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Oceanography in Bermuda

Bermuda study abroad trip

Program Description

Come to Bermuda and learn about this unique island and its rich geological history. Although this island is only 20.6 total square miles, it encompasses a diverse range of organisms that you will not only study, but also have the opportunity to interact with.

You will travel to beaches, dune deposits, and to numerous reef systems in order to draw comparisons between the diversity of organisms and the health of the environment. Students will reside in the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) and utilize the lab equipment to examine sediment and rock samples in an acclaimed laboratory.

Selection Criteria

Please note that to participate in this program, you must be a solid swimmer and be able to hike on rocky and uneven terrains. A significant portion of the Bermuda program is spent on the ocean or outdoors; therefore, you must be able to pass a swim test and one-mile hike at HCC.

Students must attend two mandatory orientation meetings prior to departure. The application deadline for all study abroad programs is November 30, 2018.

  • Credits

    PHYS-120 “Oceanography” (3 Credits)

    SABR-926 “Study Abroad” (1 Credit)

    Students may take this course for credit or not-for-credit. HCC students who wish to receive college credits for the PHYS-120 course are required to register for the SABR-926 course as well. In order to register, students must meet with the International Education Program Coordinator during the application process.

  • Schedule

    July 2020

    This course will be based at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). Each day students will spend 4-6 hours in the water and on land studying reef environments and preserved beach and dune deposits. Upon returning from the field, students will examine their sediment and rock samples in the lab and after dinner the group will summarize their findings for the day, building on what was learned during the course of the program. Other possible activities during the week include a visit to the Bermuda aquarium, touring and swimming in island caves, and night snorkeling.

  • Program Director

    Ms. Jennifer Kling
    Phone: 443-518-4083
    Email: jkling@howardcc.edu

  • Program Cost

    The tentative cost for the study abroad program is $2,900. This fee does not include the additional three academic credit course fee or one credit study abroad course fee. The payment timeline is as follows:

    • $500 Program Deposit Fee (to be paid upon submission of study abroad application)
    • $1,200 Initial payment due by January 11, 2020
    • $1,200 Final Payment due by February 8, 2020

    *HCC reserves the right to increase the cost of the program up to 10% due to increased costs/flights and/or currency fluctuations.

    The Program Cost Includes:

    • Roundtrip airfare
    • Transportation within the country
    • Some meals
    • Accommodation
    • All planned excursions

    The Program Cost Does Not Include:

    • Some meals
    • Free time expenses
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