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Short Term | Geographic Information Systems, Mapping, and Citizen Science in Belize
Belize City, Belize; Caye Caulker, Belize; Dangriga, Belize; San Ignacio, Belize (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer A
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer A
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Sociology Housing Options: Hotel
Language of Instruction:
English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Minimum Number of Credit Hours: 03 Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Program Type: Short Term
Program Description:
Geographic Information Systems, Mapping, and Citizen Science in Belize
Summer 2017
Dates: May 27- June 7

Application deadline: February 9
Commitment deadline: February 16

Tropical Marine Biology Belize

Program Description:
Work with communities on a real-world research project.  Learn an in-demand research method.  Explore the Belize Barrier Reef and several different landscapes across Belize (an English speaking country). Spend 6 days on land and 6 on islands along the reef.  Learn more at Check out a video of the class when Dr. Hawthorne taught it at Georgia State University: 
The Belize course introduces both graduate and undergraduate students to the art and science of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related geospatial technologies, geographic analysis, map communication, and geographic inquiry in an international setting.  As part of the course, students will develop geographic skills and apply them in a series of learning activities and research projects with residents and organizations in Dangriga, Caye Caulker, San Ignacio, and South Water Caye, Belize.  Students will learn about the major components of GIS, including the hardware, software, data, and human interaction needed to make these systems useful, but with an applied international focus on themes of uneven development and social and environmental injustices in Belize. Students will be introduced to ArcGIS and related geospatial technologies so they can engage in basic geographic analysis and geospatial thinking to address the major geographic and sociological themes of interest to community members in Belize.  Emphasis will be on collaborative fieldwork and research with Belizean partner organizations and the University of Belize. The course is taught from an interdisciplinary perspective, all majors and minors are welcome.

Students on this program should not book their flights.  Study Abroad will be arranging a group flight for all participants.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn and apply Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related geospatial technologies for basic geographic analysis and mapping purposes that also help students develop a greater appreciation for key geographic and sociological issues in Central America.
  • Engage in collaborative fieldwork and community-based learning in conjunction with international partners that results in shared, tangible GIS-based products (i.e. maps, reports, databases, and online mapping applications).
  • Develop critical thinking, communication, and presentation skills that can be applied to future work within and beyond their university experiences.
  • Form a heightened global literacy, connecting program experiences to future career paths.

Program Courses:
SYA 3xxx: Participatory Geographic Information Systems in Belize (3 credits)
SYA 6xxx: Participatory Geographic Information Systems in Belize (3 credits)

*Please note that all participants must enroll in one of these courses and pay associated tuition to be a part of the program


Program fee: $2,650 (subject to amendment) 
For details on what the program fee includes please see program Budget Sheet

Payment 1: $1,000
Payment 2: $1,650

The following services are included as part of the program fee:
  • Program accommodation
  • Snorkeling excursion
  • Local guides
  • Local ground transportation and water taxis
  • 18 meals
  • UCF Abroad administrative fee ($350)
The following are not included:
  • Tuition
  • Flights

Program Leader: Timothy Hawthorne 
Program Leader

This program is currently not accepting applications.