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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
:  March 11-19, 2017
Credit Units:  3

Sponsor of Program: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology
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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. 

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.

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.
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
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.

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).

Please note that neither the IEF nor the GES scholarships are applicable to Faculty-Led Spring Break Programs.  There is, however, a $1000 early decision discount for the first 9 Georgia State students who 1) apply, complete and submit their program application by October 31, 2016 2) pay their program deposit of $300 by October 31, 2016 and 3) are accepted into their program. (Please see the payment schedule below for more details.)  If an applicant misses the early decision discount (application submissions are time-stamped), they will absolutely be refunded their deposit within 7 business days should they choose not to participate at the full program price. Please note: transient students are not eligible for this discount.
The program cost is tentatively set at $2850.00 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

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.


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

Program Director: Rebekah Chapman
Office address: 210 PSC
Phone: 404-413-5353

This program is currently not accepting applications.