Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Belize

J-Term & Spring Break 2016 Faculty-led Program

Two Belize Program Options!

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J-Term—ENVS 340/BIOL 395: Natural History of Belize

This multidisciplinary program is ideal for BIOL, ENVS, and INTS majors/minors

Program Highlights

  • Travel throughout Belize on this 10-day program, January 4–13, 2016 and learn about this Central American country’s natural history and dynamic ecosystems first-hand.
  • Earn three credit hours towards ENVS, BIOL, INTS or general elective.
  • Led by Loyola Ecology faculty member Fr. Stephen Mitten, S.J.
  • Snorkel and explore Belize’s rare reef ecosystems with local guides.
  • Visit ancient Mayan ruins and learn about traditional healing practices and ethnobotany.
  • Learn about Belize’s wildlife and marine life by hiking through a Community Baboon Sanctuary, paddling down the Sibun River, and camping in the largest jaguar sanctuary in the world.

Program Description

This ten-day program immerses you in the tropical ecosystems of Belize, an English-speaking country in Central America that lies on the Caribbean Sea. Throughout this traveling course, students will study rain forest and coral reef ecology, the natural history of Belize, and Belizean culture and development. Academic excursions into Belizean ecosystems will be coupled with field labs, discussions, and lectures from local experts. The course focuses on experiential learning through exciting activities such as hiking through a Community Baboon Sanctuary, river canoe paddling through the Sibun River while water testing and collecting macroinvertebrate samples, and snorkeling through part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Students will also tour ancient Mayan ruins, the Belize Zoo, the Maya Centre Village and museum, and the Smithsonian Institute’s Western Caribbean Marine Research station.

Click Belize J-Term 2016 Flyer to see the Belize J-Term 2016 program flyer.

Instructor

The trips will be led by Fr. Stephen Mitten (smittensj@luc.edu), S.J. Click here to view his short biography.

Academics

Click Belize Syllabus to see the full syllabus.

Students participating in this program will receive 3 credit hours for the class they take.

Course Offering:

ENVS 340-E: Natural History of Belize: Tropical Ecosystems & Conservation

Cross-listed with:

BIOL 395: Natural History of Belize: Tropical Ecosystems & Conservation

Pre-requisites:

  • UCSF 137

OR

  • Biology (with ecology emphasis): BIOL 102 & 112. BIOL 265
  • Environmental Science major/minors: ENVS 137
  • Environmental Studies major/minors: ENVS 137
  • International Studies: Junior or Senior standing and/or UCSF 137

All students on the program will be enrolled in this 3 credit hour course. This course fulfills the following academic requirements:

  • ENVS Major/Minor Elective
  • Background course for Environmental Action & Leadership Minor
  • BIOL Major/Minor Elective for ecology emphasis
  • INTS Major/Minor Credit
  • Science course elective for Anthropology students
  • Satisfies the University Engaged Learning requirement in the Service-Learning category

Housing & Meals

During this traveling course students will stay in shared accommodations at multiple locations including Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Maya Center Guest House, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, and Tobacco Caye Guest House.

All meals (3/day) will be included.

Dates

Click Belize J-Term 2016 Itinerary for the tentative itinerary.

January 4–13, 2016

  • 10/15—Application Deadline
  • TBA—Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation
  • 1/4—Students Arrive in Belize—Program Start
  • 1/13—Students Depart Belize—Program End

Program Costs

Estimated Program Fee of TBA Includes:

  • Three meals per day
  • CISI International Health Insurance
  • All accommodations
  • Airport shuttle and water taxi transport
  • On-site program support from local staff and Loyola faculty
  • All program academic excursions and activities
  • Entrance to museums, animal sanctuaries, archaeological sites, and national parks

Tuition Fee of $2,166 Includes:

  • 3 credit hours of Loyola January term tuition
  • Lectures from local experts

Estimate Total Cost: TBA

Not Included: $100 OIP non-refundable application fee, airfare, personal spending money, other meals, optional baggage and travel insurance, and incidental expenses.

Scholarship:

  • Go Global Short Term Faculty Led Program Award—2 students will receive a need-based award of $2,500. For more information visit the Scholarships page.

Application Process

Application Deadline: October 15, 2015

Space is limited—apply today!

Maximum Enrollment: 18 Students

As part of the online application you must upload a copy of your valid passport or passport application receipt and pay by credit card a $100 non-refundable Office for International Programs (OIP) study abroad fee.

For more information, contact Kelly Heath in the Office for International Programs at kheath2@luc.edu or 773.508.3307; or contact Fr. Stephen Mitten, S.J., Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy at smittensj@luc.edu.

Spring Break ENVS 345/BIOL 395: Conservation and Sustainability of Neotropic Ecosystems

This advanced program is ideal for BIOL and ENVS majors and minors

Program Highlights

  • Travel throughout Belize on this 10-day program, March 4–13, 2016 and learn about this Central American country’s natural history and dynamic ecosystems first-hand.
  • Earn three credit hours towards ENVS, BIOL, Engaged Learning Core, or general elective.
  • Led by Loyola Ecology faculty member Fr. Stephen Mitten, S.J.
  • Snorkel and explore Belize’s rare reef ecosystems with local guides.
  • Learn about Belize’s wildlife and marine life by hiking through a Community Baboon Sanctuary, paddling down the Sibun River, and camping in the largest jaguar sanctuary in the world.

Click Belize Spring 2016 Flyer to see the Belize Spring Break 2016 program flier.

Program Description

ENVS 345/BIOL 395—Conservation and Sustainability of Nontropical Ecosystems meets once a week throughout the semester at LUC with a 10 day trip to Belize during spring break.

This spring course, which will meet once a week at the LUC campus, will be coupled with a ten-day short term study abroad program during spring break. This on sight portion will immerse you in the tropical ecosystems of Belize, an English-speaking country in Central America that lies on the Caribbean Sea. Belize is known for having 85 distinct ecosystems with more that 50% of its natural areas still intact and 28% in protection; this course focuses on a variety of models of conservation and management schemes as they are applied in Belize to these various ecosystems and identifies the benefits of these protected areas. Course activities focus on human influences, threats, conservation difficulties and management solutions within an ecological and social context. The course focuses on experiential learning through exciting activities such as hiking through a community Black howler monkey sanctuary, taking a night canoe excursion into Cox Lagoon Crocodile Sanctuary, camping in the world’s largest Jaguar Preserve and snorkeling the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. You will also visit, to name just some of the other places; the Belize Zoo, The Tropical Education Center, Man-O-War Caye Bird Sanctuary, and the Smithsonian Institute’s Western Caribbean Marine Research Station.

Academics

Click Belize Spring 2016 Itinerary to see the full syllabus with daily itineraries.

Academics

Students participating in this program will receive three credit hours for the class they take.

Course Offering:

ENVS 345 Special Topics: Conservation and Sustainability of Neotropical Ecosystems

Cross-listed with:

BIOL 395 Special Topics: Conservation and Sustainability of Neotropical Ecosystems

Pre-requisite:

  • Biology (with ecology emphasis) BIOL 102 & 112. BIOL 265
  • Environmental Science majors/minors: ENVS 237

All students on the program will be enrolled in this 3 credit hour course. This course fulfills the following academic requirements:

  • ENVS Major/Minor Elective
  • BIOL Major/Minor Elective for ecology emphasis
  • Satisfies the University Engaged Learning requirement in the Service-Learning category

Click here to see the full course outline.

Housing & Meals

During this traveling course students will stay in shared accommodations at multiple locations including Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Maya Center Guest House, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, and Tobacco Caye Guest House.

All meals (3/day) will be included.

Dates

Click Belize Spring 2016 Itinerary for the tentative itinerary.

March 4–13, 2016

  • 10/15—Application Deadline
  • TBA—Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation
  • 3/4—Students Arrive in Belize—Program Start
  • 3/13—Students Depart Belize—Program End

Program Costs & Scholarships

Estimated Program Fee of TBA Includes:

  • Three meals per day
  • All accommodations
  • Airport shuttle and water taxi transport
  • CISI International Health Insurance
  • On-site program support from local staff and Loyola faculty
  • All program academic excursions and activities
  • Entrance to museums, animal sanctuaries, archaeological sites, and national parks

Tuition Fee (Included in your spring tuition costs):

  • 3 credit hours of Loyola spring term tuition
  • Lectures from local experts

Estimated Total Cost: TBA in addition to Spring 2016 Tuition

Not Included: $100 OIP non-refundable application fee, airfare, personal spending money, other meals, optional baggage and travel insurance, and incidental expenses.

Application Process

Application Deadline: October 15, 2015

Space is limited—apply today!

Maximum Enrollment: 18 Students

As part of the online application you must upload a copy of your valid passport or passport application receipt and pay by credit card a $100 non-refundable Office for International Programs (OIP) study abroad fee.

For more information, contact Kelly Heath in the Office for International Programs at kheath2@luc.edu or 773.508.3307; or contact Fr. Stephen Mitten, S.J., Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy at smittensj@luc.edu.

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