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Tropical Marine Biology in Honduras

Summer B  2012


Program Full

Program Description:

As a supplement to its Biology curriculum, the College of Sciences has developed a study abroad program for students interested in Tropical Marine Biology at UCF.

This program is a SCUBA based course in which students spend the first part of the week learning about marine biodiversity (fishes, corals, other invertebrates, marine mammals, plants) and the second part of the week undertaking small group research projects underwater. 

This program will be hosted by the Roatan Institute of Marine Science, in Roatan, Honduras.

Students will present project results on the last evening of the class.

When departing Honduras by air, you will be charged an airport tax of $38. The airport tax must be paid at the airport in cash in either U.S. dollars or lempiras. Checks and credit cards are not accepted. 

Payment breakdown based upon the minimum number of students:

Payment 1:  $100 (non-refundable)
Payment 2:  $1000
Payment 3:  $662.50
Payment 4:  $662.50

Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of tropical marine biodiversity (logbook)
  • Complete an independent research project (oral presentation of project results)
Program Prerequisites:
Minimum GPA: 2.50 cumulative
Language: English
Proficiency Level Required: English
Other Prerequisites: 
  • Science Major
  • SCUBA Certified
    • Proof of certification must be provided to the Office of International Studies at Millican Hall prior to the start of this program
  • Divers Alert Network membership (see logistics)
    • Proof of DAN membership must be provided to the Office of International Studies at Millican Hall prior to the start of this program
  • Instructor consent
Courses[click to expand]:
BSC-3930 Tropical Marine Biology (Undergrad)
Academic Institution: This program does not use a partner institution
Credit Hours: 2.00

PCB-5937 Tropical Marine Biology (Graduate)
Academic Institution: This program does not use a partner institution
Credit Hours: 2.00

Program Components and Costs:
Component: Program Fees

The following services are included as part of the program fee:

  • Round trip air between Orlando, Florida and Roatan, Honduras
  • Shared lodging accommodations in Roatan, Honduras
  • Meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Medical insurance
  • SCUBA weights and tanks
  • Administrative fee

The following services are not included as part of the program fee:

  • Additional SCUBA gear and equipment not listed above
  • Currency exchange fees
  • Visa or passport fees
  • Exit Airport Tax
  • Divers Alert Network Membership (DAN) Master Plan
  • UCF Tuition
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal travel not associated with the program
  • Incidentals
Price (in US Dollars): 2425.00
Requirement: Mandatory
Component: Insurance

Students who will be scuba diving as part of this program are required to purchase a Divers Alert Network (DAN) Membership and Master Plan for medical emergencies while scuba diving.   Students can purchase this DAN membership here: 


Prior to the start of the program, students must provide proof of the DAN membership with Master Plan to the Office of International Studies in Millican Hall.

Price (in US Dollars): 70.00
Requirement: Mandatory
1st payment due:  Pending application approval
2nd payment due: 2012-02-24
3rd payment due: 2012-03-15
4th payment due: 2012-04-16
Study abroad fees are posted to the UCF student account. Payment procedures, types and cashier locations can be found here, on the UCF Registrar's website.
Faculty Program Coordinator:
Name: Dr Linda Walters
Email: linda.walters@ucf.edu
Office: BL 401C
Program Dates:
Program Begins: 2012-07-14
Program Ends: 2012-07-21
Program Deadlines:
Last day to apply: 2012-02-15
Last day to withdraw/reconfirm: 2012-02-20
Academic Institution:
This program does not use a partner institution 
Additional information:
Program Map
Closest Domestic Consulate
Nearest US Embassy Abroad
US State Department Country Information
Currency Exchange Information
Visa Information:
Visa Required: No
Your visa requirements and cost may vary if you are not a US citizen. Please let OIS staff know if you are not using a US passport to ensure that we can address any differences in the immigration requirements.

Program Cost Disclaimer: The program cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (unless a program expressly and specifically includes this), independent travel, or personal expenses. Cost is approximate and may fluctuate due to changes in foreign currency or unforeseen circumstances. UCF reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time. In such cases, the university shall not be liable for airfare, transportation costs and/or any other costs incurred by the student. UCF, Office of International Studies will make reasonable efforts to notify students through reasonable means to inform the students to reserve their flights. Students should consult their travel agent about buying travel insurance to defray unanticipated costs in the event travel plans change. UCF will make reasonable efforts to notify students via Knights email when any significant changes are being made to the program. It is entirely within UCF's discretion as to what changes are considered significant.

University of Central Florida
Office of International Studies
4000 Central Florida Blvd, Millican Hall room 107 Orlando, FL 32816
Telephone (407) 882-2300 | Fax (407) 882-0240 | studyabroad@ucf.edu