ProBelize Semester Courses and Credits

The Semester in Belize courses provide a balance of classroom and field instruction. Examples of field classes include:
  • Study at an island facility privately owned by the University of Belize and explore first hand the interaction and interconnectedness among marine organisms and their physical environment
  • Explore the relationships of humans and the biologically rich ecosystem of the Central American tropics while visiting sites such as the Five Blues Lake
  • Study tourism and society while visiting ancient Mayan sites and other attractions
  • Field trip to Belize City to acquaint students with important historical sites and monuments in the old capital and tourist museum
  • Visit the national archives for research on Belizean history
Semester in Belize students select five classes from the list below and are enrolled in the core curriculum for 15 credits. The University of Belize accredits the program and provides transcripts upon successful completion. The University of Belize is a member of COBEC (Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation) a consortium of 17 US schools who recognize UB credits. ProBelize offers the following curriculum:



This course explores the interaction and interconnectedness among marine organisms and their physical environment. Emphasis is placed on exploring the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of nutrient cycles and energy flows within inter-tidal, sub-tidal, and deep ocean environments and the influence of human activities within marine ecosystems.



Starting with a general introduction as to how Earth and the world works, an examination of human induced impacts and the various perspectives and approaches to conservation and sustainable development is presented, with emphasis on Latin America, the Caribbean and Belize. Major biophysical and socioeconomic factors that affect tropical conservation and development efforts are reviewed. Students are encouraged to become proactive participants in environmental and conservation efforts.



The course surveys Belizean history in a continuum - from circa 2000 B.C. to the present. The course is designed to adopt a thematic and topical approach covering social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of Belizean society. Students are introduced to the subject of cause, process, effect, and change in Belizean history dating back to the pre-Columbian periods. The course offers students the opportunity to understand concepts such as domination, resistance, politics of nationalism and independence and the forces of globalization.



This course exposes students to a selection of Caribbean poets, playwrights, and authors. The themes discussed in the literary works focus on issues prevalent to both the colonial and post-colonial Caribbean. It provides an opportunity for in-depth analysis of not only ignorance, poverty, and discrimination but also ambition, determination, and success among the people of the Caribbean



This course gives a general introduction to sociological perspectives, issues, and concepts in order to encourage a better understanding of society and its changes. It also focuses on, and provides insights into Belizean social issues and concerns, using the application of sociological knowledge to arrive at possible solutions. Students work to define central concepts in the sociological perspective, analyze contemporary social situations through the use of these perspectives, and then assess the influences of the major institutions on social relationships and behavior.



The Spanish language course is geared towards complete beginners as well as those who may have had some prior exposure to the language but whose knowledge is solely passive and therefore feel they cannot speak or write. It provides students with basic competency in Spanish by using a communicative approach to practice speaking and writing skills.
Completion of one year of university studies
Good academic standing at your home university
A positive attitude and a will to help

Semester Credits: 15
Total class hours: 210
Project hours: 56
Average class hours per credit: 14
Accreditation: University of Belize (UB)
Language of Instruction: English

Please meet with your study abroad advisor prior to the program to ensure credits transfer appropriately.

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