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.
Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with optional group travel. If you opt for 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, those that choose group travel 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 summer 2020 costs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by May 2021.
Option 2 —Independent Travel:
If you wish to make independent travel arrangements and depart from a city not listed or travel outside the program dates please choose INDEPENDENT TRAVEL from the selection below. You will book your own flights and arrange your own transportation to/from the airport and the accommodation site of the program. This is a great option for going early, staying late, or using airline miles to purchase tickets. We highly recommend participants not fly standby for these programs as a late arrival may negatively impact your grade.
Important Note for Independent Travelers: Please be aware that your check-in date may be up to 24 hours AFTER the program start date (program dates include travel time). Check the CCSA website at https://ccsa.cc/departures for your scheduled date/time check-in.
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
TBA Enrollment Status: OPEN
March 26, 2021 ($100 application discount if received by March 12)Scholarships: 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.