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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
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Augustana College applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Faculty-Led
Course Leader:
O'Hara, David, Spencer, Craig
Program Capacity:
12
Academic Prerequisites:
Yes
Additional Prerequisites:
Academic Good Standing, Dean of Students Approval, Faculty Leader Approval, High Physical Stamina
Add'l App Required:
No
Additional Fees:
$150 IPO Administrative Fee
Program Description:
Guatemala spencer 1     Guatemala spencer 2

Course Description
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, including airfare, accommodations and meals, is $3,500.

Prerequisites
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. 

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

Faculty Directors
Dr. Craig Spencer: craig.spencer@augie.edu
Dr. David O'Hara: david.ohara@augie.edu

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.






Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
January Interim 2016 10/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.