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  • Locations: Blue Creek, Belize; La Democracia, Belize; Lake Peten Itza, Guatemala; South Water Caye, Belize
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CCSA- Cooperative Center for Study Abroad 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/28/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/21/2020 06/03/2020
Summer 2021 08/05/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process.
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Course Disciplines: Anthropology, Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, History, Race and Ethnicity, Sociology
Program Description:

Program Details:

Program Base Price: $3,899 - $4,199*
Estimated Airfare: $799 – $999
(estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)
Dates: May 21, 2020 – Jun 03, 2020
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)

Program Description:


In Belize, experience a tropical rainforest and coral reef just miles apart. Study the fascinating biological features that characterize these systems and observe the interactions between humans and their environment. In the rainforest, see iguanas, howler monkeys and leaf cutter ants while gaining insight into the Mayan culture and its use of medicinal plants. On the coral reef, the longest in the Western Hemisphere, swim with brilliantly colored reef fish among the diverse assemblage of corals, sponges, and other invertebrates.

In Guatemala, spend time in the village of Flores on Lake Peten Itza and connect science and medicine of pre-Columbian Mayan civilization to our modern challenges at one of the largest archaeological sites in the region. Guatemala portion subject to change.



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The price of this CCSA program includes:
  • Participants will reside in 4 different accommodation sites throughout Belize and Guatemala. The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center offers comfortable dormitory style accommodations which are equipped with hot and cold showers restrooms wash house and study area. All rooms have 110V outlets ceiling or standing fans and fresh linen is provided. Blue Creek is a small Mayan Village that offers rustic cabins which vary in size and accommodate 2 to 10 individuals. There is no furniture drawers or closets. Bathrooms with toilets and showers are located in a central common building. Virtually everyone bathes in the creek using biodegradable camp soap. South Water Caye offers a dorm with bunk beds and restrooms with showers and hot and cold running water. In Guatemala students will lodge at the Gringo Perdido Ecological Inn on Lake Peten Itza. Participants will need to pack bed linens and towels as they are NOT provided at Blue Creek and South Water Caye.

  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • All course-related ground transportation
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
  • Daily breakfast and some additional meals

Course(s) Offered:

Biology / Earth Science / Environmental Science

Tropical Biology in Belize and Guatemala
Course Description: Study examples of Earths most diverse ecosystems by exploring both tropical rainforests and a coral reef in Belize. At Blue Creek Field Station you will live and work within a primary rainforest surrounded by a wealth of biodiversity ranging from large buttressed trees to howler monkeys. While on South Water Caye part of the longest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere you will study reef structure mangrove forests and grass beds while swimming among brilliantly-colored reef fish and corals. The program will also include time in Guatemala and a tour of Tikal a UNESCO World Heritage Site depicting ancient Mayan civilization.
Prerequisite: One course in biology or consent of instructor.
WKU Course: BIOL 485
Dr. Timothy M. Griffith | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U


Mystery of the Maya
Course Description: As archaeologists came to re-discover the Maya sites of Central America, they speculated about their origins, noticing their similarities to other human civilizations from beyond the Americas. In this introductory-level undergraduate course, we will compare the ancient cultures of Mesopotamia, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas, leading up to the moment of sustained contact between the eastern and western worlds. Visits to the Belize Zoo, Blue Creek field station, and South Water Caye will help illustrate the conditions of early societies, while trips to Tikal (Guatemala) and Lamanai and/or Xunantunich (Belize) will allow us to examine the growth of complex societies.
Prerequisite: Writing skills commensurate with an introductory-level undergraduate course.
WKU Course: HIST 101
Dr. Gregory Hammond | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U