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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 2021 02/26/2021 ** Rolling Admission 05/20/2021 06/02/2021
NOTE: $100 application discount if received by February 12th

** Indicates rolling admission application process.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Course Disciplines: Anthropology, Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, History, Race and Ethnicity, Sociology Program Type: Short Program (2-4 weeks)
Language Requirement: No
Program Description:

Program Details:

Program Base Price: TBA
Airfare: TBA
Dates: May 20, 2021 – Jun 02, 2021
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)

Program Description:

Experience a tropical rainforest and coral reef just miles apart. Belize offers fascinating biological features that characterize these systems as you 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.


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The price of this CCSA program includes:
  • Participants will reside in 4 different accommodation sites throughout Belize. 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 (water pumped directly from the creek) are located in a central common building. Virtually everyone bathes in the creek (with swimsuits) using biodegradable camp soap. South Water Caye offers a dorm with bunk beds and restrooms with showers and hot and cold running water.
  • 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 / Ecological Studies

Conservation & Sustainability in the Maya Forest of Belize
Course Description: The area that contains modern Belize has been a center of both biodiversity and human civilizations for over three thousand years. Here, the ancient Maya developed what was arguably the most technologically advanced civilization in the Americas, before most cities were abruptly abandoned in the 8th-9th century A.D. Today, Belize is the country with the world's largest percentage of protected national lands and is a leader in ecotourism centered in the rain forests and the Belize Barrier Reef. In this course, we will examine the challenges of sustainable human development, past and present, in the context of this vibrant ecosystem.
Prerequisite: None
Dr. Zachary S. Taylor | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U