The CIEE Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation program in Bonaire is an intensive field course. The program integrates lectures, field experience, student group work, and readings. Emphasis is placed on hands-on field observation of ecological processes, both on land and underwater, as well as human-nature interactions and their application to the conservation of natural resources.
Students participating in the two-week summer program enroll in one CIEE course: Marine Biology and Ecology in the Southern Caribbean. Enrollment in this program is limited to 12 students.
The programs are offered for CIEE students only and contain extensive experiential components. Diving is an integral part of the program, and given the number of dives and island excursions required, you should expect an intense yet rewarding experience. Emphasis is placed on hands-on field observation of ecological processes, as well as human-nature interactions and their application to the conservation of natural and cultural resources.
For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: CIEE: Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation (Summer)
If you are interested in applying to a CIEE program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.
Selection for the program is based on a review of the your written application, recommendation, transcript(s), and completion of the interview process. Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by CIEE.
IMPORTANT: Application for a CIEE program involves two parts:
- Completion of the GEO application process.
- Completion of the CIEE application process.
Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the CIEE deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.
- Nationally Recognized SCUBA certification, or PADI referral (Professional Association of Diving instruction) see www.PADI.com
- At least two terms of college-level biology, ecology, or equivalent required.
- One additional term of college-level biology, ecology, or environmental science is strongly recommended.
Dates and Deadlines
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Additional Date Information
To confirm the exact program dates, please consult CIEE.
If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.
Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.
Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.