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Summer 2016

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, respectively.

    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)


Course work will be supplemented with various cultural excursions, which will include professional guided visits to Mayan archaeological sites.



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.


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

Program Fee: TBA
6 URI Credits
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
In-country transportation
Excursions and cultural activities


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


For more information, please contact:


Program Director
URI Faculty-Led Programs Office
Dania Brandford-Calvo
International Center
Director of International Center
37 Lower College Road

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