Experience a tropical rainforest and coral reef just miles apart. Belize offers fascinating biological features that characterize these systems as you observe the interactions between humans and their environment. In the rainforest, see iguanas, howler monkeys and leaf cutter ants while gaining insight into the Mayan culture and its use of medicinal plants. On the coral reef, the longest in the Western Hemisphere, swim with brilliantly colored reef fish among the diverse assemblage of corals, sponges, and other invertebrates.
Health and emergency evacuation insurance* (International Programs Only)
Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
CCSA Central Office
Stephen Farley - Applications
Robert Bedard - Payments
Robin Byerly - Travel
Robert is a CCSA staff member.
Group Travel Required
Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with our group travel. CCSA will purchase a airline ticket from select U.S. cities on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, you will also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport.
You can check our currently available departure cities on our departures page CCSA highly recommends this option for those new to international travel.
roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
CCSA faculty and staff to guide you through the immigration and customs process.
* All prices are estimates based on prior programs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by the first payment deadline.
Not required for U.S. citizens for less than a 3-month stay. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa as needed.
Program Dates July 01, 2021 —July 14, 2021 Base Price
$450 - $650 (estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)Enrollment Status: OPEN
May 07, 2021 App Fee Currently $250Scholarships: See our scholarships page
Biology / Ecological Studies
Conservation & Sustainability in the
Maya Forest of Belize
Course Description: The area that contains modern Belize has been a center of both biodiversity and human civilizations for over three thousand years. Here, the ancient Maya developed what was arguably the most technologically advanced civilization in the Americas, before most cities were abruptly abandoned in the 8th-9th century A.D. Today, Belize is the country with the world's largest percentage of protected national lands and is a leader in ecotourism centered in the rain forests and the Belize Barrier Reef. In this course, we will examine the challenges of sustainable human development, past and present, in the context of this vibrant ecosystem.