Programs : Brochure
- Locations: South Water Caye, Belize
- Program Terms: Global Seminar Wntr
- Restrictions: SPU applicants only
Winter 2020 Global Seminar (December 2019)
Located on the eastern coastline of Central America on the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize is surrounded by Mexico to its north, Guatemala to its west and south, and the Caribbean Sea to its east. Today, it’s home to just over 300,000 people.The Belize Barrier Reef is the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, second in the world to only the Great Barrier Reef.This program gives students plenty of underwater classroom opportunities, which include snorkeling and scuba diving.
During the Belize Tropical Biology Global Seminar, students will experience intensive readings, lectures, discussions, field instruction, and observations, as well as research and service projects related to coral reefs and their associated organisms. Students will learn about the ecology of coral reefs; they will learn to identify common species, and study their behavior and relationships. Additionally, students will learn something of terrestrial and human history in Belize — especially the ancient Mayan culture.
Please note that this program takes place every other year, following the odd numbered years.