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  • Locations: Belize City, Belize
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03-Jan-2021 21-Jan-2021 10-May-2021 23-May-2021
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Director: Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging, Other
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: English Click here for a definition of this term Sponsor: Iowa State University
Click here for a definition of this term ISU Course: BIOL 394
Program Description:
Program Description:
This course will engage ISU undergraduates in an immersive 2 weeks of biological and cultural experiences in Belize. Biological learning will be primarily experiential and will include tropical forest and marine ecosystem components. Cultural learning will involve interactions with Belizians, including Garafuna and Maya people, and visiting Maya archeological sites.

Swimming with turtle in Belize

Course Info:  3 credits of Biology 394 OR Anthropology 323D during Summer 2020

Course Dates: This program will tentatively take place between May 10-23 2021.  There will also be compulsory on-campus pre-departure orientation classed during the second half of the Spring 2020 semester.

Program Directors:
Dr. Corinna Most (EEOB),
Dr. Andrew Somerville (WLC),

Snorkeling in BelizeDrummers in Belize

Course Prerequisites:
Students must be able to swim and hike at least 2-3 miles per day, withstand intense heat and humidity, and enjoy being in nature. Students should possess situational flexibility, group interaction skills, and cultural awareness.

Junior/Senior standing and 3.0 GPA preferred but not required.

Belize water

Program Costs:

Program Fee:
Approximately $3,800.00 - includes: airfare, transportation, lodging, most meals, entrance fees, service fees, CISI required health and emergency insurance.

Out of Pocket Expenses:
$105 study abroad center fee (3224 MU charges this), passport if you don't already have one (about $135), $40 for meals on your own, $200 for incidentals (snacks, souvenirs, etc), ISU summer tuition and fees for 3 credits.

If you are a first time international traveler in CALS, contact Mr. Jodi Cornell; if you have a primary major in LAS, contact Taylor Stoeckler to find out how to get reimbursed for the cost of your passport.

Kayaking in BelizeBelize rock formations

Tentative Itinerary:
Day 1: 5/10/2021 Flight from Des Moines, IA, to Belize City, Belize Accommodation at Monkey Bay Night tour of Belize Zoo
Day 2: 5/11/2021 Transfer to TREES Guided "Will Walk"-Introduction to jungle and trails Accommodation at TREES
Day 3: 5/12/2021 Talk: Tropical ornithological techniques Workshop: Bird-banding Farm Tour Accommodation at TREES
Day 4: 5/13/2021 Travel to Five Blues Lake Park for guided tour of underground lake, rivers, caves (picnic lunch) Accommodation at TREES
Day 5: 5/14/2021 Travel to St. Herman's for cave tubing/swimming (picnic lunch) Travel to Springfield for tour of Amish Village Talk: Herpetofauna of Belize Workshop: Herp Walk Accommodation at TREES
Day 6: 5/15/2021 Travel to Xunantunich for guided tour of archeological site (picnic lunch) Travel to Cahal Pech for tour of archeological site Dinner in San Ignacio @ Midas Hotel Accommodation at Hotel Midas in San Ignacio
Day 7: 5/16/2021 Travel back to TREES Talk: Neotropical Bat Diversity Workshop: Bat Mist-Netting Accommodation at TREES
Day 8: 5/17/2021 Travel to Maya Center Stop at Marie Sharp's Hot Sauce Factory for a tour Activities at Maya Center: Chocolate- and tortilla-making Accommodation at TREES
Day 9: 5/18/2021 Hands-on Habitat Restoration or Farm Help or Free Time Accommodation at TREES
Day 10: 5/19/2021 Travel to Dangriga for boat to Billy Hawk Caye Talk: Intro to Habitat Snorkeling around the island mangroves and on outer reef Accommodation at Billy Hawk Caye
Day 11: 5/20/2021 Visit Calabash Caye Smithsonian Research Station Snorkeling on patch and fringe reef Visit different marine habitats including frigate bird colony on Man-O-War Caye Guided night snorkeling
Day 12: 5/21/2021 Boat transfer to Dangriga Visit Gulisi Garifuna Museum Transfer to Mayflower Bocawina National Park Transfer to Lebeha Drumming Center in Hopkins Accommodation at Lebeha Drumming Center
Day 13: 5/22/2021 Free morning on beach Dinner at Lebeha Drumming Center with a musical performance Sittee River Bioluminescence Tour Accommodation in Lebeha Drumming Center
Day 14: 5/23/2021 Travel to Belize City airport, return to Iowa.

Fish in Belize

Application materials:
  • 250-word statement of interest explaining why you want to join the program and how you would benefit from it;
  • one (1) letter of reference;
  • unofficial transcripts.