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Belize Summer 2011

Information on Belize-








IZE Travel Tips for Participants- print, read, and take with you.

Belize Risk Form- to be signed and returned to CCSA by April 29, 2011.

Mail to- 
CCSA 
Belmont University
1900 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37212
OR 
scan and email to data@ccsa.cc.



May 16, 2011 to May 30, 2011 

Price: $4,395 including round-trip transportation from designated departure cities 

Application Deadline: February 25, 2011 

Early Application Deadline: $100 Discount for applications received by February 11, 2011! 

Credit: 3 hours 




PROGRAM OVERVIEW

An English-speaking country in the heart of Central America. Home to one of the greatest concentrations of bio-diversity on the planet. Dotted with magnificent archaeological remnants of the Mayan people and populated by their descendants. Join the CCSA Belize Program and discover Belize with its rainforests, ruins and reefs, the largest in the Americas, truly a world of wonder. A special feature of this program is the opportunity to snorkel a World Heritage site. 

By combining this intensive study abroad experience with course-specific assignments preceding and/or following the travel portion of the program, students may earn up to three semester hours of college credit. . 

Please carefully read Program Details for additional information pertinent to all CCSA programs.

ACCOMMODATIONS & MEALS

Participants in the Belize Program reside in field station-type accommodations. Housing is based primarily on multi-bedded rooms. Daily breakfasts and some additional meals are included in the program price. 


PROGRAM COSTS

The price of the Belize Program is $4395. This includes round-trip transportation from designated cities, internal air transportation, airport transfers, accommodations, daily breakfast, program excursions, health insurance, and some additional meals. 

Most meals, other than breakfast, are at the participant’s own expense. A minimum of $400 should be budgeted for meals, additional transportation, entrance fees and departure tax (if applicable). Participants should also budget additional funds for personal expenses such as souvenirs and independent travel, based upon individual spending habits. 

Tuition is not included in the program costs detailed above. Please refer to Registration/Tuition & Fees for additional information. All prices are subject to change in the event of unanticipated increases in airfares, monetary exchange rates or other changes in program costs. In some cases, program items may be deleted in lieu of a price increase.


PAYMENT SCHEDULE & DEADLINES

Applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of the February 25, 2011 application deadline, as priority is given to early applications. Notification regarding acceptance to the program will be sent shortly after receipt of the application and deposit in the CCSA central office. 

For students from outside the CCSA consortium, notification will follow receipt of the application, deposit and additional application materials. Confirmation of specific course selection will be provided approximately three weeks after the application deadline. 

NOTE: A $100 reduction in the program price will be awarded to those who submit their applications before or on February 11, 2010. This discount will be applied to the final payment due on April 20, 2011. 

  • A $200 deposit is due at the time of application. 
  • A first payment of $2,000 to cover the airline ticket price and deposits on arrangements in Belize is due by the application deadline date, February 25, 2011. 
  • The second and final payment of $2195, plus single room price, is due by April 20, 2011. 

Please familiarize yourself with the Cancellation Policy. Checks should be made payable to “CCSA.” Please consider your cancelled check as receipt for payment. Returned checks will incur a $20 penalty fee. CCSA also accepts Visa and MasterCard. 

Please see the Payment Page.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The following is a description of the course of study offered for this CCSA program. Applicants may register for courses offered by professors from any member institution. Students are encouraged to e-mail faculty to learn more about the classes. 

BIOLOGY 

Tropical Ecology & Conservation

Life is rampant in the tropics! In this course we will visit and study two of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. The tropical forests of Belize are home to howler monkeys, five species of great cats, colorful birds and a huge diversity of plants. The barrier reef in Belize -the longest in our hemisphere -is teeming with life. What better place to study ecology? We will also visit ruins of the ancient Mayan civilization as well as modern Mayan villages to gain perspective on how humanity has interacted with these diverse yet fragile ecosystems. Prerequisite: none for lower division credit; General Education Biology/ Environmental Science for upper division credit 

(3 cr. hrs., LD/UD, Dr. John Niedzwiecki, [john.niedzwiecki@belmont.edu], Belmont University)