Discover Belize's diverse ecosystems while studying wildlife management and conservation at the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic.
This program is administered by the College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences' Office of International Programs. Applications are processed by the Learning Abroad Center.
|Location||Multiple locations, Belize|
|Term||May Session (Spring Semester)|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences|
|Student Type||UofM Students, Non UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
Discover the rich diversity of Belize while working in collaboration with the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic. Be introduced to the major ecosystems in Belize, the plant and animal organisms inhabiting these areas, and the strategies employed by biologists and environmental resource managers. Learn from and with the staff through hands on labs and excursions. During this section of the program labs will include everything from spay and neuter to a VIP behind the scenes tour of the Belize Zoo. Visit an Iguana Project and Baboon Sanctuary. From bird examination, including Scarlet Macaw health checks, to baboon rehabilitation and crocodile capture, you will experience all parts of wildlife medicine and conservation in central Belize.
Travel to coastal Placencia where you will have the opportunity to get your PADI scuba dive certification, so novice divers are welcome! While here, experience the incredible marine life up close, while attending daily lectures on marine animal zoology and physiology.
End your Central American experience with an excursion to neighboring Guatemala, where you will visit the ARCAS Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation center.
Check out the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic Facebook page here!
Click here to see captioned photos from last year’s program!
The program will comply with local public health recommendations as well as recommended standards of the University of Minnesota. This may include modifications to the program calendar, weekly schedule, classroom environment, course delivery, housing arrangements, transportation policies, and/or in-country travel restrictions. Below are some of the current program specific changes, but know that these modifications could change at anytime as we get more information:
January 1, 2021
Please note there is limited space available on this program, and we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
Depart from Minneapolis-Saint Paul: May 15, 2021
Arrive in Belize: May 15, 2021
Depart from Belize: May 29, 2021
These dates are subject to change.
You will earn 3 credits for CFAN 3510.
This is an embedded course with on-campus class time during spring semester prior to departure. You must register for this course, and complete the study abroad application. Registration costs/financial aid are tired to Spring term.
Pre-departure classes will be held on Fridays, starting March 20th, from 3:00-3:50 p.m. on the St. Paul campus.
Students interested in animal science, wildlife conservation, and sustainability will benefit from this experience, however, the program is open to learners from all disciplines.
For complete information, see the 2018 course syllabus.
Melissa Palmer is an assistant professor of Animal Physiology in the Department of Animal Science. She teaches Human and Animal Physiology with corresponding laboratory component, Biotechnology, People and the Environment and Orientation to Animal Science.
Participate in a number of excursions including the Green Iguana Project, a baboon sanctuary, Belize Zoo, Belize Wildlife Refuge Center, and to coastal Placencia.
Cost of Participation Forthcoming
The program fee generally includes tuition, group flight airfare, airport transfers, in-country program related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance.
The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences offers grants for study abroad programs; learn more here. Students can learn about financial aid and scholarships through the Learning Abroad Center here.
Programs operated by the CFANS Office of International Programs follow the Learning Abroad Center Cancellation Policy. Before you apply to, or confirm your participation on this program, review the cancellation policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||May Session 2021 (Spring on campus course)|
|Program Name||Belize: Wildlife Medicine and Conservation|
|Track Name||Belize: Wildlife Medicine & Conservation|
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist.