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Scenes from the College of Arts and Sciences


January 4 - 14, 2014


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

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 an important center of the Ancient Maya Civilization and 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.


Students will earn 3 URI credits for FLM 491: Directed Study.

*This program is open to all students regardless of film experience. However, preference will be given to students with sophomore, junior or senior standing.

Housing and Dining:

While in Belize, students will stay in double occupancy rooms. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.

Cultural Activities:

Students will engage in cultural excursions while in Belize including: visits to local markets and cultural events, national parks and marine reserves, and a visit to Ancient Mayan ruins.


Program Fee:

In-State: $2660.00    Out-of-State: $3210.00

3 URI Credits Meals and accommodations In-country transportation
Program-related excursions Supplemental MedEx insurance  


 NOTE: All fees subject to change



Program Deadlines
Application Deadline: November 8, 2013 Final Payment Due: December 25, 2013


For information, please contact:

Program Director URI Faculty-Led Programs Coordinator
Roy Bergstrom Kelly Watts
Department of Media and Technology Office of International Education
401-874-4269 401-874-2019


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