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Maymester Belize

Spend the month of May studying in Belize, Central America...

Duquesne University's Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences is offering the 2019 Maymester Program in Belize, Central America. This four-week program will allow students of all majors to experience the country and culture of Belize, using a real, operating, environmental field research station as a base of operations. Belize is known for its' beaches and coastlines; mountains, caves and rivers; jungle flora and fauna; and people and diverse cultures. You will "learn by doing" as you experience these wonders of Belize.


As Central America's most peaceful country, Belize is English-speaking, and only a two hour flight from the U.S. The Lower Dover Field Station, sits on a 100 acre, mostly forested track of land in the Belize River Valley. It is surrounded by rivers, contains a large Maya Archaeological Site, and abundant and fascinating plants and animals. Onsite facilities include a research laboratory, classroom, dormitories/cottages, and a dining and game room.

Program Highlights
  • Cave exploration and tubing, canoeing, zip lining.
  • Visit the Belize Zoo and the Baboon Sanctuary
  • Maya archaeological sites, including Tikal in Guatemala.
  • Spend two days in a Maya village, two days at a botanical garden, and four days at the beach on Ambergris Caye.
  • Enjoy swimming in exotic places and snorkeling at the Belize Reef.
Next Steps

Online Application: Applications for the 2019 session are being accepted. 

Fall Semester 2018: Apply and make your deposit $500 to hold your spot

January 31, 2019: 2nd Deposit of $1,500 due

March & April 2019: Pre-Departure Meetings and Orientation. Balance due prior to departure.

How to Make your Deposit

All deposits can be made through your student account. You can access your student account through DORI at www.duq.edu/dori. In order for your spot to be held, you MUST provide your electronic receipt via email to Danielle Genemore(genemored@duq.edu) or bring a paper copy to 601 Duquesne Union.

Program Costs
Program Costs

Students on the Duquesne's Maymester program spend 4 weeks abroad while earning 6 university credits. The following outlines the program costs:

 6 Credits of Duquesne Tuition + $500 Study Abroad Fee NOTE: This amount is subject to change based on currency exchange fluctuations, airline fees, and/or individualized air itineraries.

- All tuition monies applied to cost of being in Belize -- a great value!

- ALSO: United Healthcare Global emergency assistance coverage

- NO tuition exchange, tuition remission, or Duquesne-based scholarships apply

(Costs are based on current currency rates, if these rates increase there will be a surcharge applied)

Financial Aid: The Duquesne Financial Aid Office can assist you with summer loan applications. (Tuition exchange/remission and Duquesne Scholarships do NOT apply.)

Scholarships: Visit our Scholarship tab to see various scholarship opportunities. 

Course Offering

During these four weeks in Belize, students will take two courses and earn six credits.

UCOR 121 - Biology - Biodiversity / BIOL 393 - Biodiversity - Belize (fulfills: CORE Science Natural Science and upper-level science elective)

This course will explore the biodiversity of the Lower Dover Field Station and surrounding areas by examining the diversity of life, and the evolutionary, ecological, and cultural processes that sustain its existence. Field studies will focus on plants, small mammals, fish, birds, and reptiles. Through readings, onsite lectures, field data collection, laboratory analyses, and field trips, a greater insight and understanding of the interrelated ecology of this area will be developed.

ENVI 246 Selected Topics: Belize, People and Cultures (fulfills: CORE Theme Area: Global Diversity)

This course examines the people and cultures of Belize, with a focus on the African Diaspora, the contemporary and ancient Maya, and how human activity affects the development of cultural landscapes and influences change. By assessing and discussing concepts related to anthropology, archaeology, sociology, human and environmental ecology, and human genetics, an understanding of Belizean history, religion, languages, culture, and human/land interactions will be developed. This knowledge will be acquired through topic specific readings, onsite lectures, and numerous field trips.

Maymester Belize Calendar

Maymester Belize 2019 Calendar

May 11, 2019 - June 9, 2019

Sat. May 11 Depart US and arrive in Belize
Sun. May 12 Orientation
Mon. May 13 - Fri. May 24 Classes/Field Trips
Sat. May 25 - Sun. May 26 Academic/Cultural Excursion: Tikal
Mon. May 27 - Thurs. May 30 Classes/Field Trips
Fri. May 31 - Sun. June 2 Academic/Cultural Excursion: Maya Village
Mon. June 3 Class
Tue. June 4 - Wed. June 5 Botanical Gardens
Thurs. June 6 - Sun June 9 Ambergris Caye
Sun June 9 Depart Belize and return to US

*some events are subject to change, final calendars will be provided during predeparture orientation late Spring Semester.