Program Details

Now in its third season, the CGE Ridges to Reef study abroad program in Belize is an action-packed adventure that will engage students every day in hands-on learning. Belize is one of the most naturally and culturally rich countries in Central America. Th
Belize City, Belize; San Ignacio, Belize; San Benito, Guatemala; Dangriga, Belize
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Winter Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

The From Ridges to Reef in Belize Program offers students a once-in-a-lifetime experience where students will have the opportunity to live on one of Belize’s most pristine offshore cayes; have access to an archaeological cave system; explore the Sibun river; and form lasting friendships with the people they meet on their adventure. Students will explore special places where only few travelers go, such as the Actun Tunichil Muknal, a sacred Mayan sacrificial site, and the infamous Blue Hole that Jacques-Yves Cousteau made famous in 1972. Students will have the opportunity to snorkel the protected reefs within the Blue Hole and those surrounding Half Moon Caye National Monument; go sea kayaking and snorkeling around the offshore caye; and engage in community service projects.


Credits Offered:


  • Environmental Science and Policy (EVPP) 490: Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy
  • Integrative Studies (INTS) 399: Study Abroad


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.


Dormitory-style housing in field stations; some camping in tents, jungle lodges, and inns.

Setting Description:
Dormitory-style housing in field stations; some camping in tents; jungle lodges, and inns.
Program Cost (Winter 2018): $4870 Included: Tuition (3 credits) Accommodations Park fees and archaeological access permits On-ground guides Almost all meals Group excursions and activities, including transportation Pre-Departure Orientation International Emergency Insurance Not Included: Round-trip airfare Other transportation Snorkeling equipment (mask, fins, snorkel) Some meals Personal spending

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