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Program Description


ASU Group at Ruins

Mayan Dinner

Quick Facts

  • December 29, 2019 – January 8, 2020

  • Be a guest in Maya and Garifuna villages in the rainforests of Belize

  • Learn from Indigenous peoples about their cultures, traditional knowledge, and economic and political systems

  • Visit Mayan ruins, historical sites, and a cave

  • Participate in a healing ceremony and visit medicinal gardens and a Mayan farm

  • Partake in chocolate making and Mayan cooking

  • Visit the world’s second largest barrier reef

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.


San Ignacio

Laguna Village

Location Details

San Jose Succotz is a Yucatec Maya village in the Cayo District located along the Mopan River and near the ruins of Xunantunich. It sits just 15 miles from the Guatemalan border town of Melchor de Mencos.

San Ignacio is a bustling town near San Jose Succotz that is the cultural and economic hub of the Cayo District. It serves as a home base to explore the amazing sights of west-central Belize, such as ancient ruins, ceremonial caves, and nature reserves.

Laguna is a Qu’echi Maya village of about 350 people in the beautiful rainforest of southern Belize. The village—one of the 39 Qu’echi and Mopan Maya villages in the Toledo District—is nestled on the edge of an extensive wetland area with large populations of birds, plants, and animals (including an impressive population of howler monkeys). It is the home of the Tourist Education Association co-op and is surrounded by farms, including cocoa farms and cottage chocolate shops.

Hopkins is a Garifuna village on the coast of the Stann Creek District. Considered to be the cultural center of the Garifuna population of Belize, it is framed by the Maya Mountains to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east.

A tiny island 10 miles east of Dangriga in the Caribbean Sea, Tobacco Caye is a coconut tree and hammock covered paradise near the world’s second largest coral reef

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 Payment and Withdrawal Policies

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 must have a 2.0 GPA to be eligible.
This program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.


Undergraduates will register for the following course during the Spring registration period:
  • OGL 365: Indigenous Peoples of Belize  (3 credits)*

Graduate students will register for the following course during the Spring registration period:
  • HST 598: Indigenous Cultures and History in Belize (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

This program and course is divided into two parts:
  • Part 1: Study Abroad in Belize, December 29, 2019 to January 8, 2020.
  • Part 2: Online course during Spring A (2020) session (January 13 to March 3, 2020).
Students are required to complete both parts to be eligible to earn the full 3 credits.

Out in the Field


Faculty Director

Dr. Denise E. Bates
Assistant Professor
Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies
College of Integrative Sciences & Arts
Office: USE 240, Tempe Campus
Phone: 480-965-4508

Dr. Kelly Nelson
Senior Lecturer
Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies
College of Integrative Sciences & Arts
Office: USE 246, Tempe Campus
Phone: 480-727-7242

Group Photo


Trek Stop Housing

Program Housing

For the first few days, we will stay in the dorms and cabins of the Trek Stop Nature Centre in Soccotz near San Ignacio.  They have an outdoor classroom where we eat our meals and hold class, a wonderful butterfly house, a medicinal herbal garden, hiking trails, Mayan ruins, and frisbee golf.

In Laguna, we will stay at the Laguna Guesthouse run by the local cooperative Tourist Education Association (TEA).  We join Laguna families to prepare and eat our meals in their homes.

We will spend our second to last night in cabins on Tobacco Caye, and we will spend our last night in the dorms of the Tropical Education Center.

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. No transportation in Belize is suitable for students in wheelchairs; there are no accessible buses, vans, or taxis. Students will have to navigate uneven surfaces, climb stairs without railings, walk on unpaved dirt roads, and negotiate streets that are uneven and narrow. Mental health services are less readily available. In addition, students may have a difficult time finding foods to fit their dietary restrictions. Belize can easily accommodate vegetarian diets, but after that, students must take responsibility for being assertive and inquiring on behalf of their diets. Our partner, CELA can help manage a gluten free diet, and nut and shell fish allergies are fairly straightforward, but a vegan diet is very difficult and a kosher diet is impossible while in Belize. If you require an epi-pen, it is essential that you bring one with you because epi-pens cannot be purchased in Belize.

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 Pre-Spring 2020 is $2,735.

Program Fee includes: Housing in double rooms, most meals, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for the three-credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  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.

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.


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.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.