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Belize: History, Art, and Culture

     Belize Art 2     

This life changing educational experience focusing on the Ancient Maya Civilization in Belize is the perfect winter study program to wipe away the winter blues. You will have the opportunity for full cultural immersion and research as you explore the remains and ruins of ancient Mayan archeological sites while learning of the ritual practices and customs of this mysterious civilization. Led by Professor Jeremiah Donovan, recipient of the Chancellors Award for Internationalization, you will be introduced to the ecological wonders of the Tropical Rainforest while experiencing Belizean homegrown hospitality and culture.  

The final days of this program will allow you to experience a day of snorkeling on one of the last remaining living Barrier Reefs in the world, off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea. Belize is an English speaking country with Spanish and Mayan often spoken in rural communities. 

City, Country Various locations throughout Belize



2014 Dates: January 3 - January 10, 2014


2.5 GPA

Application Deadline

Winter Admission: October 15, 2013

Please submit the following by the above deadline:

  • SUNY Application (only one academic reference is required for this program from a professor other than Dr. Donovan)

The Course Approval Form (due December 1st) is to be submitted by SUNY Cortland students only. Non-Cortland students must speak with their home campus study abroad office for information on the course approval process.

Non-Cortland students must return completed Judicial Review and Code of Conduct forms along with the SUNY application.

Travel Information

Particpants will book their own flights from the airport of their choice.Transportation from the airport to Chaa Creek will be provided as long as participants arrive within a 1/2 hour window of time on January 3rd (time of preferred arrival to be announced). If arriving outside preferred time, transportation will be provided for an additional fee.

All Participants take group transportation arranged by SUNY Cortland From the Belize Airport to The Lodge at Chaa Creek.

All other transportation is included in the program fee with the exception of a taxi back to the airport.

Program Costs

Winter 2014 Budget **Tentative and Subject to change.

Accepted students will receive an updated budget as a part of their acceptance packet.

Program Course Information

The program is led by SUNY Cortland Professor, Dr. Jeremiah Donovan

Tentative Itinerary


Read about the program!  Belize Mysteries Engages Students


Chaa Creek Macal River Camp Casitas

Caye Caulker Condos

Student Mentors

 Email one of our student mentors for more information about this program

Giotto Zampogna participated in 2013


Faculty Leader, Dr. Jeremiah Donovan

SUNY Cortland Study Abroad Advisor, Gonda Gebhardt