ANIMAL SCIENCE
Hands-on intensive field courses for pre-vet students
ONE HEALTH
Intensive health classes with a global view
EXPERIENCE A NEW WAY TO LEARN
Study Abroad in Belize
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
From the ridge to reef, Belize has it all
ANTHROPOLOGY
Belize - A rich texture of cultures
INTERNSHIPS
Where work experience meets study abroad
FACULTY-LED GROUPS
Courses tailored to your group needs

WE ARE THE CENTER FOR ENGAGED LEARNING ABROAD

We provide a wide variety of experiential learning programs focused on animal science, wildlife conservation, and other facets of One Health.

We love sharing the wonders of Belize while providing educational services to students. We are thrilled to see the sense of awe when students experience new knowledge first hand through their field work and community services. Belize challenges students to move outside their comfort zones. Watching a student grow personally with a new view of the world makes us feel C.E.L.A. has accomplished something worthwhile.

OUR PROGRAMS

2-week Winter and Summer Field Courses

Combine 2 courses in the summer for discounted tuition on your 4 weeks in Belize.

College credit and financial aid is available.

TUITION AND DATES

Check out the tuition and program on each program page

Choose from our amazing programs

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COLLEGE CREDIT

Earn credits from Iowa Wesleyan University

BELIZE IS OUR CLASSROOM

Belize, often called “Mother Nature’s best kept secret,” is a tropical paradise. It is Central America’s only English-speaking country, with a stable democracy and only 350,000 inhabitants. Its diverse environment, from coral reefs to mountains, makes it the perfect place for hands-on study.

Geographical Features

Belize is 174 miles long and 68 miles wide with the mainland covering 8,867 sq miles. Belize has a subtropical climate with humidity averaging 85%. Annual rainfall ranges from 50 inches in the north to 170 inches in the south. Belize’s barrier reef is the second longest in the world at 180 miles. The highest point is the Victoria peak at 3,680 feet.

History

The history of Belize dates back thousands of years. The Maya civilization spread into the area of Belize between 1500 BC to 1200 BC and flourished until about 1000 AD. The official name of the territory was changed from British Honduras to Belize in June 1973, and full independence was granted on September 21, 1981.

Culture

English is the official language but Kriol (creole) and Spanish are also common, along with Garifuna, Maya, German and Chinese. This diverse mix has produced musical styles such as punta rock, brukdown, marimba and Maya harp.

Politics

As a former British colony, Belize has a parliamentary democracy based on the Westminster system of government. In Mayan communities it is traditional to appoint an Alcalde in each village whose function is to ensure that the laws of the village are not broken. The Alcade can try cases and impose fines.

OUR PARTNERS

At C.E.L.A. Belize, we are fortunate to work with great organizations across the country when bringing you the educational experience of a lifetime. These connections enrich each program and support our partner’s efforts as well. Our valued partners include:

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