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Scenes from the College of Arts and Sciences


January 10 - 18, 2015


Students will use very high-end digital video and audio equipment to document their experience of diverse settings, such as tropical rainforests, ancient Mayan ruins, cultural events, and everyday Belizean life. Student filmmakers will also have the opportunity to use various underwater cameras while snorkeling on the Earth's second largest coral barrier reef. This course emphasizes developing documentary film making skills by researching themes relating to environmental and economic sustainability as well as habitat conservation.


This program is open to all students regardless of film experience. However, preference will be given to students with sophomore, junior or senior standing. Students will earn 3 URI credits for FLM 491: Directed Study or 4 URI credits for FLM 445: Advanced Topics in Film Media Production.

Course work will be supplemented with various different cultural events as well as visits to local markets, Ancient Mayan ruins, national parks and marine reserves.



Belize is an English speaking country located on the northeast coast of Central America. Since Belize is approximately the size of Massachusetts it is possible to travel from breathtaking coral reefs, through mountainous tropical rainforests, to majestic waterfalls, all within a day's journey. Belize was once an important center of the Ancient Maya Civilization and as a result there are more ruins in the country, than government buildings. Today, the country is a cultural melting pot of Creole (Afro-Caribbean), Maya, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite, Chinese and European/North American influences.

Accommodations and Meals:

Students will stay in double occupancy rooms. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.

Program Cost:
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Program Fee Includes:
In-country transportation
Excursions and cultural activities
Health insurance


 NOTE: All fees subject to change



Program Deadlines:
Application Deadline: October 31, 2014
Final Payment Due: December 1, 2014



For information, please contact:


Program Director
URI Faculty-Led Programs Office
Roy Bergstrom
International Center
Department of Media and Technology
37 Lower College Road

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