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May 2015

Belize is an English speaking country located on the northeast coast of Central America bordering Mexico and Guatemala. There is a low coastal plain, much of it covered with mangrove swamp, but the land rises gradually towards the interior. The area of the mainland and cays is 8,867 square miles. The country’s greatest length from North to South is 173 miles and its greatest width is 68 miles.

Belize shares a rich Maya heritage with its neighboring countries of Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras, and is considered to have been the heart of the Maya civilization during the classic period.  The legacy of the ancient Maya is present in the modern peoples and their customs as well as their language.

Today the country is a cultural melting pot of Creole, Maya, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite, Chinese and European/North American influences.

Academics:                                                                                                                        Students will earn 6 URI credits for APG 310 and APG 470, respectiveley.

Course Schedule:

  • May 2015: Two-week coursework on the peoples of Belize (culture, ethnic identity, economic development, political activity, human rights, etc.) at the URI Kingston campus. (APG 310)

  • June 2015: Two weeks of archaeological excavation in Belize, under the direction of Dr. Jaime Awe, Director of the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project/BVAR and supervision by Dr. Dania Brandford-Calvo. (APG 470)


Housing and Dining:                                                                                                         While in Belize, students will stay at the Cahal Pech Village Resort in double occupancy, air-conditioned rooms.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Cultural Activities:                                                                                                            Students will engage in cultural excursions while in Belize, which will include professional guided visits to Mayan archaeological sites.


Program Fee: TBA
6 URI Credits  Accommodations Airport pickup and dropoff
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner  Program-related excursions  


NOTE: All fees are subject to change according to variable cost fluctuation.



Program Deadlines
Application Deadline: April 1, 2015 Final Payment Due: May 9, 2015

For more information, please contact:


Program Director URI Faculty-Led Programs Coordinator
Dr. Dania Brandford-Calvo Kelly Watts
Director of International Center Office of International Education
401-874-2018 401-874-2019


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