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Natural History of the Neotropics
Ladyville, Belize; Sittee River Village, Belize; Tikal, Guatemala (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: WinTerm
Budget Sheets WinTerm
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
WinTerm 2016 10/15/2015 ** Rolling Admission 01/04/2016 01/14/2016
NOTE: Coursework will start 12/21/2015 and end 01/15/2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.0
Class Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore Housing Options: Field Station
Faculty Led: Yes
Program Description:

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OVERVIEW

Wee Wee Caye

In this program, students will gain an understanding of the patterns and processes that yield hot spots of biodiversity in Belize and Guatemala while learning to appreciate the need for their conservation. Time will be spent studying coral reefs and rainforests under the direction of native guides at two rustic field stations. Students should be prepared for a very active itinerary. In the end students should have gained an understanding and appreciation for modern Belizean cultures as well as the earliest Mayan inhabitants.

Location: Belize & Guatemala

Located in the tropical zones of the American continent, the Neotropics contain a diverse set of species and ecosystems, as well as a broader range of interactions compared with other tropical regions of the world. Its two coasts and its mountainous system, which provides numerous and varied microclimates, contribute to the land’s natural wealth, both in terms of species and ecosystems.

The weather in Central America is warm and generally pleasant this time of year but varies greatly and can sometimes be unpredictable. Be prepared for rain and sunshine! Expect 70-80 degrees this time of year.
 

ACADEMICS

Wee Wee Caye

Eligibility:
Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
Minimum freshman status at time of participation
Good academic & behavioral standing
Prerequisite: Snorkeling workshop. This workshop is offered post-acceptance
 
Course Information:
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive 4 credits for BIO-270, Natural History of the Neotropics.
 
Speak with your academic advisor to ask how this course will fit into your program plan. This course can help students fulfill university requirements in the following areas.
 
Analytical Reasoning & Natural Sciences (ARNS) – natural science with a lab
Global Perspective 

This course will be taught by:
Michael Bessert
bessertm@uwstout.edu
715-232-2562
JHSW 331D
 

LOGISTICS

Pre-Zipline

Accommodation: Students will be housed in cabins at Possum Point Field Station and Wee Wee Caye Marine Lab. In some scenarios, there is no air conditioning or heat, but conditions should be quite comfortable this time of year. Housing at Maya Mountain is a bit more modern, with electricity, running water, air conditioning and limited Internet access. There are no in-room bath facilities, but common bath/shower facilities are available for men and women. Housing at Black Orchid will be the most comfortable of the trip. Rooms are air conditioned with in-room bathroom and showers, and Internet access.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided to participants for the duration of the program. These costs are already built into the program fee. Please notify the faculty leader or the Office of International Education of any dietary needs or restrictions..

Travel: Group flights will be purchased for all participants and the faculty leader. These costs are already included in the program fee. If you require any deviations from the group travel plan, the faculty leader and the Office of International Education must be notified prior to the application deadline in order to accommodate you. Participants will be responsible for any additional costs associated with a deviation from the group. 

Passport: All participants must have a valid passport to participate in this program. Information regarding U.S. passports can be found here, the current fee for a new U.S. passport is $135. If you already have a passport, be sure to check the dates of validity, it is suggested that the expiration date is no earlier than 6 months after your return date. 

Visa: Participants who hold a valid U.S. passport are not required to apply for a visa before entering Nicaragua for the duration of this program. Immigration fees will be assessed for departure/return from Guatemala as well as upon final departure from Belize. The current departure/re-entry fee from Guatemala is $30; departure from Belize is $20. Please note these fees are subject to change. If you are not a U.S. passport holder the requirements may be different for you. Please contact your consulate or the Office of International Education for more information.
 

COSTS

2014 Group

Click below to see a breakdown of the estimated program costs.

WINTERM BUDGET SHEET

Students who are eligible for financial aid may use applicable grants, scholarships and loans to pay for study abroad programs at UW-Stout. Participants should apply for aid in the same manner as a typical semester on campus then provide your financial aid counselor with the estimated costs from the link above. Every student’s financial situation is different, meet with your financial aid counselor to discuss your options today!

Financial Aid Office
715-232-1363
Finaid1@uwstout.edu
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