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  • Locations: Belize City, Belize
  • Program Terms: May Intersession
  • Budget Sheets: May Intersession
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Katie Sabo Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Type: U of A Faculty-Led
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: 0 none
Language Courses Offered: NO Credit Type: U of A Credit
Open to non-U of A students?: NO Credit Hours Available: 3 Credit Hours
Area of Study: Biology, Ecology, Sustainability Program Duration: 1 week
Open to Graduate Students?: YES
Program Description:
belize coastbio


Applications will open in early-September 2017 for the Summer 2018 term.

Once applications open, click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page to begin. When your application is completed, your application will be reviewed and a decision will be made. You will be notified of the decision through the HogsAbroad portal.

If you don't yet have your passport, don't worry! You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program. However, if you don't already have a passport, please be proactive and begin your passport application today.


Application Deadlines:

 *Priority Deadline:    December 1, 2017
**Regular Deadline:  February 1, 2018
 *Program may fill before regular deadline; therefore, early application is advised
**Post-priority applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the regular deadline

This program offers students an opportunity for a one-week immersion into tropical and sub-tropical biology in Belize. The participants start in lowland coastal habitat, move to the Mayan Mountains for two days, visit the pine savanna habitat, and end with marine ecology on an island off the coast.

Students will hike into rain forests and savanna habitats to observe and study exotic tropical plans and animals with trained local naturalist guides. One day will be spent at the ancient Mayan ruins of Xunantunich and the surrounding rain forests. Students will snorkel off the island of Caye Caulker in the New World's largest barrier reef and spend time birding in mangrove forests and inland lakes. Finally, students will canoe the Macal river to observe riverine gallery forests and its denizens and visit the world famous Belize Zoo which harbors only Belizean animals.


Students must:
  • Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours* by the beginning of the program abroad
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application
  • Display an academic record demonstrating maturity
*Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college.


Travel Dates:  May 13- 20, 2018

Transcript Issued By:  University of Arkansas

Credit Hours: Three (3) credit hours

Course:  Offered at the Undergraduate level
BIOL 496V  

Learning Objectives:  
1.  Appreciate the high species diversity of tropical environments with special emphasis on vertebrate diversity.
2.  Acquire and develop knowledge of various terrestrial and aquatic tropical habitats and their common floral and faunal inhabitants.
3.  Present in writing a comprehensive overview of your observations on the ecology of Belize.
4.  Attain a sensitivity and appreciation for local Belizean culture, history, cuisine, and traditions.

This program is intended for degree-seeking biology majors with a strong interest in nature. 


Students will stay in resort-style accommodations with sumptuous local food served by a Belizean family.


The program is essentially one big field trip throughout Belize.


Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.

In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully. 
U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website.

This list is not comprehensive.


For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.

For additional information about courses or program content, contact the faculty leaders:

Kim Smith
University Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
(479) 575-6359 


Check out our quick info sheet to see what former students have said about their cultural experiences, out of pocket expenses and budgeting, packing, and technology abroad! 
Belize Coastal BIO_info sheet.pdf

This program is currently not accepting applications.