Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
City: Roatan, Honduras
When Offered: January 4-17, 2017
Faculty Director: Cynthia Kicklighter

The coral reef of the Caribbean continental shelf is the largest in the Western Hemisphere, and the area off the northwest coast of Roatan, Honduras, features more than 30 miles of fringing and barrier reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves, and an extraordinary variety of marine life.

This ICA places particular emphasis on coral reef structure and function and the biology of the reef's dominant organisms. Daily field trips are designed to provide direct experience with the unique and diverse coral reef community with additional excursions to grass beds and a mangrove forest. Field trips are supplemented by lectures, assigned readings, and lab instruction. Full scuba diving support and boating equipment will be reserved for class use.


Eligibility, Prerequisites, and Academic Credit

Students of any academic discipline may apply, provided they have completed one semester of college, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and have one of the following prerequisites: BIO104, 105, or 170, or special permission of the instructors. Students will enroll in BIO 272G, Tropical Marine Biology, for three credits. Only letter grades will be given. Pass/Fail is not an option.


Special Preparation

Students who have completed scuba diving certification will find the experience greatly enhanced. Certification courses are offered at area professional dive shops. Students without dive certification may participate via snorkeling. Good swimming skills and snorkeling experience are necessary.

Application and Study Abroad Deposit Deadlines

April 18, 2016: Application Deadline

May 9, 2016: $500 non-refundable deposit due

September 16, 2016: Final payment, photocopy of main page of passport and health forms are due


Program Costs

The estimated program cost is $3900, which includes round-trip air travel from Baltimore, room and board in Roatan, field trips, use of wet and dry lab facilities, assistance of dive instructor and IMS staff, access to recreational facilities at Anthony's Key Resort and emergency assistance insurance. It also provides air, weights, and weight belts for divers and recompression chamber insurance. Students must provide their own masks, fins, and snorkel. Divers must provide a regulator and BC. Rentals are available at the IMS. Note: Information is accurate at the time of publication, but is based on conditions over which Goucher has no control, including rates of exchange, airline fares, student enrollment, and the availability of facilities. Therefore, this information is subject to change without notice.


Financial Aid

All students are eligible to apply for OIS scholarships.  There is a scholarship section on the main application form in each program application packet. Students entering Goucher beginning in fall 2014 may apply for a Goucher Global Grant.  

Passport and Visa InformationStudents are required to have passports for all Goucher programs. Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program. Please apply for a passport as soon as possible at:http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.