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  • Locations: Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands; Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
St John 2
Tropical Island Ecology
 
 
Dates of Program:  3/10/2017-3/17/2017 
 
Credit Hours:  3  
 
Sponsor(s) of Program:   Rebekah Chapman, Biology Department    
 
Application Deadline:  Nov. 15th (Oct. 31st to be eligible for scholarships)  
 
The Program
Tropical Island Ecology, St. John, USVI will introduce students to the unique ecology of tropical Caribbean islands and the rich culture and history of the US and British Virgin Islands. St. John is a small island, but has a great diversity of habitats due to the range of rainfall, topography and exposure throughout the island. This year St. John was directly hit by a category 5 hurricane, Irma. This year’s trip will differ from the past, as we don’t know what access will be like on St. John. The residents will still be rebuilding and the National Park Service will still be evaluating the damage. There will be many natural processes to study and a great deal of service learning. Ideally, we will collect and analyze data from local long-term monitoring plots and learn about the flora and fauna (terrestrial and marine) pre-and post-Irma. Two pre-departure orientation classes will prepare students for the trip. We will depart for the Virgin Islands March 11th of Spring break. High levels of physical activity and endurance are a must; students will swim hike every day. Students will be challenged to present solutions to pressing conservation issues facing these fragile ecosystems.
 
Accommodations
We do not know the exact accommodations as of yet. Students could be in tents or we may rent units. There is a possibility that you would need to share beds or sleep on air mattresses in order for us to make this trip possible. The eco-resort where we typically stay is destroyed, and most hotels are so expensive we would need to put a few of you in each room in order to make them fit our budget. I will update students on accommodations as we learn more out of St. John.
 
Disability Accommodation
Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.
 
Eligibility
In order to participate in any study abroad program students must be in Good Academic Standing which is defined at Georgia State University as a cumulative 2.0 GPA for Undergraduate students and 3.0 GPA for Graduate students.  Please note that study abroad program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director. Non-GSU students must follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits. The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Georgia State University and are properly prepared for the program. Students must be proficient swimmers and very comfortable in the water and using a snorkel as there will be 3-4 hours of snorkeling on many days. Students must also be capable of hiking strenuous trails and must be willing to deal with heat, bugs and rustic living conditions. Course acceptance will be based on preparation, application essays and interviews.
 Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
 
Credits & Courses
Please note: in addition to applying for this program, you must also register for the program course(s) in GoSOLAR. Participants who successfully complete the program’s (BIOL 4930/6930) courses will receive (3) semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for (BIOL 4930) and graduate students should register for (6930).
Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
 
Cost
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $ 2950.00 , PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
 
Program Cost Includes
• Round-trip airfare
• All ground transportation, excursions, and entrance fees
• Some meals
• Lodging
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
 
Program Cost Does Not Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Public transportation on your free day
• Passport expenses
• Personal expenses
• Baggage charges (in excess of a carryon)
 
Payment Schedule  
 
10/31/2017: $ 300    Deposit with application
11/27/2017: $ 800 First Payment (To the Program Director: first payment is not required, but recommended)
Date: $            Second Payment (To the Program Director: second payment is optional)
Date: $            Remaining balance
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
 
Funding & Scholarships
Georgia State University students are eligible to apply for the IEF Study Abroad Scholarship/Georgia State University Foundation Scholarship and may be eligible to apply for the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit mystudyabroad.gsu.edu and select the Scholarships & Financial Aid tab or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 for more information.
 
APPLICATION INFORMATION
This statement may establish institutional and program application as well as registration and acceptance process for Georgia State and Non-Georgia State participants. It specifically details the application and registration process for Non-Georgia State transient or visiting students. The statement may also contain information on application and payments, including payment installment deadlines, non-refundable dates and information for relevant Georgia State offices and the program director
 
Students interested in applying should click the "Apply Now" button to login with their Campus ID and password and complete all application components. Because the program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews will be scheduled with students upon receipt of the application.
 
Transient Students: please see the Transient Students tab on the How to Apply page of our website. 
 
International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
 
TENTATIVE ITINERARY
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
 
January and February: There will be two, two-hour mandatory orientation meetings time TBA
Please Note – I am receiving VERY limited communication from the island, so the rest is a VERY tentative schedule and WILL CHANGE.
March 10: Flight to St. Thomas, taxi and ferry to St. John, dinner, first class meeting on island
March 11: Hike and Snorkel on St. John – Discuss and set up research monitoring plots
March 12: Work in National Park on Service learning project/Half Snorkel Hurrican Hole
March 13: Work in National Park on Service learning project/Half Snorkel Hurrican Hole
March 14: Work on Research Project free afternoon in Cruz Bay
March 15: Virgin Gorda: Baths and Caves Tour, British Virgin Islands – possible, but all boats that lead these tours are down, so this may not happen
March 16: Hike and Snorkel St. John, Present research results evening
March 17:  Return to Atlanta or see below
March 18: we may stay the extra day – I will make that decision as flights begin to resume, currently they are very limited, so we need to be flexible. Please keep this in mind.
 
CONTACT INFORMATION
 
Program Director: Rebekah Chapman
Office address: 210 Petit Science Center
Telephone: please use e-mail
E-mail: rchapman@gsu.edu

Dates of Program:  March 11-19, 2017
 
Credit Units:  3

Sponsor of Program: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology
Helpful Links
Students interested in speaking with program alumni can browse our Alumni Reference Network. The Alumni Reference Network is password-protected and only accessible to GSU students. Please contact the Study Abroad Office at (404) 413-2529 or globetrekker@gsu.edu for the password.

Please click the link for the Tropical Island Ecology brochure. (coming soon!)
Please click the link for the Program Description for Medical Evaluations for Tropical Island Ecology. 
DESCRIPTION

Tropical Island Ecology, St. John, USVI will introduce students to the unique ecology of tropical Caribbean islands and the rich culture and history of the US and British Virgin Islands. St. John is a small island, but has a great diversity of habitats due to the range of rainfall, topography and exposure throughout the island. Students will explore hike the Reef Bay Trail, Snorkel in local bays and offshore sites, hike through the batholiths at Virgin Gorda and collect and analyze data from local long-term monitoring plots. Two predeparture orientation classes will prepare students for the trip. We will depart for the Virgin Islands March 11th of Spring break and arrive at our rustic, yet comfortable EcoCamp on St. John. Students will learn the representative plants and animals of the terrestrial and marine habitats of St. John and nearby British Virgin Islands through daily excursions. High levels of physical activity and endurance are a must; students will swim and hike everyday. We will also explore the rich culture and history of the Virgin Islands through guided tours, visiting key archeological and historic sites. Students will be challenged to present solutions to pressing conservation issues facing these fragile ecosystems.
 
ACCOMMODATIONS

Participants will stay in a comfortable ecologically sustainable permanent ecotents. The facilities have solar-heated showers, wooden/canvas screened cabins, fans, and ecologically friendly composting toilets in keeping with the sustainable focus of the ecoresort. The facilities do not have air conditioning. Facilities are not typical resort-style, but they are comfortable and located close to beaches and hiking trails and ideally situated for enjoying the wonders of the Virgin Islands.
 
TENTATIVE ITINERARY
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
 
January and February: There will be two, two-hour mandatory orientation meetings time TBA
March 11: Flight to St. Thomas, taxi and ferry to St. John, dinner, first class meeting on island
March 12: Hike and Snorkel on St. John
March 13: Turtle snorkel & Annaberg Sugar Mill, St. John
March 14: St. Thomas museum, market square, and bus tour with visit to beach and Coral World
March 15: Service project in park, St. John Island “tour,” free afternoon in Cruz Bay
March 16: Virgin Gorda: Baths and Caves Tour, British Virgin Islands
March 17: Saltpond Bay, Ramshead hike on St. John
March 18: Hike and Snorkel St. John, Present research results evening
March 19: Return to Atlanta
 
ELIGIBILITY
 
In order to participate in any study abroad program students must be in Good Academic Standing which is defined at Georgia State University as a cumulative 2.0 GPA for Undergraduate students and 3.0 GPA for Graduate students.  Please note that study abroad program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director. Non-GSU students must follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits. The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Georgia State University and are properly prepared for the program. Students must be proficient swimmers and very comfortable in the water as there will be 3-4 hours of swimming per day. Students must also be capable of hiking strenuous trails. Course acceptance will be based on preparation, application essays and interviews.

CREDITS & COURSES
 
Please note: in addition to applying for this program, you must also register for the program course(s) in GoSOLAR 
 
Participants who successfully complete the program’s (BIOL 4930/6930) courses will receive (3) semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for (BIOL 4930) and graduate students should register for (6930).
 

COST
 
The program cost is tentatively set at $2950.00 in addition to regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements.  Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost
 
Program Cost Includes
• Round-trip airfare
• All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
• Some meals
• Lodging
• Snorkel equipment
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
 
Program Cost Does Not Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Public transportation on your free day
• Passport expenses
• Personal expenses
• Baggage charges

PAYMENT INFORMATION
           
October 31, 2016: $300 Deposit Due
November 8, 2016: $1,000 Early Decision Discount Payment Applied
November 16, 2016: $700 Payment Due
December 2, 2016: $850 Remaining balance (charged to Panther Pay)
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
 
Program Deposits and Payments: Participants will pay program deposits and payments by logging into PAWS.  Please contact your Program Director to confirm that a Program Deposit Account has been established for this purpose before you attempt to make a payment in PAWS.
 
Remaining Program Balance:  The remaining program balance will be billed directly to your Panther Pay account.  Payment deadlines for study abroad programs Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Students interested in applying should select 'Apply Now' above and begin an online application.
 
Transient Students: please see our How to Apply section under the Prospective Students tab.  

International Students: Georgia State students who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
 
Application Deadline: October 31, 2016

CONTACT INFORMATION
 
Program Director: Rebekah Chapman
E-mail: rchapman@gsu.edu
Office address: 210 PSC
Phone: 404-413-5353
 


This program is currently not accepting applications.