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* Conservation Leadership through Learning (CLTL) - Belize
Punta Gorda, Belize; Sarteneja, Belize (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Restrictions: CSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Program Coordinator:
Laura Thornes Program Type: CSU Study Abroad Program
Areas of Study:
Natural Resources
Program Description:

Conservation LeadershipThrough Learning
in Belize


The Conservation Leadership through Learning (CLTL) graduate program aims to produce a next generation of individuals with sound scientific skills and knowledge, as well as the skills to motivate and empower others to achieve a shared goal and manage the complex and oftentimes contentious environment of conservation issues.  In addition, the four month international component of the program will help students become stronger global citizens via direct exposure to various issues and challenges that exist in their respective CLTL location.

Program Summary 

The CLTL Belize pod is offered to the 6th cohort (Aug. 2016- Sept. 2017).  Students will complete the first year on the CSU Fort Collins campus and then will complete the summer coursework and field work in Belize (for 4 months from June through September).

For Cohort 6: Summer - June to September 2017

CREDITS:  Students will complete 6 summer credits in Belize while engaging in valuable field work and research projects. 

ESTIMATED COST:  See summer Budget Sheets linked above.
The Education Abroad Program fee billed by CSU includes CSU tuition, the Program Charge, Health Insurance, and Education Abroad Administration.  Program Fees do not include accommodation, meals, international airfare, in country excursions, passport, visas or spending money. 
PLEASE NOTE: Graduate students must take at least 5 credits per term in order to receive federal financial aid, and "Continuing Registration" credits will not satisfy this requirement.  This means, Cohort 6 students will only be eligible for financial aid up through summer 2017.  For the fall and spring term (after all of the courses are finished), students will no longer be eligible for federal aid.

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Belize is a small Central American nation rich in both culture and ecological diversity.   Culturally, Belize is home to a wide array of Caribbean and Latin American cultures and languages including Creole, Garifuna, Maya, and Mestizo.  Stemming from its history as a former colony of Britain, Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language (although Spanish and Creole are more commonly spoken). Over half of Belize is covered in forest and it is home to the Mesoamerican barrier reef (the second largest coral reef in the world).  Because it is such a small country (approximately the size of Massachusetts) students will be able to explore a wide variety of ecosystems.

Accommodations and Excursions

Day to day, students will live in shared housing in Punta Gorda and Sarteneja.  Throughout the four months in Belize, students should anticipate approximately 30 days of field-based learning, which will be paid for in Belize by local NGO and tour operators.  Accommodation options will be suggested by the local contacts and CLTL administrative staff.  Students should expect to pay for their living expenses, field site projects, and in-country excursions - which will not be billed by CSU, but should be paid directly to the in-country providers.  The additional estimated costs are calculated into the Budget Sheet linked above and are eligible for additional financial aid monies. 

While Belize has no U.S. State Department Travel Warning, these are some elevated risks associated with daily life in Belize.  Students should read the U.S. State Department travel advice carefully to mitigate risks.  Extensive travel throughout Belize and students driving in Belize is discouraged by CSU because of the elevated risks associated with driving abroad and other regional differences.   

These experiences will take place in a variety of marine and terrestrial ecosystems; students will spend time developing a comprehensive understanding of the importance of marine reserves while staying at a marine field station and snorkeling the barrier reef.  Students will also learn about rainforest ecology, agritourism and be able to engage with local people working on conservation and development issues within protected areas as well as acquire knowledge concerning community-based conservation efforts. Topics concerning endangered/threatened species, invasive species, sustainable tourism, and protected area management will be explored.  During the four-month period of living abroad, students will work in small groups in conjunction with a local non-governmental conservation organization to develop research projects and collect data about one of these topics.


Graduate Students already admitted into the CLTL cohort program; 3.0 GPA minimum and good disciplinary standing.


WCNR CLTL Homepage
CLTL Belize Handbook