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Belize

J-Term & Spring Break 2014 Faculty-led Program

NOW OFFERING TWO BELIZE PROGRAM OPTIONS!! 

 

 

J-Term- ENVS 340 Natural History of Belize

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

Program Highlights

 

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 rainforest 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 here to see the Belize J-Term 2014 program flier.

 

Instructor

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

 

Syllabus with Daily Itinerary and Site Visits

Click ‌here to see the full syllabus with daily itineraries.

Academics

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

Course Offering:  

ENVS 398: Natural History of Belize: Tropical Ecosystems & Conservation

Cross-listed with:

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

Pre-requisites:
Biology (with ecology emphasis): BIO 102 & 112. BIO 265
Environmental Science majors/minors: BIO 102 & 112
International Studies --- Junior or senior class standing

 

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

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

January 2-11, 2014

10/25 - Application Deadline

11/17   - Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation

1/2  -  Students Arrive in Belize—Program Start

1/11 - Students Depart Belize—Program End

Program Costs

PROGRAM FEE OF $850 INCLUDES:

TUITION FEE OF $2,070 INCLUDES:

Total Cost: $2,920

Not Included: $100 OIP non-refundable application fee, airfare, personal spending money, other meals, optional baggage and travel insurance, and incidental expenses.  All students will be required to purchase the Loyola CISI international health insurance separately (approximately $30).

*All fees subject to change.

Application Process

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 24, 2014

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 398 - Conservation and Sustainability of Neotropic Ecosystems

- This advanced program is ideal for BIO and ENVS majors and minors

Program Highlights

Click ‌here to see the Belize Spring Break 2014 program flier.

 

Program Description

ENVS 398- 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.

 

Syllabus & Daily Itinerary

Click here 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 398 Special Topics: Conservation and Sustainability of Neotropical Ecosystems

Cross-listed with:
BIO 395 Special Topics: Conservation and Sustainability of Neotropical Ecosystems

Pre-requisite: Biology (with ecology emphasis) BIO 102 & 112. BIO 265
Environmental Science majors/minors: BIO 102 & 112

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

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

February 28-March 9, 2014

10/27 - Application Deadline

11/17  - Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation

2/28 - Students Arrive in Belize—Program Start

3/9  -  Students Depart Belize—Program End

Program Costs

PROGRAM FEE OF $850 INCLUDES:

TUITION FEE OF $2,025 INCLUDES:

(This will be included in your spring tuition costs)

 

Total Cost: $2,875

Not Included: $100 OIP non-refundable application fee, airfare, personal spending money, other meals, optional baggage and travel insurance, and incidental expenses.  All students will be required to purchase the Loyola CISI international health insurance separately(approximately $30).

*All fees subject to change.

Application Process

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 24, 2014

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.

 

Loyola

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Mailing Address: 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660
773.508.7706 · studyabroad@luc.edu

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