*Students will not be able to apply online. In order to apply to this program, invited pre-freshmen must follow the application instructions outlined below.
Pre-Freshman Program in Belize
Welcome to Auburn University! You are invited to join Dr. Wayde Morse, Assistant Professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, on the Pre-Freshman Program to Belize, July 28 to August 4, 2017. This one-week program has been designed to give you the opportunity to live and learn in an intercultural setting and meet new friends while exploring the “Historical and Modern Sustainability Issues” through examples in Old Belize, Mayan Ruins, the Belize Zoo, San Ignacio, and San Pedro. This is a unique program offering sustainability lectures, lectures on the rain forest, past and current cultures, and Mayan pyramids. This program will explore the ways in which two nations, the United States and Belize, handle important sustainability issues in the use of their natural resources. The critical thinking skills you will learn while in Belize can be applied to
many courses during your degree.
Special Note: Snorkeling activities are voluntary and available in the area – they are not required by the program. Past participants have found that the snorkeling activities available during the program are safe and enjoyable. However, they are optional. Alternate beach activities will be provided for students who do not wish to snorkel.
The cost of this program $2,250 and includes tuition for two elective credit hours, room and most meals, in-country transportation, educational materials, guest lecturers, sessions with local experts, and cultural activities. These activities include tours of Old Belize, the Belize Zoo, Belmopan (capital), the Mayan pyramids of Xunantunich and Cahel Pech, discussion of Mayan culture in San Ignacio, and a water taxi to San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye. Enjoy exploring the use of resources in Belize and earn credit at the same time.
International airfare is NOT included – this cost is approximately $700-800, depending on the airline. Students will return to the U.S. prior to Auburn residence hall move-in day. If interested in Band Camp, Rush, or other special activities, please verify the date that you must arrive at Auburn University.
The program is open to 14 incoming pre-freshmen (students who are starting their freshman year in fall semester 2016) who have been recognized for their outstanding academic achievements.
The deadline for applying to this program is April 25, 2017, and the application can be downloaded from the link below.
- Only applicants that have received an invitation email may apply.
- Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.
All invited students interested in participating must complete an application packet: 2017 Pre-Freshman Application
Please make checks payable to Auburn University and specify "Pre-Freshman Belize" in the Memo section of the check. Students will be notified by email of their acceptance into the program. Checks will only be cashed if the student is accepted into the program.
Send all forms and deposit (postmarked April 25, 2017) to:
2017 Pre-Freshman Program
c/o Deborah Weiss, Director
Office of International Programs
243 Foy Hall
Auburn, AL 36849-5159
- 25 April 2017: Postmarked application and $50 deposit to hold space (deposit will be applied to program cost).
- 28 April 2017: Notification of acceptance and billing
Payment and Withdrawal dates:
- 12 May 2017: Program fees due
- 28 July 2017: Program begins in Belize (meet faculty director in airport in Belize City – pickup and transport to orientation)
- 04 August 2017: Program ends in Belize, depart to airport and to U.S.
Full Payment due 60 days prior to program start date.
No refund if withdraw from program 30 days prior to program start date.
Cost of $2,250 includes tuition for two credit hours (on fall course schedule), on-site orientation in Belize, welcome dinner, room and most meals, in-country land transportation and guides, all educational materials, guest lecturers, and cultural activities throughout the program, including visits to
the old city of Belize, the Belize Zoo, Belmopan (capital), the Mayan pyramids of Xunantunich and Cahel Pech, discussion of Mayan culture in San Ignacio, and a water taxi to San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye. International airfare to and from Belize is NOT included – the estimated cost is $700 - $800.
All students should plan to bring $200 for personal spending money.
INTL 1977 Special Topics: “Historical and Modern Sustainability Issues” (2 credit hours)
Historical and contemporary sustainability issues are examined in the context of Belize’s differing cultures, tourism and marine ecology efforts. Note: This course will show up on your Fall 2017 transcript.
If interested, students can count this course as elective credits toward the Minor in Sustainability Studies as a substitute for an approved elective in the areas of Environment or Social Justice. Because INTL 1977 is for 2 credits, it would need to be combined with a one-credit course of the student's choice in order to make a regular 3-credit elective toward the minor. Some one-credit options are listed on the Sustainability Studies Minor website. Another option is UNIV 1100: First Year Seminar - Live Green, Save Green (2 credits). This course is part of a Learning Community, but other students can also take it if there is room.
Students will stay in hotels in Belmopan, San Ignacio, and San Pedro. All excursions will be during day, with return to the designated housing at night.
LOCATION AND EXCURSIONS
Belmopan, San Ignacio, and San Pedro, Belize
Dr. Wayde Morse of Auburn University and lecturers from the University of Belize will discuss the sustainability issues concerning Belize and its responses, and explore the rich cultures (Maya, Creole, and other) in the area. Excursions include Old Belize, the Belize Zoo, Belmopan (capital), the Mayan pyramids of Xunantunich and Cahel Pech, discussion of Mayan culture in San Ignacio, and a water taxi to San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye.
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check www.travel.state.gov for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport, please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.
Thanks to generous donations through Tiger Giving Day, Auburn Abroad is pleased to support first-generation students by providing funds to cover the cost of a passport. For more information, please contact Auburn Abroad staff and visit the following page: http://studyabroad.auburn.edu/?go=FirstGenPassport
VISA REGULATIONS: U.S. citizens do not need a visa for this program. Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Office of International Programs