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  • Locations: San Salvador, Bahamas
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: Good Standing Housing: Dorm
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: GSU
Program Director: Dr. Amy Reber, Dr. Christy Visaggi Sponsoring College: College of Arts & Sciences
Sponsoring Department: Biology, Geosciences Credit Type: GSU Credit
Credit Level: Graduate Credit, Undergraduate Credit
Program Description:
The Past, Present, and Future of Marine Ecosystems: Field Studies in Conservation and Anthropogenic Impacts
May 17 - 23, 2019 | 4 Credit Hours
Amy Reber | 212 Petit Science Center | 404-413-5406 |
Christy Visaggi | 738 Langdale Hall | 404-413-5755 |

Priority Application Deadline is February 15; applications may be accepted after this date if spots are still available

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 may be scheduled with students upon receipt of the application. 

Coral reefs are among the most diverse and productive marine communities, yet reefs worldwide are threatened by global climate change. A major theme of this program is to understand how studies of past episodes of natural environmental change recorded in the fossil record can allow scientists to predict future responses of modern reef systems to anthropogenic changes. San Salvador, Bahamas provides a unique opportunity for students to study both ancient and modern marine communities. Modern reefs can be accessed by snorkeling from shore, and well-developed ancient reef sites can also be found on the island. Students will learn to identify corals, fish, and other organisms in the field, map diversity and abundance of biota using transects, and compare the structure and composition of ancient and modern reef assemblages. Students completing the course will gain practical skills in sampling and data analysis, as well as a much deeper understanding of how data from ancient and modern sources can allow scientists to predict how current patterns of biodiversity may shift in the future. Fieldwork in the Bahamas will take place from May 17-23. Pre-and post-trip classroom sessions will be held on the Atlanta campus of Georgia State University.
Pre-and post-trip classroom sessions will be held on the Atlanta campus of Georgia State University.

May 17: Morning: Travel from Atlanta to Nassau, Bahamas
Evening: Orientation session/ class discussion
May 18: Morning: Travel to San Salvador, Bahamas
Afternoon: Setup & orientation at the Gerace Research Centre/North Point hike
Evening: Classroom session: field sampling techniques
May 19: Morning: Snorkel Dump Reef
Afternoon: Snorkel Telephone Pole Reef
Evening: Discussion/ work on group projects
May 20: Morning: Snorkel and ID quiz at North Point Dock
Afternoon: Boat trip to Gaulin’s Reef
Evening: Discussion/ work on group projects
May 21: Morning: Cockburn Town Fossil Reef Survey
Afternoon: Swim to the shelf edge and explore Cockburn Town
Evening: Discussion/ work on group projects
May 22: Morning: Snorkel Mangroves at Pigeon Creek
Afternoon: Storr’s Lake and Lighthouse Cave
Evening: Discussion/ work on group projects
May 23: Travel from San Salvador to Nassau to Atlanta


Students will be housed on site in male and female dormitories at The College of the Bahamas Gerace Research Centre. Dorm rooms house up to a maximum of 5 students in single beds, and share a common bathroom.
The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing with Georgia State University. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

  • Transient students should visit the Transient Student 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.

Students who successfully complete this study abroad program will receive 4 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Upon acceptance, undergraduate students should register for BIOL 4930 or GEOL 4550 and graduate students should register for GEOS 6550 or BIOL 6930. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $1,850, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/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
  • Ground transportation
  • Boat excursion(s)
  • All meals at the Gerace Research Centre
  • All lodging
  • International insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
  • Georgia State tuition and fees
  • Passport or visa fees
  • Meals in Nassau
  • Excess baggage fees and tips
  • Snorkel gear
  • Immunizations
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel not associated with the program
Payment Schedule
February 15, 2019: $500
March 11, 2019: $350
Early April 2019: Program fee charged to your student account
May 2019: $1,000 Remaining balance due along with tuition & fees

All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships

Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not available in time to use for your initial payments! Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship and the International Access Scholarship.

Students who:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements
  • Are accepted into a program
  • Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline

will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about other scholarship opportunities & financial aid for study abroad.
Students participating in GSU-sponsored programs must complete a Health Clearance upon acceptance to their program. Please print this page to take with you to your appointment. Prior to departure, Study Abroad Programs will enroll students in international insurance for the duration of their study abroad, the cost of which is included in the program fee. The U.S. State Department's website provides important international travel information about health, safety & security.

Students traveling on this program should expect:
  • Sun exposure
  • Short-medium distance walking

Required Vaccinations: There are no required vaccinations for this program. Please consult the CDC's travel page and discuss any recommended vaccinations with your physician.
Study Abroad Advising

Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website.


Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
International Center
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 413-2529

This program is currently not accepting applications.