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  • Locations: Monkey Bay, Belize; Tobacco Caye, Belize
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Scholarship Available: Yes Program Type: Study Abroad
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Shared - On Site
Minimum GPA: 2.5 (Undergrad) Service Learning: Yes
Graduate or Undergraduate: Undergraduate Education Abroad Programs by College: College of Science of Mathematics
Departments: Biology & Physics Payable Account Code: 8709
Program Description:
Marine Biology in Belize

**The application deadline for this program is November 1st, 2018**

**To be accepted into this program, students must submit the following by November 1st, 2018:

- $300 Non-Refundable Deposit
- Completed Medical Clearance Form*
- Meet G.P.A. Requirement or submit an appeal*

*See below for details

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Following application, the primary mode of communication from the KSU Education Abroad Office and all other KSU offices pertaining to your education abroad program will be to your email account.  As a KSU student, you are required to check this regularly.


Program Description

This hands-on field course will explore diverse tropical marine ecosystems utilizing the coast of Belize as its study site. The course will focus on the ecology of coral reefs, seagrass meadows, and fringing mangrove ecosystems as well as examining environmental impacts and conservation efforts as they relate to the cultures and politics of Belizean society. You will visit and stay in areas that have been designated as natural preserves.  Students will also be tested for swimming ability prior to departure and given a lesson in proper snorkeling techniques.

Program Dates (subject to change)

Course Dates: Each Friday throughout the spring semester
In-country Travel Dates: March 30th - April 6th, 2019

Itinerary: Marine Biology in Belize Itinerary

Program Cost (subject to change)

$3,275.00 includes round-trip airfare (Atlanta - Belize City), all in-country travel, all meals, all lodging, admission fees, emergency health insurance and airport departure tax.  The above price does not include vaccinations (if applicable), cost of passport application, cost of ground transport to and from Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, tips, incidental expenses, souvenirs, or drinks that are not a part of regular meals. Students must also supply their own mask, fins, and snorkel, as well as other items typically associated with travel and outdoor activities.

*** Tuition is not included in the program cost.  Tuition is paid separately. ***

**All KSU students if eligible, will receive the Global Learning Scholarship. For questions regarding the Global Learning Scholarship, please refer to **

A $300.00 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of application. This deposit will be subtracted from your total fee. Payments are broken down into two installments:

December 3rd, 2018 - 1st  installment of $1,487.50
January 11th, 2019  - 2nd installment of $1,487.50

If eligible, the Global Learning Scholarship award amount will be applied to your second installment.

For information about scholarships available for this program please visit our website.

Medical Clearance Form Information
A completed medical clearance form is required by November 1st, 2018 for acceptance onto this program.  In order to complete the medical clearance form please follow these steps:

1. Print out the Medical Clearance form provided to you once you begin an education abroad program application.
2. Print out the Physical assessment form. You can find the form below in the Safety & Security Section of this brochure page.
3. Print out the program description located above in this brochure page.
4. Take the medical clearance form, physical assessment, and program description with you to a licensed medical provider.
5. Once the entire medical clearance form is completely filled, please send it to the Education Abroad Office via mail, fax, or in-person.

Global Learning Scholarship
***All KSU students are eligible to apply for the KSU Global Learning Scholarship.***

In order to receive scholarship, students MUST submit the Financial Aid Acknowledgment Form to the Office of Financial Aid (located in Kennesaw Hall; AND complete the Global Learning Scholarship online application by the deadline.:

  • Spring 2019 Programs: October 1st - November 30th
  • The award for this program is $1,000.00.  (Award subject to change, if eligible)
  • The Global Learning Scholarship may be deducted from the 2nd payment installment.
**Please note that this program does include built-in community service and students applying to this program will not be required to complete community service prior to receiving this award, if eligible.**



Tobacco Caye 1  Tobacco Caye 2  Tobacco Caye 3

Rooms are basic, clean and secure, with up to 4 beds per room, flush toilet, sink and unheated rainwater shower. In order to conserve energy, generators are turned on at night only to run lights, fans and allow students to charge their electronic equipment.  The dining room prepares three delicious meals per day with a heavy emphasis on fish, but will prepare custom meals to meet all special dietary needs.


Safety & Security

Faculty members will hold several orientations prior to traveling which will be used to discuss how to prepare for your trip and safety and health information. There will be no travel in high crime areas in Belize.  Students will be advised of recommended CDC medicines and vaccination for Belize. Threatening tropic organisms and safety guidelines will be discussed in orientation and pre-trip lectures.

For up-to-date information on Belize from the State Department, please visit:

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) also provides useful information for travelers going to Belize and provides a list of vaccinations and/or health concerns to be aware of:

Faculty advice for traveling on this program: 
Marine Biology in Belize Health & Safety Handout
Marine Biology in Belize Physical Requirement Assessment Form - Necessary for Medical Clearance Form!
Belize Safety Tips
Division of Global Affairs' Advisory Regarding Zika Virus


Student in Water



BIOL 4620 - Advanced Topics in Ecology & Evolution - 4 credit hours
Prerequisite or Co-requisite:  "C" or better in BIOL 3370 (Ecology) 

Special selected topics of interest to faculty and students. Such topics might include advanced lab and field techniques, microbial ecology, evolution of specific taxa, biology of gender. Can be taken only once for credit toward degree.

***NOTE: All undergraduate students must have and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA to be eligible for this program. If taking this course for graduate credit, students must have and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to be eligible. ***


Application Deadline

November 1st, 2018

A $300.00 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application. 

Important Notes:

  • You will NOT be considered for this program until you have paid the deposit and turned in your medical clearance form.  Failure to do so by the deadline will result in not being accepted onto the program.
  • All undergraduate students must have and maintain at least a 2.5 G.P.A. to be eligible for this program.  Students with a 2.0 or higher can appeal their G.P.A. to the Education Abroad G.P.A. Appeal Committee.  You can appeal here:



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Faculty Contacts
Dr. Troy Mutchler
Tel: 470-578-4360

Dr. Joseph Dirnberger

Tel: 470-578-6546


Dr. Scott Reese

Tel: 470-578-6168


Faculty Backgrounds

Dr. Troy Mutchler is a marine biologist specializing on seagrasses and macroalgae with relevant research experience in Puerto Rico and Mexico. He participated in Marine Biology in Belize for the last three years.

Dr. Joseph Dirnberger has extensive teaching and research experience in both freshwater and marine biology. He has visited Belize on twelve occasions including two site visits, and his other relevant travels include Costa Rica and Mexico, the Bahamas, and the Virgin Islands.

Dr. Scott Reese has research experience in the Caribbean coral reefs to the north along Mexico's Yucatan coast, and has traveled in Belize on nine occasions including one site visit.

**To make an appointment to speak with the Education Abroad Program Coordinator for this program, please email Thu-Hang Tran at**




All application deposits are non-refundable, except in the case of:

*Program cancellation by Kennesaw State University
*A wait-listed student who is not added into the program
*A student who has applied to one education abroad program and clearly notifies the Education Abroad Office--in writing and prior to the application deadline--of his/her desire change the application to an alternate KSU program

Refunds for application fees will be issued in the same form of payment originally used for purchase.  Please be sure to retain all account information used for purchase and notify the Education Abroad Office (EAO) in advance if there is a problem with your account.  The EAO will not be responsible for refunds sent to closed accounts.


Upon registration for the KSU faculty-led education abroad academic course(s), the designated program fee, which is separate from tuition,  is charged to the student's account. The student has up to one month to pay the program fee in full, following a specific payment schedule. Failure to pay the program fee in full by the stated deadline may result in deletion from the program.

All program fees are non-refundable. In all cases, the student will only receive recoverable fees, subject to the rules/policies of external service providers.  Any such refund will not include the initial application fee and will not be issued until after the education abroad program is completed.


Payment and refund of tuition will follow the normal processes establish by the Offices of the Registrar and Bursar.  Students wishing to withdraw from any study abroad program or course must submit their request in writing through the Education Abroad Office.



This program is currently not accepting applications.