This is a faculty-led immersion program and is administered by Shanti Freitas, Intercultural Immersion Coordinator. This program is not administered by the Center for International Education. Any questions about this program should be directed to Shanti at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-836-6037. Submit all application materials to Schofield 17. This program is listed on the Center for International Education website to assist students in exploring all international opportunities.
Program Summary & Location
This is a 2-week, hands-on, experiential course designed to expose students to the ecology, cultural geography and history of Belize. The course curriculum is comprised of active learning experiences that allow students to learn about the country’s biological legacy, its rich history and the diverse peoples.
There will be special focus on freshwater and marine ecosystems and Mayan culture and history. Students will understand key concepts relating to tropical and aquatic ecology, learn about common organisms inhabiting Belizean ecosystems, and explore some of the conservation challenges facing these ecosystems. Additionally, students will learn about the role of NGOs and foreign investment in shaping conservation efforts and government policy, and how the nation’s political institutions function.
The name of the country changed to Belize in 1973; it was formerly called British Honduras. With a population of 368,310 (2015), Belize lies on the eastern or Caribbean coast of Central America. Belize has a diverse society, composed of many cultures and languages that reflect its rich history. English is the official language of Belize, with Belizean Kriol being the unofficial language. Over half the population is multilingual, with Spanish being the second most common spoken language. Additionally, Belize's diversity in ecosystems offers an abundance of terrestrial and marine species making it a key place in the globally significant Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. Spanning the length of Belize is the second biggest barrier reef in the world.
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Academics - Belize Faculty-Led
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Support - Belize Faculty-Led
Housing & Meals
During most of the program, students will stay in hotels, and the program includes a two-night homestay in San Jose Village, with an indigenous Mayan family. All meals once in Belize are included in the program cost.
This faculty-led program receives funding from the Blugold Commitment Faculty-Led International Immersion Experiences (FLIIE) program, and each student is eligible to receive funding for only one FLIIE experience. By clicking on the following term, you will find more information on program costs. If the term you want to go abroad is not listed, please see the most recent term and add 7% to your estimate to factor in exchange rate fluctuations and tuition increases. Click on the buttons below to view that term's cost estimate.
Learn More & How To Apply
Still have some questions? You can schedule an appointment with Shanti Freitas (Faculty-Led Immersion Coordinator) by calling 715-836-6037 or emailing email@example.com.
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