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Summer: CELA (Belize)

San Ignacio, Belize

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer I 2020 (CELA Section A)
May 16, 2020
May 30, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Summer II 2020 (CELA Section B)
May 30, 2020
Jun 13, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Summer II 2020 (CELA Section B; Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation only)
May 30, 2020
Jun 10, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Summer I & II 2020 (CELA Sections A & B)
May 16, 2020
Jun 13, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Summer III 2020 (CELA Section C)
Jun 13, 2020
Jun 27, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Summer II & III 2020 (CELA Sections B & C)
May 30, 2020
Jun 27, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Summer IV 2020 (CELA Section D)
Jun 27, 0202
Jul 11, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Summer 2020 III & IV (CELA Section C & D)
Jun 13, 2020
Jul 11, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Summer V 2020 (CELA Section E)
Jul 11, 2020
Jul 25, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
English
No
No
No
Class Standing
First semester Sophomore
Junior
Rising Junior
Rising Sophomore
Second semester Sophomore
Sophomore
Good Academic Standing
Credits

3-6

Program Advisor

The Program

Travel to San Ignacio, Belize to study large animal veterinary practices, wildlife ecology and health, One Health, tropical marine ecology and conservation - or a combination of offerings through CELA's hands-on courses.

Large Animal Veterinary Practice in the Tropics - This course is designed for the veterinary, pre-veterinary, animal science or zoology students to gain working knowledge of the husbandry, and health issues confronting farm animals including horses, sheep, pigs, and cattle in Belize. 

Wildlife Health, Ecology & Conservation - Get a behind-the-scenes look working with zookeepers at the Belize Zoo, learning a variety of field learning methods on wild and captive animals. Through a combination of classroom lectures, field trips and practicums, students will learn about the many factors that affect the management, conservation, habitat and health of wild animals. 

One Health: Public Health in the Tropics - Explore the science, intercultural and social aspects of health through lectures, labs, and hands-on visits to local facilities and projects. By the end of the program, students will be able to describe the major issues and challenges in health and disease in Belize and globally. 

Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation - Learn the key biotic and abiotic components of a coral reef system and how they interact. Explore the current state of the Belize Barrier Reef through classroom, field and laboratory components, including snorkeling.

Program Location

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Belize

San Ignacio

San Ignacio is the second largest city in Belize (after Belize City), and is the home of the Center for Engaged Learning Abroad (CELA). The city got its start as a mahogany-producing center under British colonial rule, but has since branched out to other fields, including ecotourism. Students will use San Ignacio as their launching point for learning about local issues related to conservation, animal health, ecology, and more, as well as the impact these issues have on global events

Academics

 

Rutgers University has partnered with CELA Belize to offer four programs for students interested in traveling abroad to Belize during the summer:

 Large Animal Veterinary Practice in the Tropics (Section A, B, C, D, or E)

This course is designed for the veterinary, pre-veterinary, animal science or zoology students to gain working knowledge of husbandry, and health issues confronting farm animals including horses, sheep, pigs, and cattle in Belize. Students get the opportunity to learn hands-on veterinary examination techniques at working ranches and farms as well as learn about animal agriculture in Belize, including analyzing laboratory specimens in a laboratory. Lectures focus on the selection, nutrition, reproduction and management of horses, beef cattle, goats, swine and sheep. Other topics taught in this course include animal anatomy and physiology, animal agriculture economy, animal diseases and animal research.  Students participate in a local animal health clinic, practicing their new skills and assisting in spay and neuter procedures. 

 For more information, including a course syllabus, please click here.

 Wildlife Health, Ecology and Conservation (Section B or C)

Students will work alongside zookeepers in the world renowned Belize Zoo.  The focus of the course is on wildlife veterinary practices, conservation and research methods.  Species specific focus will include the research and conservation of the Jaguars, Tapirs, Howler and Spider Monkeys, Crocodiles, and various Raptor species. .  Students will gain insight on several field research techniques including specialized traps, GPS and VHF tracking, camera trapping, chemical immobilization and remote drug delivery, avian mist netting, bird banding, and nest searching and monitoring. Students will also get the opportunity to observe and collect data on captive and wild animals.

 For more information, including a course syllabus, please click here.

 Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation (Section B)

The focus of this course is to learn the key biotic and abiotic components of a coral reef system and how they interact. Students will come to understand the worldwide importance of coral reefs as well as their “canary in a coal mine” status. The course explores the current state of the Belize Barrier Reef east of Ambergris Caye and south to Caye Caulker. The biological and ecological history of this reef system will be used to inform attempts to predict its future under varied management strategies. Our local findings will be theoretically applied to all coral reef systems. We will also explore anthropogenic activities that have positive and negative impacts on these ecosystems in general. Lectures will encompass uninformed human activities locally and globally that can be addressed to achieve a more positive outcome for coral reefs.

 For more information, including a course syllabus, please click here

 One Health: Public Health in the Tropics (Section B)

Approved for Public Health Majors as course 10:832:240

Students will examine policy issues, conditions and determinants of public health and health policy in international health, and acquire an introduction to tropical diseases and review the strategies used to respond to these diseases in resource-limited settings. The group will supplement lectures with labs designed to enhance clinical skills. We will also gain hands-on experience through visits to local facilities and projects, including the Vector Control Unit in San Ignacio Hospital, international health care organizations PAHO and UNICEF, community health centres, government agricultural departments, and local hospitals and healers to learn about One Health from a variety of perspectives. Students will also learn to approach health in its wider social, economic and political context and acquire a basic understanding of the intimate, interdependent relationship between health and development processes. Lectures, readings from primary literature, field-based learning and group discussions are also integral components of the program and provide the conceptual framework for discussion, analysis, and interpreting field observations and findings. By the end of the program, students will be able to describe the major issues and challenges in health and disease in Belize and globally, identify mortality and morbidity in the Tropics, demonstrate knowledge of health concerns in Belize by ethnic and economic status, and much more. 

 For more information, including a course syllabus, please click here.

 

 Students will register for one three-credit course per section at CELA. Students can take one section for three credits, or two back-to-back sections for a total of six credits.

 Courses listed above have been approved as Rutgers credits, meaning that if you take these courses, the price listed below will appear on your term bill and the credits will transfer back as Rutgers credits. If you wish to apply to a course offered by CELA that does not appear above, you will be responsible for paying CELA directly for the appropriate amount and working through your department to receive transfer credit. Please contact the program manager (listed at the top of this page) if you have any questions.

 For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.


 

Academic Calendar

 

These dates are for Summer 2020 Field Courses in Belize! 

Large Animal Veterinary Practice in the Tropics: Section A

May 16 2020

May 30 2020

Large Animal Veterinary Practice in the Tropics: Section B

May 30 2019

June 13 2019

Large Animal Veterinary Practice in the Tropics: Section C

June 13 2019

June 27 2019

Large Animal Veterinary Practice in the Tropics: Section D

June 27 2020

July 11 2020

Large Animal Veterinary Practice in the Tropics: Section E

July 11 2020

July 25 2020

Wildlife Health and Conservation: Section B

May 30 2020

June 13 2020

Wildlife Health and Conservation: Section C

June 13 2020

June 27 2020

One Health: Public Health in the Tropics: Section B

May 30 2020

June 13 2020

Tropical Marine Ecology: Section A

May 30 2020

June 8 2020

Housing and Meals

Housing is provided as part of your program fee. Exact housing varies by program - contact CELA for details. Housing is generally shared rooms by gender, with each individual having their own twin bed in a shared room.

Meals included in your program fees are as follows:

Tropical Marine Ecology - all meals

Wildlife Health, Ecology and Conservation - includes breakfast and dinner each day

One Health - breakfast only

Large Animal Veterinary Practice in the Tropics - breakfast only

All other meals and snacks not listed above are the responsibility of the student.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $3,680 $3,970
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Excursions
  • Administrative Fees
  • International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $850
Meals $150
Books and Classroom Materials $100
Local Transportation $25
Personal Expenses $200
Total $1,325.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $6,290 $6,865
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Excursions
  • Administrative Fees
  • International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $850
Meals $250
Books and Classroom Materials $150
Local Transportation $50
Personal Expenses $300
Total $1,600.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $3,680 $3,970
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Excursions
  • Administrative Fees
  • International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $850
Meals $150
Books and Classroom Materials $100
Local Transportation $25
Personal Expenses $200
Total $1,325.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $6,290 $6,865
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Excursions
  • Administrative Fees
  • International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $850
Meals $250
Books and Classroom Materials $150
Local Transportation $50
Personal Expenses $300
Total $1,600.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $3,680 $3,970
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Excursions
  • Administrative Fees
  • International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $850
Meals $150
Books and Classroom Materials $100
Local Transportation $25
Personal Expenses $200
Total $1,325.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $6,290 $6,865
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Excursions
  • Administrative Fees
  • International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $850
Meals $250
Books and Classroom Materials $150
Local Transportation $50
Personal Expenses $300
Total $1,600.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $3,680 $3,970
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Excursions
  • Administrative Fees
  • International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $850
Meals $150
Books and Classroom Materials $100
Local Transportation $25
Personal Expenses $200
Total $1,325.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Scholarships

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

 Available to SEBS students only.  For more information please visit the SEBS Scholarships web page.

Student Spotlight

Deanna Bullock

“Spending the first month of my summer break abroad was the perfect fit for me because I didn’t have to jeopardize my fall and spring semester plans for this amazing experience. Studying abroad in the summer is the best of both worlds and I encourage EVERYONE to take advantage of the opportunity to go explore the world. Consider your options (scholarship wise) because I 100% thought I’d never be able to afford living in another country for a month, but by working hard and applying to every scholarship under the sun I made it! My trip to Belize wasn’t just a step out of my comfort zone, it was a full-on sprint off the cliff of my comfort zone and into the unknown. Like Neale Donald Walsch said, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” I’ve left a piece of myself in Belize, and I will definitely be going back for it sometime (hopefully) soon.