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College of Charleston in Belize Spring Break

Program Overview

Special Topics in Marine Biology will be a study abroad field trip to explore the reefs of Glover’s Toll, Belize. The program is a supplement to the Biology of Coral Reefs, a course for undergraduate Biology Majors and graduate students in the Masters for Marine Biology or Environmental Studies.

Program Dates

March 1 – March 9, 2014

Program Director

Dr. Phil Dustan

Department of Biology



  • Students must enroll in the spring semester course associated with the program, BIOL 449
  • Students must either already possess a valid passport or be able to obtain a valid passport
  • Students must have completed Biology 111, 112, 211, 305 and 341
  • Students must have junior status and at least a 3.0 GPA (or permission of the instructor)
  • Students must be SCUBA certified

Course offered

BIOL 502: Special Topics in Marine Biology (1 credit)

Program Costs

$2360 which includes airfare, lodging, some meals, medical insurance

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Any financial aid that a student currently has at the College of Charleston will apply like normal for the semester course tuition (ie. Life Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Academic Scholarships, Federal Student Loans and Grants, etc.).  Additionally, students are eligible to apply for the Center for International Education study abroad scholarship.  The maximum that can be awarded for this program is $500. Click here to learn more about the CIE scholarship.

Application Process

Application deadline is November 15, 2013.  Students must submit a completed study abroad application form to Julie Swigert (  Study Abroad Coordinator, Center for International Education. Applications can either be downloaded from our website or can be picked up in the CIE office. A $500 deposit will be posted to the student’s MyCharleston account once the application has been submitted to, and approved by, the CIE.

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