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UF in Belize - Marine Ecology and Conservation
Belize City, Belize; Belmopan, Belize; Cayo, Belize; Indian Church, Belize; San Ignacio, Belize; San Pedro, Belize (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer A
Homepage: Click to visit
Budget Sheets Summer A
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer A 2018 03/15/2018 03/15/2018 05/27/2018 06/03/2018
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Program Advisor: Brian Henry
Type of Credit:
UF Course Registration: WIS 4905, WIS 6905
Open to non-UF students:
Program Type: UF Sponsored
Agricultural and Life Sciences
Field of Study: Conservation, Marine Ecology
Program Description:

UF in Belize

Marine Ecology & Conservation in the Tropics
Summer A: May 27 - June 3, 2018

Understand Marine Ecology and Conservation in the Tropics.

Explain Marine Ecology, Habitat, and Conservation Terms as They Relate to the Tropics of Belize.

Compare and Contrast Marine Ecology, Habitat, and Conservation Principles and Practices as They Relate to the Tropics of Belize.

Contribute to Long-Term Marine Science Research in the Tropics of Belize.

About the Program

In this course, you will actively experience marine organisms and habitats, peoples, and conservation issues, solutions, practices, and practitioners in the tropics, with Belize as a case study. Belize has a diversity of coastal and marine ecosystems, the second largest barrier reef system in the world, and is renowned for its marine life and conservation practices. Belize has a greater proportion of its area under some form of protection and conservation management than any other country, and employs a variety of unique conservation strategies. This program also offers you the opportunity to participate in a long-term marine research project in Belize. Most of the activites for the course take place in the water via snorkeling. Optional scuba activities are available for an additional fee. Lectures and activities will be led by Dr. Bill Giuliano, and Dr. Ken Mattes (renowned marine scientist with 20+ years experience in the tropics), and others.

About the Location

We will operate from an established field station in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. This is on the largest of the cayes in Belize and very close to the barrier reef system where most of the activities will take place.
This is the second largest barrier reef system in the world, containing some of the greatest diversity of marine wildlife and habitats.

Course Information

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Marine Ecology & Conservation in the Tropics (Belize)
WIS4905 / WIS6905
3 UF GPA credits

* All students must attend and participate in all pre and post-travel classes in the Spring of 2018 (available via distance learning)


  • open to all majors

  • 2.5 GPA

  • must have either completed a wildlife course or have program director approval


Provided at the Belize Marine Tropical Research & Education Center - dorm rooms of 4 people.

2018 Pricing

Undergraduate Program Fee: $2,012
Graduate Program Fee: $2,260

A $350 nonrefundable deposit toward the total cost of the program is due at the time of application. The remaining fees are due no later than 45 days prior to departure. If you receive financial aid, you can defer payment until it disburses.

What's Included

Tuition for 3 UF GPA credits, all meals, housing, local transportation, activities fees, international health insurance, and medical emergency assistance.

Not Included

Round-trip airfare, required snorkeling equipment, additional personal travel, and personal expenses.

Financial Aid

Most financial aid that you would receive on campus during the summer can be applied toward the cost of this study abroad program; however, all financial aid eligibility is determined by Student Financial Affairs. You must speak with your financial aid advisor to determine what aid can be applied to the cost of this study abroad program, including scholarships.

*** If you are interested in both UF in Belize Summer programs, click here to apply. Combined program dates are May 12 - June 3. ***

UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Brian Henry

Faculty Program Director
Dr. Bill Giuliano
308 Newins-Ziegler Hall