University of Oregon

CIEE: Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation in Kralendijk

Program Overview

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.

The semester program is open to natural science majors who have completed an introductory biology, chemistry, or geology sequence and one of the following electives: invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, ecology, environmental science, marine biology, conservation biology, coastal management, or the equivalent. With its setting in the natural classroom, the program provides you  with a unique, integrated experience involving class work, field study, and lab work. You will be required to take all of the courses offered: Coral Reef Ecology, Cultural and Environmental History of Bonaire, Tropical Marine Conservation Biology, Independent Research Project in Marine Biology and Ecology, Advanced Scuba, and Marine Ecology Field Research Methods.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: CIEE: Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation Program

Application Process

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:

  1. Completion of the GEO application process.
  2. 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.

Additional Requirements

  • Nationally Recognized SCUBA certification, or PADI referral (Professional Association of Diving instruction) see
  • at least one year of college-level biology required
  • upper-level coursework in ecology and/or zoology is strongly recommended​

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20174/1/2017late Augustearly December
Spring Semester201811/01/2017late Januaryearly May

Additional Date Information

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult CIEE.

Priority Discounts

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.

Course Equivalencies

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.