculty-Led Programs

Brochure 2015