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AUGUSTANA FACULTY LED PROGRAM: Tropical Ecology of Guatemala, Belize, and Spanish Immersion
San Jose, Peten, Guatemala; South Water Caye, Belize; Tikal, Guatemala; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: January Interim
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: AU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Program Type:
Language of Instruction:
English, Spanish
Course Leader:
O'Hara, David, Spencer, Craig
Program Provider:
Augustana University
Areas of Study:
Biology, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Marine Science, Spanish
Program Capacity:
Academic Prerequisites:
Additional Prerequisites:
Academic Good Standing, Dean of Students Approval, Faculty Leader Approval, High Physical Stamina
Major/Minor Credit:
Add'l App Required:
Additional Fees:
$150 IPO Administrative Fee
Program Description:
Guatemala spencer 1     Guatemala spencer 2

Course Description (BIO 397)
In Guatemala we will live humbly and simply with host families in a small village, with one or two students per home.  Mornings will be spent at a Spanish language school, studying one on one with native instructors.  Afternoons will include excursions to forest reserves, Mayan ruins including Tikal, as well as some volunteer work in a small health clinic.  We will go on a rigorous 3-day, 40 mile expedition through tropical forest ecosystems studying pristine as well as disturbed forests.  We will be hiking and camping along the way.  In Belize, we will stay at a field research station on a small island.  We will study a variety of marine habitats including coral reefs, mangroves, and coastal lagoons, including extensive snorkeling in these habitats.  The course will involve some fairly rigorous physical activity as well as some potentially challenging living conditions.  The first week of the course will be on campus at Augustana.

Comprehensive Fee
The estimated cost for this course is $3,500 plus a $150 IPO Administrative Fee.
The comprehensive fee includes international airfare, in-country transportation, accommodations and meals.

Biology 121 and Spanish II (SPAN 111 or higher) OR permission of Instructor.  This course is demanding physically, mentally, and emotionally.  We seek responsible students with sincere interest in Ecology and Spanish, a sense of adventure, and the ability to persevere under challenging conditions. 

The course is graded A-F.  Coursework includes an extensive field journal, lab practical, discussion of reading material and several oral presentations.

Application Procedure
Application to the course is by application and interview only.  All participants must be approved by the faculty directors.  The application consists of 4 elements:  a letter of application, an unofficial transcript, one letter of reference and the name and phone number of one additional reference at Augustana.  Each of these required elements will be described in full in your StudioAbroad portal after you begin the application process.  Upon receipt of your completed application, the Faculty Directors will contact you for an interview.

To begin the application process, click the APPLY NOW button that appears at the top of the program description.  You will be prompted to create an account in StudioAbroad before being able to access the application materials.

Faculty Leaders

craig spencer profile2Dr. Craig Spencer:

David OHara ProfileDr. David O'Hara:

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.