Tropical Ecology Trip 2018

This study abroad opportunity allows students to earn transferable credit while studying in tropical Belize. Study tour highlights include:

  • Hiking through inland terrestrial rainforests
  • An excursion to ancient Mayan ruins
  • Exploring one of the largest coral reef systems in the world

Course Title: BSCC 1362 Tropical Ecology
Credit: 4 hours
Prerequisite: Successful completion of  a first-semester Biology course (BSCC 1005 or 1010) and its lab, or instructor permission
Course Topics: Immersive study of tropical ecosystems, ecology of terrestrial; aquatic and marine tropical organisms, environmental challenges facing coral reef ecosystems and tropical organism identification and natural history

How to Apply

Contact Dr. Chris Petrie at or 321-433-5080. Applications are due by February 8, 2018, but students are encouraged to apply early to guarantee a spot. In addition to applying for the trip, students must meet EFSC's general study abroad requirements and register for the required course when the course registration system opens.

Pricing and Accommodations

Space is limited. A $250 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot. Payment plans are available.

$2,750 Program Fee includes:
  • Roundtrip flights from Orlando to Belize City
  • 4 nights' accommodation at Blue Creek Rainforest Facility and 2 nights at the Tropical Education Center and Belize Zoo
  • 4 nights' accommodation and transportation to South Water Caye
  • All meals while at the rainforest, Tropical Education Center and South Water Caye
  • All required transportation while in Belize
  • Transportation and admission to Mayan ruins
  • Belize customs fees and departure fee
Not included:
  • Eastern Florida State College tuition
  • Passport fees (a valid U.S. passport is required)
  • Optional scuba diving excursions
  • Supplementary travel insurance (optional, available upon request)
  • Spending money

May 2018 Trip

May 17 - May 27, 2018

Contact: Dr. Chris Petrie

Important Dates & Deadlines

Application & $250 Non-Refundable Deposit Due: February 8, 2018

$850 Airline Deposit Due: April 1, 2018

$1,000 Housing Deposit Due: April 15, 2018

Final $650 Payment Due: May 1, 2018

Depart Orlando for Belize City: May 17, 2018

Depart Belize City for Orlando: May 27, 2018