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  • Locations: Belize City, Belize; Caye Caulker, Belize; San Ignacio, Belize; San Jose Succotz, Belize
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.00
Field of Study: Education, Environmental Sciences, Liberal Studies Housing Options: Homestay, Hostel or Hotel
Program Type: Faculty-Led Program
Program Description:
Liberal Studies in Belize

Spring Break 2018 - APPLICATION CLOSED. Add your name to the Inquiry List for 2019, see below
Dates Abroad: March 24-April 1, 2018
Course Dates: March 24-April 1, 2018
Price: $2,428
NOTE: Program information listed below is for Spring Break 2018. Information is subject to change for 2019. Add your name to the Inquiry list, below, if you are interested in attending the 2019 program.


This is a unique opportunity for Liberal Studies students to learn about the Belizean education system, Belizean people, and the flora and fauna of Belize. Students will have an opportunity to work with local educators and children. Local excursions to Caye Caulker, Mayan ruins, Belize zoo, caves, botanical gardens, iguana conservation, etc. also enhance the learning experience. 

View a tentative itinerary for the Spring Break 2018 program 


This program is based in the small village of Succotz in Belize with excursions to the city of San Ignacio, Mayan ruins, cave tubing, etc. Students will stay with local host families for most of the program. Homestays will be organized in the village of Succotz where the schools are located. This will allow students to familiarize themselves with the local culture, teachers, and children prior to being in the classroom. Students will spend the first weekend in Belize City where they will visit the Belize Zoo. They will spend the last weekend in Caye Caulker where they will participate in snorkeling, island bike tour, kayaking in mangroves, etc.


All participants are required to register in the following SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) “Special Sessions” course.  After you apply and are officially enrolled in the program, you will receive instructions on how to register for the course from the College of Extended Studies. 
  • ED 450: Liberal Studies in Belize (1 unit SDSU resident credit)
    • This course meets the Liberal Studies undergraduate international experience requirement.
HINT for SDSU students: Log in to your WebPortal account and check your Degree Evaluation to see if the course fulfills your graduation requirementsOtherwise, meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options; click HERE for more information.  

Accommodations include the first night and last two nights at local hotels and the remainder of the program in homestays. Homestays will be organized in the village of Succotz where the schools are located. This will allow students to familiarize themselves with the local culture, educators, and children. Two students of the same sex will be assigned per homestay. The program includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner on most days from either the host family, local restaurants, or packed meals. The final itinerary for the program will provide more details. 


The following activities are all included in this program:
  • Learn about Belize and its education system
  • Interact with educators from elementary schools in Succotz Village
  • Experience working with local children and people from different cultural contexts
  • Visit and tour the Belize Zoo. Talk about conservation & environmental challenges in Belize with Zoo staff
  • Visit Xunantunich Mayan Site: includes talk about Maya mathematics and scientific achievements
  • Visit and tour the Belize Botanic Gardens
  • Participate in cave-tubing with outstanding tour guides
  • Interact with San Antonio women’s group and engage in pottery and food making experience
  • Visit Green Iguana Project – handle and learn about iguanas and their situation in the wild
  • Snorkel in the Belize Coral Reef
  • Participate in authentic cultural meals
  • Attend Marimba Youth Academy performance
NOTE: If you are interested in this program and are a student with a disability, please contact Dr. Loh-Hagan (see 'For More Information' below) to discuss any barriers in Belize that may impact your ability to participate.


Dr. Marva Cappello, Professor, School of Teacher Education, College of Education, SDSU
  • For course content, requirements, and specific information about the program contact Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan, Director of the Liberal Studies Program, at 


Payment Schedule: 
$2,063  Deposit due with application, paid to the College of Extended Studies (CES)
   $365  Tuition due with course registration to CES between Feb. 20 and March 2
$2,428  Total Program Fee 

Included in the Fee:
  • One unit of SDSU resident credit
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation insurance through SDSU
  • Airport pick-up, excursions, and transfers by private and public transportation
  • Transfer from BZE International airport to San Ignacio during specified window of arrival time 
  • One common private transfer back to BZE International airport on the day of departure 
  • Shared accommodation in homestays (double occupancy) and three nights in small hotels (double or triple occupancy)
  • All meals as listed on final itinerary
  • Excursions, visits, and tours as described on the activities list 
  • Local staff support for group 24/7 during the entire program
Not included in the Fee:
  • Round-trip airfare - Students will book their own round-trip flights to Belize City, Belize (BZE).
    • Please book your flight in February after receiving notification that the trip has been confirmed, meaning there are enough participants to confirm the trip. 
  • Passport and visa fees (visit Students Abroad for more information)
  • Vaccinations, if necessary (visit CDC website for more information)
  • Individual transportation arrangements
  • All meals and drinks not included on the itinerary
  • Personal expenses

Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • The withdrawal date is the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receive notification of withdrawal from the student. Email notification is acceptable.
  • For this program, withdrawals before the application deadline of February 1, 2018, will be assessed a $250 fee plus processing fees.
  • Withdrawals between February 1, 2018, and February 14, 2018, will receive a refund of all recoverable expenses the $250 fee and processing fees.  Please note that fees may not be recoverable.
  • Withdrawals on or after February 15, 2018, will not receive a refund. 
Course Tuition Refund: 
Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy

Funding & Scholarship Information: 
Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • This program is open to Liberal Studies students at SDSU until 5:00 pm on Friday, January 19, 2018. Beginning after 5:00 pm on Friday, January 19--provided the program did not reach its maximum capacity--the application opens to all majors and minors. Please note: Seniors and juniors will be prioritized so that they can fulfill their International Education requirements. 
    • All applications prior to 5:00 pm on January 19 will be reviewed first by Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan, Director of the Liberal Studies program at SDSU, and she must grant approval and issue a unique add code for each applicant to apply.
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18.
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.


Spring Break 2018 APPLICATION CLOSED (Maximum Capacity Reached)

Spring Break or Summer 2019 - Add your name to the Inquiry list

If you are interested in attending this program in 2019--which will most likely be offered in summer 2019--please add your name to the Inquiry List, below, and you will receive email updates when available.


  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • For course content, requirements, and specific information about the program contact Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan, Director of the Liberal Studies program at SDSU, at
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Mr. Phil Hoog, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:,  (619) 594-0638.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.