Program Details

This 10 day course is designed for undergraduate students with an interest in wildlife from a pre-vet, biology or conservation perspective. Through a combination of classroom lectures, field trips and practicums, students will be introduced to tropical
Location:
Belmopan, Belize
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer, Winter Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

CELA Belize offers an international wildlife learning opportunity for biology, animal science, pre-vet, vet, wildlife, conservation and zoology majors to do field work in the tropics. Our programs offer one or two course sessions in the summer and winter from 14 days to four weeks. The courses are intensive with field excursions and hands-on experiences. Students are housed across from the Belize Zoo and travel to different areas of Belize including a tropical island for marine life studies. The courses are university quality and led by local and international instructors and veterinarians..

This 10 day course is designed for undergraduate students with an interest in wildlife from a pre-vet, biology or conservation perspective. Through a combination of classroom lectures, field trips and practicums, students will be introduced to tropical ecology, local conservation efforts, Belizean wildlife and wildlife research and veterinary techniques. This intensive, introductory course will help students understand the many factors that affect the management, conservation, habitat and health of wild animals.

This course carries 3 credits. Students earn a grade and Certificate of Completion. We are associated with a local college for students needing transcripts. Course credit transfers are up to each student's home institution. US credit is available, if needed.

Setting Description:
This course is offered in partnership with the Belize Zoo. Students are housed near the Zoo and take trips out to a tropical island and to a jaguar reserve. As an English-speaking country, Belize offers an international study aboard experience close to North America. The bio-diversity of the wildlife and flora also extends to cultural variety within the country. Students will be in contact with Belizeans who are Maya, Mestizos, Mennonites, Chinese, and ex-pats from around the world. The barrier reef off the coast of Belize lies in the Caribbean and is 2 hours from San Ignacio. The local area is rich with Maya ruins, rainforest, rivers and mountains.
Cost:
$2995 winter session one course, 3 credit hours $4995 summer session 28 days 2 courses, 6 credit hours $2825 summer session 14 days 1 course, 3 credit hours USD. Fees cover course tuition, housing, transportation to and from the airport and all class excursions. Breakfast and dinner are covered every day. One official transcript is included in the fees. Airfare and insurance are not included.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
APVMA scholarship for members, Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

5.0

Based on 4 Reviews

  • Incredible experience
    5.0
    09/20/17

    This program was an absolutely incredible experience. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in wildlife veterinary medicine or wildlife conservation. The course teaches you so much about the wildlife of Belize and gives you the opportunity to meet

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Study Abroad Feedback
    5.0
    09/20/17

    This program was a great first study abroad experience and taught me a great amount about wildlife. I learned how to bird band, how the Belize zoo operates, how to tract, etc. I enjoyed working with TBZ the most and I believe I will return to intern with

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • CELA wildlife health, ecology, and conservation
    5.0
    09/20/17

    This course provides the opportunity to meet some truly incredible people. Working in and around the Belize Zoo exposes you to some of the most driven and passionate people working towards conservation of Belizean wildlife. Huge focus on empowerment through

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Wildlife health ecology and conservation
    5.0
    09/20/17

    This course was interesting because everything I did was new to me and something I learned from. There wasn't as much hands on veterinary experience like there was in the large animal course but all the different activities we did were new and interesting.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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