Belizean Coral Reef and Rainforest Ecology and Conservation
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2018. SEE HOW TO APPLY TAB FOR MORE INFORMATION.
This field immersion program will be based in Belize with day and overnight trips to local destinations to experience and conduct research in tropical ecosystems of Meso-America. This is an upper-level course designed to introduce students to fundamental principles of Belizean culture and Mayan history, natural history, tropical rainforest ecology, watershed science, and coral reef ecology. Students will spend time in caves, tropical rainforests and mountains, the Meso-American Barrier Reef, and barrier island and mangrove ecosystems. This program will combine two 3-hr courses, Belizean Coral Reef and Rainforest Ecology and Belizean Coral Reef and Rainforest Conservation, which will bring the program credit to 6-hrs and allow students to apply for financial aid. Commencing in the spring semester, weekly pre-departure meetings of the class will allow introduction to the unique flora and ecology of Belize as well as prepare the group for productive research efforts and a safe and positive international experience. Lectures will also cover biogeography, culture, history and research of selected organisms. In country arrangements with Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Tobacco Caye Marine Station will include guided day, night, and even overnight forays to observe and study the flora and fauna of the region. Students should be physically and mentally prepared for hiking, swimming, snorkeling, spelunking, canoeing and tubing, as well as studying and conducting research in a variety of situations. Airfare and all meals are included in the cost of this program.
BIO 3542 – Coral Reef & Rainforest Ecology – 3 credits (required)
BIO 3543 – Coral Reef & Rainforest Conservation – 3 credits (required)
All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OiED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.
Billable Program Cost: $ 4,278.81
Includes: airfare, in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, most meals, and OIED/CCS administrative fee.
Estimated Additional Student Cost: $ 340.00
Estimated costs include but are not limited to: health/wellness ($50–100), personal expenses ($200), and some meals ($40).
Undergraduate summer tuition for 2018 is estimated at $975 for 6 credits.
* Non-US citizens may need to apply for a visa before entering Belize
** Tuition and fees for summer program are not included in this cost. Please go to this link
and scroll down to "Study Abroad Rates" to determine what tuition and fees you will be charged based on your individual status. Please note that summer tuition and fees are updated during the spring semester.
Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control. Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.
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If you plan to use any form of financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) to participate in a short-term, faculty-led education abroad program, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps before applying to the program:
- Complete your FAFSA for the academic year in which the program is offered. Please be mindful of Financial Aid deadlines!
- Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website at http://financialaid.appstate.edu/study-abroad. Read all the information carefully and print the Study Abroad Agreement Form for the appropriate term that you are requesting an increase in financial aid due to studying abroad.
- Go to the Office of Financial Aid on the second floor of the JET Building to discuss your financial aid eligibility with Kim Overcash or Laura Sullivan PRIOR to applying to the program.
The international component of this course will run from 5/23/18 to 6/5/18.
6 meetings; dates and times TBD.
2 meetings; dates and times TBD.
Dr. Matt Estep
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
Dr. Estep is a plant geneticist with extensive international travel experience and a strong interest in biodiversity conservation.
Dr. Shea Tuberty
Professor, Department of Biology
Dr Tuberty is an Invertebrate Zoologist/Ecotoxicologist and has extensive experience teaching field courses with focus on both marine/aquatic biology and rainforest biodiversity. He has taught and/or conducted research on coral reef and forest ecology and biodiversity in Australia, Baja Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, and New Zealand.
How to Apply
- CONTACT THE FACULTY DIRECTOR(S) TO DISCUSS THE PROGRAM
- SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION
- Log in to AppalNET/Banner Self-Service.
- Select the "Direct Link to Web Self-Service" using your AppState username and password.
- Select the Student Tab.
- Scroll down and click on the "Faculty-Led Study Abroad Application Packet*" link.
- Select the program-specific application form from the programs drop-down menu.
- Fill out, save, and submit the online application.
- PRINT, SIGN, AND DATE THE PAPER APPLICATION FORM
- PAY THE NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT
- Walk to the Office of Student Accounts, located on the 2nd floor of the John E. Thomas building.
- Give the name and term of your program to the Cashier who will look up the deposit charge on your account (e.g., Poland COM Summer 1).
- Pay the non-refundable deposit by check, cash, debit card, or money order. Please note that Student Accounts can no longer accept credit card payments in person, but they can take credit card payments online. Online credit and debit card payments are subject to a non-refundable 2.75% transaction fee.
- BRING YOUR SIGNED PAPER APPLICATION TO OIED
- Walk to the Office of International Education and Development (OIED), located on the 3rd floor of Plemmons Student
Union, Suite 321.
- OIED will make your enrollment official upon reception of your signed paper application and verification of deposit payment.
All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OiED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here
You will NOT be enrolled in the program until you have completed all 5 steps above.
You are strongly encouraged to share the information contained in the Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form with your family and loved ones (including the Student Handbook), before submitting your application.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION:
Programs are open until full. If a program is full, the Faculty-led Education Abroad Program online student application form for that program will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to apply. The application deadline is 03/15/2018 but applications are accepted on a rolling basis so students are encouraged to apply before the deadline.
Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.