|Program Sponsor:||CCSA- Cooperative Center for Study Abroad|
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|Course Disciplines:||Biology, Education||Faculty's Member Institution:||Austin Peay University, Belmont University|
|Program Type:||Short Program||Air Travel Options:||Group Travel Required (from CCSA Departure Cities)|
DATES: MAY 14, 2013 – MAY 30, 2013
PRICE INCLUDING AIRFARE: $4595
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 22, 2013
EARLY APPLICATION DEADLINE: $100 discount for applications received by February 8, 2013
CREDIT: 3 hours
Belize: an English-speaking country in the heart of Central America, home to one of the greatest concentrations of bio-diversity on the planet, dotted with magnificent archaeological remnants of the Mayan people and populated by their descendants. Join the CCSA Belize Maymester Program and discover Belize with its rainforests, ruins and reefs, the largest in the Americas, truly a world of wonder. Two special features of this program are the opportunity to snorkel a World Heritage site and an overnight visit to Tikal in Guatemala, one of the wonders of the Mayan world.
By combining this intensive study abroad experience with course-specific directed study activities preceding and/or following the travel portion of the program, students may earn three semester hours of college credit.
Please carefully read the Program Details section for additional information pertinent to all CCSA programs.
The price of the Belize Maymester Program is $4595. This includes round-trip transportation from designated cities, airport transfers, internal transportation between program sites, accommodations, ISIC (International Student Identification Card), all meals, program excursions and health insurance.
Participants should budget approximately $200 for pre-departure vaccinations and medications. Additionally, approximately $150 should be budgeted for textbooks and other required course materials. All meals and course-related activities are included in the program price; however, students may wish to bring $200 - $250 for personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, souvenirs, etc.
Tuition is not included in the program costs detailed above. Please refer to Registration/Tuition & Fees in the Program Details section for additional information.
All prices are subject to change in the event of unanticipated increases in airfares, monetary exchange rates or other changes in program costs. In some cases, program items may be deleted in lieu of a price increase.
ACCOMMODATIONS & MEALS
Participants in the Belize Maymester Program reside in field station-type accommodations. Housing is based primarily on multi-bedded rooms. All meals are included in the program price.
PAYMENT SCHEDULE & DEADLINES
Applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of the February 22, 2013 application deadline, as priority is given to early applications. Applications submitted on or before February 8, 2013 receive a $100 deduction in the program price, reflected in a reduced application fee, due at time of application.
• Application Fee: $200 if received on or before February 8, 2013; $300 for applications received after February 8, 2013. Application fees, which must be paid by credit or debit card at time of application, serve as a deposit toward the overall program price.
• First Payment: $2100 due on March 8, 2013.
• Final Payment: $2195 due on April 5, 2013.
Please familiarize yourself with the Cancellation Policy in the Program Details section.
Shortly after online submission of both the application fee and the first portion of the application, and following online approval by the local CCSA Campus Representative, all applicants will receive an application approval email and will then have access to the post-approval portion of the application. Students from non-consortium schools will receive instruction during the online application process for supplementary application requirements. An official letter of acceptance into the program will be sent electronically approximately three weeks after the program application deadline.
The following are descriptions of the courses of study offered for this CCSA program. Applicants may register for courses offered by professors from any member institution. Students are encouraged to email faculty to learn more about the classes. Before applying for any course, refer to the course description regarding prerequisites. Course prerequisite(s) must be completed, or where applicable waived by the course instructor, prior to the program's departure date.
Tropical Biology & Conservation
Life is rampant in the tropics! In this course we will visit and study two of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. The tropical forests of Belize are home to howler monkeys, five species of great cats, colorful birds and a huge diversity of plants. The barrier reef in Belize--the longest in our hemisphere--is teeming with life, and you will have nearly a week of snorkeling to explore it. What better place to study biology? We will also visit ruins of the ancient Mayan civilization at Tikal, located in the Maya Biosphere Reserve of Guatemala, as well as modern villages where you can spend a night with a Mayan family, to gain perspective on how humanity interacts with these diverse yet fragile ecosystems.
Prerequisite: General Education Biology/Environmental Science
(3 cr. hrs., UD, Dr. John Niedzwiecki [email@example.com] Belmont University)
Teaching Diverse Students in a Pluralistic Society
Embrace this opportunity to gain firsthand insight into the experiences of immigrant students in a country that is both culturally and ecologically diverse. This course addresses the impact of student diversity on teaching and learning with focused analysis on differences in beliefs, practices, language and socialization among groups. Instructional strategies based on multicultural models of education are examined. Formal coursework is enhanced by regular excursions involving native schools, cultural events and areas of ecologic interest, including Mayan ruins, jungle villages, pristine reefs and cultural centers. Visit Mother Nature's best-kept secret, and see why Belize is like no other place on earth!
Prerequisite (for APSU students only): Milestone I status
(3 cr. hrs., UD, Dr. Charmaine Lowe [firstname.lastname@example.org] Austin Peay State University)