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Program Description


Belize Sculpture

Port with boats

The goal of this program is to provide graduate students with a better understanding of the challenges that colleges and universities face and to prepare them to succeed in environments that demand innovation, excellence, inclusion, and collaboration. The goals of the program will be enhanced with the study of higher education in Belize for a global perspective. Since Belize gained independence and began the restructuring of its higher education system within the last 40 years, it will be useful to see how this country addresses growth and access, among other challenges.  

Quick Facts

  • Spring 2020 program dates: May 14 - May 24, 2020
  • Academic visits to higher education institutions or departments of various types (i.e., community college, private university, public university, the Ministry of Education). Meet with faculty, students, and educational policy makers and leaders.
  • Travel around the country of Belize and experience the culture through different experiences, including visiting a local market, exploring Maya ruins, and staying some nights at a lodge on the same grounds as the Belize Zoo! 
  • Earn 3 graduate elective credits
  • Space is limited. Apply early! Open to graduate students with a focus on higher education.  

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


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Tropical Education Center

Belize City Port

Location Details

The heart and soul of the Cayo District, on the banks of the Macal River, with historical sites including the Market and Xunantunich. The academic portion will include a junior college visit and meetings with educational leaders.

The capital city of Belize, and one of the newest capital cities in the world, planned in 1970. It’s the third largest behind the other two destinations on this trip!

Belize City is a port city in the Central American country of Belize. It’s divided into north and south sides by Haulover Creek, which opens into the Caribbean Sea. The manually operated 1920s Swing Bridge, a busy crossing point, links the two. On the north side, the Museum of Belize traces the country’s history, with exhibits including Mayan artifacts. The Image Factory gallery shows local contemporary art.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Students should be graduate students enrolled in a MLFTC or related program and be in good academic standing
  • ASU staff are eligible to attend and can apply as a non-degree seeking student


Students will register during the spring registration period for the following course:

  • HED 598: International Higher Education and Study Abroad (3 credits)
*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load. If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.  

Course Format

The course will be taught with in-person meetings during the Session B Spring 2020 semester leading up to the trip abroad; course will be dynamically dated to allow student an extra week to complete final assignment upon return of the trip abroad.  This is an elective that students can take concurrently with other Spring session A, B or C courses as to not disrupt their program of study. 

The study abroad portion of the program will take place following the graduate school’s commencement so that students graduating in spring 2020 might participate.  Note the travel may conflict with summer session courses but may not prohibit summer enrollment with prior instructor approval.
Meeting dates and times are as follows on Tempe Campus: 
Wednesdays, 4:30 – 7:00 pm 3 weeks in B session.  
The course will also utilize Canvas for the weeks leading up to the abroad portion.

Maya Ruins

Ocean Blue Hole


Program Leaders

Dr. Lindsey Dippold
Clinical Assistant Professor
Higher and Postsecondary Education
MC 3151, Office in Farmer 316e, Tempe Campus

Ashley Dominguez
Doctoral Student and Research Assistant

Dr. Lindsey Dippold



Man cutting coconut

Program Housing

Students will be housed in a double or triple occupancy rooms in lodges and small family-run resorts with daily breakfast included. A welcome dinner and a small number of other meals are included. All travel necessary for academic activities will be provided.  


Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Belize, social discrimination and lack of accessible buildings and transportation continue to exist for Belizeans with disabilities. Mental health services are less readily available. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Belize, discrimination towards LGBTQIA individuals can and does occur, and students may find local police to lack meaningful response to incidents. LGBTQIA students should exercise caution while traveling in Belize.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Belize, gender-based and domestic violence occur regularly within the country, although many cases go unreported out of fear and distrust in the legal system. Women travelers have been targets of high risk crimes, so it is recommended that students are vigilant of their surroundings and travel in groups as often as possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. 

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.

Cost Information

The Program Fee for Post-Spring 2020 is $2,745.

Program Fee includes: Housing, daily breakfast, welcome dinner and two other dinners, academic visits and meetings, cultural excursions, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for 3 credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

  • MLFTC Higher Education students are likely eligible for last-dollar scholarships, projected as $500 - $1000 per student. All higher ed applicants will be considered.    
  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

*The ASU Study Abroad Office does not officially endorse, administer or monitor the content of these links.

Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Post-Spring 2020 11/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/14/2020 05/24/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until Study Abroad Office contacts you to do so.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.